I love Bath, it’s one of my favourite places in England, my love for it started after reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I could imagine myself walking into an assembly room in my Regency styled dress and meeting my own Mr Darcy. Conveniently located, Bath is just an hour and half from London on the train and is a great place for a day trip or a short break during your trip to the UK. Here are my top 10 recommendations for things to see and do on a visit to Bath:
Steeped in 2,000 years of history, the Romans built the spa, around Britain's only hot springs. The bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. The museum houses a selection of Roman artifacts that were found within the Roman Baths. You can no longer bathe in the hot springs, however, there is somewhere that you can, which brings us to number 2 on the list.
The Thermae Bath Spa uses the water from the 3 natural hot springs in Bath (the hot springs also supply the Roman Baths with their hot water). It’s a great way to relax and unwind after a full day of exploring the city. It also has a great view of Bath Abbey.
3. Bath Abbey
The Abbey (as it looks today) was restored in 1616, however, there has been a place of worship on this site for well over a thousand years. Take a Tower Tour and climb the 212 steps to the top. Once there you'll enjoy spectacular views of Bath and see right into the surrounding countryside.
In my opinion, a great way to see any city and really get a feel for it is by going on a Hop-On Hop-Off bus. The Bath sightseeing bus takes you to all of the main points of interest, including The Royal Crescent which is about a 15min walk from the city centre.
The Royal Crescent is an unusual street, with 30 houses, it’s laid out in a curve. It was built between 1767 and 1775 and is one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in Britain. One of the houses is now a hotel and another is a townhouse museum – No. 1 Royal Crescent – where you can find out about Georgian living.
The Bath Assembly Rooms were designed by the same architect that designed the Royal Crescent (John Wood, the Younger) in 1769. The Assembly Rooms were at the heart of fashionable Georgian society, the perfect venue for entertainment. When completed in 1771, they were described as 'the most noble and elegant of any in the kingdom'.
The Fashion Museum is housed on the lower floor of the Assembly Rooms and is one of the world’s greatest museum collections of historic and fashionable dress. There are different exhibitions happening throughout the year, their website has full details of what’s on.
Pulteney Bridge was completed in 1774 in a Palladian style and is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across its full span on both sides. Definitely worth a visit and why not do some shopping while there!
9. The Circus
The Circus is a great example of Georgian architecture – the architect was John Wood, the Elder. Building began in 1754 and was completed in 1768. The name comes from the Latin 'circus', which means a ring, oval or circle.
The Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of life during Regency times and explores how living in Bath affected her life and writing. Many of her most loved works were written there. If you’re looking for somewhere truly unique during your stay in Bath, where better than to stay in the house that Jane Austen herself used to live in, in the 1800s. There are various walking tours in Bath, one of which is the free tour which operates Monday – Friday and starts outside the Pump Room (which, incidentally, has a very nice afternoon tea) The Bath Visitor Card gives you access to over 45 exclusive discounts at restaurants, shops, attractions and sightseeing tours in Bath.