Top 10 things to do in Bath

Beautiful Bath packs a big punch when it comes to architecture, history and things to do. There’s the Roman heritage of the famous baths, there’s the magnificent Abbey, and there’s the Jane Austen connections amid the grand Georgian architecture…so get exploring!

Dip your toe into history

The Roman Baths in Bath, south-west England

One of the finest historic sites in Europe, the Roman Baths are a must-see. Admire the collonaded pools and immerse yourself into the story of Romans at leisure.

 

Take a soak with a view

Do as the Romans did, but do it in lovely modern facilities at the Thermae Bath Spa. Here you can bathe in naturally warm, mineral-rich waters in their rooftop pool overlooking Bath’s city skyline.

 

Be inspired like Jane Austen

Bath is Jane Austen city – it was here she drew much of her inspiration for her most famous books and the city plays a significant role in her novel Persuasion. Start your explorations at the Jane Austen Centre.

 

Get those iconic shots

The Royal Crescent in Bath in south-west England. Shown in spring with daffodils.

One of the most famous images of Bath are those golden stone Georgian terraced houses. There’s the magnificent sweep of them at the Royal Crescent, and also a complete circle at the nearby Circus.

 

Admire the stained glass in Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is quite glorious with its stained glass windows, golden stone columns and fan vaulting. It’s remarkable to realise it’s been standing for more than 1,200 years.

 

See Bath from up high

Head to Prior Park Landscape Garden, on the outskirts of Bath. Set in a woodland-bordered valley with an impressive Palladian bridge at its centre, you get wonderful views back across the city.

 

Take afternoon tea, Georgian-style

Enjoy your afternoon tea in the elegant Georgian surroundings of The Pump Room, next to the Roman Baths. A live pianist may even accompany you as you eat your cakes. Georgian visitors used to drink the spa water as it was considered to have health benefits, and you can still try a sip today!

 

Cross Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge in Bath, south-west England

Another iconic image of Bath, Pulteney Bridge was built across the River Avon in 1774. A horseshoe-shaped weir crashes below, making for quite the dramatic photo opportunity.

 

Shopping in the Artisan Quarter

Bath is known for its choice of independent shops and boutiques, so take a wander around the London Road area and Walcot Village. You will see everything from vintage clothing to antiquarian books or designer homewares.

 

See fashion through the ages

The Fashion Museum Bath is renowned for its fabulous collection of costumes from key eras through history. You even have the chance to try on dresses of yesteryear!

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