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Welcome to Bath - The Original Wellbeing Destination

An elegant city full of traditional heritage, contemporary culture, green spaces and a few surprises..

Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times. The waters are still a big draw today, both at the ancient Roman Baths and the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in.

Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain, making it the ideal city break. Immerse yourself in Bath’s remarkable collection of museums and galleries, and enjoy year-round festivals, theatre, music and sport. 

Bath's stunning, honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel; highlights include the iconic Royal Crescent and the majestic Circus. There’s plenty to see beyond the city, too, with beautiful Somerset countryside to explore, as well as attractions including Stonehenge, Avebury, Castle Combe, and Longleat Safari Park.

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18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Bath

Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Dec 22, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Widely considered one of England's most attractive cities , Bath is famous for the archeological attraction from which it takes its name: its 2,000-year-old Roman baths.

Nestled in the Avon Valley between the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills in the beautiful county of Somerset , Bath is also well known for its perfectly preserved honey-colored Georgian houses .

River Avon in Bath

Today, some 500 of the city's buildings are considered of historical or architectural importance. Bath was granted World Heritage Site status in 1987, one of only a handful of such locations in the UK.

In addition to enjoying the city's spectacular architecture, parks, and gardens, popular things to do include exploring Bath's many museums, entertainment venues, and tourist attractions. And don't worry about getting lost. Handy maps and signage are located in most public areas and major intersections, making the job of finding your favorite points of interest that much easier.

Bath is well known for its many festivals and events, including the Bath Christmas Market , held mid-November to mid-December. Also noteworthy is the Bath International Music Festival , held over two weeks each May.

Learn more about what to see, as well as popular sightseeing opportunities and tours, with our list of the top things to do in Bath, England.

1. Visit the Historic Roman Baths

2. explore bath's georgian roots in royal crescent, 3. take a tour of bath abbey, 4. pulteney bridge, 5. get pampered at thermae bath spa, 6. take a peek inside the cross bath, 7. get your art fix (and more) at the holburne museum, 8. get dressed up at the fashion museum bath, 9. sally lunn's historic eating house, 10. herschel museum of astronomy, 11. the jane austen centre, 12. mary shelley's house of frankenstein, 13. see a show at theatre royal, 14. the museum of east asian art, 15. take a trip to the american museum and gardens, 16. explore the victoria art gallery, 17. the bath festival, 18. prior park landscape garden, where to stay in bath for sightseeing, map of tourist attractions in bath, bath - climate chart.

View of Bath's historic Roman Baths

While the ancient Romans are credited for having established Bath's ancient hot springs as a place of relaxation and rejuvenation, legend has it their healing powers were discovered some 500 years earlier by a British king.

But it was the Romans who left their mark, building the city's famous Roman Baths and Temple of Sulis Minerva in 75 BCE around the largest of the city's three hot springs. It's not difficult to see the attraction: the water contains 43 different minerals, gushes from a depth of nearly 10,000 feet at a rate of 275,000 gallons a day, and is a constant 46.5 degrees Celsius.

Voted Britain's most romantic buildings, the award-winning Roman Baths and Temple are among the finest examples of Roman architecture remaining in England and attract more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Many of the artifacts found during various archeological digs, including altar stones and exquisite mosaics, are on display in the museum or around the Great Bath itself.

Roman Baths

While regular free guided tours are available, those wanting to go at their own pace can pick up an excellent audioguide with their tickets. A version of this handy guide is also available for children, who are encouraged to engage with staff dressed in authentic period costumes. Tickets for the Roman Baths are timed and need to be booked in advance.

Feeling peckish after all that sightseeing? Book a table at the elegant Pump Room Restaurant in a setting that has been serving great meals and afternoon teas for over 200 years. Past guests have included no less than Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Live music and samples of fresh spring water are included.

If you're looking to combine the Roman Baths with a tour of other city attractions, consider joining a fun two-hour Bath city walking tour . Highlights of these morning or afternoon tours include the best parts of the baths, including the hot springs, the Great Bath, the pump rooms, and the changing rooms, plus a walk to Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey.

Address: Abbey Churchyard, Bath, England

Official site: www.romanbaths.co.uk

Bath's Royal Crescent

Exploring Bath's perfectly preserved Georgian architecture is probably the second best excuse to visit this beautiful city. A great place to start your adventure is the Museum of Bath Architecture . This unique facility located in a former private chapel perfectly demonstrates how classical design influenced the city's buildings. It's also home to the incredibly detailed Bath Model , a magnificent 1:500 scale architectural model of the historic city center.

Next, walk to the northwest section of the city, where most of the best architectural examples are found. Check out Queen Square and Gay Street, with their beautifully symmetrical façades dating from the early 18th century. Next, head to the Royal Circus , a perfect circle of three-story homes with different classical orders (column types) on each level.

Finally, there's Royal Crescent . This monumental semicircular sweep of residential townhouses is famous for its breathtakingly uniform, palace-like façade. While most homes on the crescent remain privately owned, No.1 Royal Crescent is open to the public and provides a rare glimpse into what life was like for the wealthy, along with their not-so-wealthy servants, in the 1770s.

A variety of guided tours, educational events, and themed itineraries are available.

Address: 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, England

Official site: http://no1royalcrescent.org.uk/

Bath Abbey

The Gothic cathedral of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, traditionally referred to as the Bath Abbey, was founded in 1499. According to legend, it was built after Bishop Oliver King experienced a vivid dream of angels climbing up and down ladders to and from heaven. He also heard a voice declaring: "The crown should plant an olive tree and the king restore the church."

Interpreted as a sign to rebuild the church, the site of which had been used by Christians as a place of worship since 757 CE, the dream was intricately immortalized in stone on the building's west side. A good time to visit for those with flexible itineraries is during one of the frequent music concerts or public lectures (check the abbey's website for dates and details).

There's also a guided tower tour program, which takes in the bell chamber, clock face, and roof. From here, you'll get a superb view over the city and the neighboring Roman Baths. However, it's a 212-step climb, but a rest area is available halfway up. For a truly memorable experience, an after-dark private tower visit is also available for couples.

While admission to the abbey itself is free, there is a charge to climb the tower. For those wanting a keepsake from their visit, be sure to check out the on-site gift shop.

Address: 11a York Street, Bath, England

Official site: www.bathabbey.org

Pulteney Bridge

One of the most recognizable pieces of architecture in Bath, Pulteney Bridge is one of only a handful of bridges with buildings atop them that still exists. Completed in 1774 to connect central Bath to undeveloped land on the opposite side of the River Avon, it's considered one of the most iconic such bridges in the world, and even played a starring role in the film version of Les Misérables ).

Three arches support a variety of quaint little shops and restaurants, and the bridge opens onto Great Pulteney Street with its beautiful Georgian-era homes . The bridge also acts as the departure point for a variety of fun river excursions.

Address: Bridge Street, Bath, England

Thermae Bath Spa

If you'd like to enjoy the same bathing experience as the ancient Romans who built the original baths here, you're in luck. A dip in the waters of Thermae Bath Spa, located across the street from the Roman Baths, is a unique opportunity to experience the same thermal waters that have drawn people as far back as the Celts to the area for thousands of years.

The facility itself is a pleasing architectural blend of a new modern glass-faced structure built in 2006 and original Georgian-era buildings. The main bathing area, the New Royal Bath , consists of a stunning open-air rooftop swimming pool plus an indoor pool, two thermal baths, two steam rooms, as well as an ice chamber. Also worth checking out are the original 18th-century "hot bath" and the delightful garden-side wellness suite.

A number of spa treatments are available, including water massages and hot stone therapies. A fun thing for couples to do is to book one of the romantic twilight packages, including dinner (there's an on-site restaurant), a spa treatment, and a rooftop pool session at sunset.

Address: The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath, England

Official site: www.thermaebathspa.com

Cross Bath

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Thermae Bath Spa, and operated by the same company, is the Cross Bath . This historic spa facility provides a unique opportunity to take a dip in the city's ancient waters.

A highlight of a visit to this fully-renovated 18th-century building includes having access to the original open-air thermal bath. Adding to the fun is the fact that only 10 guests are permitted at a time.

For a truly memorable experience, your 1.5-hour experience can be booked for private sessions, too – a great option for couples and small groups of friends. As with the Thermae Bath Spa, robes and towels are included with your visit. When not in use, a new glass door allows curious passersby to take a peek into the facility.

Address: 9, 10 Hot Bath Street, Bath, England

Official site: www.thermaebathspa.com/spa-sessions-cross-bath/

Holburne Museum

The mainstay of the Holburne Museum's excellent collection of art includes paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Stubbs. There's also a large collection of 18th-century silver, Wedgwood porcelain, Renaissance bronzes, and early period furniture.

Housed in the former Sydney Hotel, the museum now includes a garden café overlooking lovely Sydney Gardens , famous as Britain's only surviving 18th-century pleasure gardens.

A variety of events and educational programs are held frequently, including classical music performances and lectures. If you time it right, a fun thing to do is participate in the museum's "late night" programs, which allows you to explore its many exhibits after hours. A café and shop are located on the premises.

Address: Great Pulteney Street, Bathwick, Bath, England

Official site: www.holburne.org

Fashion Museum Bath

After taking in Bath's splendid architecture, you'll no doubt want to learn a little more about the styles and fashions that would have adorned the residents of the city's many exquisite homes. Housed in the architecturally stunning Assembly Rooms , the Fashion Museum contains a world-class collection of contemporary and historical clothing, including 150 dressed figures and more than 30,000 original items dating from the late 16th century to the present day.

Established in 1963, the museum's displays cover a variety of themes such as men's and women's wear, day and evening dress, as well as modern alternative fashion.

Highlights include a unique "dress of the year" wardrobe of dresses from the best-known dressmakers and designers, which have been collected since the museum's opening, with one new example being added each year. Examples can be seen from such leading brands as Mary Quant, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren.

For kids who enjoy dressing up, a fun thing to do is to try on some of the reproduction garments made available for visitors. The museum also has a good café, as well as a gift shop. Informative audioguides are included with the price of admission.

Address: Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, England

Official site: www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/

Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House

Dating from 1482 and rebuilt in 1622, this living museum and historic eating house is famous for its delicious Sally Lunn's Buns, made from secret traditional recipes. Actor Nicolas Cage is reportedly a fan of their cinnamon butter topping. And he's right: they're delicious.

Also try the homemade lemon curd with clotted cream bun. So popular are they, you'll more than likely find yourself lining up with people from across the globe, and versions of the bun are popular in places like Williamsburg, Virginia, and New Zealand.

Just steps from Bath Abbey, the cellar museum demonstrates how the site has been used to refresh weary travelers since Roman times. Highlights include the original kitchen, an old oven dating from 1140, along with the only visible remains of medieval Bath.

The museum also features a fascinating display portraying how parts of the old city were raised an entire story to save it from flooding, and, of course, to allow posh Georgians a better place to promenade.

The best times to visit and avoid the crowds are around 10am or late afternoon near dinnertime; tables can be reserved for the latter. Alternatively, grab a bun or two as a takeaway.

Address: 4 North Parade Passage, Bath, England

Official site: www.sallylunns.co.uk

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Housed in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy contains numerous artifacts related to the acclaimed musician and astronomer, William Herschel.

Notable things to do at the museum include viewing original pieces of music and numerous instruments, as well as many references to his greatest achievement, the discovery of the planet Uranus in 1781. This groundbreaking feat was made using a telescope Herschel designed and constructed himself in this very building.

Self-guided audio tours are available, with many replicas of Herschel's equipment being available for visitors to handle and experience. A variety of fun educational programs are also available in the museum and its workshop. An authentic Georgian-era garden is also available to explore.

Another itinerary-worthy attraction is the Museum of Bath at Work . Showcasing 2,000 years of Bath's commercial development, the museum's highlights include a reconstruction of a Victorian engineering and mineral water business that ran unchanged through to the 1960s, a stone quarry and crane, as well as a fully functioning cabinet maker's workshop.

Of interest to philatelists is the Bath Postal Museum , a fun diversion with displays of related materials and numerous antique postboxes.

Address: 19 New King Street, Bath, England

Official site: https://herschelmuseum.org.uk

The Jane Austen Centre

Fans of English literature, and Georgian-era literature in particular, will want to make sure a visit to the Jane Austen Centre on historic Gay Street is included in their Bath travel itinerary. Austen famously vacationed in Bath before living here full-time from 1801 to 1806, a city that, at the time, was a gathering place for the country's upper classes, drawn by its famous baths, rural setting, and vibrant social scene.

Highlights of a visit include touring the well-preserved former townhome with a period-costumed guide (guided tours of other city landmarks are also available), and enjoying a wide variety of displays and materials relating to the author's time in Bath. There's even a waxwork of the author, constructed over a two-year period with guidance from forensic scientists to ensure it resembles Austen (of whom no realistic images exist) as closely as possible.

Another worthwhile place to visit is the center's tearoom, where you can enjoy an authentic high tea experience. There and there's also a well-stocked shop carrying the author's works and other souvenirs.

If traveling to Bath in the autumn, try to time your visit to coincide with the annual Jane Austen Festival . Held each September, this 10-day celebration culminates in a parade, which draws thousands of visitors and fans, most dressed in authentic period costumes. There's also a much-anticipated Masked Ball, something Austen herself would no doubt have enjoyed.

Address: 40 Gay Street, Bath, England

Official site: www.janeausten.co.uk

Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein

Located just a few steps up from The Jane Austen Centre is one of Bath's newest places to visit: Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein. Opened in 2021, this one-of-a-kind attraction is an interesting mix of museum and immersive fun.

In addition to the informative displays outlining Shelley's sometimes tumultuous relationships and at times tragic life, it also offers a fascinating look at how her famous story sparked a virtual industry of monster-related literature and, ultimately, cinema.

As you make your way, you'll see, and in some cases have a chance to play with, a variety of interactive devices that help drive the story along until, eventually, you find yourself face-to-face with the monster Frankenstein just as Shelley wrote him.

You'll then have a chance to sit in an authentic silent-era movie house to watch cinematic incarnations of the famous monster. Afterwards, try your hand at the monster-themed escape room and, if you dare, enter the building's basement for a spooky walk-through experience. A gift shop selling related souvenirs is also on-site.

Address: 37 Gay Street, Bath

Official site: www.houseoffrankenstein.com

Theatre Royal

Opened in 1805 and host to some of the biggest stars of live theater ever since, the spectacular Theatre Royal was completely renovated in 2010. Today, it's considered one of the finest examples of surviving Georgian-era architecture in England.

In addition to the opportunity to enjoy first-rate theatrical and musical performances, a visit will expose you to the building's stunningly decorated interior. Highlights include the ornate plasterwork, plush seating, and large chandelier in the 900-seat auditorium, notable for its three separate galleries. It's also rumored to be haunted, its most famous ghost being the perfumed Grey Lady.

In addition to its ever-changing roster of visiting and locally produced performances, a number of annual events are also held here, including the popular Shakespeare Unplugged Festival. Theatre Royal also houses a second stage, the Ustinov Studio . This studio theater opened in 1997 and offers an eclectic mix of theater, dance, music, and comedy.

Theatre Royal is also home to a dedicated children's theater. The Egg opened in 2005 and hosts numerous kid-focused productions, educational programs and workshops, as well as the fun Family Theatre Festival. In addition to The Egg's café, two restaurants serve both lunch and dinner.

Address: Saw Close, Bath, England

Official site: www.theatreroyal.org.uk

Museum of East Asian Art

Be sure to add the Museum of East Asian Art (MEAA) to your list of Bath attractions to explore. Housed in another of the city's gorgeous old Georgian townhomes, this fascinating museum opened in 1993 and contains many fine collections of carvings made from jade and bamboo.

There are also many bronze sculptures and ceramics from across East and Southeast Asia, including Korea, Japan, and China, in the collection. Some of the 2,000-plus items you'll enjoy seeing in this one-of-a-kind museum date back more than 7,000 years.

In addition to its permanent displays, the museum hosts a variety of interesting visiting exhibits throughout the year, as well as educational programs and events, ensuring a return visit is worthwhile. The museum shop is well worth visiting, too, and stocks a sizable range of Asian-inspired products.

Address: 12 Bennett Street, Bath, England

Official site: https://meaa.org.uk

American Museum and Gardens

Set amid 120 acres of stunning Somerset countryside just three miles outside of Bath, the American Museum and Gardens is home to a superb collection of antiquities from colonial times right up to the Civil War years. Set in a majestic 19th-century manor house, this fascinating museum was founded by a couple of antique collectors to house their vast collection of American decorative arts, and is the only museum of its kind to be located outside the US.

Highlights include authentic American-styled rooms and furnishings representing various regions and periods from the country's history, along with original quilts, maps, textiles, and folk art. Exhibits dealing with contemporary events are also held and are rotated annually.

Be sure to also allow time to explore the museum's magnificent gardens and grounds. A particularly fun thing to do is to wander the replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon garden. There is also an arboretum to explore, as well as a pleasant trail that takes you past a wide variety of trees native to the US.

The museum's recent addition is the New American Garden, which includes an impressive rose collection along with shrubs and perennials. Time your visit right, and you can participate in a variety of living history programs, including reenactments of battles and events from America's rich history. There's also an on-site gift shop selling a range of related souvenirs.

Location: Claverton Manor, Claverton Down, Claverton, Bath, England

Official site: http://americanmuseum.org/

Victoria Art Gallery

Since throwing open its doors to the public for the first time in 1900, the world-class Victoria Art Gallery has remained one of Bath's most-visited museums. Named after Queen Victoria, who that same year celebrated her diamond jubilee, the museum contains superb collections of works by the likes of such well-respected artists as Gainsborough, Turner, and Sickert.

Additional exhibitions may feature items from the gallery's impressive collections of pottery, porcelain, glass, and watches, and are rotated frequently. As well as being of interest to adult visitors, there are also plenty of fun things for kids to do here, including popular activities such as crafts and drawing.

Of special interest for art fans are the Art Store Tours. These fun behind-the-scenes tours offer a look at areas and artworks not normally available to the public. Be sure to also pick up your handy guide (a charge applies) from the museum shop.

Official site: www.victoriagal.org.uk

The Bath Festival

Picking up where the old Bath International Music Festival, established in 1948, left off, the 17-day-long Bath Festival is an exciting multi-arts event that continues to draw huge crowds of festival-goers to the city each May. Music, of course, continues to play a large role in the festival, with everything from jazz to classical to folk and international music being included.

A must-attend highlight is the Party in the City event. This exciting evening of music is free to enjoy, with upwards of 2,000 performers in attendance from various music genres playing at multiple venues across Bath. There's also a strong literary component, which includes everything from poetry to contemporary fiction.

For those traveling with kids, consider a visit in the autumn for the Bath Children's Literature Festival , billed as the largest such festival in Europe. Highlights include author readings; illustration workshops; and plenty of family-friendly fun activities, including arts, crafts, and games.

Address: 9-10 Bath Street, Bath, England

Official site: https://bathfestivals.org.uk

Palladian Bridge, Prior Park Landscape Garden

Just two miles southeast of Bath is one of the most picturesque rural settings to be found anywhere in England: Prior Park Landscape Garden. Built between 1735 and 1750, Prior Park itself was the creation of renowned architect John Wood, whose design is considered to be one of the best examples of the Palladian-style mansions so popular during the period.

But it's the beautiful gardens, designed by poet Alexander Pope and famed garden architect Capability Brown, that so define this National Trust property, and which make it a must for any Somerset itinerary.

A focus of any visit should be exploring the magnificent and extremely photogenic Palladian bridge, one of only four such bridges still standing worldwide. Other features of note include a picturesque Gothic temple, a grotto, and a good-sized serpentine lake.

In fact, so pleasing an experience is wandering this property that you'll certainly want to take your time. This is especially true if you combine it with a walk along the Bath Skyline pathway , which can be joined close by.

Also worth doing is taking one of the park's first-rate free guided tours. These 90-minute walking tours include wildlife and fungi excursions, a head gardener option, as well as seasonal explorations. Autumn is a good time to visit for the colors and the smaller crowds.

And if all that walking makes you thirsty, pay a visit to the fun "tea shed" for a hot beverage.

Address: Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, England

Official site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park-landscape-garden

Thanks to its status as one of the most visited small cities in England, Bath offers no end of choices when it comes to finding top-rated accommodations close to the city's attractions, most of which are located in the heart of this ancient city. Here are some highly rated and conveniently located hotels we recommend that are close to the Roman Baths and the city's other top cultural attractions.

Luxury Hotels :

  • A favorite for those seeking a high-end experience is The Gainsborough Bath Spa , a sumptuously decorated heritage hotel that offers thermal pools, turndown service, and a delightful afternoon tea – all just steps away from the Roman Baths.
  • Situated on Bath's most famous street, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers guests a truly luxury experience in an authentic Georgian-era building, all just a few minutes' walk away from top attractions such as Bath Abbey. A full English breakfast is provided.
  • A luxurious stay can also be enjoyed at the intimate boutique-style hotel No.15 Great Pulteney , located a short stroll from historic Pulteney Bridge.

Mid-Range Hotels :

  • A comfortable stay can be had at The Roseate Villa , a charming, mid-range boutique hotel boasting welcoming staff and an amazing English breakfast, and which is located on a quiet road close to the city's top points of interest.
  • Also worth considering are Pulteney House , a delightful bed-and-breakfast close to Bath Abbey, which offers a free breakfast and parking (a real plus), and SACO Bath , a great choice for those traveling with kids, as it offers larger one- and two-bedroom suites, and is located on St. James Parade just a short walk away from the top things to see and do in Bath.

Budget Hotels :

  • For those seeking a centrally located place to stay, the Dukes Bath , a boutique guesthouse located in a beautiful old Georgian townhome, is an elegant yet affordable option worth considering. Breakfast is included.
  • Also worthy of a look is Premier Inn Bath City Centre Hotel , a pleasant budget hotel that's conveniently located and offers modern décor and comfortable beds.
  • Finally, be sure to check out Harington's Hotel , a charming 300-year-old property situated on a quiet, old cobbled street, which provides easy access to the city's top attractions.

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Easy Day Trips : A great excursion from Bath is to make the 40-minute drive northwest to the larger and equally interesting city of Bristol . The country's oldest harbor is found here and is the place from which John Cabot began his epic voyage to the New World in the late 15th century. A visit should also include Bristol Cathedral, SS Great Britain, the world's first-ever iron-hulled passenger ship, and the historic city center.

Another port city to visit is Southampton, located a 90-minute drive southeast of Bath. Here, you'll want to explore the still intact medieval walls and historic homes, as well as the city's maritime connections along the Titanic Trail.

The tourist attractions of Salisbury are an hour's drive in the same direction. This historic city is famous for its magnificent cathedral and its many well-preserved historic buildings.

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Easy Day Trips (Part Two) : The lovely city of Winchester is a popular spot to visit from Bath, just 90 minutes east by car. You'll of course want to visit Winchester Cathedral, as well as nearby Highclere Castle, forever immortalized as the ancestral home of the fictional Crawley family of Downton Abbey fame.

Just a little farther beyond Winchester is Portsmouth , home port of the Royal Naval Museum and HMS Victory , perhaps the country's most famous warship.

Another important naval town is Plymouth , a two-hour drive southwest and worth a visit for its fortifications and the Mayflower Museum, which commemorates the journey of the Pilgrims to North America.

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Wales Watching : Thanks to its location, it's easy to cross the Bristol Channel and explore all the highlights of Wales from Bath (it's just over 30 minutes' drive away). Make your first stop Cardiff , a popular destination for the majestic Cardiff Castle and the reconstructed Cardiff Bay area. From here, you're only a few miles from one of the most beautiful parts of South Wales : Brecon Beacons National Park.

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Bath is a unesco world heritage site on the river avon full of beautiful sights, museums, walks and historical landmarks.

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Historic sites in Bath

The city of Bath was discovered by the Romans who built their settlements around the thermal spas they found there. It is full of stunning Georgian architecture and is rich in British history, with lots of must-see spots.

Roman Baths

The  Roman Baths  are unique thermal springs in the heart of Bath City Centre. The baths still flow with hot water and visitors can even try the warm spa water in the Pump Room restaurant. Audio guides are available in 12 languages and costumed characters share stories about life in Roman Britain. Adult tickets cost from £17 to £27, or you can purchase a saver ticket which includes entry to the Victoria Art Gallery and the Fashion Museum.

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Locals and visitors are welcomed into Bath Abbey to worship or simply admire the stunning architecture and stained glass windows. Three churches have occupied the site since 757AD and the present version of the Abbey was transformed in the mid-late 1800s. Opening times vary and you can extend your visit with the addition of a tower tour or by attending a service.

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge was built in the late 1700’s to connect central Bath to land on the other side of the River Avon. It is one of just a few bridges in the world with shops built into it and there are stunning views of the bridge from the Parade Gardens . It is a great place to begin or end a beautiful evening walk around Bath City Centre.

Alongside the Royal Crescent is a circle of terraced houses called The Circus, which was inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. This unique example of Georgian architecture was designed by John Wood , the Elder. Completed by his son, it is free to visit. For panoramic views of The Circus, stand on the central lawn to admire the circular facade.

Walking around Bath

Both the city centre and surrounding countryside of Bath are beautiful to explore by foot. There are a number of walking routes with stunning views and tours of the city offering a wealth of knowledge about Bath’s history.

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Free Guided Tours  

Mayor’s Guides  have been giving free walking tours of Bath since 1934. All guides are volunteers and they don’t accept tips for the services they provide. The tour runs at 10:30am and 2pm Sunday-Friday and at 10am on a Saturday and takes around 2 hours. Just turn up on the day at the meeting spot outside the Roman Baths and look for the signs saying ‘free walking tours start here’.

Royal Victoria Park

The Royal Victoria Park is in front of the Royal Crescent and it’s a perfect spot to visit with the family as there are plenty of activities on all year round. Entrance is free and there are tennis courts, visiting musicians, fairs and circuses throughout the year and an open-air ice rink in the winter. There’s also an adventure playground, flower gardens, bowling greens and plenty of open space where you can watch hot air balloon tours take off over the city.

Prior Park Landscape Garden

If you want to see Bath’s Palladian Bridge , head to the Prior Park Landscape Garden. The garden is easy to get to by bus and there is disabled parking at the entrance. It is free to enter for National Trust members and there is a musical playground, family discovery trail and Tea Shed with hot drinks and snacks. Prior Park is only open over the weekend during the winter but there are still plenty of events and workshops to enjoy during the festive season.

Skyline Walking Trail

For some of the best views of Bath take the Skyline Walking Trail through the hilly woodland areas surrounding the city. The 6 mile walk takes roughly 3 ½ to 4 hours and you can collect a map from the Bath Tourist Information Centre or download it from the National Trust website. On your walk you’ll pass Sham Castle , hidden valleys and old Roman settlements and see spectacular views of the World Heritage Site.

Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk

To see a different side to the city at night, try the  Bizarre Bath Comedy Tour  for an evening of mystery, thrills, history and live street entertainment. The city tour is designed for adults, but suitable for children, and runs every night from March-October. The tour departs from the Huntsman Inn at 8pm and lasts for around an hour and a half. So if you’re up for a laugh and you want a unique experience of Bath, this comedy walk is sure to be a great night out.

Museums to visit in Bath

When it comes to museums in Bath, you really are spoilt for choice. Whether you want to learn about one of Britain’s most famous authors or American culture and history, there are plenty of museums to choose from.

Jane Austen Centre

To celebrate their most famous resident, Bath’s Jane Austen Centre has a permanent exhibition showcasing the author’s work and inspiration for her novels. The centre is in an original period property and visitors can pose for photos in clothing from the era or enjoy afternoon tea with champagne in the Regency Tea Room. The Jane Austen Centre has seasonal opening times and the admission price for adults is £12.

A  10% discount  on admission is available with your Bath sightseeing ticket .

Fashion Museum

The Assembly Rooms in the Fashion Museum were purpose-built for 18th Century entertainment in Bath. The Fashion Museum is on the lower ground floor of the Assembly Rooms, and you can dress up, listen to an audio guide and visit the cafe or shop whilst at the museum. The Fashion Museum has seasonal opening times and entry is £9.50 for adults or you can buy a saver ticket including admission to the Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery .

Victoria Art Gallery

If you are a lover of art, the permanent gallery at Victoria Art Gallery is free to enter and there are large temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The museum is filled with paintings, sculptures and decorative arts and collections range from the 15th century to the present day. The Victoria Art Gallery is open from 10:30am-5pm every day and kids can make some art of their own with the worksheets and art trolleys around the museum.

American Museum

Bath is home to the only museum about the history and culture of America outside of the US. The American Museum was created to bring American history to Europe and houses quilt, folk and decorative arts collections. There are events and exhibitions throughout the year. The gardens offer stunning views of Limpley Stoke Valley and the River Avon . Tickets are £14.50 for adults and there is a free shuttle bus to the museum from Bath city centre.

Holburne Museum

When Sir William Holburne inherited his family fortune, an 18 month trip around Europe sparked his interest in collecting bronze sculptures, silver, porcelain and Dutch landscapes. He left his collection to the city of Bath and the Holburne Museum now has an additional 2000 items which have been added since his death. The museum is free to visit and holds workshops for adults, young people and children throughout the year.

Afternoon Tea and Spas

Bath is the only town in Britain with natural thermal spas , making it the perfect place to indulge in a spa weekend or relax for a few hours in the natural warm mineral water. To make your visit extra special, there are also plenty of places in Bath to enjoy afternoon tea, before or after a well-deserved and relaxing natural hot spring experience.

Thermae Bath Spa

If you want to bathe in Britain’s only natural thermal waters, the Thermae Bath Spa has a number of spa packages to fit in with your visit to Bath. Entrance to the main spa includes bathing in the open-air rooftop pool, the Minerva bath and use of the wellness suite. The spa is open every day from 9am-9pm and there is also a restaurant in the spa, which is perfect if you want to indulge in some delicious food during your visit.

Royal Crescent

Overlooking the Royal Victoria Park is the Royal Crescent, which is another fine example of Georgian architecture consisting of 30 terraced houses and a luxury 5 star hotel. The Royal Crescent Hotel has a spa, beautiful gardens and they also offer afternoon tea and day retreats. You can visit the Royal Crescent for free to admire the views, book into the Royal Crescent Hotel or visit the museum at No.1 to learn more about Georgian life.

Royal Hotel Bath

This Grade II listed building has been home to the Royal Hotel Bath for over 150 years. The hotel is both dog and family friendly and you can book a spa package for either a day or a short break. If you book a day spa, you can also include a three course meal, champagne or afternoon tea to complete your visit, depending on which package you choose.

Sally Lunn's

Located in one of the oldest houses in Bath, Sally Lunn's has been in business for centuries. The historic eating house is famous for the Sally Lunn Bun ,  the original Bath Bun. You can expect a rich and local cuisine, as well as historic refreshments, either for afternoon tea, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don't miss out on visiting the historic kitchen museum. It is believed to originally have been the bakery of Sally Lunn who created the first Bath Bun!

There are so many things to do in Bath, so why not make the most of your visit by including a sightseeing tour of the city? You’ll see the best of Bath on two double decker bus tours and you can hop on and off the bus at your leisure to see the sights upclose. For a first idea about our itinerary, feel free to take a look at our map !

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The 16 best things to do in Bath

From glorious thermal springs to lush limestone buildings, here the very best things to do in this Somerset city

Established by the Romans way back in 76BC, Bath is certainly steeped in history. It's beauty makes it more than worthy of a place on everyone's bucket list, but don't worry, it's got a whole lot more to offer that some fun for the history buffs.

This small Somerset city has bags of wonderful things to do, see, and eat. Take a dip in the baths, wander the Royal Crescent, and enjoy the abundance of theatre, comedy and art - there's a tonne of culture to drink in. Here are our top picks for things to do in Bath.

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Top things to do in Bath

Sightsee the city

1.  Sightsee the city

While Bath isn't the biggest city, there's plenty to see and do. Wander around the city and take in the breathtaking sights at a more leisurely pace, making sure to look out for the big-hitters (the Royal Crescent and the Roman Baths are a must-see) as well as other picturesque locations such as the lush Prior Park. Since you'll be spending all day on your feet, don't forget to refuel at one of Bath's best foodie spots, and if you start to get tired (or short on time) take it a little easier by grabbing a ticket for the hop-on-hop-off tour buses. 

Get a bird’s-eye view

2.  Get a bird’s-eye view

If you think Bath looks pretty in pictures, you should see it from the sky! Weather permitting, those with a head for heights can get a unique perspective of the city on a hot air balloon ride. Blimps take off at dusk or dawn, when the city is at its most atmospheric. You can even enjoy the beautiful Somerset countryside with a cheeky bit of bubbly while taking in Bath’s many landmarks from a totally different point of view.

Drink in Bath’s best brews

3.  Drink in Bath’s best brews

If you're a craft beer lover, you'll find plenty of very happy drinking in Bath. The folk round here are fond of a native brew, with many of the pubs stocking locals like Electric Bear, Bath Ales and Abbey Ales (the oldest brewery in town, don’tcha know). And let's not forget the West Country's most revered tipple and the apples that go into it, good old British cider, too. So while you’re here, go straight to the source and learn the art of crafting a beautiful brew. Wadworth’s Victorian tower brewery is a particular highlight.

Indulge in a bit of drama at Rondo Theatre

4.  Indulge in a bit of drama at Rondo Theatre

Forget the blockbuster productions, this fringe theatre located in an old church hall in Larkhall is the place for a show with real charm and intimacy. Rondo is just a short jaunt from the city centre. Here you'll find independent productions, as well as touring shows, plus performances from the resident community theatre group Rondo Theatre Company, which has been going since 1953. On top of that, there's regular shows from comedians, circus acts and much more – this really is a great little venue.

Rock out in an art deco music hall

5.  Rock out in an art deco music hall

The Bath Forum is a beautiful, Grade II-listed old cinema, which first opened its doors in May 1934, but that now offers up its stage to major touring bands, tribute acts, comedians and musicals. The interior is still decked out with gold-leaf flourishes and wooden fixtures and th e 1,600 iconic green seats make this Bath's biggest venue. The Beatles, Paloma Faith and Jamie Cullum have all step foot in here, and, since 1988, The Forum has also been home to Bath City Church.

Laugh it all out at a quality comedy night

6.  Laugh it all out at a quality comedy night

The little sister of Brighton's Komedia is situated in Bath's Grade I-listed Beau Nash House - and you only need to glance at the venue's awards to know you're in for a good time. Firstly, Komedia has won the Chortle Award for Best Venue in the West and Wales a staggering five times and even its kitchen has got in on the prize action, being  awarded Gold at the Taste of the West Awards.  Plus, not only is Komedia great if you're up for a giggle, but you can also catch various other events, such as live music, club nights, film and even burlesque. Once you've laughed until your belly aches, retire to the on-site Arts cafe where you can grab a coffee and a delicious lunch made with local ingredients. 

Step back in time at the Roman Baths

7.  Step back in time at the Roman Baths

In case it wasn't clear in the name, we have the Romans to thank for the Baths in, well, Bath. They unearthed the hot springs in this aptly-named city and built some astounding structures within which to house them. The incredibly well preserved Roman Baths in the centre of town are a sparkling example of the legacy left all those years ago.

Marvel at a true Georgian masterpiece

8.  Marvel at a true Georgian masterpiece

After the Romans had their way and were long consigned to history, it was the Georgians that took a real liking to this spa town during the eighteenth century and built much of the city you see today. They liberally used the famous yellow Bath limestone to construct elaborate and ornate buildings here, including Circus (a circle of large townhouses), the Assembly Rooms (where you'll find the Fashion Museum) and the Pump Rooms. A shouldn't-miss highlight is Royal Crescent , a curved row of 30 Georgian terraces, adorned with 114 Ionic columns and Palladian mouldings, with a ha-ha wall outside. 

Spend a delightful afternoon with a most agreeable author

9.  Spend a delightful afternoon with a most agreeable author

All those Sunday Evening period dramas owe a massive debt to one particular author, one-time Bath resident Jane Austen. Located in an original Georgian townhouse, the Jane Austin Centre allows visitors to trace Austen's story, with help from costumed actors, who have the details on everything worth knowing about the late author's life in Bath during the early nineteenth century. While you're here, you can also enjoy a cuppa in the Regency Tea Room and bag a momento of your trip from the giftshop.

Enjoy a day at the races

10.  Enjoy a day at the races

Have a flutter on the horses at Bath's old racecourse at  Landsdown Hill . It's about a 20-minute drive from Bath Spa station by taxi and people have been making their way here for over 200 hundred years, since the first annual meet-up was held in 1811. These days, there are about 30 fixtures a year, plus other special events such as beer and cider festivals, half marathons and wedding fairs. Facilities include a canopy-covered roof garden and fine dining in the Royal Crescent Suite, which has a great view of the track below.

Find the perfect frock

11.  Find the perfect frock

Bath's Fashion Museum is located down in the basement of The Assembly Rooms. Originally opened by designer Doris Langley Moore in the 1960s to showcase her collection of costumes – in what was then known as the Museum of Costume – this much loved little fashion haven now tells the story of what we've worn over the last couple of hundred years. From Georgian silk shoes to Nike Airs, a wander round here is a colourful and fascinating journey through fabric and form.

Dine out at the oldest house in Bath

12.  Dine out at the oldest house in Bath

The Sally Lunn bun. Mean anything to you? Well, it will once you've visited to the oldest house in Bath, other wise known as Sally Lunn's . This little tea room and restaurant is famed for birthing a certain kind of hybrid teacake that's part bread bun, part cake and much loved here in Bath. Sally Lunn's is open from breakfast through to dinner, serving regional dishes, including the 'trencher dinner', which comes with the traditional trencher bread that people used to use as plates many hundreds of years ago.

Breathe in the Bath countryside

13.  Breathe in the Bath countryside

South of Bath Spa station is the eighteenth-century, wonderfully landscaped Prior Park . Originally founded by entrepreneur Ralph Allen, the park is now run and lovingly maintained by the National Trust. The Palladian bridge is the park's most striking landmark and is one of only four to exist in the world. There's also a gothic temple and an ice house that was once used by the old mansion on the grounds. Regualr family activities are always taking place and there are two tiny shops – one in an outdoor cupboard and the other in a boat. There's also a Tea Shed that's open on weekends throughout the winter months to help you warm those freezing fingers.

Take a gander at Sir William Holburne's art collection

14.  Take a gander at Sir William Holburne's art collection

Sir William Holburne was a navy man who travelled the oceans and harboured a sincere love for art. As such, he was able to collect unusual and rare pieces from all over the world. The Holbourne Museum houses his extensive collection of artifacts, as well as many other fascinating works of art ranging from Georgian oil paintings to sixteenth-century carvings and much more. One of Sir William's passports even survives to this day, displayed in here alongside his medals awarded for bravery in the Battle of Trafalgar.

Be stunned by Bath Abbey's glorious gothic architecture

15.  Be stunned by Bath Abbey's glorious gothic architecture

As soon as you walk into Bath Abbey , look up. The exquisite vaulted ceiling above is a feat of sixteenth-century architecture. The intricate pattern, which finely fans out from the walls, was created by Robert and William Vertue, who also designed the ceiling of the Henry VII chapel at Westminster Abbey. Take a tour of the towers which lets you stand above the incredible ceiling and takes you to the bell chamber for a peek behind the clock face. If you're after a different perspective, hop on a cruiser and make your way down the River Avon to take in the Abbey's grandeur from afar.

Bed down at one of the city's best hotels

16.  Bed down at one of the city's best hotels

Whether you’re here for the spectacular Roman Baths, are a Jane Austin megafan keen to explore the town she made her own, or just to take in the city's many glorious architectural wonders and see some fine art, you won’t have to worry about finding good accommodation. Bath has something to offer for all budgets and categories, from the delightful No15 Great Pulteney that's housed in a Georgian terrace to  the exquisite eponymous hotel and spa  located  in the Royal Crescent.

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Places to visit in Bath (+ things to do, map & travel tips)

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Posted on Last updated: July 22, 2023

Places to visit in Bath England

Are you going on a trip to the beautiful English city of Bath? With so many things to see in Bath it is easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities. If you want to know the best places to visit in Bath we have you covered! Below you will find our guide to help plan your ultimate trip.

Bath, one of Britain’s oldest cities, has been a center for wellness and pleasure since the days of the Roman Empire. Its naturally warm and mineral-rich waters attracted those who sought its curative powers and potential for rejuvenation.

Consequently, Bath became a destination for the wealthy elite who could afford such indulgences. The architecture and culture reflect this prosperous past and today visitors to the UK would be amiss to leave Bath off of their travel itinerary.

Fans of Georgian architecture will be in awe. The town’s honey-coloured townhouses and buildings are next to none. You’ll feel as if you’ve slipped into a Jane Austen novel as you stroll throughout Bath, admiring upwards of 5,000 historic buildings.

Many, like the Royal Crescent and the Circus , were considered revolutionary architectural achievements of their time. For those who enjoy a little shopping, Bath’s charming streets are lined with delightful boutiques and independently owned shops.

Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion or for souvenirs, you’ll be able to find just the thing in Bath. You’ll also be able to choose from a wide variety of restaurants and cafés, many of which feature locally grown produce and artisan ingredients. If you have any time left, there are many noteworthy museums and galleries to explore as well.

There are so many things to see in Bath, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities. To help you plan your trip, here is a list of the best things to do in Bath , along with a few honourable mentions and hidden gems.

We recommend taking the hop-on hop-off bus in Bath to see all the sights or taking a walking tour with a guide who can tell you all about the history of this beautiful city.

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Top places to visit in Bath

If you’re making a list of the top Bath tourist attractions, the Roman Baths would unquestionably be number one. Startlingly well preserved, they were constructed in 70 A.D. as a bathing and socializing complex that utilized the area’s natural thermal springs.

Amongst the ruins, you can see the heated changing rooms, plunge pools and the complicated system of pipes that brought the hot mineral-rich waters up through the ground.

There is also an interactive museum with many exhibits that bring the history around you to life. You can even sample the mineral water while you are there, just like the Romans and Celts did so long ago.

Also, be sure to take a moment and admire the lovely view of the Abbey which is just across the way.

If you’re looking for things to do in Bath at night, check to see if they are offering their tours by torchlight. Creep around the 2000-year-old pavements after dark using only the light of torches as your guide. It’s a way to experience the Roman Baths unlike any other.

For a daytime visit, however, check online for opening times and prices. A word of advice — try to go early in order to avoid the crowds.

Roman Baths in Bath

Right across from the Roman Baths is the Bath Abbey. One of the top Bath attractions, it is the parish church of the Church of England and stands proudly on the town’s highest hill.

It was founded in the 7th century and has a long and colourful history, having been built and rebuilt several times and finally restored in 1860. Its gorgeous multi-story stained glass windows and high ceilings are truly breathtaking.

To best understand the history of the church, take a guided tour — preferably one that includes a trip up to the tower. It’s only 212 steps to the top and on the way, you’ll pass the bell ringing chamber and be behind the clock face.

When you arrive at the top, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the town and the Somerset countryside beyond.

Tours usually take less than an hour. Entrance to the Bath Abbey is free but a donation of £5 per person is highly encouraged.

An image of Bath Abbey which is one of the most popular places to do in Bath

Ever wanted to see how the other half lived in 18th century Britain? Then the Royal Crescent should absolutely occupy the number one spot on your “Bath places to visit” list.

The Royal Crescent is made up of 30 identical Georgian townhouses designed specifically for the aristocracy. It is one of the most impressive achievements in 18th-century architecture.

Their fronts are amazingly symmetrical as they gently curve around a vast and neatly manicured lawn. The backs of the structures are more varied, with differing details and roof heights.

Venture into No.1 Royal Crescent, the first townhouse built that today serves as a museum. It has been authentically decorated top to bottom just as it would have been back in the 1700s.

In addition to the luxury accommodations of the residents, visitors will have a chance to see the scullery and servants’ quarters that are below the stairs. The juxtaposition of both the upstairs and downstairs lives is something to behold and provides for a better understanding of what life was truly like for the people that called these places home.

Viewing the Royal Crescent in Bath is one of the best things to do in Bath England

For the fashion-minded looking for activities to do in Bath, a visit to the Assembly Rooms and the Fashion Museum is a must.

First, explore the Assembly Rooms with their lovely chandeliers, stone carving and mirrors.

Then, enter the museum and you’ll find an extensive collection of mostly British-oriented historic and contemporary clothing, from the pastel, flowing gowns of the Georgian era to radical new works from today’s most sought after designers. See 160 examples of period fashion from the last 400 years, including gloves, shoes, scarves, jewellery and all of the fashionable accoutrements.

Feel like dressing up yourself? Kids and adults will enjoy trying on a variety of corsets, dresses, hats and bonnets. Once thoroughly outfitted, you can even have your picture taken in front of a backdrop of the Royal Crescent.

Plan to spend at least two hours exploring the museum.

The Assembly Rooms in Bath England

Sally Lunn’s

A visit to the world-famous Sally Lunn’s Eating House is one of the mandatory things to do in Bath. It’s located in the town’s centre in one of Bath’s oldest homes, built in 1482. Sally Lunn, a Huguenot refugee, lived there in 1680.

The one skill she brought with her from France was the gift of bread baking. It wasn’t long before her bread caused a sensation and became what is known today as the Bath bun, a lighter-than-air brioche-style bread.

It is a large, sharable loaf that is ideal for either savoury or sweet accompaniments. The menu at Sally Lunn’s centres around the Bath bun but they also have a variety of historical and contemporary offerings.

Sally Lunn’s original kitchen dates back to 1622, and visitors should make time to visit the tiny kitchen museum on the premises to learn about the restaurant’s fascinating history.

Sally Lunn’s is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. If you dine there, admission to the museum is free.

Sally Lunn's in Bath England

Right next to the Roman Baths, you’ll find the Pump Rooms , one of the most opulent establishments in Bath. Since the 17th century, drinking the waters directly from the spring has been considered medically advantageous.

An elaborate building was erected on the spot so that the Georgian elite could partake in comfort. Over the years, other buildings were added to accommodate the ever-increasing popularity.

Today, visitors to the complex will walk under glittering chandeliers to sample elegantly presented daytime refreshments.

The Pump Room Restaurant is renowned for its sumptuous afternoon tea, which will tempt guests with teas, coffee or even champagne and a spread of delicate finger sandwiches, little cakes and dainty pastry like none other.

Don’t forget to sample the locally famous Bath bun! It’s all presented by Searcy’s, renowned British caterers.

Sign for the Pump Rooms in Bath a popular attraction in Bath England

How about taking a dip into history? As Britain’s only natural thermal spa, the Thermae Bath Spa combines five historic buildings with the contemporary New Royal Bath. Get ready for luxury. Slip into a robe and slippers and choose from a variety of spa treatments.

If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Bath, why not schedule a couple’s spa session? It doesn’t get much more relaxing and intimate than that. If you’d rather, you can just bask by their rooftop pool and soak in the amazing 360-degree views of the city.

If you get a little peckish after all of that indulgence, stop in at the Springs Café Restaurant which serves light snacks and a variety of cold and hot drinks.

The Thermae Bath Spa is open throughout the week. It is best to pre-book any spa treatments, so go online and secure any reservations before your arrival.

Thermae Bath Spa in Bath England

If you’re looking to do a little Bath sightseeing, be sure not to miss the Pulteney Bridge, one of the most famous landmarks in Bath. It was designed in 1769 by Robert Adam as a way to span the River Avon and give the residents of Bath a connection to the other side.

Pulteney Bridge was named after Frances Pulteney, the wife of a prominent citizen and landowner William Johnstone Pulteney. The amazing thing about this bridge is that it is one of the few in the world that has built-in shops lining both sides.

Because of the bridge’s unique attributes as well as its pediments, pilasters and domes, it is one of the most photographed spots in Bath. To get the best photo of the bridge, make sure to visit the Parade Gardens, which has the best view.

Pulteney Bridge in Bath os one of the most popular places to visit in Bath England

If you’re ready for some nature time in the midst of your Bath vacation, visit the Parade Gardens, a pleasant two-and-a-half-acre park right in the heart of Bath. It was created in 1933 on the site of the 18th-century pleasure gardens.

The Parade Gardens overlook the River Avon and also offer lovely views of the Pulteney Bridge. The location is so picturesque, it’s no wonder that many local couples have chosen its grounds to be the setting for their wedding.

For those gardeners or garden appreciators, make sure to see the bedding displays that include both traditional and sculptural bedding. Take a walk along the river and then stop at the charming café for a well-deserved treat.

The Parade Gardens are open from the week before Easter until the end of September. Before you go, it is best to check online as the hours may change depending on the weather.

Keep in mind, there is a small fee to enter the Parade Gardens.

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Attention architecture fans! A short walk from Bath’s city centre, next to the Royal Crescent, is the Circus — a perfectly arranged ring of historic Georgian townhouses.

In 1754, these Palladian-style houses were designed by John Wood the Elder as part of his grand plan to make Bath a centre of classical architecture. Sadly, because of his untimely death, the Circus had to be finished by his son, John Wood the Younger.

One famous former resident of the Circus was portrait and landscape painter, Thomas Gainsborough, who lived there for 16 years as a tenant in 1759.

If you’re looking for free things to do in Bath, visiting the Circus should be very high on your list.

For the best view, take a walk to the small park in its centre and take it all in. There will be towering, leafy trees overhead while you contemplate the marvellous historic past of Bath.

The Circus in Bath is a magnificent example of Georgian architecture for which the city is famous and one of the best places to visit in Bath England

No trip to Bath would be complete without paying homage to one of the city’s most famous former residents, Jane Austen. The Jane Austen Centre is a museum set in a Georgian townhouse that celebrates her time living in Bath as well as the influence the city had upon her works.

This family-friendly museum seeks to create an immersive and interactive experience for visitors to really experience what Jane Austen’s world must have been like.

You can dress up like a Regency lady or gentleman with top hats and bonnets.

Visitors will learn about the complicated rules of polite society while getting a better understanding of the culture.

After you’ve had your fill exploring the museum, stop in at the Regency Tea Rooms upstairs for a delightful spot of tea.

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Outside the Jane Austen Centre

If shopping is on your agenda, one of the best places to visit in Bath is historic Milsom Street. Built in 1762 by Thomas Lightholder, the buildings were originally three-level townhouses, most of which have mansard roofs and Corinthian columns.

Today, they are occupied by an assortment of eclectic shops, on-trend restaurants, offices and banks.

If you’re looking for the latest fashion or just something unusual to take home as a souvenir, Milsom Street is a great place to start.

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What is an American Museum doing in Bath? In the late 1950s, the founders, Dr Dallas Pratt and John Judkyn wanted to promote Anglo-American understanding and celebrate American decorative arts.

In 1961, the only American museum outside of the United States was opened. Their collection of paintings, furniture, textiles and household luxuries is well worth visiting.

In 1900 the Victoria Art Gallery was opened in Bath in honour of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.

Though the ground floor was originally used as a public library, today the entire facility is dedicated to its role as a public art museum. It boasts a collection of over 1,500 artistic treasures, including sculpture, paintings and decorative arts.

Of particular interest is an exhibition that features British oil paintings from the 17th century to the modern-day.

Do you want a ready-made itinerary for your visit to Bath? Click here for the perfect one day Bath itinerary.

Travel tips and your questions answered about visiting Bath

You can find more travel tips and common questions asked by visitors to Bath in my Bath Travel Guide.

Of course, you can visit Bath any time of year and have a delightful stay but if you travel at the beginning of May, you’ll be treated to bright green lawns, blooming fruit trees and hedgerows just beginning to blossom.

There will also be longer daylight hours, which makes it possible to pack in even more activities. Schools in the UK let out in late July so travelling before that may help to avoid the crowds. In order to fully appreciate Bath, plan to stay at least two nights or even for a long weekend.

Read more about in my guide to visiting the UK across the seasons.

There are numerous possibilities if you wish to travel from the capital to Bath on public transport including by train or coach.

There are also numerous tours available from London to Bath which usually incorporate other areas of interest in the region such as the Cotswolds, Stonehenge or Oxford.

Read more in my complete guide to travelling to Bath from London

There are numerous accommodation options in Bath to suit all travel tastes, styles and budgets including:

  • Best – The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa
  • Mid-range – Dukes
  • Budget – Brooks Guesthouse

Find more options in my guide to the best places to stay in Bath

If you prefer a walking tour with a guide (I always find I learn so much more) rather than explore the city independently there are a number of recommended walking tours you could join.

  • Private Walking Tour with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide – 1.5-hour private tour for your group (up to 6 people)
  • Unconventional History of Bath Walking Tour – A fun, interactive, and unconventional 2-hour walking tour through the city’s storied history.
  • Ghost Walking Tour – Explore the dark side of Bath on this private walking tour. Hear the ghost stories that haunt this unique city.

> Click here for more private and group tours available in Bath

Bath is a hilly city so I recommend comfortable walking shoes. Take an umbrella – rain showers are common at any time of year in the UK.

Bath is a walkable city but there is a hop-on and hop-off bus available if you prefer.

Click here for more information about the hop-on-hop-off bus service in Bath.

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Final thoughts

Read more about visiting Bath in my Bath Travel Guide which contains links to all my articles about the city plus more tips and tricks to make the most of your visit.

If you are looking for other places to explore in this region of England my guide to visiting the South West is a great place to start. You can also find information about exploring the nearby Cotswolds in my Cotswold Travel Guide !

If you have specific questions about a destination in England why not join my UK and London Travel Planning Group on Facebook where you can chat with others planning their trip.

Looking for more inspiration for your travels in England? Check out my England Travel Planning Guide which has loads of ideas, tips and resources to plan your itinerary.

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There are many Tourist Attractions in Bath and visitors to Bath are able to enjoy access to some of the most iconic and exciting tourist attractions that the South West has to offer. From architectural delights such as the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and the Roman Baths, to irresistible points of interest like the Thermae Bath Spa, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery.

Bath is a cultural and visual mecca, brimming with museums, attractions and amusements. Here's our guide to Tourist Attractions in Bath to help you make the most of the incredible sights on offer.

Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

About: Located in the heart of the World Heritage Site, Thermae is an award-winning Natural Spa, where visitors can enjoy bathing in the thermal waters of the Minerva Bath and open-air rooftop pool, refresh their senses in the Wellness Suite and choose from over 50 spa treatments and packages.

Address:  Hot Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SJ

Telephone: 01225 33 1234

No.1 Royal Crescent

No.1 Royal Crescent

About: No.1 Royal Crescent reveals how our Georgian ancestors lived, worked, socialised and what their interests were, with the building decorated and furnished as it might have been during the period 1776-1796. Hands-on items and knowledgeable guides help bring the period to life and you’ll discover some intriguing secrets of the times - both upstairs and downstairs!

Address:  Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR 

Telephone:  01225 428126 

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy

About:  The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is the former home of Astronomer William Herschel and is a Museum dedicated to him and his family's achievements. Explore the magic behind astronomy and the fascinating discoveries made by the Herschel family.

There are plenty of things to see and do at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, such as:

  • The Caroline Lucretia Gallery
  • Globes and Planetaria 
  • The Herschel Family Tree
  • The Music Room
  • The Workshop
  • William Herschel's Travel Diary
  • Mirror Polishing Machine
  • Dress worn by Caroline Herschel
  • Caroline Herschel's Visitor's Book
  • Miniature portrait group of Margaret Bryan and her daughters

Address:  19 New King Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2BL

Telephone:  01225 446865

The Museum of Bath Architecture

The Museum of Bath Architecture

About:  The Museum of Bath Architecture shows you the history behind all the eighteenth century buildings and impressive architecture.

This is a great family friendly day out that lets you explore and learn the rich architectural history of Bath as it was turned from a small medieval town to the world famous Georgian city.

Address:  The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Paragon, The Vineyards, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5NA

Telephone:  01225 333895

Beckford's Tower & Museum

Beckford's Tower & Museum

About: Beckford's Tower is the only surviving example of William Beckford's fantastic architectural achievements. This popular museum explores William Beckford's life and gives you an insight into what his life was like when he was an owner of Jamaican sugar plantations. 

Address:  Beckford's Tower and Museum, Lansdown Road, Bath, Somerset, BA1 9BH

Telephone:  01225 422212

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

About: Based around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water today. The ruins and extensive treasures from the spring are beautifully preserved and presented, allowing visitors to see the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements around the simmering pool. 

Address: Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1LZ

Telephone:  01225 477785

Bath Abbey

About: Bath Abbey stands in the centre of the city and is the last of the great medieval churches of England. One of the most visited attractions in the South West, this beautiful place of worship has been welcoming pilgrims and visitors for hundreds of years. Whether visiting to explore the stunning interior of the Abbey, to enjoy the choral music or to have a private moment with God, Bath Abbey is a truly unique attraction worth experiencing first hand.

Address: 12 Kingston Buildings Bath Somerset BA1 1LT

Telephone: 01225 422462

The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent

About: The Royal Crescent is one of the city's best known landmarks and is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the UK. Designed by John Wood the younger, the Grade I listed building was built between 1767 and 1775. Of the 30 houses found in the crescent, one is now the Royal Crescent Hotel, while another is open to the public.

Address: Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS

Telephone:  01225 428126

Fashion Museum

Fashion Museum

About: A must visit for fashionistas - Bath Fashion Museum is home to a world-class collection of contemporary and historical clothes and costumes from yesteryear. The displays include 150 dressed figures to illustrate the changing styles in fashionable clothes from the late 16th century right up to the present day. 

Address:  Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH

Telephone: 01225 477173

The Jane Austen Centre

The Jane Austen Centre

About: The Jane Austen Centre tells the story of one of Bath's most famous residents and the effect that living and working in the city had on her writing. Packed full with fascinating exhibitions and displays, ‘live’ guides, costumes and exclusive films, a trip to the Jane Austen Centre is guaranteed to excite literary fanatics and history lovers alike.

Address:  40 Gay Street, Bath, BA1 2NT

Telephone:  01225 443000

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

About: Spanning the River Avon, Pulteney Bridge, is often described as one of the UK's most beautiful bridges. Much like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Pulteney is one of only four bridges in the world to be lined with shops on both sides. Designed by Robert Adam and completed in 1773 the bridge was constructed to create a new town at Bathwick, just across the river from Bath.

Address:  Bridge Street, Bath, Avon, BA2 4AT

Telephone: NA

Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery

About: The Victoria Art Gallery is a free public art museum with an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts spanning from the 15th century to present day. As well as housing permanent art exhibitions, the gallery regularly displays national touring exhibitions and major retrospectives. Works by artists including Gainsborough, Sickert, Zoffan can all be found in the museum.

Address: Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT

Telephone: 01225 477232

The Circus

About:  Built in the eighteenth century and designed by John Wood the elder, The Circus is yet another example of the city's striking Georgian architecture complete with fine detailed Bath stone carvings.  An astonishing creation, The Circus is one of the key reasons Bath was awarded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Address: The Circus, Bath, BA1 2

Parade Gardens

Parade Gardens

About: Located on the banks of the River Avon, Parade Gardens provide spectacular views overlooking Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney Weir. Band concerts are held regularly over of the course of the Summer and the park's floral bedding displays are some of the best in Britain. 

Address:  Grand Parade, Bath, BA1 1DF

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Why we love Bath

A wellness retreat for the Romans and elegant Georgian architecture around every corner – Bath is the city that has it all. But look beyond its UNESCO World Heritage status and discover a destination bursting with cultural and gastronomic delights, from live music and comedy to captivating tours and experiences.

From a paddle down the River Avon, to touring the Bridgerton filming locations made famous by Netflix’s smash hit series – you won’t be short of finding adventure. Bust out your best moves at the world’s largest greenfield music and arts festival, Glastonbury, or discover life through the eyes of a literary favourite at the annual Jane Austen festival. From shopping and exploring the Roman baths, to taking a dip in the mineral-rich waters of the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa, this is one place not to be missed.

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Discover diverse flavours

Fill your tummy with foodie delights on a city tour with a bite to it! Say hi to the locals as you pass through Bath’s streets tucking into culinary artisans, sweet locally baked buns and seasonal produce.

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The Royal Crescent, Bath

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A regal tour of Bath

Live out all your lavish fantasies on a Bridgerton tour – wander through Bath’s streets for picturesque sightseeing and discover the Bridgerton filming locations from the hit series, including the Royal Crescent and the Holburne.

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Bath Carnival

Creativity bursts into the city in July with Bath Carnival . Feel the rhythm of the city come alive with samba drumming, carnival dancers and let the DJ take the celebrations into dusk.

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Thermae Bath Spa

Britain’s only natural thermal spa, located in the historic city of Bath, offers the ultimate in relaxation.

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Roman Baths

Tour the original Roman Baths and discover fascinating archaeological finds from pre-Roman and Roman Britain.

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No. 1 Royal Crescent

Explore fashionable life in 18th century Georgian Bath at this restored town-house museum, which had a starring role in Bridgerton.

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The Jane Austen Centre

Fans of the author won’t want to miss this museum chronicling Jane Austen’s life and times, plus Regency tearoom.

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Bath Skyline

Head out on this circular National Trust trail, which affords spectacular views of the historic city of Bath.

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Thermae Bath Spa

This former monastery is one of Bath’s most magnificent monuments, with amazing views from its tower.

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Pulteney Bridge

Dating back to 1796, this Georgian marvel is a highlight of city tours and boat trips.

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Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House

Dating back to the 1400s, this restaurant, museum and shop specialises in traditional British cuisine.

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Brit Movies Bridgerton Tour

History meets Hollywood on this filming locations walking tour, packed with behind-the-scenes gossip.

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Bailey Balloons

Soar up, up and away over Bath and the Somerset countryside, on a hot air balloon adventure.

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Stonehenge and Avebury

Spy the wolrd-famous mysterious prehistoric monument that continues to puzzle us all.

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The Green Rocket

This friendly veggie and vegan restaurant has won multiple awards for its plant-based menu.

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The Elder Restaurant

From farm to fork, this bistro takes seasonal and sustainable dining to a whole new level.

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Upper City Bath

Look out for locally-made fashions, artisan beauty products, art studios and more.

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Central Bath Shopping

Big-name fashion, designer and homeware stores rub shoulders with small independents and quirky boutiques.

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Walcot Artisan Quarter

From classic vinyl to royal-themed ceramics and second-hand books – you’ll find it all right here.

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Bath Boating Station

Explore the River Avon in a rowing boat, punt, canoe or motorboat from this historic rental spot.

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Little Solsbury Hill

Surrounded by glorious countryside, this panoramic peak was the location of an Iron Age hill fort.

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Bath Botanical Gardens

This beautiful park has been a haven for picnics, walks and wildlife watching since 1840.

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Great bands, cheap drinks and an amazing atmosphere: this underground venue hosts gigs and club nights galore.

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Bath Fringe Festival

Entertainment for all the family – with dancing, exhibitions, film screenings, live music and more.

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The Bath Festival

Books and music take centre stage – with author talks, live concerts, novel signings and more.

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Bath Assembly Rooms

With glittering chandeliers and soaring architecture, this is a fabulous location for events and concerts.

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Jane Austen Trail in Sydney Gardens

Follow in the great author’s footsteps, and discover the places that inspired Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

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Gravel Walk - Persuasion

One of Jane Austen’s settings, this beautiful back-street also features in the Netflix series of Persuasion.

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Plate Restaurant and Terrace

Whether for long lazy lunches, afternoon tea, or traditional Sunday roasts with all the trimmings.

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Savouring Bath

From street food tours and small-batch distilleries, to trips packed with ice cream, cheese and comfort food.

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The Pump Room Restaurant

Breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea are accompanied by live piano music, and beautiful Georgian architecture.

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Bizarre Bath

Enjoy the lighter side of Bath on this comedy-packed walking tour, with street theatre and stunts galore.

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Victoria Falls Adventure Golf

This mini-golf course offers 18 challenging holes to play, all in a beautiful garden setting.

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Book paddleboarding and kayaking tours of Bath, plus raft building, code-breaking, climbing and abseiling.

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Bath Comedy Festival

Have a right laugh at Bath’s epic 26 days of live comedy spanning across the whole city. Expect big comedy names with big jokes, and get ready to really laugh your socks off!

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Skyline perspectives

Wander up to Solsbury Hill and the other heights above Bath for skyline views over the bustling city and beyond, mixing nature with autumnal colours and beautiful fresh perspectives.

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Bath at Christmas

From an amble through its traditional Christmas market to a steamy twilight swim at the city’s rooftop pool – winter is a magical time in Bath with glistening lights and plenty of festive fayre.

Places to stay in Bath

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Bath’s centre is where you’ll find most of the incredible historical and cultural gems. Bath City, the oldest part is blessed with handsome Georgian architecture and atmosphere to enjoy getting lost, and here boasts the only place in Britain where you can bathe in natural thermal hot springs.

From cosy pubs to trendy bars, a smattering of decent night life to places to wine and dine. North of the city centre is worth discovering for an alternative with boutique shops and speciality sports.

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This area features perhaps Bath’s most famous street, the truly awesome horseshoed shaped, Royal Crescent (built in the 1700s). Its close enough to the centre, and offers luxury and an poetic atmosphere.

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Cool creative Bristol is a must-see for art, culture and action-packed adventure.

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Lush rolling pastures, pretty stone villages and rambling rivers - the Cotswolds has it all.

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Step into a land of castles, world-renowned rugby and a whole host of myths and legends.

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Getting to Bath

Well connected by train, coach and bus to destinations across the UK, getting to and around Bath is easy. First Bus is the largest of several bus operators connecting the city, while Great Western Railway operates regular services from London Paddington and destinations across the south west.

Getting around

Get orientated and see all the major sights aboard a  hop on, hop off city sightseeing bus tour .

Bath Spa  is the city’s major railway station, with trains departing from the city centre to destinations throughout Britain.

With 14 self-service hire stations around the city, traffic-free cycle routes and the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path, the scenic city of Bath is brilliant when  explored by bike .

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1. Roman Baths

Roman Baths

1 km from city center 1 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The Roman Baths was built by the Romans around 2000 years ago and it was later discovered by the Victorians. It is one of the must see tourist attractions in Bath. These are fuelled by England's only hot springs and it outputs over a million litres of hot water per day.æ

2. Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

1 km from city center 2 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The only place in Britain where one can bathe in the hot and natural water. The Thermae Bath Spa is a modern spa located in the heart of the city which uses the healing waters to soothe and relax people.æ

3. Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

1 km from city center 3 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The last Gothic Church in England, Bath Abbey was started in 1499 and built on the ruins of the Norman Cathedral. It is a huge church and located next to the Roman Baths. One can get a wonderful view of Bath from the Abbey Tower.æ

4. The Circus

The Circus

1 km from city center 4 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The perfect example of Georgian architecture in Bath, The Circus is a popular building. The name is derived from Latin word circus that means a ring or circle.æ

5. Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen Centre

1 km from city center 5 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Jane Austen Centre is located in the Queens Square and it is a popular museum in Bath. It is a fascinating testament to the last appeal of Jane Austen.æ

6. Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney Weir

Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney Weir

1 km from city center 6 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Pulteney Bridge is a famous bridge built over the River Avon in Bath. It connects the city with the new Georgian town of Bathwick. Constructed in a Palladian style, the best thing about the bridge is that it has shops built across its both sides. It is now designated as a Grade 1 building in Bath.

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7. Great Pulteney Street

Great Pulteney Street

1 km from city center 7 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

It is a Georgian street located on the other side of the Pulteney Bridge. It is made for casual strolling and is one of the best places to spend some time in the city.æ

8. Royal Crescent

Royal Crescent

1 km from city center 8 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

A semi elliptical crescent house, the Royal Crescent was designed by John Wood and was completed in 1774. It was the first of the eight crescents in Bath and the shape is the most unique one among all.æ

9. Sion Hill

Sion Hill

2 km from city center 9 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Sion Hill is a wealthy neighbourhood that is located on the upper part of the city. It is the perfect place to go and have a pleasant stoll and get a view of the attractive stone buildings in Bath.æ

10. Holburne Museum of Art

Holburne Museum of Art

1 km from city center 10 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

This museum is located on the Great Pulteney Street which displays the treasures collected by Sir William Holburne. There are works by many famous artists and painters.æ

11. Theatre Royal, Bath

Theatre Royal, Bath

1 km from city center 11 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

One of the former, oldest and presently functioning theatres of ancient Bath, the Theatre Royal was inaugurated in 1805 with a Shakespearean play; Richard III. Located on Sawclose, the theatre is a 4-minute walk from the Bath city centre. With an accommodation of 900 visitors, the preserved Theatre Royal is one of the limited models of the architecture of the era.

12. Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms

1 km from city center 12 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Designed by John Wood, the younger Bath Assembly rooms are Grade 1 listed buildings in Bath which are now a major public attraction.æ

13. Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park

20 km from city center 13 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Alexandra Park, located in Somerset County of England, is one of the major attractions of the ancient city of Bath. The park is equipped with lavish greenery and acts as a tower giving the visitor an eyeful picture of the old town of Bath. Situated on Shakespeare Avenue, the Alexandra park is set on top of Beechen Cliff and can be reached easily through different modes. It is a dominant local hangout spot, as it provides a whiff of the atmosphere built upon peaceful nature while giving a wholesome perspective of Bath.

14. Prior Park Landscape Garden

Prior Park Landscape Garden

1 km from city center 14 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The Prior Park Landscape Garden, a former deer park turned agricultural farm is now a tourist attraction. Located on the Ralph Allen drive, south Bath, the park is at a convenient distance from the city centre. It houses some of Europe’s long lost Palladian architectural styles and ancient English ruins, gravitating history and nature lovers towards it. Adding to the heritage value of the ancient city of Bath, the park is more of a monument than a park.

15. Sally Lunns House

Sally Lunns House

1 km from city center 15 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The Sally Lunn’s House is the oldest building of Bath dating back to the 13th century. Located on the North Parade Passage, it is an archaic restaurant serving the Bath bun, an age-old delight of the region. The exclusive Bath bun or Sally Lunn is a big, fluffy and light savoury that is a mixture of a muffin, bread and cake made with flour, cream and eggs, relished with warm or burnt butter. The Sally Lunn’s House also has a room dedicated to Jane Austen, who held the Sally Lunn buns as one of her favourites. Today, visitors and Jane Austen fans can pay a visit and dine at the same place their idol took delight in the Bath Bun.

16. Fashion Museum, Bath

Fashion Museum, Bath

193 km from city center 16 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The Fashion Museum, Bath has an immense collection of over 100,000 objects of clothing and fashion from the Shakespearean era to our era; roughly from the 14th century to the 21st century. Established in the year 1963, the Fashion Museum Bath is set within the walls of the Assembly Rooms of Bath. One of their exciting collections, “Glove Stories” is a collection of a range of gloves from different ages, preserved and up for exhibition. This exhibition is said to be for display only until March 2020, which may want you to double your chances of visiting!

17. Museum of East Asian Art

Museum of East Asian Art

1 km from city center 17 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Established in 1993, the Museum of East Asian Art is the only museum of the United Kingdom preserving collections of East Asian art and other artefacts. Located on Bennett Street, the museum is a 12-minute walk from the city centre. The museum has an array of over 2000 items of jade, ceramic, bronze, wood and bamboo carvings from Korea, China, Japan and Southeast Asian. The art items conserved in the museum are as old as 5000 BCE.

18. Victorian Art Gallery

Victorian Art Gallery

2 km from city center 18 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The Victorian Art Gallery of Bath was named in the honour of celebrating 60 years of Victorian Reign. A former public library turned contemporary art gallery, this art gallery of Bath was devised in the year 1897 by John McKean Brydon. The extensive collections of art objects preserved by the museum also include oil paintings belonging to 17th century Britain. Situated along Bridge Street, the Victorian Art Gallery is approximately an 8-minute distance from the city centre on foot and a 7-minute drive. It is the perfect attraction for art lovers.

19. Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

1 km from city center 19 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

This former house turned present astronomical attraction was the residence of one of the leading astronomers and musicians of the 16th Century, William Herschel. The man behind the discovery of the planet Uranus. A five storied building, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy is located on the New King Street at a walkable distance from the city centre.

20. Bath Festival

Bath Festival

20 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

This wide-scale celebration of music and literature has been in vogue since 1668 but came to be defined as the “Bath International Music Festival” only in the year 1948. Since the name was limiting just to music, it was reinitiated as the “Bath Festival” in 2017. Usually held for two weeks between late May and early June, the Bath Festival features a wide range of locally and globally renowned artists from different art fields.

21. Have Afternoon Tea at Bath Tearooms

Have Afternoon Tea at Bath Tearooms

6,144 km from city center 21 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Visitors can enjoy afternoon tea from some of the Bath's famous tea rooms like the Pump Room, the Bath Priory, the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Bath Tea House or the Sweet Little Things etc which offers an unforgettable experience delightful and respite from the bustling street of Bath.

22. Spend Family Time at Bath City Farm

Spend  Family Time at Bath City Farm

7,611 km from city center 22 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Bath City Farm located in Kelston View, Whiteway, Bath BA2 1NW, United Kingdom, offers some of the most picturesque landscapes in England. Enjoy serenity and peace of mind while beholding a spectacular view of the wide expanse of the rural countryside and the rural life.

23. Picnic at Royal Victoria Park

Picnic at Royal Victoria Park

23 km from city center 23 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Royal Victoria Park located at Marlborough Ln, Bath, United Kingdom is a unique blend of picturesque landscapes and serene beauty enjoying the sport of kite flying, frisbee throwing and beautiful natural surroundings at one of England's largest urban parks.

24. Skyline Walk

Skyline Walk

0 km from city center 24 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

Popular for its gorgeous visuals, Bath Skyline Walk is a 6-mile-long circular walk around the Bath Skyline starting from Bath city centre. The walk is done on an elevated and well-maintained footpath. It takes you through several wildflower meadows and farmlands with hidden valleys and woodlands.

25. Bridgerton Themed Walking Tour

Bridgerton Themed Walking Tour

5 km from city center 25 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The Bridgerton Themed Walking Tour Bath is dedicated to the hit Netflix show that was known for its drama and romance. You get to see several locations where the show was filmed. So, get transported to the Ragner house and relive your favourite scenes from the show.

26. Canoe in Kennet and Avon Canal

Canoe in Kennet and Avon Canal

16 km from city center 26 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

A magnificent work of engineering, the Kennet and Avon canal links The River Thames in London with the Bristol Channel. You can choose to explore all the views by canoeing or walking. You can sit back and relax in the boat while paddling through the simple and easy route.

27. Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

5 km from city center 27 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath

The Bath Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour is the best way to go through all the tourist attractions in Bath. The has two routes- the City Tour and the Bath Skyline Tour. The City Tour takes you through several popular attractions within the city. The tour includes the audioguide in several languages.

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16 Top Places to Visit in Bath You Can’t Miss – Travel Guide to the charming English town

Set amongst the hilly English countryside, Bath, the only place in the UK with natural hot springs and honey-colored architecture is packed with historic sites, museums, cute cafes, and rewarding walks. Explore the best places to visit in Bath on a day trip or on a weekend. 

Best places to visit in Bath - Bath day trip

Bath has always been on my UK travel list. When I was still living in Scotland , I frequently travelled to London and wanted to discover more of what England has to offer , not only focusing on its capital. I managed to visit more English cities, including Brighton , Winchester, Portsmouth , and Oxford.  I’ve heard stories about Bath’s remarkable Georgian architecture and, of course, the Roman Baths with the only natural hot spring in the UK. When I finally managed to spend part of my weekend in Bath in October this year, I was very happy to be able to explore this charming English town.

Bath is located in South West England, in the country of Somerset. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only place in the UK where you can bathe in the natural hot spa water.

Top Bath places to visit

There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Bath. You can go deep into the history of the town and country by visiting the Roman Baths and various museums, admire the architectural masterpieces, take a stroll along the Avon River or have afternoon tea in several great restaurants. You can even go on a walk onto the skyline hills above Bath. Even though for its fame, Bath still managed to keep the feel of a peaceful town, where people are not in rush and most of the sights can be visited on foot.

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places to visit in Bath on a day trip to Bath - Bath Abbey

Bath day trip or weekend in Bath?

Bath is a short train ride from Oxford or London with frequent train and bus services. You can take a day trip to  Bath  or spend the whole weekend in Bath and you won’t be bored. I only managed to go for Bath day trip and I really wished I could stay longer. The weekend in Bath would be the optimal time for visiting most of the city’s attractions.

Looking for a day trip to Bath from London? Visit Stonehenge and Bath on a day trip from London. Check the prices and book here .

Here is the list of places to visit in Bath with the suggestions on where to eat and where to stay in Bath. I’m sure you will like it as much as I did!

Places to visit in Bath

The best places to visit in Bath

# the roman baths – is the most famous place to visit in bath.

Any trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without stepping back into the history of the Roman Baths . The Roman-built magnificent temple and bathing complex created around the UK’s only hot spring still flows with over a million liters of 46°C water every day. 

In the original place of the Baths coming from the Roman area, now there is an extensive museum with the Great Bath, smaller baths and springs, temples, including the Sulis Minerva temple, statues, and exhibitions. One of the finest ancient spas in Europe allows the experience of a world dating from the 1st to the 4th century AD. The first Baths were built here in 70 AD. 

Unfortunately, the water in the Roman Baths can’t be consumed or even touched, because of the bacteria developing in the water. However, before exiting the museum you have a chance to try clean and safe hot spring water from the fountain. It contains 43 minerals and with its metallic smell, it has quite an acquired taste. Spa water has been used for curative treatments for centuries. It originally included bathing in the hot waters and in the late 17th century drinking the spa water was recognized to treat certain health conditions. Want to be healthier? Gulp some spa water!

After visiting the Roman Baths, you can indulge yourself in modern local cuisine in an elegant way and try afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms restaurant. During your visit there, you can also try the hot spa water at the fountain.

Get to the Baths early to avoid the queue, or book a Roman Baths and City Walking Tour (entry ticket included) to learn more about Bath’s history.

Roman Baths opening times: Vary with the season, check the Roman Baths website.

Price: £16.50 with saver options available

places to visit in Bath - Roman Baths

# The Bath Abbey and the Tower tour

The Bath Abbey is a popular Bath’s attraction. Made from the honey-coloured Bath stone, in the typical Georgian way, it towers over the square, just next to the Roman Baths. While admiring the structure from the outside is worth it, I recommend going inside. The entrance is free and from there you can see the large stained-glass windows and the beautiful ceiling. However, the best part of visiting the Abbey is taking the Bath Abbey Tower tour.

This tour was one of the highlights of my time in Bath, I loved it so much, that I didn’t want to go back down. As I was the last one descending from the tower on the steep stairs, I’ve heard worried voices calling for me when I wasn’t making my appearance for a while 😉 But, y’all know, those vieeeews !

The Bath Abbey Tower tour leads you up 212 narrow spiral steps to the highest point of the building. Fortunately, you don’t do the whole climbing at once (it might make you feel a bit claustrophobic), but you stop on the way. You have an opportunity to see the backside of the operating room for the Tower Bell, look at the Bell itself, and stand behind the Tower clock. You also learn a lot about the history of the Abbey, the bells and the city. And I must say, the guys running the tour, really know how to make you interested. Their witty stories and enthusiasm will make you enjoy the tour a lot.

Bath Abbey Tower tour running times: Every 45 minutes, for exact times check the Bath Abbey website

places to visit in Bath - Bath Abbey

# Bath Skyline Walk

Bath Skyline Walk  is a great idea for a rewarding morning or afternoon activity. One of the unique things to do in Bath, the 6-mile walk is accessible for all fitness levels and allows you to enter another world, beyond the city. The spectacular views of the Bath Skyline are worth the effort!

# Avon river cruise

The river Avon meanders around Bath. To see the scenery around the town, y ou can take a river cruise in one of the small boats. The trips run between April and October and they start just next to Pulteney Bridge. The boat takes you down the river into the countryside until the little village of Bathampton, where you can get off and explore and then take a boat back. I was very tempted to do it, but I run out of time and the weather was very cold already.

Boat cruise running times: from April to October

# Pulteney Bridge

The covered Pulteney Bridge was built in 18th century for William Pulteney to connect Bath to the other side of the River Avon. Thanks to the small damn, the water creates a beautiful shape that can be admired from the shore. You can stop on the bridge or literally “in the bridge” since as one of a few bridges in the world, it has shops built into its sides. There are many cute little cafes located inside the bridge, from where you can look at the water below you. 

Places to visit in Bath - Pulteney Bridge and River Avon, Bath

# Various museums and galleries

One thing that Bath is not short of is the number of museums and galleries. The good news is that some of them are free of charge, For others, you need to pay, but they are all very interesting.

Some of the best museums in Bath include:

Assembly Rooms and Fashion Museum

I really enjoyed my visit to the Fashion Museum . I’m not a fashion blogger or not even a fashion travel blogger. I should probably leave the talk about fashion to them, but, well, I liked the displays in the Fashion Museum. The exhibitions go through different epochs and types of dresses that were worn by people at that time.

I was lucky enough to attend a temporary exhibition with dresses coming from the Royal family. Every dress was telling a story and was well connected to the lives of the Royals, who wore them. I could only dream to own one of the dresses displayed there. Maybe in my next life. When I’m a princess (the one in the hiking shoes, you know ).

Fashion Museum Opening times: 10.30am-5pm

Price:  £9

Places to visit in Bath in a day - Fashion Museum

Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen Centre created in honour of the Bath’s most famous resident, is a great place to get an insight into Jane Austen’s life. You can learn about Jane’s time in Bath and the effect it had on her writing. It’s worth a visit if you are Jane Austen fan. You can also meet there Martin Salter, one of Bath’s best-known characters. Martin is a man standing in front of Jane Austen Centre and greeting the visitors for over 10 years! And he always has a smile for everyone 😉

Opening times: 10am – 4pm

Price: £5.20-£28

Jane Austen Center in Bath - visit Bath in a weekend

# Royal Crescent and Circus

Built in the 18th century, the Royal Crescent is Bath’s world-famous landmark. The set of thirty identical Georgian townhouses curves around the lush park and a perfectly cut lawn. Next to the Royal Crescent you can find a similar set of terraced houses, lied out in a perfectly circular shape, which gave the street the name “The Circus”. Both the Circus and Royal Crescent are great locations for photos and a good opportunity to discover more of Bath’s history.

Places to visit in Bath, day trip to Bath Royal Crescent

No. 1 Royal Crescent

No.1 Royal Crescent , the first house in Bath’s Royal Crescent, was designed as a luxurious accommodation for aristocrats and royalty visiting the city. Now, it has been turned into a museum and it’s the only house in the Royal Crescent that is open to the public. You can step into the past and experience a bit of the Georgian splendour, with the authentic furniture and decoration of the rooms.

Opening times: 10 am -5 pm .

Price: From £5.10-£10.30

Places to visit in Bath, No. 1 Royal Crescent

# Relax in the Bath Spa

Bath has been famous as a spa destination thanks to the natural hot springs running through the city. You can try them yourself at the Bath’s original natural thermal spa Thermae Bath Spa . The heated rooftop pool with stunning views of the Bath’s landscape looks like a dream.

I haven’t tried the spa, as it was a bit out of my budget, and I didn’t have much time ( Ya know, my type of spa is more like the natural hot springs in Iceland or local hammam in Morocco ). But if you spend a weekend in Bath and want to indulge in the local hot springs, you should definitely try it. And then tell me how it was 😉

Where to eat and drink in Bath?

Have dinner in one of the “secret” restaurants.

In between the Royal Crescent and the Circus, lies the Circus Restaurant . It was voted No.4 in the UK by “The Times” in the article about “20 secret restaurants that foodies love”. The menu changes frequently and the restaurant uses only seasonal and local produce. I can confirm that the food is really good, and the atmosphere is relaxed. I stopped there for early dinner and even though I was by myself and the restaurant was quite busy, I was served well and sat at a nice table by the window. 

Have a bite in a green cafe

I love vegan products, especially raw cakes, but I am not a vegan myself. This doesn’t prevent me from searching for healthy, yummy vegan treats everywhere I go. I’ve learned that those types of restaurants normally have raw cakes, that are pretty much guilt-free. They’re made from fruit with no sugar and they are so delicious.

When I found the Green Rocket vegan cafe  in Bath, I was very eager to try their cakes. Hmmm , it turned out their food was so good and I ordered so much that there was no more space for the cake. Well, next time. I can highly recommend visiting the Green Rocket cafe for its great coffee, matcha latte, and wide selection of healthy vegan food (they even have vegan cheese and vegan mayo – yum!).

Green Corner Cafe food in Bath

Try Sally Lunn bun in the Historic Eating House

The most famous local delicacy from Bath, the Sally bunn, can only be tasted in Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House . The bun is a kind of brioche spread with butter or cream. The building dates all the way back to 1482, which makes it one of the oldest ones in Bath. You can visit the historic kitchen and the museum to learn how the house was serving refreshments to travellers since Roman times. Sally Lunn’s is also open for lunches and dinner, but do make a reservation as it’s always very busy.

Stock up with local products in Guildhall

I love buying local produce anywhere I travel. The Bath Guildhall Market is a perfect place for that.  It has been in operation since the Middle Ages, which makes it well over 800 years. Today, on the market you can find everything from the local cheeses, meats, jams, pastries, and pies, and also non-food items, clothes, and souvenirs.

Bath Guidhall market, places to visit in Bath in weekend

Have a take-away-mulled-cider

This probably made me happier than I should admit. When you live in Norway , where alcohol prices are outrageous and drinking on the street is illegal, small things like these can make your day. I’ve seen the sign about take-away mulled cider in the Stables on the street (apparently the home to the cider, pies, and pizza). I went in and took my mulled alcoholic cider in a paper cup for £3.5 to warm myself up on the way to the station. A perfect end to the perfect day they say ;-). If you’re in Bath – stop by for the cider treat.

Visit Bath Gin Distillery

Bath Gin Distillery  is Bath’s first distillery in over 250 years. If you love gin, the visit to the distillery and the Canary Gin Bar is a must. Very popular on weekend nights!

Where to stay in Bath?

Bath can be a city more on the pricey side when it comes to accommodation, especially in the historic centre.

Budget accommodation in Bath:

If you are on a budget, you can find one of the best deals on Bath’s University student accommodation. The biggest availability of rooms is during the summer when the students are gone, but you can also find some of the rooms throughout the year. The campus is located around a mile from the city center but there are buses running between the two. Rooms start at £36 per night. Check the availability here.

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Disclaimer: This post was created as a collaboration with Visit Bath Tourist Board.

Published: december 2018, updated: june 2019.

Would you like to visit Bath? Do you know any other things to do in Bath? Would you like to do a day trip to Bath or rather stay the whole weekend in Bath? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “ 16 Top Places to Visit in Bath You Can’t Miss – Travel Guide to the charming English town ”

Shame you only mentioned the places in the town centre! (Tourist traps!!!) try getting out and about to some of the cities hidden gems where the really beauty lies… beckfords tower, American museum and gardens, victoria park … take the time to explore places that aren’t always mentioned by every tourist blogger!!!

Fiona, thanks for your advice. This post is about top attractions in Bath, which naturally includes the most popular ones (with some added ones that I discovered when walking around, like a vegan cafe that I loved). I wouldn’t call them tourist traps, though – I think they are well worth a visit. As I mention in the post, I’ve only been to Bath on a day trip, so, unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to venture too far out of the city center. I would love to visit more of the hidden gems on my next trip, and I would certainly share them here 🙂

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One of the prettiest and most pleasant cities to visit in the UK, Bath has impressively been attracting visitors for millennia thanks to the breath-taking, Roman-built baths after which it is named. While many people still come for its soothing spas and springs, the city is now also noted for its gorgeous Georgian architecture and wealth of picturesque parks.

Set in the southwest of the country, Bath lies in the vast valley of the River Avon amidst the rolling countryside of Somerset. As well as beautiful buildings and lovely green spaces, other things to do in Bath include visiting some of its great museums and galleries which mainly focus on the Georgian period. With an exciting and diverse dining scene to check out alongside a packed schedule of concerts, cultural events and other tourist attractions, Bath certainly has something for everyone to enjoy.

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12. Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Once the home of William and Caroline Herschel, this fantastic museum now protects their historic house and highlights their significant astronomical achievements. As well as having rooms full of their original possessions and period pieces to explore, the well-restored Georgian townhouse also contains terrific old telescopes and equipment they used for experiments.

Opened in 1981, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy has lots of interesting artifacts and exhibits to check out on the brother and sister British astronomers. While they both studied the starry night’s sky, it is William who is famed for having discovered Uranus through his home-made telescope in 1781. Besides perusing their musical instruments, you can also watch a short film on the Herschels and wander around their charming garden.

11. Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen Centre

A short stroll from the museum is the lovely Jane Austen Centre which is located just to the north of the city center. The permanent exhibition offers up a fascinating look into the life and legacy of the renowned author as well as her connection to the city and the impact it had on her writing.

Although she only lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806, its vibrant social scene and rural setting had a profound impact on her later novels such as Persuasion and Northanger Abbey being based in the city. Housed within the grand Georgian townhouse you can now find displays and memorabilia that relate to her time in town as well as costumed guides and a waxwork of Jane Austen herself.

10. Prior Park

Prior Park

A very popular and picturesque place, Prior Park is set in a small steep valley overlooking Bath, just five minutes’ drive from the center of town. Built between 1735 and 1750, the lovingly landscaped gardens, their pockets of woods and phenomenal Palladian bridge are a treat to wander around with stupendous scenery and nature wherever you look.

Once part of a deer park, the expansive estate was later turned into a gorgeous garden by the poet Alexander Pope and the landscape gardener Capability Brown. It was these two men who designed its cascading lakes and lush green spaces with grottos, a Gothic temple and ornamental vases also dotted about. The undoubted highlight, however, is its graceful Palladian bridge – just one of four of its kind in the world.

9. Holburne Museum

Holburne Museum

Home to a huge collection of fine and decorative arts is the excellent Holburne Museum which lies just a short walk from the city center. Surrounded by the pretty Sydney Pleasure Gardens, it boasts an astounding array of artworks with everything from bronzes and ceramics to paintings, portraits and Roman glassworks on display.

Opened in 1882, the city’s first public art gallery is named after Sir William Holburne, an aristocrat and art fanatic whose extensive collection now makes up the core of the museum’s holdings. While ambling about the superb Neoclassical building, you’ll come across masterpieces by famous British artists such as Turner, Stubbs and Gainsborough among others. In addition to exploring its attractive gardens, you can also attend concerts, lectures and cultural events at the museum.

8. The Circus

The Circus

Curving their way around the tree-studded lawn at their center is the Circus – a ring of handsome historic townhouses that all exhibit the same exquisite Georgian architecture. Built between 1754 and 1768, the striking circle was designed by the architect John Wood, the Elder with its oval layout being based on that of Stonehenge.

Divided into three equal segments, the beautiful three-storey buildings all sport a fabulous facade with each layer representing a different Classical order. Its friezes, for instance, are decorated with triglyphs, serpents and masonic symbols among others while detailed stone acorn finials adorn its parapets. Located just ten minutes’ walk to the north of the center, the Circus is certainly well worth checking out as it represents one of the best examples of Georgian architecture.

7. Fashion Museum Bath

Fashion Museum Bath

Just a stone’s throw away from the Circus you can find the Fashion Museum Bath which has a huge collection of clothes and costumes to peruse. These date from the end of the sixteenth century to the present day with elegant dresses and gowns on display alongside embroidered shirts and tail-coats from the Georgian times.

Founded in 1963, the museum’s extensive collection of contemporary and historical clothing is now housed in the city’s arresting Assembly Rooms. In their grand galleries you can find fashionable wear for men, women and children with over 30,000 items on show. Besides wandering around its rooms full of impeccably dressed mannequins, you can also dress up in Georgian attire yourself and have your photo taken in front of a backdrop of the Royal Crescent.

6. No. 1 Royal Crescent

No. 1 Royal Crescent

Not far from both the Circus and the museum is the Royal Crescent – one of the most popular and photographed places in Bath. At the eastern end of the beautiful row of buildings, you’ll find No. 1 – an historic house museum that illustrates what domestic life and living quarters were like back in Georgian times.

Built between 1767 and 1774, it exhibits some of the finest Palladian architecture in the UK with ionic columns on show alongside a central Doric doorcase. Inside is just as alluring as its restored rooms replete with fine furnishings and period pieces highlight how the wealthy and their servants lived in the eighteenth century. A truly immersive experience, visiting No. 1 Royal Crescent is a must for anyone interested in learning about the city’s history and heritage.

5. Royal Victoria Park

Royal Victoria Park

Located right next to the Royal Crescent is one of the prettiest places in the city – the Royal Victoria Park. Opened in 1830 by a then eleven-year-old Princess Victoria, it sprawls over a huge area with paths, flowerbeds and playgrounds to be found alongside lush green spaces and magnificent old monuments.

Popular with both locals and tourists alike, the park offers up all kinds of recreational opportunities with everything from tennis and golf to running, jogging and cycling for you to enjoy. Besides the splendid scenery and nature, there is also a lovely botanical garden to wander around and a replica of a Roman Temple to check out. In addition, it also hosts several cultural events and festivals over the course of the year.

4. Royal Crescent

Royal Crescent

As aforementioned, the Royal Crescent is one of the city’s standout sights with the sweeping semi-circular terrace of townhouses now almost being synonymous with Bath. One of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the UK, the thirty historic houses make for some great photos thanks to their uniform facades, ionic columns and Palladian style entablature.

Built between 1767 and 1774, the charming crescent was designed by John Wood, the Younger and has a large lawn before it. While many remain full-size townhouses, others have been converted into flats with a hotel and spa also to be found among them. To gain an insight into the history of the area, its architecture and residents, it is well worth heading to No.1 which now acts as an historic house museum.

3. Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

One of only four such bridges in the world to have shops spanning both sides of it, the phenomenal Pulteney Bridge can be found right in the historic heart of town. Stretching 45 meters in length, the sturdy stone structure crosses the River Avon and exhibits some striking Palladian style architecture.

Named after the wealthy family who commissioned it, the beautiful bridge was completed in 1774 with the architect Robert Adam having been inspired by both the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte di Rialto in Italy. Besides taking in its fine features and snapping photos of the bridge with the weir below it, visitors can also stop by the shops and cafes that line its route. In addition, boat trips along the river depart from the bridge during the sunny summer months.

2. Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

Another of Bath’s top attractions is the breath-taking Bath Abbey which lies in the center of the city, right next to the Roman Baths. The last major medieval church to be constructed in the country, it showcases some stunning Gothic architecture with towers and turrets looming above its sculpture-studded western facade.

Although a church has occupied the same site since the seventh century, the current cathedral was only built between 1499 and 1616. While its buttresses and battlements, pinnacles and parapets all look very impressive, it is its elegant interior that is the real showstopper. This is because sparkling stained-glass windows and touching wall memorials line its nave with the abbey being particularly known for its fabulous fan vaulting.

1. Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Lying in the heart of town are the remarkably well-preserved Roman Baths after which the city is named. Now one of its main tourist attractions, the baths were first built by the Romans around two thousand years ago with the current buildings surrounding the hot springs dating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

While exploring the incredible complex, visitors will come across pretty pools and amazing old mosaics with sacred springs, statues and an exposed caldarium also on show. Besides enjoying the astounding architecture and taking photos of the majestic baths, you can also learn about its history at its excellent on-site museum. This has lots of ancient artifacts for you to check out with engaging exhibits explaining the significance of the archaeological findings and that of the bathhouses too.

Best Time to Visit Bath

As the sun is shining, the weather is warmest and people are on holiday, summer is the most popular time to visit Bath. In July and August, temperatures average 20 to 21°C (68 to 70°F); perfect for seeing its Roman-built baths or relaxing in its pretty parks and soothing spas.

This though is the busiest and most expensive period of the year with all its hotels, bars and restaurants packed with people. There is a lovely lively atmosphere in the city thanks to colourful events like Bath Carnival. You can also hike about the scenic Somerset countryside surrounding Bath.

Spring and autumn are arguably even better times to visit with April to June and September and October averaging temperatures of 12 to 19°C (53 to 66°F). With fewer crowds around, you can make the most of your time in town and enjoy exciting events like the Bath Festival and Jane Austen Festival. Prices rise again around this time as well as at Easter, other public holidays and weekends.

Outside of these months, the city is relatively quiet as the dark, rainy days of winter set in. There is a spike in visitors in December as its gorgeous Georgian architecture and twinkling Christmas lights create a magical ambience.

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17 Best Things to Do in Bath, England

By Author Lance Longwell

Posted on Last updated: November 5, 2023

Bath, England, was near the top of my bucket list for most of my life. As a kid at summer camp, I met a young woman from the city. She told me stories about a beautiful place in southwest England that had hot springs and looked like it was out of a movie. Nearly three decades later, I finally saw for myself that what she had said was true—it’s a stunning city to explore, and there are lots of fun things to do in Bath.

A UNESCO World Heritage City, Bath welcomes more than 4 million visitors every year to its historic streets and peaceful parks. At roughly 100 miles west of London, it’s possible to visit Bath as a day trip from the capital, but spending a night or a weekend here is an even better choice to give yourself more time to uncover its magic.

We’ve now visited Bath three times, and there’s always more to discover. Here’s a look at some of our favorite things.

See the Roman Baths

Soak at thermae bath spa, shop on pulteney bridge, visit the bath distillery, eat a sally lunn bun, visit bath abbey, try glass blowing at bath aqua glass, see the jane austen centre, shop at southgate, see the royal crescent, wander prior park landscape garden, visit bath guildhall market, explore the holburne museum, enjoy the culinary scene, play mini golf in royal victoria park, visit bath christmas market.

Large pool in the courtyard of a building.

One of the major Bath tourist attractions, the Roman Baths date back as far as 60 AD when the original temple was constructed and the natural hot springs were channeled inside. There have been many phases of development and destruction over the centuries, providing lots for visitors to see today.

The top things to see at the Roman Baths are the Great Bath, the sacred spring, and the remains of the Temple to Sulis Minerva. The first-rate museum and entertaining audio guide explain the importance of the site and its preservation. As history lovers, we were smitten with this unique place.

Artifacts including a mosaic, stone relief, and metal bust.

Because seeing the site is one of the top things to do in Bath, it can get quite crowded, especially with tour and school groups. We recommend booking ahead or going early or late to avoid the lines, if you can. Leave at least 90 minutes for a proper visit.

Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour to visit the Roman Baths and other city highlights, or consider a city walking tour that includes admission to the baths.

Bathers in a rooftop pool with a view of a cathedral.

If you actually want to dip into the water, you need to head two blocks down the street from the Roman Baths to Thermae Bath Spa . This amazing, modern spa complex quickly became one of our favorite places to visit in Bath.

Thermae Bath Spa has a stunning open-air rooftop pool to look out on the city and a giant relaxation pool. With the additional steam rooms, spa treatment rooms, and on-site restaurant, a visitor could spend hours pampering themselves in the waters.

It’s worth noting that the spa is a camera-free zone, so you can enjoy the water and the view but don’t plan on photos or videos of the kind that are popular at other famous spas and hot springs in Europe. Book ahead or show up early in the day to fill one of the walk-in spots.

Large stone bridge over the rushing River Avon.

Take a little stroll along the River Avon to the Pulteney Bridge. This 18th-century construction is one of the most photographed things to see in Bath.

With classic Georgian elements, the bridge was funded by landowner William Pulteney as part of an effort to create a “new town” including land across the river. The tiny stores that span both sides of the bridge include cute cafes, charming flower shops, and more. We were lucky to get a prime spot looking out over the river while we enjoyed a cup of tea inside–a perfect, picturesque break from sightseeing.

Bottle and glass of gin on a table.

If there’s a local distillery nearby, you can guarantee it will be on our list of places to visit, so stopping by the Bath Distillery Gin Bar was a must. If the detailed menu isn’t enough, the helpful bartenders will walk you through the different notes and flavors of any one of the impressive 230 gins they have in-house, and you can sample their small-batch Bath Gin Company gins, too. The classic and the orange slow gin were among our favorites, but they have something for every palate.

If the infused-spirit moves you, consider taking a tour or cocktail class. If you’re spending more time in the area, don’t miss the Oxford Artisan Distillery in Oxford just an hour away.

Sally Lunn buns with butter or cinnamon spread and tea on a table.

We didn’t quite get the idea of the bun until we tried it. Situated in Bath’s oldest house is Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House . It claims to be “one of the world’s most famous eating houses.” That’s a lofty promise, but Sally Lunn’s delivers. The focus is the bun: a massive teacake. The warm buns are served as a half bun, with the tops served with sweet delights and the bottoms served with savory goodness.

Whether you get a half or a whole, the buns are amazing! Our favorite is the cinnamon butter, which is like a giant cinnamon roll. They are so good that we always try to bring some back to the US with us from the UK .

Bath is full of entertainment from great theater performances to more casual experiences. One of the top places to go is the Theatre Royal , which offers a year-round program of theater, comedy, and opera. Around the Christmas holidays, they also put on pantomimes—musical comedy productions for the whole family. The Egg is their special theater for young people, featuring puppet shows, classic works, and other performances designed to appeal to children as young as 2 years old.

If you’re looking for something completely different, consider a magic show. Each weekend, Krowd Keepers features renowned professional magicians entertaining in an intimate 35-seat theaters over the Ale House Pub. A night here will leave you impressed and entertained.

Gothic cathedral lit in colorful lights at night, the Bath Abbey.

Day or night, the city skyline is dominated by the beautiful Bath Abbey . During the day, its 161-foot bell tower is visible from all around the city, and the bells ring out. At night, the illuminated facade seems mystical, and the details of its Gothic exterior are somehow even more prominent.

Stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings inside a cathedral.

Tracing its roots back to the year 757 AD, the current Bath Abbey was constructed in 1500. Inside, you’ll find richly colored stained glass, fan vaulting on the ceilings, and hundreds of wall memorials and floor stones. Visiting the Abbey is free, and behind-the-scenes tower tours are available for £15 every day except Sunday for those wanting a closer look, so it’s definitely worth at least a quick visit.

Get local insights on the main Bath attractions on this top-rated walking tour or this private option . For a unique spin, consider a ghost tour of top sites.

Man working on a blown glass creation at a mobile studio.

There are lots of fun things to see and do in Bath, but one of the most unique is to make your own glass creation. At Bath Aqua Glass, you can take one of their informative workshops designed for any skill level—from beginner to advanced—and walk out with a creative souvenir like an ornament or paperweight.

Seeing a custom item you make come to life is a great way to remember a trip to Bath. If you don’t have time to make your own, you can also pop into the glassblowing studio to watch the professionals at work.

During certain special events like the city’s famous Christmas market, you might find their mobile glass blowing trailer around town. If you’re lucky, you can sign up to make a bauble on the spot.

Statue of a woman in a blue dress in front of the Jane Austen Center.

Bath’s most famous resident was the novelist Jane Austen. She was already an accomplished writer when her family moved to the city, but she didn’t write much during her time here.

Bath did provide deep inspiration for elements that would later be included in her two most famous works, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice . At the Jane Austen Centre , you can experience a bit of Austen’s life in Bath.

Just a few steps from the train station, you’ll find the massive shopping and restaurant complex known as SouthGate . With over 50 shops and 20 restaurants, it has a little bit of everything.

One of our favorite stops at SouthGate is Hotel Chocolat, a British chocolatier and cocoa grower. In addition to truffles and expected treats, they also have ice cream and specialty items like cocoa gin. You’ll even find vegan options there.

Curved row of Georgian houses with cars parked in the street beside a lawn.

The Royal Crescent is one of the most famous streets in England and one of Bath’s most famous landmarks. This curving row of 30 uniform Georgian townhouses built in the 1770s looks much like it did when it was constructed 250 years ago. If you’re a Bridgerton fan, you may recognize the setting as the home of the Featherington family.

Most of the townhouses in the Royal Crescent are private homes, but Number 1 Royal Crescent has been turned into a museum. Furnished with authentic decorations and period furniture, the museum shows how Bath’s most fashionable Georgians lived in the late 18th century.

See more Bridgerton locations and learn about the Regency period on this themed tour .

The Prior Park Landscape Garden is a Bath must see. A walk around this National Trust property takes about a half-hour and centers around its beautiful Palladian bridge, one of only four of its kind in the world. Wander the sweeping valley and take in the views on a beautiful day.

Food kiosk in a market.

The Bath Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping venue in the city. A stop here satisfied our need for caffeine and our compulsion to always visit markets whenever we travel. With about 20 cute shops and cafes, the market is the perfect place for a little browsing and a little snacking when you visit Bath.

Bath’s first public art museum , the Holburne Museum opened to the public in 1882. Its collection focuses on decorative and fine art—most notably works by Thomas Gainsborough, Johan Zoffany, and Francesco Guardi. Visitors will also see items ranging from Renaissance bronzes to miniature carvings and period furniture.

The Holburne is housed in the former Sydney Hotel, and its exterior is used as the home of Lady Danbury in Bridgerton . One of its grandest spaces is the former hotel ballroom, which now features porcelain and silver items displayed under a dazzling chandelier. The museum’s café overlooks the former hotel gardens, the only surviving 18 th -century pleasure garden in Britain.

Sliced steak and French fries on a cutting board.

Bath has a robust culinary scene. Check out Sotto Sotto for Mediterranean fare served in the beautiful setting of a candlelit stone cellar. For something less formal, The Raven is a traditional English pub serving excellent pies and cask ales. For a lighter menu (or a late-night dessert), head to Bill’s , which has a broad menu and a kitschy ambiance. The tough-to-find Sub 13 lounge is our pick for amazing cocktails and first-rate mixology.

People playing mini golf.

In Royal Victoria Park, you’ll find something that’s not on the main tourist path of places to go in Bath— Adventure Golf .

Most of the year, the mini golf course provides a fun outing with family or friends during the day. But, in the winter, things get even more interesting at night. From mid-November through early January, the golf course and the balls glow in the dark at night. Check out the 18-hole course and navigate the obstacles like waterfalls and bridges lit up in the colors of the rainbow.

The Abbey at night lit up for the Christmas market.

The Christmas market in Bath is often listed as one of the best Christmas markets in the UK. The squares and streets near the Abbey and beyond become a giant holiday festival to the point that the whole city center feels like it’s joined in on Christmas. It’s magic.

The Bath Christmas market has more than 150 chalets, and most of them are local from Bath and the surrounding area. That means that much of the merchandise and food you find for sale here is unique, handcrafted, or artisan, which truly makes the market a standout.

In addition to the shopping and food, you’ll find musical entertainment in the streets, in theaters, and at the Abbey during the market season. There’s also ice skating in Royal Victoria Park and other festive activities around the city.

Outside of Bath Abbey showing its stained glass windows and arches.

Where to Stay The Gainsborough Bath Spa : Five-star accommodations and service and the only hotel whose spa has access to the city’s natural thermal waters. The Francis Hotel : A townhouse hotel with individually decorated rooms—many with four-poster beds and views over Bath—that offers top-notch service. Abbey Hotel : Boutique hotel set within three Georgian townhouses from the 1740s.

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Lance Longwell is a travel writer and photographer who has published Travel Addicts since 2008, making it one of the oldest travel blogs. He is a life-long traveler, having visited all 50 of the United States by the time he graduated high school. Lance has continued his adventures by visiting 70 countries on 5 continents – all in search of the world’s perfect sausage. He’s a passionate foodie and enjoys hot springs and cultural oddities. When he’s not traveling (or writing about travel), you’ll find him photographing his hometown of Philadelphia.

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Ryan K Biddulph

Friday 2nd of April 2021

The Roman Baths looks amazing Lance. I am fascinated by Roman culture in general. What a cool list of things to do.

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Thursday November 9 2023, 13:14pm

Bath may be small, but it packs a lot into its steep, hilly streets. It’s celebrated for its Georgian architecture, of course — it’s home to a host of architectural landmarks, from the Palladian lines of Pulteney Bridge and Prior Park to the magnificent statements of the Circus and Royal Crescent, and Bath’s soaring medieval abbey. Thanks to the geothermal waters that bubble under the city, it’s also home to the best-preserved Roman bathhouse in Britain — sadly off-limits to bathers these days, but you can still take a dip at Thermae Bath Spa or Cleveland Pools.

Bath is a great city to explore on foot, as long as you don’t mind the hills — and the Kennet & Avon Canal makes a peaceful spot for boat trips or bike rides. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a trip to the markets at Christmas, these are the best things to do in Bath.

Main photo: the opening procession of the Jane Austen Festival at the Grand Regency Promenade, Bath (Alamy)

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1. Marvel at the Roman Baths

Say what you like about the Romans, but they knew how to take a bath. The Roman Baths are the city’s top visitor attraction, and comprise one of the largest and best-preserved Roman bath complexes anywhere in Europe. Built on top of natural geothermal springs that provide a never-ending hot water supply — perfectly heated to a balmy 46C — the complex is centred around the Great Bath and King’s Bath, surrounded by 18th-century buildings. Several other pools and rooms can also be visited, and you can see the hypocaust system that allowed steam to travel around the bathhouse. There’s even a museum that explores the site’s history, including its pre-Roman origins as a sacred Celtic spring dedicated to the goddess Sulis, more than 2,000 years ago. Look out for the striking gilt bronze head of the goddess Minerva, to whom the temple was dedicated — it’s incredibly well preserved, and a true treasure of Roman Britain.

Visiting the famous Roman baths are one of the best things to do in Bath

2. Walk across Pulteney Bridge

Designed by Robert Adam, and built in 1774, this supremely graceful Palladian bridge spans the River Avon, and is one of only four bridges in the world that has shops lining both sides. It’s a thing of sublime beauty and has still not been pedestrianised, despite this being mooted for many years. There are fine views over Pulteney Weir.

Pulteney Bridge is one of Bath's most beautiful sights

3. Visit the Jane Austen Centre

Few cities are as indelibly linked with Jane Austen as Bath. The city provides the setting for several tales, including Persuasion and Northanger Abbey , and many adaptations of her novels have been filmed here — although Austen actually only lived in Bath for six years, from 1801 to 1806. A fun activity in Bath for families, this small museum explores her connections with the city and costumed guides are on hand to bring the era to life. There’s also a popular shop for souvenirs and a quaint tearoom where you can take a Regency-style afternoon tea. The centre hosts lots of activities during the annual Jane Austen Festival in September. 

4. Go on a guided walk

To get under the city’s skin and learn more about its history, free walking tours are provided by the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides ( bathguides.org.uk ). You’ll set off from outside the Roman Baths and cover around two miles of walking in Bath city centre. Several other walking tours are offered by private guides — including ghost tours, Jane Austen tours, Bridgerton locations and plenty more. Ask at Bath’s tourist office for details.

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5. Go boating on the Avon

Is there anything more tranquil than a paddle down the River Avon? You decide. Pack a picnic and choose from a wooden skiff, punt or canoe — all can be hired from the charming Bath Boating Station on the southeast side of the city. If you prefer to let someone else work up a sweat, Pulteney Cruisers also offers open-top motorboat trips to the nearby village of Bathampton.

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Boating on the River Avon is one of the best things to do in Bath

6. Stroll the city’s grandest street

The Royal Crescent is the city’s most prestigious address: a perfectly symmetrical crescent of princely Palladian townhouses, overlooking Royal Victoria Park, built by John Wood the Younger from 1767 to 1774. Constructed from honey-hued Bath stone and framed by neoclassical columns, the entire crescent is grade I listed. Most of the houses are privately owned, but it’s possible to get a peep inside at No 1 Royal Crescent. Originally owned by the wealthy landowner Henry Sandford, and now the headquarters of the Bath Preservation Trust, the house has been painstakingly restored using only 18th-century materials, including period paints, furniture and wallpapers. You’ll get a fascinating insight into what life would have been like for Bath’s fashionable elite. Highlights include the grand drawing room and the vast basement kitchen: costumed guides are on hand to tell stories about the house’s past.

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Visiting the Royal Crescent is one of the best things to do in Bath

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7. Climb Bath Abbey’s tower

You can’t miss Bath Abbey: its hulking medieval façade and central tower dominate the city centre. There’s been a site of worship here since at least the 7th century, but the present cathedral largely dates from the 14th and 16th centuries. Highlights include the dramatic stained-glass windows, fabulous fan-vaulted ceiling and ornate façade (on the west front, look out for angels climbing up and down ladders, which appeared in a dream of the abbey’s builder, Bishop Oliver King). It’s worth slogging up the 212 steps to the top of the tower for panoramic city views: you’ll learn about the history of the abbey’s clock and its famous bells along the way. During December, the Abbey is next to the site of Bath’s Christmas markets , meaning you can tick two things off your city visit list at once.

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Bath Abbey is one of the best things to see in Bath

8. Take a bath in Bath

If you want to take a dip in Bath’s geothermal waters, the only place to do it these days is the Thermae Bath Spa, a strikingly modern — and highly controversial — steel-and-glass addition to the city’s 18th-century centre. It offers several floors of pools, steam baths, saunas and treatment rooms, but the pièce de résistance is the postcard-worthy rooftop pool, where you can do laps while looking out over the Bath skyline. Needless to say, it’s a very popular thing for couples to do in the city, so book well ahead — twilight swims are particularly impressive.

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Visiting Thermae Bath Spa is one of the best things to do in Bath

9. Take the plunge into Bath’s newest (oldest) swimming pool

Built in 1815 on the banks of the Avon, Cleveland Pools has the honour of being the oldest public swimming pool in Britain — but spent decades in sad disrepair (it was briefly used as a trout farm and came very close to demolition). It’s been masterfully restored by a dedicated team of local enthusiasts, and is finally back to looking its Georgian best. Reopened in 2023, it’s a wonderful spot for a dip — but note that you must book a swimming slot via the bath’s website. Plans are afoot to restore the river pontoon in the coming years.

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A visit to Cleveland Pools is one of the best things to do in Bath

10. See the Assembly Rooms

During the 18th and 19th centuries, the heart of Bath’s social scene was the Assembly Rooms. Here, dandies, revellers and aristocrats gathered to socialise, gamble, play cards, dance and listen to chamber music (an archaeological dig revealed the remains of a rare 18th century ‘Cold Bath’, where the well-to-do might have once enjoyed an intimate private dip). The building is another John Wood the Younger masterpiece, built in 1771. It was reduced to a roofless shell by bombing raids during the Second World War but has since been impeccably restored. It’s looked after by the National Trust, which maintains the building and runs the obligatory guided tours. 

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Visiting Bath Assembly Rooms is one of the best things to do in Bath

11. Get arty at the Holburne Museum

Throughout the 19th century, Bath’s most prominent and keen-eyed art collector was Sir Thomas William Holburne, who amassed an amazing collection of sculptures, ceramics, silver, porcelain, objets d’art and old masters — including works by luminaries such as George Stubbs and Thomas Gainsborough. After Holburne’s death, his sister bequeathed the collection to the city, and it’s now displayed inside this imposing Georgian building (originally the Sydney Hotel) at the eastern end of Great Pulteney St, surrounded by the trimmed lawns and trees of Sydney Gardens.

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Visiting The Holburne Museum is one of the best things to do in Bath

12. Sample a Sally Lunn bun

For a flavour of old England, this venerable tearoom in central Bath is a must. It’s allegedly the city’s oldest house, and was once the home of the eponymous Sally Lunn, a Huguenot baker who escaped from France and developed her namesake brioche-style bun, still baked according to her recipe. It’s a fun place for lunch or tea and cake; book ahead as it gets very busy. There’s a little museum in the basement recreating what Sally’s kitchen would have looked like. 

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Visiting Sally Lunn's is one of the best things to do in Bath

13. Hike the Skyline Trail

Looping for six miles around the edge of the city, this circular walk takes in Bath’s green spaces, including ancient woodland, fields and meadows, the National Trust has a downloadable trail map and walk guide on their website. It’s mainly easy-going — suitable for kids and adults — and ends with a stunning view from Bathwick Fields.

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Widcombe Hill is one of the bets places to get a good view of Bath. The Skyline trail is one of the best walks near Bath

14. Take high tea at the Pump Room

Afternoon teas don’t get fancier than those served at the Pump Room, the upmarket tearoom attached to the Roman Baths. There’s a choice of sweet or savoury, and the formal setting — crisp tablecloths, bone china crockery, smartly dressed waiting staff — makes for a very English experience. You can also sample mineral water from the underground spring, believed by some Bathonians to have curative properties.

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The Pump Room has excellent afternoon teas in Bath

15. Learn about Bath’s architectural history

Head to this little museum to hear the tale of how Bath was transformed into one of England’s most exclusive spa towns during the late 18th and early 19th centuries by entrepreneur Ralph Allen and architects John Wood the Elder and Younger. Architects’ drawings, maps, videos and vintage tools provide background, and there’s a 1:500 scale model of Bath that gives an interesting god’s-eye view.

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Bath city centre has some of the best architecture in Bath

16. Shop Walcot Street

Bath’s main retail area is SouthGate, but it’s mainly the big chains there. Swap them out for a quirkier shopping experience by heading to Walcot Street. This is the spot to rummage in antiques shops, try samples at the artisan cheesemonger, meet a local glass-blower and find your next upcycling project at the reclamation yard.

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Walcot Street is one of the best places to go shopping in Bath

17. Blow your own bauble at Bath Aqua Glass

This renowned glassmaker on Walcot St offers workshops where you can learn the art of glassblowing, and go home with a personalised bauble or paperweight as proof of your efforts. There’s also a shop selling jewellery and glassware in case things don’t turn out as well as you hoped.

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18. Wander around Prior Park

This princely Palladian house belonged to Ralph Allen, a man who arguably did more than anyone to create Bath. He made a fortune providing postal services (a forerunner of the Royal Mail), but also owned quarries: these provided the amber stone from which so much of Bath was built. Prior Park was built as a kind of architectural shopfront to demonstrate what could be achieved with the stone. The house is off-limits (it’s now a private school), but you can explore the landscaped grounds, which are now owned by the National Trust. Look out for the famous Palladian bridge, built in 1755: it’s one of only four such structures around the world.

Prior Park is one of the best parks in Bath

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19. Browse the stalls at Green Park

Head to this former railway station and you’ll find a host of intriguing independent traders and food stalls, as well as regular markets on Friday and Saturday (there’s also a popular antiques market on the last Sunday of every month, and an artists’ fair on the second Sunday of the month). It’s an atmospheric location and the stalls are all housed under an arched glass roof.

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20. See Bath by e-bike

Despite its many hills, Bath is a fun city for cycling. There are several easy routes, including the 13-mile Bristol and Bath Railway Path, the Two Tunnels Greenway and the peaceful towpaths of the Kennet & Avon Canal, which pass historic canal structures including the Claverton Pumping Station and Dundas Aqueduct. Bath Cycle Tours provides both private and organised tours, with the option of e-bikes for easier pedalling.

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Cycling is one of the best things to do in Bath

21. Ponder the skies at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy

William Herschel (assisted by his equally brilliant sister, Caroline Lucretia) was one of the great citizen astronomers of the 18th century. He’s best known for discovering Uranus in 1781, using a self-built telescope which he constructed in his back garden on New King St. His house is now a museum exploring the astronomer’s life, and you can get up close to his most interesting possessions: telescopes, globes, planetaria and even a mirror-grinding machine he invented to polish his telescope lenses.

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22. Bake with a master

Richard Bertinet may be French, but he’s well known as one of Britain’s best bakers. He’s been based in Bath for years, and runs a buzzing bakery in the city centre, as well as a cooking school that offers courses in everything from sourdough to saucery. The one-day bread masterclass is the one to go for if you’re serious about crafting the perfect loaf.

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23. Step into America’s past

Here’s a Bath curiosity: the only museum of Americana this side of the Atlantic. More than 12,000 pieces of American ephemera are on show: Native American artefacts, Renaissance maps and vintage shop signs will all catch your eye — and there are several rooms decorated in period style. Founded in 1961, the museum is worth visiting for its location alone: it’s lavishly housed inside the 18th-century Claverton Manor, and surrounded by sprawling Italianate Gardens overlooking the Limpley Stoke Valley.

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The American Museum is a top activity in Bath

24. Sip Bath’s boozy side

Craft booze seems to be everywhere these days, and Bath’s no exception. The award-winning Electric Bear Brewing runs brewery tours and beer-quaffing sessions, and also has a lively tap-room that’s open from Thursdays to Sundays. For something stronger, cocktail bar Sub 13 runs mixology masterclasses.

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  1. Things To Do in Bath

    Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House Bath's oldest house, serving the famous Sally Lunn Bunn and an evening a la carte menu. You can also order your own Sally Lunn Bunn for nationwide delivery. ReBalance Bath ReBalance Bath brings you 3 weeks dedicated to wellness.

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    11. The Jane Austen Centre 12. Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein 13. See a Show at Theatre Royal 14. The Museum of East Asian Art 1. Visit the Historic Roman Baths View of Bath's historic Roman Baths | Photo Copyright: Bryan Dearsley

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    in the Fashion Museum were purpose-built for 18th Century entertainment in Bath. The Fashion Museum is on the lower ground floor of the Assembly Rooms, and you can dress up, listen to an audio guide and visit the cafe or shop whilst at the museum. The Fashion Museum has seasonal opening times and entry is £9.50 for adults or you can buy a ...

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    4. Alexandra Park Perched on the summit of a wooded hill overlooking the city, Alexandra Park is one of the best places to go for views of Bath and its surrounding countryside. It's accessible by car or bus, or by climbing the zig-zag path that rewards your efforts with spectacular vistas once you reach the top. Image - Bath Abbey 5. Bath Abbey

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    1. Visit the Roman Baths Immerse yourself in history and see how Bath's former residents relaxed all those centuries ago. Interactive exhibits and CGI reconstructions bring this unique ancient site back to life, showing how important the baths were to our Roman ancestors.

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    Photograph: Shutterstock. 5. Rock out in an art deco music hall. The Bath Forum is a beautiful, Grade II-listed old cinema, which first opened its doors in May 1934, but that now offers up its ...

  10. Bath Official Visitor Guide

    Download our free guide to Bath and the surrounding area, which features handy maps and guides, information on top attractions, activities, restaurants, bars and places to stay. You can view our Official Bath Visitor Guide 2023 below or online here. Printed copies are available in and around the Bath area in tourist information racks.

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    By: Tracy Collins Last updated: July 22, 2023 Are you going on a trip to the beautiful English city of Bath? With so many things to see in Bath it is easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities. If you want to know the best places to visit in Bath we have you covered! Below you will find our guide to help plan your ultimate trip.

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    Discover the best tourist attractions in Bath, from iconic landmarks like the Royal Crescent and the Roman Baths to cultural gems like the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and the Fashion Museum. Explore the history, architecture and culture of this beautiful city with our guide to the top places to visit in Bath.

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    No. 1 Royal Crescent View on map Explore fashionable life in 18th century Georgian Bath at this restored town-house museum, which had a starring role in Bridgerton. Discover Georgian architecture at No. 1 Royal Crescent The Jane Austen Centre View on map

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    1. Roman Baths 4.3 /5 1 km from city center 1 out of 27 Things To Do in Bath The Roman Baths was built by the Romans around 2000 years ago and it was later discovered by the Victorians. It is one of the must see tourist attractions in Bath. These are fuelled by England's only hot springs and it outputs over a million litres of hot water per day.æ

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    The best places to visit in Bath # The Roman Baths - is the most famous place to visit in Bath. Any trip to Bath wouldn't be complete without stepping back into the history of the Roman Baths.The Roman-built magnificent temple and bathing complex created around the UK's only hot spring still flows with over a million liters of 46°C water every day.

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    2. Have a soak in a rooftop spa pool Bad news: you can't take a dip in the Great Bath. Good news: you can visit the atmospheric Thermae Bath Spa rooftop pool for a dip. Alternatively, book into a hotel for a spa experience of your own. 3. Visit Pulteney Bridge The Grade I listed Pulteney Bridge is a real rarity.

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    10. Prior Park 9. Holburne Museum 8. The Circus 7. Fashion Museum Bath 6. No. 1 Royal Crescent 5. Royal Victoria Park 4. Royal Crescent 3. Pulteney Bridge 2. Bath Abbey 1. Roman Baths Best Time to Visit Bath Map of Things to do in Bath, UK 12. Herschel Museum of Astronomy Mike Peel / Wikipedia

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    Visiting the Abbey is free, and behind-the-scenes tower tours are available for £15 every day except Sunday for those wanting a closer look, so it's definitely worth at least a quick visit. Get local insights on the main Bath attractions on this top-rated walking tour or this private option. For a unique spin, consider a ghost tour of top sites.

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    1. Marvel at the Roman Baths Say what you like about the Romans, but they knew how to take a bath. The Roman Baths are the city's top visitor attraction, and comprise one of the largest and...

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    Step into history and be mesmerised by the magnificent Bath Abbey in the heart of Bath, UK. This Anglican parish church and former Benedictine monastery, dating back to 1572, is a top tourist attraction, drawing visitors with its breathtaking Medieval architecture and Gothic interior.

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    1 - The Circus 2 - Bath Abbey 3 - Assembly Rooms 4 - Roman Baths 5 - Theatre Royal 6 - Southgate 7 - Pulteney Bridge 8 - Holburne Museum of Art 9... Attractions / Quick Tour / Sightseeing Roman Baths The amazingly complete remains of The Roman baths and the Victorian restoration are still fed by water from one of Bath's three hot springs.

  22. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Bath (Updated 2023)

    Bath's Old Orchard Street Theatre. 167. Historic Sites • History Museums. By T2170FKcraigg. This is certainly worth a visit for all interested in the history of Bath, the Catholic church in Bath, and Freemason... 2023. 11. Prior Park Landscape Gardens. 849.