City break gem Bath is world famous for its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture. Apart from the beautiful sights around the city, there are stacks of museums that can easily keep you occupied for days. As well as premier museums, galleries and heritage architecture, Bath activities include fantastic bus, walking and boat trip tours along the River Avon.
The city inspired the author Jane Austen, with many of Bath’s famous landmarks featuring in a selection of her novels. Find out more at the Jane Austen Centre or along a themed Jane Austen walking tour.
Things to Do & See
Bath is world famous for its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture. It is hugely popular, attracting visitors from all over the world. As such there is an excellent choice of hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation both within the City of Bath and around the historic centre. Bath is excellent for a romantic or luxury break with many hotels offering top end quality accommodation.
This means that the standard of all hotel and bed and breakfast is of generally of high quality so even the lower priced accommodation outside the historic centre offer good quality accommodation. Often those guest houses, bed and breakfasts and hotels outside the centre of Bath are only a short walk away but offer better value for money.
Bath has a compact but full shopping centre with a mix of high street stores and independent boutique shops. Many of the shops are open seven days a week. There is also a good choice of cafes, restaurants and tearooms – many offering top quality menus perfect for the romantic dinner for two.
Bath’s historic centre and most of the tourist attractions are in a relatively compact area of Bath. Touring the centre on an open top bus sightseeing tour is a nice, easy way of getting an introduction where everything is. There are a wide choice of walking tours of all the sights or themed tours such as the Jane Austen Walking Tour organised by the Jane Austen Centre.
The centre of Bath is dominated by the beautiful Gothic Abbey. You can spend hours just looking at all the intricate carvings on the outside, let alone the interior. There is a regular programme of services and concerts including Christmas Carol Services. Bath Abbey Choir are well known having performed at the Three Tenors for the opening of Thermae Spa and made several recordings.
Bath has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its fantastic examples of Palladian Georgian Architecture. It’s like walking around a film set and it’s amazing how well preserved the historic centre of Bath is. When the Austen Festival is taking place with people walking around the streets in period costume it really is like travelling back in time.
Bath has huge choice of different museums for its relatively small size. There’s everything from the world famous Roman Baths with its hot springs to The Fashion Museum that looks at the changing face of fashion from Georgian to Punk!
Some are related to Bath’s social history such as The Jane Austen Centre and the Bath at Work Museum, while others show how Bath in its Georgian heyday would have looked such as at No 1 The Royal Crescent. Bath is also home to several art galleries including the Holburne Museum of Art, the Victoria Art Gallery and the Museum of East Asian Art.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.