Bath

Water wonderful day awaits you here! Start as you mean to go on with a tour of the baths the Romans built (no paddling allowed), before making a splash in the Thermae Bath Spa – the rooftop pool has stunning views of the city. Once you’ve dried off, make like Jane Austen and stroll along the Royal Crescent, then try on some reproduction Georgian garms at the Fashion Museum. Peckish? Sally Lunn’s teahouse is home to the Sally Lunn Bun, a kind of sweet brioche bap – for a Bath take on the cream tea, order one toasted and spread with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

One of the most beautiful cities in the whole of the UK, with a rich and varied history stretching back thousands of years, it’s easy to see why Bath welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. If you’re heading out to the West Country and are on the look out for the best things to do in Bath this list will definitely help. First established by the Romans who built temples around the hot springs here in 76BC, Bath has been welcoming weekenders for almost 2,000 years. This pretty spa town is oozing with history, from the Roman baths (of course) to its grand Georgian houses, parks and sweeping crescents, timeless attractions and Victorian gothic structures. Bath’s natural hot springs are what the city is most famous for, but it also has a fantastic cultural scene, with plenty of theatre, music, comedy, art and more. Oh, and something known as the Sally Lunn bun. Start your Bath journey now with our selection of helpful highlights and great things to do.

Day 1
Sightsee the city

Despite the fact that Bath isn’t that big, there’s plenty to see and do. In fact, fitting all of Bath’s offerings into a single day trip would probably be impossible. Instead, 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.

Day 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.

Day 3
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

Day 4
Step back in time at the Roman Baths

Julius Caesar famously thought that Britannia wasn’t worth fighting for, but his successor Claudius certainly did. If it wasn’t for Claudius’s army conquering the south of England in 47 AD, we wouldn’t have had roads, sewage systems and London – not as early as we did, anyway. We also wouldn’t have had the Bath spas. It was the Romans who unearthed the hot springs here and built some astounding structures within which to house them. The omcredobly well preserved Roman Baths in the centre of town are a sparkling example of the legacy left all those years ago.

Day 5
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. It was the Georgians that 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

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