Old Curiosity Shoppe of a Museum
A city as elegant as Bath simply could not function without the services of tradesmen and workers. The MUSEUM OF BATH AT WORK is dedicated to telling the story of brick makers and bread bakers, corseters, chair manufacturers and makers of fizzy pop, the 'little people' who kept the gentry afloat. The heart of the collection is the reassambled shop, office and machine room of the J.B. Bowler Company "established in 1864" and commercially connected to every concern in the city. Built in 1776 as a Real Tennis Court, the building that houses the museum is very easy to miss. Look instead for the square bell tower of Christ Church, which fronts Julian Road at Rivers Street. Walk around to the rear courtyard - and enter into a world of "Two Thousand Years of Earning a Living".
Hours are April 1 to October 31, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm daily. (November 1 to March 31, weekends only).
Phone: (01225) 318348
We were lucky enough to have a car so it didn't matter too much, although our backpacks came in handy when carrying our gear from the car to the B&B rooms... Good walking shoes and wet weather gear are a must!
A view to blow your mind!
If you want an experience of a lifetime during your stay in bath, try and book a balloon flight prior to your arrival. I'm pretty sure you can't book them for the next day, but if you're organised enough you might just get an experience you'll never forget. Highly recommended!
Costs around £99.
Summer months mainly.
Getting Around By Bus
As a city Bath is pretty compact and so almost everything is within easy walking distance of the centre. For travel further afield the new bus station is on Dorchester Street, next door to the railway station.
Some great day trips by bus include a visit to Wells and its Cathedral (service 173) or Bradford on Avon on the edge of the Cotswolds (service 264/265). Most of the buses are run by First Bus and there are various ticketing options available including the FirstDay Southwest ticket - see 1st website below.
2nd website has all the local and national public transport info.
Demuth's is Bath's only dedicated vegetarian restaurant. It's small and thus intimate. Book ahead - it only seats 38 people and it's busy. I'm not a vegetarian, and am not a big fan in veg in general, but my girlfriend had wanted to try Demuth's ever since she moved to Bath. I was unconvinced but the menu looked good so I decided to go along. The food was far from disappointing - as a confirmed meat eater i found it delicious and filling. Very fresh tasting ingredients and a well-thought out menu. The decor is very modern and quite purple. It's very relaxed and informal.
As I remember it, the menu on the website is not quite up to date. On a cautionary note, the night we went there we had booked a table for 9:30, only to be told on arrival that they had no record of our booking. They couldn't guarantee a table until an hour later - which left us a little hungry, but in Bath you'll struggle to find an unbooked table on a Saturday night at that time. We were promised that the owners would contact us and offer some kind of compensation - they never did. The staff on at the time were very pleasant and helpful, but were clearly in a difficult position since even the duty manager had no real powers to do anything other than serve people. other people were having problems that evening with delays in service. It was probably a one-off, but still - be warned. The pesto dish I had was excellent, the best I'd had of that kind in a long time.