The Old Malt House

Radford Timsbury, Near Bath, , Somerset, BA2 0QF, United Kingdom
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Can local Bathonians speak to guided tours?

by Smartblonde

My husband and I are excitedly planning our first trip to the UK, and have booked 2 nights at Talbot's in Mells. We want to see Bath, Salisbury, Avebury, and of course, Stonehenge. Is there some really excellent tour company that you think highly of? I have corresponded with British Tours, Ltd., and they are clearly outstanding, but pricey. Any thoughts?

RE: Can local Bathonians speak to guided tours?

by tse1212

Can I suggest that you contact the Bath Tourist office?

Their website lists a lot of tours and they'll also know of local guides who'll show you around the city (Bath is beautiful and worth a day of anyone's time!).

I wouldn't want to put you off seeing Stonehenge but be prepared to be underwhelmed. Sorry, but it's not that impressive.

RE: RE: Can local Bathonians speak to guided tours?

by Niekie

Aparently opinions about stonehenge can differ enormously, I think it's an amazing site. Last year I saw it again from a bus on my way to Avebury and even (or maybe more so) from a distance I thought it was spectacular.

RE: Can local Bathonians speak to guided tours?

by local_guide

Yes, it's best to contact the Tourist Information Offices at Bath and Salisbury. I think you'll find Avebury more interesting than Stonehenge. It is older and of more historic significance. (Academics don't tend to broadcast that fact, as they don't want the site ruined as Stonehenge has been.) There's also the wooden henge.

Hope you have a great time, but wrap up warmly as these sites are on a plain and it can get rather cold and windy, and sometimes rather wet.

When you visit Bath, you may find the American Museum particularly interesting.

Hope the weather stays good for you and you have a great time.

RE: RE: Can local Bathonians speak to guided tours?

by Smartblonde

Thanks for your information~~I really appreciate it. I have heard that about Stonehenge, but I guess we still want to get a look at it. My mom said the same thing about the Sistene Chapel, and I thought she was nuts at the time.

Travel Tips for Bath

Reading list

by Dabs

Jane Austen, who was an inhabitant of Bath for many years, wrote two novels that had Bath featured prominently, "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey", you can still see many of the places that she wrote about including the Pump Room and the Assembly Rooms. For those of you who want the pleasure of Jane without the pain of reading, both novels have been adapted into movies, I preferred the 1995 Amanda Root/Ciaran Hind version of "Persuasion" over the 2007 version that just played on Masterpiece Theater although Anthony Head was a superb Mr. Elliott. There was also a 2007 adaptation of "Northanger Abbey".

No Pads, No Helmets, No Mercy

by cryofthecelt

If you're in or around Bath between August and March, stop by the pitch to catch an exciting rugby match!

Rugby was invented in Rugby, England in 1832 by William Webb Ellis, a young student at Rugby School who picked up a football (soccer ball) and ran with it in his hands to score. Rugby is a sport at the heart of Bath, a sport that somewhat defines the town. Bath Rugby Football Club has been in existence since the late 19th century, and today the team boasts top spot in several national league championships.

For newcomers to the game, rugby is a cross between American football and soccer. Unlike American football, players do not wear pads or helmets and play does not end with a tackle, making rugby an extremely fast-paced and thrilling game.

So, like I said, if you're lucky enough to be in Bath during rugby season, be sure to catch a home match! Support the team with an official Cotton Traders jersey from Just Rugby or The Bath Rugby Shop, both located in the shopping centres in town.

Bath market

by JuliaK about The whole market of Bath

The whole market of Bath is very special. On our first visit we were so impressed that there were more shops than in Bristol... well at least more interesting to go and visit. Full of tourists but not overcrowded all the shops provide you with the cosiness that a small town can.
Bath's market is very special as you can see from the picture!! all this small shops and alleys are so exiting for me!! You can buy from a needle to the best designer dress that you have seen on the months magazine. Prices vary.. from the most cheap piece of garment to the most expensive car!

The Train or the Bus

by Etoile2B

I was living in Oxford when I visited Bath. It's easy to get to from both Oxford and London. There are frequent (and relatively cheap) trains and busses from both cities. Just check the schedules. On the way home, in fact, we missed our bus back to Oxford and took a train to London and then a bus home easily.

Some Tea... ??

by Sharon about Sally Lunn's refreshment house

There are some tea rooms in Bath and the most famouse one is the Sally Lunn's.
Its the oldest house in Bath (c1482) and there are 3 rooms for serving the special food they have that based in the Sally Lunn's Bun.

Sally Lunn was a 17th century baker whom created a famouse buttery tea bun. I had a cream tea bun which included a tea and a bunn with cream and jum. what can i say..?? it was the best cream and jum that ever had !
The service was a bit slow but it was worth it. Dont miss this experience, the house inside looks so old and nice, the classic music that is played and the way the waitresses dress like in the 17th century is just lovely.


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Address: Radford Timsbury, Near Bath, , Somerset, BA2 0QF, United Kingdom