Royal Mineral Water Hospital, known as "The Min", was founded in 1738. The purpose was to provide care for sick people who came to bath to take in the waters from the spa. The listed building was designed by John Wood the Elder and stone donated by Ralph Allen. The Hospital underwent further extensions over the centuries.
The hospital served hydropathy treatments up to 1978 and hospital is now a National Health Services's Foundation Trust, which specialises in Rheumatic Disease and Rehabilitation for adults and children nationally and regionally.
St John's Hospital was founded by Bishop Reginald Fitzjocelyn in 1174 for the purpose of the community. This independent almhouse charity offers social support for older people and deprived individuals in Bath through the provision of housing, grants and financial support.
I enjoyed admiring the architecture of buildings that comprises St John's Hospital in the Historic Spa Quarter.
You can learn more about their work via the website.
Imagine broad, sweeping lawns rimmed by woodlands. Picture a quiet serpentine lake topped by a Palladian bridge and picturesque views from every angle. Ten minutes drive outside the city, Prior Park occupies its own green universe. Part of the UN's World Heritage Site of Bath, the 28 acre landscape garden was planted by Bath entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with design assistance from his friends, Alexander Pope and Capability Brown. Built into a steep valley, the garden offers both seclusion and challenge.
There is no parking on the grounds. Visitors may either walk (approx. 30 minutes from town and mostly uphill) or take the bus.
Prior Park is serviced by the # 2 and #4 lines, which depart from the Dorchester St. stop approx. every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday or every 30 minutes on Sundays. The garden is open from 11:00 am daily, closing at dusk in winter (5:30pm the rest of the year). Admission is L 4 for adults, L 2 for children. From Prior Park the hiking enthusiast may continue on to the Bath Skyline, a hilly and partially wooded 6-mile circular walk around the city perimeter.
If you fancy an escape from the City Centre and the Tourist attractions, Prior Park Landscape & Gardens is ideal. It's a short bus ride from the City Centre. Prior Park Landscape & Gardens is a Green Park and you can only travel there either by foot or public transport with the exception of disabled travellers, who have to reserve a parking spot in advance with their registration details. Prior Park is renowned for its Palladian Bridge, one of four left in the world. I recommend a visit where you can enjoy the green space; admire the surrounding nature and enjoy a picnic by the lake.
Still within the city centre you can get a great overview of the city by wandering up Landowne Hill until you get to The Old Farmhouse pub. Make a right here and follow Camden Row to its end and then the footpath along the hillside.
From here you get great views over the city and the pub is well worth dropping in for a beer on the way back!
About a 5 minute walk from the centre of the town is a bicycle shop called "John's Bikes". In the front window is a bike that was ridden by Lance Armstrong.
The address of the shop is 82-84 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BD. If you're interested in bikes, the guys inside are very knowledgeable.
The Salamander pub is not so easy to find if you're not from Bath but well worth looking for. Here's a map link:
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Moles Club is one of the UK's best live music venues: whether you're a tourist from London looking for some live entertainment, a local resident of Bath, Bristol & the West Country, or a visitor to Bath or England from anywhere in the world, this could become one of your favorite nightclubs to build your social life and nightlife around.
Stonehenge is only an hour's drive away from Stonehenge, so if you're in Bath and have some time to spare, then I would recommend you make a visit. There are some tour groups that offer short trips to Stonehenge; the company I used was Scarper Tours.
The Scarper Tours minibus picks up outside Bath Abbey (outside Whitemans Bookshop on Orange Grove) at 1.30pm and returns at 4.30pm; extra tours available during the summer months. You'll get to spend an hour at Stonehenge, which is enough time for you to walk all the way around the stones and complete the audio guide that is included with your entrance fee. Tour price is £12.50pp, but doesn't include the entrance fee to Stonehenge, which is an extra £5.90 per adult (discounts for students). Reservations by phone, email, or at the Tourist Information Centre.
A leisurely stroll in the hills surrounding Bath, The Bath Skywalk is one of the most spectacular walks you could wish for, especially when the weather is glourious. You can start either from Bathwick Hill or Widcombe Hill. The walk talks either a half an hour or 3 hours depending on picnic conditions :)
You can really go off the beaten path here but be careful, it is easy to get a little lost in the hills beyond and parts are steep so be sure to in fine fettle before you go. The beauty of this walk is you don't have to do the whole loop just do as much or as little as you like. There are lots and lots of walking trips you can do around Bath, it is a walkers paradise!
Widcombe is just behind the railway station. It's a nice street with some of the finiest resturants in Bath (I'll write about these soon) A quaint coffee shop too. From the top of the street you can walk across the road (to the left) and start a walk along the canal into Bath, it's a nice relaxing moment.
If you continue up a steep hill, past The White Hart Inn and after 10 minutes you will be at the start / finsh of the 'Bath Sky Walk' - TIP !
There's a lovely canal walk that starts from Bath and you can walk all the way to Bradford-on-Avon (it takes 2 1/5 hours - it's 14km away!) If that's too much heel action just 20 minutes away is Bathwick and it has a fantastic Pub called The George right by the canal so you can rest your tired feet here in an idilic setting. As you walk along the path there are many colourful boats (an people) who live on the river. It's really interesting walk.
Bob insisted on following the signs to the long term car park lot (£3.80 until 6 pm), and after he and our grandson used the bathroom, he took a short cut out of the lot on foot. We ended up getting thoroughly lost (even after asking directions at a store - I asked the wrong question - I asked what the name of the street was, and not which way we should go on it).
Walking in the wrong direction, we discovered a big park and playground-- Victoria Park. Our grandson stopped and had a few minutes to play while I used the bathroom. There were all kinds of climbing equipment, swings, etc (free), in addition to bathrooms.
At that point, I found out that we were on our way out of Bath on foot and got directions for the bus from some of the mothers who had their children there.
We went to the bus stop that is right next to the park and took a bus back in (£2.40 for the three of us) which let us off downtown near the railway station
Approximately 20 miles from Bath you can visit Cheddar Caves and Cheddar Gorge.
The Caves are Britain's most beautiful caves, - Gough's Cave, with its cathedral-like caverns, and Cox's Cave, with its calcite structures and brilliant colours.
You can also climb Jacob's Ladder to Pavey's Lookout Tower, and for cliff top walks on Britain's highest limestone Gorge.
Nearby is also the original Cheddar Cheese & Cider Depot.
Telephone for opening hours which differ from summer to winter.
LONGLEAT, - home to the Marquess of Bath has a splendid Art Collection, reputably the best Safari Park outside of Africa. Other attractions include the Large Maze, Adventure Castle, Safari Boats, Railway, pets corner and much more.
There are pre-booked tours available during winter months of the House and Safari Park.
Longleat is near Warminster, Wiltshire.
Telephone for details of opening hours as they vary from summer to winter.