During the summer months you can spash out and take a boat trip up the River. This is the perfect way to relax and enjoy your surroundings. It is also a great opportunity to look out for wildlife such as the vibrant blue kingfisher who can be seen looking for dinner!!
Here you can bathe in the mineral rich spa waters which the Celts and the Romans bathed in over 2000 years ago. Thermae Bath Spa is Britain's original and only natural thermal Spa. Thermae is a remarkable combination of 'old and new' where historic spa buildings blend with the contemporary design of the New Royal Bath. Choose a 2-hour or 4-hour spa session which includes full access to the warm waters and flowing curves of the Minerva Bath, a series of aromatic steam rooms and the open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views across the skyline of Bath. To add to the enjoyment, the open air pool provides panoramic views over the rooftops of Bath.
There are some lovely riverside paths which run alongside the River Avon. We crossed over Pultney Bridge and took the steps down to the riverside (next to the Map shop). As you walk along you get some great photo opportunities of the at builings in the centre. We only walked to the next river bridge but the path continues a lot further.
Parade Gardens are situated right alongside the river Avon in the centre of Bath. From the gardens you will get the best views of Pultney bridge and the Weir. With the fantastic floral displays, they provide a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping streets. During the summer months Concerts are held in the bandstand and children’s entertainment is provided during the summer holidays. Deck chairs are available. Picnics are allowed but there is also a café with outdoor seating.
Open from Easter to the end of September. There is a small entrance charge to non-Bath and North East Somerset residents.
The Mayor of Bath Honorary guides provide free guided tours of Bath daily (Sunday - Friday 10.30 & 14.00, Sat 10.30), tours leave from outside the Abbey Churchyard entrance to the Pump Room. The walking tours are available May to September. There are additional tours on Tuesday and Friday at 19.00. Tours last approximately 2 hours. No pre-booking necessary for individuals, but groups of 12 or more should prebook at least 4 weeks in advance. Tel: 01225477411
As you walk through the streets of Bath you can't help but notice the street entertainers whose skill and expertise is second to none. While we were there a gentleman was playing a violin whilst walking on a tightrope, very talented indeed.
The Cross Bath is a small, unique Georgian building which sits right over its own spring source in the heart of Bath City Centre. It is the latest in a succession of structures stretching back for at least 2,000 years. Despite extensive alteration over the centuries, it is a Grade I listed building in its original use, previously with scheduled monument status and recently designated a national sacred site by the World Wildlife Fund.
Just to the side of the Pump room restaurant there is a little counter and ornate spring offering a free glass of spa water with your entrance ticket to the baths or 50p per glass if you're just visiting the restaurant.
We were given half a glass to try each and were told that it didn't taste very nice, when in fact it wasn't that bad at all.
June to September
Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
Sunday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
October to May
Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Sunday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Baths Ghost walk is held Mondays to Saturdays from 1st April to 31st October and then on Fridays only during the winter.
You pay the waiting guide at 20:00 outside the Garricks head Pub next to the Theatre Royal. The guide will then explain how the evening will progress.
The City Sight Seeing bus visits the following places:
(1) HIGH STREET (Bath Abbey, Heritage Vaults,The Roman Baths, Sally Lunn’s)
(2) GRAND PARADE (Guildhall Market, Parade Gardens, Pulteney Bridge)
(3) NORTH PARADE
(4)GREAT PULTENEY STREET (Holburne Museum)
(5) GREAT PULTENEY STREET (Laura Fountain)
(6) GRAND PARADE
(7) MANVERS STREET (Railway Station)
(8) BROAD QUAY
(9) AVON STREET (Coach Park)
(10) WESTGATE BUILDINGS (The Thermae Bath Spa)
(11) QUEEN SQUARE (The Jane Austen Centre)
(12) BROCK STREET (The Royal Crescent)
(13) WESTON ROAD (Golf Course)
(14) WESTON ROAD (The Botanical Gardens)
(15) UPPER BRISTOL ROAD (Royal Victoria Park with childrens playground)
(16) UPPER BRISTOL ROAD (Marlborough Lane)
(17) ROYAL AVENUE (Royal Victoria Park)
(18) MILSOM STREET (Some of Bath’s best quality shops can be found here)
The ticket is valid to hop on and off for 24 hours from purchase.
1st Mar - 14th Mar First tour at 1000 then every 20 mins until the last one at 1700
15th Mar - 31st May First tour at 0930 Every 15 mins until the last one at 1730
1st June - 30th Sept First tour at 0940 Every 6-12 mins until the last one at 1830
1st Oct - 3oth Nov First tour at 0930 Every 15 mins until the last one at 1730
Bath is an emminently walkable city, and that is the best way to enjoy it, just wander and absorb. If however you want a more sedentary way of touring the city then the Bath Bus Company's open-top tours seem good value for money. The buses stop at 20 main attractions around the city with recorded commentaries about the places being visited in several languages. An adult ticket costs 11 Pounds (2009 prices), is valid for two days unlimited use and some of the attractions offer discounts to ticket holders. Tickets can be bought on the bus or from the tourist info offices.
Not something I've personally done but it looks like a reasonable deal.
This little medieval chapel is quite unusual in some respects. For one thing it has an uncharacteristic light and airy feel due to the large and finely ornamented windows. Another thing I found unusual is the presence of so many brightly colored items from the alcove tapestries to the episcopal coats of arms along the walls and the creatures on the roof bosses in reds and greens.
Also, although it is medieval in origin it has a quite modern feel to it and some of the features (like the heraldic tapestries and the icons of reconciliation) are 20th century works. Probably contributing to it as well is that the chapel is evidently still in virtually daily use for worship.
Even though I am sure the Bishop’s Palace has wonderful furnishings and bric-a-brac, seeing the inside held little appeal to us, but the gardens and chapel were another issue. When we entered the small gift shop to purchase our tickets, the lady at the counter asked us if we were wise people. It took a moment to realize that she was asking if we qualified for concession (senior) tickets. What a nice greeting for someone who qualifies by about 13 years! We proceeded around the croquet lawn and through the ruins of the great hall. These old crenellated walls could not have been more beautiful when they were in use than now when their softly aged old brick and stones are accented with well placed landscaping under and around the tracery windows which offer unique views of the cathedral. The gardens are a most serene setting with lovely blossoms, roses climbing on old stone walls, benches and interesting sculpture.
Prices are £5 adults; £4 concession; £1 children (5-18); £12 families (2 adults & 2 children).
The volunteer guided 2 hour walking tour of Bath is well worth your time. Volunteer guides in my experience are more knowledgeable and interesting than paid ones and ours was no exception. She explained the history and architecture of the city as one who not only knows the facts but has a personal interest. The walks are offered twice daily and begin in front of the Pump Room by the Abbey and in the summer months there are some evening tours as well. The schedule is posted at the starting point.
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