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  • The Bath Bun Tea Shoppe
    The Bath Bun Tea Shoppe
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    Picturesque bridges
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  • Nice homes at the Circus
    Nice homes at the Circus
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Bath Things to Do

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  • Roman Baths

    It's a matter of taste, what "the most romantic buildings" anywhere can be... The Roman Baths and Temple of Aquae Sulis Minerva were voted "the most romantic buildings in Britain" by the Royal Institute of Royal Architects, in 2010. I have limited knowledge of Britain but even so... I agree with this description of the Roman Baths. A word about...

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  • Pulteney Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I can't think of a more pleasant and fascinating view than that of the Crescent Weir in Bath. I arrived in Bath in the morning, from Bristol, and was immediately taken by the views to Pulteney Bridge. I'd left my luggage at the hostel (too early to check in) and set off to explore a bit. The hostel is near the train station and a short walk to the...

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  • Circus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    John Wood, the Elder, designed The Circus (originally called King's Circus) in 1754 and was completed in 1768. The listed Palladian architecture is divided into three parts consisting of townhouses and each entrance was symmetrically aligned for a classical facade straight ahead. Sadly, John Wood, the Elder, died just before the construction so his...

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Bath Hotels

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  • Apsley House Hotel

    One of the finest guest houses in Bath. The ideal place to take someone special for a treat... Not...

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  • Queensberry Hotel

    Great location and 'good vibrations'. Built in 1771 as a townhouse for the Marquis of Queensberry,...

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  • The Halcyon

    We stayed at The Halcyon for 3 days and had the most memorable and wonderful stay. The hotel is a...

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Bath Restaurants

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  • Sally Lunn's

    4 out of 5 stars

    I had afternoon tea at Sally Lunn's, home of the original bath bun, twice on my visits to Bath. The afternoon tea consist of a Bath Bun with jam and clotted cream and with either tea or coffee. On my first visit to Bath (June 2006), I ordered the 'Sally Lunn Cream Tea' which includes half a toasted Sally Lunn Bun is served with strawberry jam and...

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  • Hole in the Wall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Part of the revival of British cuisine as a gourmet experience, but with a French flair. The waiters are of the old-fashioned type who wait discreetly until exactly the moment you need them, then appear unasked. The food is probably the best in Bath. Ambiance is subdued - this is a basement - combining sleek, minimalist decor with a background of...

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  • Number 5 Bistro

    Great atmosphere in the historic centre of Bath. Number 5 Bistro is just off Pulteney Bridge, one of Bath's most interesting places. Pulteney Bridge is an 18th century homage to the Ponte Vecchio of Florence - it is the only bridge surviving in Britain that still has shops and restaurants on it. Number 5 Bistro features tasty informal French...

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Bath Nightlife

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  • Nightclubs

    As a very mature student at Bath Spa University I seldom go out on the town with my younger counterparts. This week I made an exception as I visited the ClubXL nightclub with the debating society for a special event advertised as abysmal. The night was indeed enjoyable as I was in good company and yet at the same time I found many flaws in what was...

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  • Bars & Pubs

    During the day Delfter Krug is a nice place for summer time drinking and eating. There is an outside seating area that is good for people watching. At night the outside area closes and the action goes on in the inside. There is a big area downstairs for relaxing and chatting with a small dancefloor area on the second floor with some good electronic...

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  • AVOID!

    As a very mature student at Bath Spa University I seldom go out on the town with my younger counterparts. This week I made an exception as I visited the ClubXL nightclub with the debating society for a special event advertised as abysmal. The night was indeed enjoyable as I was in good company and yet at the same time I found many flaws in what was...

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Bath Transportation

  • Buses

    I caught the 339 Bus from Bristol's Victoria Street to Bath's Bus Station. The journey took approximately 45 minutes and traveled via Brislington, Keynsham, Saltford and Newton St Loe. One way cost me 5.30 gbp (June 2012). The bus runs every half an hour on a Sunday and from 1800 every hour till midnight and early morning and late evenings Mondays...

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  • Trains

    I travelled to Bath by train, taking less than 1.5 hours from London’s Paddington Station to Bath Spa. The scenery along the way is very pretty in places, notably the last stretch of the journey through Wiltshire, and the trains comfortable. Fares vary a lot but bargains can be had if you’re flexible about when to travel – check out The Trainline...

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  • Driving to Bath

    Although Bath can be reached by public transport, for our second and third trips we have chosen to drive. From south-east London, the trip takes about 3 hours, depending on how bad the traffic is. The distance is about 110-115 miles west. Bath is easy to reach from London, just follow the M4 either through the city centre or pick it up from the...

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Bath Shopping

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  • The place to go for maps!

    Now here's a shop that combines several wonderful dimensions. First, it is on the Pulteney Bridge (think Rialto, if you're unfamiliar with the PB). Second, it has a proprietor, David Gardner, who knows his stock intimately, and can immediately find that 17th century map of the Welsh county from which your ancestors emigrated. Third, it contains a...

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  • November and December

    Bath's Christmas Market offers a wide range of original crafts and goods by independent retailers, trading from European-style, wooden Christmas chalets. Baths Christmas lights, the smell of mulled wine and pine needles, all make for a festive atmosphere, along with a lively program of street entertainment.Annually, usually from around third week...

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  • Best Address In Town!!

    Paxton and Whitfield are a small but prestigous cheesemongers with shops in London, Stratford-on-Avon and here in Bath. Here quality is very much the watchword and the company only deals with artisanal cheesemakers here in the UK and on the continent.With its Royal Warrants, dating back to Queen Victoria, the shops might be thought to pander...

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Bath Local Customs

  • Indulge in an Icecream

    On a hot summers day in Bath an icecream stop is mandatory. We settled on a 2 scooper at Thortons which came with a complimentary chocolate stick for less then GBP2. As you can see from the photo everyone's choices went down very well. Thortons is located in the main cobbled shopping street.The following day our icecream stop was at Ben & Jerry's...

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  • throw in a coin - or a curse

    As at many holy sites, from early times, coins were thrown into springs, ponds, wells etc as a gift to the spirit or god guarding the water.In the Roman Baths , the frigidarium (cold bath) especially seems to be the recipient of many monetary gifts. Precious stones have also been found.In Roman times pleas or curses were thrown on tablets of stone...

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  • Bath buns and other local delicacies

    This is a traditional local tea time treat – a yeast dough bun with plenty of dried fruit (sultanas, currants and citrus peel) and sprinkled with large sugar granules. It is thought to date back to the later 18th century, the invention of a Dr. Oliver, whose patients loved them so much that their waistlines expanded at an alarming rate and he was...

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Bath Warnings and Dangers

  • Twilight at the Thermae Spa

    Let me begin with a disclaimer: although I could see how this warning might be accurate, I did not personally witness either of the problems which were mentioned to me by a local woman (who happened to be giving me a pedicure when these confidences were shared).One of the things virtually everybody does when they come to Bath is to "take the...

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  • Being charged to relax in a municipal...

    I always believe municipal parks are free of charge to access. However, I learnt when exiting the park that is a charge of 1.20 gbp for an non resident was enforced (free for residents of Bath and North East Somerset). So I had reluctantly pay this charge but I wasn't sure about the principle of it! I personally think it's wrong! Other Bath parks...

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  • Ducks & Pigeons in Parade Gardens

    I was having a wonderful picnic in this park but only to be disturbed by the resident ducks and pigeons who tried to help themselves to the food! My only defence was to share my food (which isn't usually allowed but I was little bit frightened!) with them in order for them to go away! It didn't quite work but eventually they were distracted to...

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Bath Tourist Traps

  • The Roman Baths

    The Roman baths and pump room are probably the main reason or at least the main attraction that visitors want to see. The council own and run it and knowing that everybody wants to visit they charge quite a lot for entry. Although this is under things to do it should also be under tourist traps. It is certainly worth visiting but the hefty £11.50...

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  • What not to do in Bath

    Bath is a pretty small town with a number of Roman buildings.If there is something you don't need to do, then it's the Bus Sightseeing tour.You can everything access on your own feet. Walk around

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  • Camera shop next to Abbey in Bath

    Do not purchase disposable cameras from the Camera Shop next to the Abbey in Bath. My digital camera battery needed recharging so I had to resort to purchasing some disposable cameras from the Camera shop. It appeared to be the only one around. I innocently paid top dollar for 3 cheap and nasty little cameras that do not carry a brand name. Being...

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Bath What to Pack

  • Things to bring to Bath

    A day sack to carry your camera, fleece, waterproof etc Comfy shoes for walking around the many sights, though most of the attractions are very close together.The weather can be variable, so bring a waterproof or umbrella.Bath is quite a smart place, so you might feel a bit out of place in jeans/t shirts /trainers in some of the more elegant...

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  • Packing...

    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!

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  • Meet Jack from Monterey

    We brought along a teddy for the pictures. Meet Monteray Jack! Makes a nice change from having me in every second picture, don't you think?

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Bath Off The Beaten Path

  • Royal Mineral Water Hospital

    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...

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  • St John's Hospital

    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...

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  • Prior Park - A Landscape Garden

    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...

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Bath Sports & Outdoors

  • Bath Rugby

    Bath is well know for its' great rugby team. It has a great riverside stadium which is situated minutes away from the City Centre.

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  • Bath Rugby

    Bath is a big rugby town. They play at a stadium called the Rec, which is a two minute walk from Pultuney Bridge. The stadium is relatively small and tends to sell-out for the bigger matches, so it is best to book in advance. Check out their website for more details.

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  • Victoria Falls Adventure Golf

    Walking back to the town from a game of football in the park we spotted a mini-golf course. Of course this meant that we had to have a game. Cue lots of laughter and probably the best spent £4 of the weekend. I managed to bag second place, succeeding in not loosing to a girl - not a fate that was shared by my friend. He wasn't even close ;) At...

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  • Bath Visitor Information Centre

    Bath Visitor Information Centre should be the first point of contact for any first time visitor in Bath. The Centre provides an information on what to see and do in Bath as well as its environs. Staff can also direct and advice or any queries or issues visitors may have. An accommodation service is provided as well as booking tickets for...

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  • History of Bath

    Bath was occupied by the Romans shortly after their Invasion of Britain in 43AD. The city was called Aguae Sulis “the waters of Sul”. The Anglo-Saxons renamed the town Baðan or Baðon "at the baths," and this was the source of the present name. Edgar of England was crowned king of England in Bath Abbey in 973.

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  • The Royal Mineral Water Hospital

    This is actually a working hospital here in the centre of Bath, run by the NHS. When it was first established in 1742, built by John Wood Snr, it was known as the Bath General Infirmary yet conversely didn't treat locals only visitors. In its early days it provided cures based on the use of the Bath spring waters (hence the name) but in recent...

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