Things to do in Bath

Things to do in  Bath

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UNESCO-listed Bath exists in multiple eras. First, there are its origins in antiquity, when Bath was called Aquae Sulis—even now, visiting its Roman Baths remains one of the top things to do. Then there is Georgian Bath, visible in everything from the famed curve of the Royal Crescent to its association with Jane Austen and the terraced houses forged from golden-hued stone. Finally, there is the Bath of today: a lovely and lively small city, which tempts with top-notch restaurants, charming shops, and chances to bathe in those famed spa waters.

Top 6 attractions in Bath

Avebury

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Dating from between 2900 and 2600 BC, Avebury is the world’s largest Neolithic stone circle. Originally composed of three stone circles—the largest of which comprised 98 standing stones (though only 27 now remain)—Avebury is truly immense. Though the function of Avebury is not fully understood, it was likely used for pagan ceremonies.More

Jane Austen Centre

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A museum dedicated to one of Britain’s best-loved authors, the Jane Austen Centre in Bath is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in the life and work of the 18th-century writer. Housed in an authentic period property, with actors in costume bringing the museum to life, the center immerses visitors in the days of the Regency era.More

Silbury Hill

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One of the largest prehistoric structures of its kind in Europe, the purpose of Silbury Hill—a man-made chalk mound which is comparable to the size of a small Egyptian pyramid—remains a mystery. Marvel over the 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) grassy slopes of Silbury Hill from a distance before continuing your exploration of Avebury.More

Roman Baths

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This first-century Roman bathhouse complex was a meeting point for patricians who came to bathe, drink the curative waters, and socialize. The baths fell out of use with the Roman exodus from Britain but were rediscovered and excavated in the late-19th century. Explore the Great Bath, which is filled with steaming, mineral-rich water from Bath’s hot springs.More

Royal Crescent

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One of Bath’s most sought-after residential streets, Royal Crescent is a semicircular sweep of colonnaded Georgian terrace houses overlooking Royal Victoria Park. Of the 30 houses here, most are still privately owned though No. 1—restored to peak Georgian-era splendor—serves as a museum, showcasing upper-class life in 18th-century Bath.More

Lacock

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Among the loveliest and most historical enclaves in the Cotswolds—an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty located west of London—Lacock is also one of England’s oldest villages. Renowned for the 13th-century Lacock Abbey and 14th-century St. Cyriac’s Church, Lacock is celebrated for its classically English beauty.More

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All about Bath

When to visit

Bath is a lovely place to visit throughout the year, but expect cooler temperatures and a high chance of rain if you come between autumn and spring. The arts and literature are celebrated annually at the Bath Festival, held in late May. Summers are generally pleasant and warm, but rarely too hot—though expect crowds and long queues if you come in July or August.

Getting around

Bath is easy to explore on foot, and much of the city center is pedestrian-only, making it a great place for strolling. Both the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are situated in this area, and the railway station is only a few minutes’ walk. Bath also has a hop-on hop-off bus service between major attractions, and First Bus offers public bus routes in and around the city.

Traveler tips

While you can’t bathe in the Roman Baths, you can soak in water from the same source at Thermae Bath Spa, a few minutes’ walk away. If you’re on a budget, skip a session at the sprawling Main Spa in favor of a soak at the smaller Cross Bath, or head over to the Pump Room restaurant, adjacent to the Roman baths, where you can drink a glass of the mineral-rich waters for a nominal fee.

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A local’s pocket guide to Bath

Margot Bigg

Margot fell in love with Bath as a child and later moved to the city to study at the University of Bath. She still visits often and has lost track of how many friends she’s taken to the Roman Baths.

The first thing you should do in Bath is...

visit the Roman Baths. It’s the city’s star attraction and will help you understand why a town sprang up here thousands of years ago.

A perfect Saturday in Bath...

involves a morning visit to the Roman Baths and the adjacent Bath Abbey, an afternoon wandering through the city, admiring the architecture, and an evening soak in the rooftop hot pool at Thermae Bath Spa.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

sitting down to indulge in a huge Sally Lunn "bunn" at Sally Lunn’s Eating House, one of the oldest houses in Bath.

To discover the "real" Bath...

have a night out at Moles, a tiny cult music venue where countless household name acts have played, usually right before they get famous.

For the best view of the city...

head up to the fields of Claverton Down, southeast of the city centre. If you're feeling ambitious, you can follow the Bath Skyline Walk, a National Trust-managed loop that will take you through some of the prettiest countryside in the area.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Bath is too expensive for more than a day visit. While certainly not the cheapest city in the UK, Bath is a tourist town, so there are accommodation options for all budgets.

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What is the city of Bath famous for?

Bath is famous for its beautifully preserved Georgian architecture constructed from locally-sourced stone, as well as its ancient attractions, most notably the UNESCO-listed Roman Baths. The city is a cultural center with a fantastic theater scene and has provided inspiration to countless literary figures, including Jane Austen.

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How do you spend a day in Bath?

One day in Bath is enough to visit key attractions including the Roman Baths and the adjacent Bath Abbey. You’ll also have time to stop for a soak at the Thermae Bath Spa or wander over to famous architectural attractions such as the Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge.

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Can you go in the Roman Baths in Bath?

Yes, you can go into the Roman Baths complex to see the baths, artifacts, and interpretative displays. Audio guides are also provided to visitors. Entering the waters, however, is prohibited for health and safety reasons. Visitors looking to soak can go to the nearby Thermae Bath Spa.

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What else could you do at the Roman Baths besides bathing?

You can’t actually bathe in the Roman Baths; soaking in the waters here has been prohibited since the late 1970s. But you can arm yourself with an audio guide and learn about pre-Roman and Roman Britain through the bath complex’s interpretive displays.

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Can you swim in the baths at Bath?

No, you cannot swim in the original Roman Baths, which have been closed to public bathing since the late 1970s. However, you can enjoy thermal waters from the same source at the nearby Thermae Bath Spa; this modern spa complex features indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, and massage services.

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Is Bath worth a day trip?

Yes, Bath is worth a day trip. It’s easily accessible from London and other major UK destinations by train, and the city’s compact size and the short distance between key attractions such as the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey make it simple to navigate.

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