Pump Room and Roman Baths "As some of the best preserved and certainly the biggest Roman Bath in the country it is a fabulous sight and the steaming water on a cold day still looks inviting after two millennia. The natural spring that feeds the bath is..."
Bath Abbey "Bath Abbey is an unusual church in that it is just as lovely from all sides. This is probably partly due to the fact that it was built on the site of another church and was already surrounded by buildings, so the architect knew he could not allow it to have a 'back' as such..."
Pulteney Bridge and Wier "Walking along the bridge it is easy to forget you are crossing water because of course there is not the usual view – this is definitely a bridge to look at rather than from..."
Sally Lunns House and Museum "Not only is Sally Lunn's one of the oldest houses in Bath, it is also still sells very reasonably priced local cuisine including the original Bath bun, sometimes known as a Sally Lunn Bun..."
The Beazer Maze "The maze is open all year round and free to enter, and being so close to the city centre, many parents bring their children here for a break and to enjoy a picnic on the grass..."
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Take a 360 degree panorama view of the Roman Baths, which give the city its name are a must on any tour. This hot spring still flows with hot water today and is the only hot spring in Britain. You can visit the Pump Room to enjoy anything from a coffee to a three course lunch, accompanied by music from the Pump Room Trio.
MUSEUMS AND ARCHITECTURE
Bath Abbey and Bath Royal Crescent are probably Bath's most famous landmarks. The Crescent contains 30 houses, including the Royal Crescent Hotel and Number One Bath Royal Crescent. This is a historic house built in Georgian times and now restored, to display to us how life was for the wealthy in Georgian Bath. Other notable museums include the Fashion Museum in Central Bath, where the story of fashion over the last 400 years is brought to life.
Or you may wish to visit the beautiful Assembly Rooms, which were used for dancing, music and card playing in the eighteenth century. Another notable Georgian townhouse is the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, which was the home of the musician and astronomer and his wife Caroline. Literature fans will definitely want to see the Jane Austen Centre - she is Bath's most famous resident and this permanent exhibition and Tea Rooms will delight her many fans.
Bath also boats the Theatre Royal and Masonic Museum - a curious combination of the first Theatre Royal outside London and one of England's oldest Masonic Lodges! Another unusual museum is the Bath Postal Museum, which tells the story of our postal services. Furthermore, the Museum of Bath at Work on Julian Road offers an insight into Bath's industrial and commercial and social past.
The Victoria Art Gallery has exhibitions by Gainsborough, Zoffany and Sickert, as well as an excellent temporary exhibition programme. And the Museum of East Asian Art, close to Bath Circus, holds exhibits from China, Japan and South East Asia, including jade, ceramics, lacquer and metalware from 5000 years BC.
EATING AND DRINKING
Of course, no visit to Bath would be complete without a trip to the oldest house in Bath. Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum, Here three, themed restaurants serve a menu based on the famous "Sally Lunn Bun"; a light, sweet bread. A museum on the site tells the story of how people here have been fed and watered since Roman times.
OUT AND ABOUT
On a fine day, many visitors enjoy Parade Gardens in the centre of Bath, which have lovely views of the River Avon and Pulteney bridge. Many companies offer water boats and cruises here on the River Avon. The oldest park in Bath is Sydney Gardens, behind the Holbourne Museum. Close to the city centre is seven acre Henrietta Park which provides a spot of peace and quiet away from the bustle of the city. And for those of us who enjoy live sport, Bath Rugby Union team play at the Recreation Ground, otherwise known as The Rec, in the centre of Bath.
SHOPPING IN BATH
There are six major shopping areas in Bath, alongside the indoor Guildhall Market: Central Area has a range of famous high street names and some independent shops along narrow alleys, Upper Town is known for its boutiques, the Artisan Quarter has many independent craft and gift shops, the Milsom Quarter is the home of designer fashion, the Western Area includes Green Park Station Market and local independent shops, and SouthGate is Bath's newest shopping centre with Georgian-style open streets and a spacious, open feel. In addition, the Podium Shopping Centre has high street names and small, independent shops, alongside cafes and restaurants in the heart of Bath.
Bath Tourist Information Centre Abbey Chambers Abbey Churchyard Bath BA1 1LY Telephone: UK callers: 0906 711 2000 (50p/min) Overseas callers: +44 (0)844 847 5257 Opening Hours: June - September: Mon - Sat: 09.30 - 18.00, Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00 October - May: Mon - Sat: 09.30 - 17.00, Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00
Bath Spa train station has good train links with Bristol (only 15 minutes away by train) and London (90 minutes). Regular trains also run to and from Cardiff, with an average time of 65 minutes. Bath used to have another train station, Green Park Station, formerly known as Queen Square, which is now closed, but is now the home of a range of daily markets, including the Saturday Farmer's Market. Alongside Bath Spa Railway Station, is Bath Bus Station, creating an integral travel system.