posted on: 10 February, 2021
Set in the West Country of England on the shores of the river Avon and nestled in the smooth hills of the Cotswolds, Bath has attracted visitors from all over the world for more than 2000 years.
When the Romans discovered the natural hot springs, they fell in love with it right away, built bath houses giving the city its name, and the first spa town in the world was born!
Visit the ancient Roman Baths on your tailored tour of Bath which are one the main attractions of the city today.
But it is not all about ancient history as under Queen Elisabeth I in the 18th century, Bath became a favourite playground for the rich and famous in England. Over 5000 protected historical buildings, many of them designed by the architects John & John Wood let you dive in the glorious past of the city of Bath. Amongst those are the Royal Crescent, the Circus, and the Queen Square.
Experience and be drawn in the fascination of this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site City of Bath – UNESCO World Heritage Centre with us.
Start your tour of Bath by arriving in your centrally located 3–4-star hotel. To make the most out of your tailor-made trip to Bath and to give you an authentic experience, you should stay in one of the traditional, elegant spa hotels within the city centre.
Bath is very walkable, so we recommend you explore Bath on foot. Avoid the tourist traps in from or hop and off buses.
Start off your weekend tour of Bath with a visit to the thermal Roman Baths Roman Baths, Bath – Welcome to the Roman Baths . When the Romans conquered Britain, they built this architectural masterpiece which would still be fully functioning today, albeit health & safety regulations. The lavish bathrooms were even heated by cleverly built water pipe systems. This made it the place to be for high-ranking Roman soldiers and politicians. Take a self-guided tour and if you dare, try some of the hot thermal water in the Pump Room restaurant The Pump Room Bath – Restaurants in Bath | The Roman Baths.
Alternatively, and probably more to most people’s taste bud is the afternoon tea there. A visit to Bath would not be complete without an afternoon tea experience. And there is no place better than the Pump Room restaurant. Set within a beautiful Georgian hall it is an iconic and memorable thing to do. Afternoon tea with a modern twist is served in the stylish Abbey Hotel Abbey Hotel Bath | Boutique 4-star city-centre hotel with restaurant set in a Georgian town house or head to the Bath Bun The Bath Bun, just behind the Bath Abbey. Named after this sweet, typical to Bath, bun delicacy, the Bath Bun is a traditional tearoom and the perfect place for a relaxed afternoon teatime.
Bath Abbey + Old Town
Fully refreshed see the Bath Abbey Dating back to the 07th century the abbey is a landmark site of the city of Bath. Climb one of the towers and you reward yourself with the best view over Bath and the Cotswolds.
Walk through the beautiful old town with its many small lanes full of independent shops and galleries. The sandstone buildings make Bath gleam in yellow when the sunshine hits its facades.
Stroll along the Avon past the fabulous Pulteney Bridge, a fully overbuilt bridge which nowadays houses small shops.
Soon you reach the iconic Royal Crescent. Built by John Wood it is one of the landmark buildings of Britain. Its unique for the time design is a masterpiece of Georgian architecture and has been copied all around England. Mainly a private residence today, part of the crescent is today home to the fabulous Royal Crescent five-star-hotel.
On your way back pass another gem of a building, the Circus. A circle of Georgian town houses also built by Wood. Spectacular.
End the day in the many traditional pubs of the old town or in the livelier around the university, just east of the city centre.
After a good night’s sleep and in full on discovery mode it is time to meet Bath’s most famous resident. Not Nicholas Cage, but the world-renowned author Jane Austen.
Bath stands for Jane Austen. The famous 18th century novelist left her mark on the city like no other. Walking through the city you constantly get reminded about her times. Many buildings and street remain unchanged and reflect the Georgia elegance of the times. The Jane Austen film adaptions such as Pride & Prejudice and Netflix’s Bridgerton were filmed against the backdrop of Bath’s Georgian town houses and manor houses.
Visit the Jane Austen centre Jane Austen Centre and Jane Austen Online Gift Shop – JaneAusten.co.uk to find out all about this with Bath’s iconic resident and favourite novelist. While there visit Regency tearoom to get a real Mr and Mrs Darcy feel and tuck in some delicious cream tea.
Prior Park Landscape Garden
Afterwards it is time to get your walking boots on and see loads of differences perspectives of Bath. Take the Skyline walk in the beautiful Prior Park Landscape Garden designed by the author Alexander Pope. Discover ancient woodlands, gorgeous lakes and great hiking trails leading to glorious view spots above Bath such as Solusbury Hill. Wander the romantic Bathwick Fields reminiscent to Jane Austen’s time.
There are different routes to take from 3-7m and several entry points. We provide you with detailed maps for any of them. And afterwards it is time for some much-needed relaxation.
Visit the fantastic Bath Thermae Britain’ s original thermal spa, in Bath | Thermae Bath Spa . A recently modernised spa the Romans would have been jealous of. Book yourself a full treatment and pampering. Relax in their fabulous rooftop pool and enjoy spectacular views of Bath Abbey and the sun set. It is such a fantastic place to rejuvenate and recharge your batteries.
On a Rainy Day
The great Bath Thermae are also a great place to spend some time on a rainy day. But Bath also boasts of a many great museums, many of the free to enter. Most notable is The Holbourne Museum The Holburne Museum showcasing the private collection of classic paintings of Sir William Holbourne. Set in the beautiful Sydney Pleasure Gardens it is place worth visiting. Even when the sun is shining. And there is the Bath Fashion Museum housed in the stunning Assembly Rooms. A Georgian hall which is an attraction in itself.
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Bath is great and why not extending your stay? Visit neighbouring Bristol, recently voted the best place to live in in Britain. Check out our special Bristol offer here CITY BREAK BRISTOL – ATO Tours – Special Offers (ato-tours.com) . Or use Bath as a base to explore some of the picturesque villages and historic market towns of the Cotswolds. Talk to us: email@example.com for your individually tailored Bath itinerary.
Weekend Tour of Bath package includes:
Prices start from: £199 per person
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