Things to do in the historic city of Bath

Visiting Bath is an unforgettable experience with its blend of incredible attractions, chopping, architecture and history. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has some of the best architectural marvels, 17 museums and sites in Europe. With so many sites to see and things to do in Bath, there will never be a dull moment.


The Romans built a temple around the only hot spring to be found in Britain. A tour features the source of the hot water that to this day flows throughout the bathing temple. The stone pavements, the ruins and treasures from the spring, and actors dressed as Romans transport you through time.

Britain’s only natural thermal spa, Thermae Bath Spa has a fusion of historic spa structures and the New Royal Bath’s modern design. They offer more than 50 spa treatments and packages, a delicious menu and 2 or 4 hour spa sessions with access to the aromatic steam rooms and rooftop pool of the Minerva Bath.

Visit Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum, home of the Sally Lunn Bun. Bath’s Original Theatre Royal and Masonic Museum, rich with 200 years of history, is one of the oldest Masonic lodges. Number One Royal Crescent is a restored and authentic townhouse depicting life in the 18th century. Marvel at the art displayed at the Holbourne Museum and the Building of bath Collection. The Fashion Museum exhibits the last 400 years of fashion with the world’s finest fashion garments. The Jane Austen Centre has permanent tea rooms and exhibits about the author. See the neo-classical Beckford’s Tower & Museum built in 1827.
Bath has lovely parks and gardens, the perfect setting for strolls and picnics. Kilver Court has a secret garden and offers bargains, great food and has a plant nursery and a farm shop. See the beautiful valley of the18th century Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath’s oldest park, Sydney Gardens, the riverside Parade Gardens or the award winning Iford Manor & the Peto Garden. Revisit the 1700s at the Georgian Garden. See Old Master paintings at the Corsham Court.

Even animal lovers will enjoy Bath from tigers and lions to farm animals. The WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre has the largest geese, flamingo, swan and duck collection in the world. Meet horses, donkeys and ponies up close at HorseWorld. Visit amazing showcaves at Wookey Hole Caves & Papermill. See more than16, 000 rare tree species at the Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. Visit the Longleat Hedge Maze, the Longleat Railway, Animal Park, Safari Boats and the Longleat House at the Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. Enjoy the river based Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park with the whole family.

Visit the 18th century Assembly Rooms which were used for music, tea parties, card playing and dancing. The Octagon, Card Room, Ball Room and Tea Room serve as venue for events till today. See the Pump Room, the center of Bath’s society. A perfect dinner, meeting, conference and wedding venue, the Guildhall in the heart of Bath also houses its council offices. See the ancient Stanton Drew Stone Circle. The historic Pulteney Bridge is also one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Built in the 1700s, The Royal Crescent is one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

If you’re travelling with your family, there is no shortage of things to do in Bath that the kids can enjoy, too. Explore the Kennet & Avon Canal at the Bath Narrowboats Canal Experience Centre. Enjoy Bath’s stunning countryside at the Canal Visitor Centre. Try interactive exhibits and hands-on activities at the 21st century science and technology center, At-Bristol. Drive fast cars at the Castle Combe Circuit. See independent, arthouse and foreign films at The Little Theatre Cinema. Visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum which displays Harriers, a nuclear bomb, Helicopters, Concorde and the Ark Royal Aircraft Carrier Experience. See American folk art and exhibits at the American Museum in Britain. Award winning theatre for children, The Egg, also has a family friendly cafe.

Other attractions in Bath include the Komedia Bath and Chapel Arts Centre & Cafe which play venue for live entertainment, art and music; the Eddie Cochran Memorial Stone, tastings at the Quoins Vineyard, the Ustinov Theatre and the Avonleigh Organic Vineyard & Orchard.

Some activities you can try in Bath include golf, sports, walking, boating, cycling and taking hot air balloon rides.

Whatever your preference, age and wherever you’re from, you will never run out of things to do in Bath.

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