But beyond the Roman baths, you’ll find a stunning English town filled with old Georgian architecture winding around calm canals. This is a city that appreciates fine art, and there are a number of galleries and museums to explore. Boutique shopping is also a good idea here, especially at the neo-Georgian SouthGate open-air shopping centre. And despite its prim exterior, Bath has some fine traditional pubs and even a handful of nightclubs.
Places to Visit in Bath
- Holburne Museum
- Roman Baths
- Royal Crescent
- Temple of Sulis Minerva
- Royal Victoria Park
- The Circus
- No 1 Royal Crescent (Georgian Museum)
Unique Things to See and Do in Bath
- Bathe in the open rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa
- Enjoy some afternoon tea
- Visit the Roman Baths
- Sample one of the Abbey Ales
- Attend a show at the Theatre Royal Bath
Of course, the Roman Baths are the most famous architectural highlights in Bath, England. The Great Bath is the main draw, and its Roman architecture is remarkably preserved. Prepare to be amazed by the advanced technology used by the Romans: the remains of the Temple to Sulis Minerva has under floor heating! There are also more hot and cold baths around the site.
The Royal Crescent is another must-see Bath icon. It was built between 1767 and 1775 by John Wood and is a large crescent of terrace houses – and also one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the country. Here you’ll find five star hotels, luxury private homes, and even a museum dedicated to Georgian life. The entire crescent overlooks the Royal Victoria Park. In the same style is the Circus, with three curved segments of townhouses arranged in a circular shape, with more Georgian architecture. Its architect, John Wood, also created the nearby Queen’s Square.
Other notable architectural highlights include the Saxon St Swithin’s Church, built just after 971 AD, and the Cathedral with its medieval exterior and Victorian Gothic interior. Sir George Gilbert Scott built the cathedral, and now you can easily explore the towers.
Getting around Bath
Bath is very easy to reach from London Paddington station by train. If you’re driving, a quick trip from both the M4 and M5 highways will have you there in no time. Coach and bus stations are found all over town – especially those catering to tourists. But the centre of town is very small, so if you’re able to get out on foot, that’s surely the best way to go.
Did you know…?
While Bath was home to literary legend Jane Austen, Mary Shelley was also inspired to finish writing Frankenstein here.
Did you ALSO know…?
Bath hosted the first ever farmers’ market in 1987. It’s still home to the farmers’ market, taking place every Saturday morning.
Best time of year to travel to Bath
The best time is anytime! Spring is an ideal time to visit: temperatures are pleasant, tourism crowds aren’t overwhelming, and prices are cheaper. Things get more hectic in the summer when vacationers come from London and all over the United Kingdom. Winter temperatures can drop very low, but it rarely snows in Bath. Rainfall, however, is a whole different story – surprise rain showers can strike at any moment, so be prepared no matter what time of year it is!
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