BATH never fails to amaze, with an array of astonishing tourist attractions that will entertain adults and children of all ages around the clock. Bath has an abundance of quality award winning attractions, here we have highlighted just some of the best places to visit in Bath. All within easy walking distance of the centre of Bath. Visit our home page to find tourist information centres and discover more of our beautiful city.
Above: One of the first places tourists visit, is the famous Roman Baths. This great bath is filled with hot spa waters that were thought to be able to cure all ills. Listen to the award winning audio tours. Meet Roman characters every afternoon at the Roman Baths. Costumed interpreters are in action every day from 1.00pm - 4.00pm.
Inside the Roman Baths (Above a 360 photo, best viewed fullscreen)
The Roman Baths. Stall Street, Bath. BA1 1LZ
Tel. 01225 477785
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The Roman Baths are an impressive sight by day, becoming even more magical as darkness falls. In summer the 2,000 year old Roman ruins can be explored under flickering torchlight, open until 10pm each evening (last entry at 9pm.)
Walking along the ancient torch lit pavements surrounding the steaming waters is a truly magical and unique experience, an absolute must during a summer visit to Bath.
Why not book the Twilight Dinner & Tour package, which offers the chance to enjoy a private tour of the Great Bath followed by a three course dinner at the neighbouring Roman Baths Kitchen? Find out more
The Archway Project will transform the Roman Baths learning offer and provide a World Heritage Centre for Bath.
The Georgian era is a period of English history, including the reigns of the kings George I, George II, George III & George IV, from 1714-1830. Also within this is the Regency Period, during the reign of The Prince Regent later king George IV.
In the Georgian/Regency period Bath developed from a small provincial spa to being the most fashionable city outside of London. During the 18th Century the kings would visit every season to take the waters. London's most wealthy soon followed and commissioned grand townhouses & villas to be built for there residency. Bath became the height of fashion for it's seasonal social gatherings and grand balls.
It is this Georgian architectural legacy that we see today. Some museums and places to learn more include:
Self Catering property for upto 12 people. Broad Street House is a bright, beautiful and spacious maisonette in Bath's city centre, providing character accommodation. Full booking info at letsdobath.co.uk
At No. 40 Gay Street you will find the Jane Austen Centre. This museum tells the story of the influence of Bath on the writing of Jane Austen, who lived here between 1801-1806. Two of Jane Austen's novels are set in Bath, 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Persuasion'. Her other famous novels include ' Pride and Prejudice', 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Emma' and 'Mansfield Park'. Reading these books you will learn about Georgian society in Bath during this exciting period.
At The Jane Austen Museum you can relax in the period atmosphere of 'The Regency Tea Rooms'. May we suggest 'Tea with Mr. Darcy' or have a slice of Mrs. Bennet's lemon drizzle cake! Set on the second floor of this lovely Georgian townhouse you can escape the hustle and bustle of Bath's busy streets. We want you you to relax and be refreshed with real leaf tea or a hot Belgian chocolate drink.
Address: 40 Gay Street, Queen Square, Bath BA1 2NT
Tel: 01225 443000
For centuries Bath has been at the centre of fashion, attracting visitors to its spa and social diversions. The Assembly Rooms is one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings and is still central to the city’s social life. Very appropriately it also houses the Fashion Museum and its internationally renowned collection of fashionable dress.
Menswear, womenswear, accessories, dresses, coats, jackets, corsets, knitwear, fashion photographs, pockets, shirts, blouses, waistcoats, fans. The collection at the Fashion Museum includes examples of all of these types of fashions and more.
Two routes - One ticket! 'The Queen of English Cities': A fine Roman and Georgian City full of beautiful buildings. The City Tour takes you to the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the Abbey where England's first King was crowned and the Assembly Rooms. We also operate a Skyline Tour that takes you from Bath Railway Station round Claverton Down past the University of Bath and Prior Park Landscape Garden. bathbuscompany.com
There are several guided bus tours in Bath. The easiest way to see bath is to sit back and take in the amazing views from the open top buses. There are commentaries provided in many languages.
At the new Thermae Bath Spa complex you can enjoy Britain's only natural hot thermal waters as the Celts & Romans did over 2000 years ago. You can bathe in the warm, natural mineral rich waters and choose from a range of treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind. The open air pool on the roof has great views of over the rooftops of Bath towards Bath Abbey. There are different pools, steam rooms, a cafe & restaurant, shop and visitor centre.
Thermae Bath Spa
The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SJ
Reservations Tel. 01225 331234 map
Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET
Theatre Box Office: 01225 448844
See also: Whats On In Bath
The Holburne Museum was founded to display the personal collection of Sir William Holburne, a sailor who grew up in Bath and spent his long retirement here. Widely known for his silver and Old Master paintings, Sir William also collected porcelain, glass, furniture, portrait minatures and Italian bronzes such as the famous 'Kneeling Venus' once owned by Louis XIV. Since Sir William's time the collection has been greatly expanded and now includes landscapes by Guardi and Turner and outstanding portraits by Stubbs, Ramsay, Raeburn, Zoffany and Bath's own artists Thomas Gainsborough, William Hoare and the Barkers of Bath.
The stunning glass extension has new galleries and garden cafe. Open daily with free admission.
Bath Racecourse, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9BU map
Tel: 01225 424609
The Building of Bath Museum is a ‘must see’. If you love Bath and its architecture then this museum explains how and why this magnificent city was built, decorated and lived in. In a period of 70 years Bath developed from a small spa town to being the most fashionable place outside of London. Using models, maps, paintings and reconstructions the museum looks in detail at the various crafts and personalities that built our wonderful city. We have an unrivalled collection of authentic and specialist tools, fixtures and fittings from the Georgian period.
For the latest opening times, events and more information visit:
The Building of Bath Collection
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel
The Vineyards, The Paragon, Bath BA1 5NA
Tel: 01225 333 895
Situated within a Georgian manor house in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the American Museum is home to the finest collection of Americana outside of the United States.
The Museum is famous for its Period Rooms which date from colonial times until the eve of the Civil War, its outstanding quilt collection, inspiring Folk Art gallery and interactive heritage exhibition which includes Native American craft.
From Thanksgiving the Museum is transformed for the Christmas season; winter activities are shown throughout the Period Room settings and a large Christmas tree is bedecked with wonderful ornaments hand-made by staff and volunteers. See What's On
Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD
Opening Times - americanmuseum.org
The Herschel Museum is housed at 19 New King Street, a delightful and unique example of a fully restored modest Georgian townhouse. It was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline.
Particularly evocative features include Herschel's workshop, his music room and a charming 18th century formal garden where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.
In the Star Vault an award winning film, narrated by Sir Patrick Moore, takes you on a voyage of discovery and brings the history of the house to life.
It's a great afternoon out for the whole family, with children's trail books available for purchase in the Museum's shop. The shop also stocks a range of pocket-money goodies, games, and books for Astronomy enthusiasts.
Here are just a few ideas for days out from Bath.
Prior Park Landscape Garden
A beautiful, intimate 18th century landscape garden close to Bath. See the Ornamental Palladian bridge, one of only four in the world. A 5 minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a 6 mile circular route encompassing beautiful woodlands and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements, 18th-century follies and spectacular views. Pickup the 'Bath Skyline walk' leaflet/map free from the Prior Park visitor reception. See What's On
Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH - Tel: 01225 833422
The ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC & 1600BC.
Stonehenge is 34 miles from Bath in the county of Wiltshire.
Longleat House & Safari Park
Only 17miles south of Bath. You can explore the ‘Longleat Hedge Maze’, voyage on the Safari Boats, enjoy the Longleat Railway, and also discover the treasures and heirlooms within Longleat House regarded as one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain.
The City of Bristol
Including many attractions including Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, The Steam Ship Great Britain, Museums, Bristol Cathedral and Historic Harbourside.