Bath is a special place to visit. On the surface, it’s one of the most picturesque cities in the country with incredible examples of Georgian architecture – like the Royal Crescent and The Circus – seemingly on every corner. On top of that, there are places like the gloriously gothic Bath Abbey, and the Palladian Pulteney Bridge too, meaning you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Bath. But, when you delve into city’s rich heritage, you fast realise there really is nowhere else quite like it. The Roman Baths are some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world, and they’re just one of the reasons why Bath is a citywide UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you’ll see from this local guide, it doesn’t matter which of our Bath hotels you’re staying in, there’ll be something nearby to keep you busy, whether it’s the fantastic food scene, bars (including one of the best in the world), pubs, stellar shopping options, incredible entertainment scene, or eclectic culture.
Bath is a World Heritage Site packed full of incredible architecture and sightseeing attractions, none more famous than The Roman Baths. Our page takes you on a virtual tour of the city’s historic buildings, including Bath Abbey, as well as its delightful pleasure gardens and sporting arenas too.
When the shopping bug bites, you’ll find everything from exclusive boutiques to market bargains and high street favourites to designer brands in our guide to the best shopping in Bath. Between the shopping centres and the Artisan Quarter, the city has something for every budget.
Top of our list of Bath activities is a trip to Thermae Bath Spa and its fantastic rooftop thermal bath. But, as you’ll see from our local guide, there’s more to this spa city than getting pampered. You can go for hot air balloon rides, bicycle tours and even try your hand at a spot of falconry.
As far as food scenes go, Bath’s is right up there. Restaurants in Bath cater for all tastes. Whether you want elegant fine dining, casual afternoon small plates, monstrous full English breakfasts or some of the best street food in the South West, you’ll find it here.
Bath also has the UK’s original farmers’ market, where you can pick up some of Somerset’s finest local produce.
Our guide uncovers Bath’s best nightlife hotspot, such as specialist bars that offer everything from rare Taiwanese whisky to artisan gins. You’ll also find our pick of the best pubs in Bath, including the watering hole that arguably does the best Sunday roast in the whole city; you’ll have to ‘cheque’ it out for yourself. Clubbers fear not, you can read about the best late night dancing dens too.
Want to watch some comedy? Go to Komedia. How about music? Moles. Okay, where’s best for theatre? The Theatre Royal. Bath’s entertainment scene sounds simple, doesn’t it?
It gets more complicated when you have half a dozen other venues to choose from, and that’s just in the city centre. A hop, skip and a jump away you’ve also got Bath Racecourse too.
Bath’s culture scene is made up of a great mix of museums, galleries and events. All in all, you can try on one-hundred-year-old dresses, explore the largest collection of Americana in Europe, see the stars as astronomer William Herschel did, follow in Jane Austen’s footsteps by walking the Sydney Gardens surrounding the magnificent Holburne Museum, and round it all off with a legendary Sally Lunn bun.
Bath certainly knows how to put on a show. There’s Bath’s Theatre Royal, its incredible Ustinov Studio, and the other theatres in the city where you can see everything from Shakespeare plays to world-class magic. Read our in-depth guide to discover everything you’ll need to know to catch an unforgettable performance during your stay in the city.
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It’s not every day you find exquisite neo-classical Palladian architecture surrounding some of the world’s most important Roman remains. Book one of our Bath hotels today and admire the period elegance and Bath’s array of unique sights and attractions.
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