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Destination(s): Bath

The great thing about Bath is that you can enjoy the city just by walking around its best attractions, meaning that you don't have to spend a penny. You can walk around beautiful Georgian streets like The Royal Crescent and Circus, and spend hours chilling out in Royal Victoria Park and its beautiful Botanical Garden.

In the city centre you can visit the Victoria Art Gallery for nothing, and wander around to admire Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey for free too, before relaxing in Queen Square. read more about Best Bath freebies

The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent is the highlight of Bath's Georgian architecture. It rises above the city majestically, offering great views over the city that it dominates. The crescent was designed by John Wood the Younger, between the years of 1767 and 1775 and has remained unchanged ever since. Visitors who wish to discover what lies behind the crescent's 30 front doors can either check themselves into Von Essen's Royal Crescent hotel, or step inside No 1 Royal Crescent. While a stay at the former will cost you a pretty penny, a visit to No 1 Royal Crescent will cost no more than £12 per family. No 1 allows visitors to step beyond the Palladian façade to discover how the rich of the 18th century lived. If you are after opulence and money isn't an issue though, staying in The Royal Crescent Hotel will be the experience of a lifetime. One of the best things about the Royal Crescent is that you can enjoy it for free. It's easily accessible from Bath city centre, Royal Victoria Park and The Circus, so you can visit at several different times should you wish to. Head there first thing in the morning and you'll have it to yourself. At sunset however, you'll witness the honey-coloured Bath stone aglow as the disappearing sun sets this amazing site alight. read more about The Royal Crescent

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

  • Pulteney Bridge
  • Over the River Avon
  • tel:+44 870 444 6442 (Tourist Information)
  • Bath, BA1 1EE

Pulteney Bridge is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops spanning both sides. This, combined with its graceful position over the river Avon, earns it the status of being one of the most elegant sites in England. It was designed by Robert Adam in the 18th century, and was based upon the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Rialto Bridge in Venice. The bridge can of course be enjoyed without spending a penny. Sit on a bench alongside the river, or hire a deck chair in the Parade Gardens and just sit and enjoy the view, not only of the bridge, but of Bath Abbey as well. On the bridge itself you can sample delicious baguettes and cakes in XXXXX, find the perfect engagement ring, treat your loved one to a beautiful bunch of flowers or buy a Bath rugby shirt. Either purchase would no doubt be remembered long after you leave Bath. As will the stunning view of Pulteney Bridge. read more about Pulteney Bridge

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

  • 13 Kingston Buildings
  • Orange Grove
  • tel:+44 1225 42 2462
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 1LT

Wherever you are in Bath you can see the beautiful abbey, so it's only fair that you pay it a proper visit during your stay. The abbey is right in the middle of the action as it's adjacent to the Roman Baths, and visible from the Thermae Bath Spa. Many love to spot the angels climbing ladders on the western façade, and a wander around inside will lead you to the burial site of Sir Isaac Pitman, the man behind one particular method of shorthand. Take a set of stairs down to the Heritage Vaults Museum to learn about Bath's history and the abbey's relationship with the baths. Alternatively journey upwards to the abbey's towers to get a special view of the city of Bath below. read more about Bath Abbey

The Circus

The Circus

  • North of Queen Square
  • tel:+44 870 444 64421
  • Bath, BA1 1EE

The Circus is a circular street that attracts hundreds of visitors daily. It is even home to a Hollywood star. John Wood the Elder designed The Circus but unfortunately passed away just three months after the first stone was laid. The work was completed by his son John Wood the Younger, who also built The Royal Crescent round the corner. There are three entrances to The Circus, and it is designed so that wherever you enter, one of the three elegant facades will be opposite you. The Roman Coliseum was Wood's inspiration, but he made The Circus his own by including symbols from the arts, sciences and even the Masons, being a member himself. In actual fact when viewed from the air the Circus, along with Gay Street and Queen's Square, all form a massive key shape, another Masonic symbol. If you're in Bath in December head to the Circus to sing carols by candlelight with the Salvation Army band. This is one of the most traditional carol services going and is a favourite with Bath residents. Otherwise head to the Circus first thing in the morning to beat the crowds. read more about The Circus

Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park

Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park

  • North side of Victoria Park
  • tel:+44 8704 44 6442
  • Bath, BA1 1EE
Royal Victoria Park

Royal Victoria Park

  • Marlborough Lane
  • Below the Royal Crescent, Avon
  • tel:+44 (0)1225 47 7010
  • Bath, BA1 2NQ

Bath residents and visitors alike love to while away a few hours in Royal Victoria Park. It is situated to the west of the city centre and the Royal Crescent borders its north side. The park was named after the 11-year-old queen that opened it. Today it consists of a boating pond, nine-acre botanical garden, an enchanting woodland area, a gigantic children's play area as well as a skate park, pitch and putt, tennis courts and a calendar of open-air events. If you're in Bath in the summer pack a massive picnic and spend a day in this beautiful park. And don't forget to enjoy an ice cream from the park's very own ice cream van. read more about Royal Victoria Park

Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery

  • Bridge Street
  • Bridge St
  • tel:+44 1225 47 7233
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA2 4AT