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First time in Bath

Destination(s): Bath

The Bath that is loved by many today was largely formed in the 18th century. It is a compact city of elegant Georgian buildings, Roman heritage, and a history of curing a host of ailments.

Bath is a compact city that is easy to explore by foot and public transport, however if you wish to discover the area surrounding the city car hire is recommended. read more about First time in Bath

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

Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian

  • 10 Milsom Place
  • tel:+44 1225 51 00 51
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 1BZ

Jamie Oliver is one of Britain's best-known celebrity chefs, and in 2008 he unveiled an Italian restaurant in Bath. Jamie's Italian was popular from day one and is definitely worthy of the queue that often forms outside its doors. The large restaurant serves high-quality Italian fare at reasonable prices, unlike most other celebrity restaurants. The atmosphere is relaxed yet charming, and families are made to feel very welcome. Jamie's Italian is situated in Milsom Place, a new leisure area situated off Bath's high street, and therefore is easy to get to. If you're nearby on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday morning be sure to drop in for brekky. read more about Jamie's Italian

Moles Club

Moles Club

  • 14 George Street
  • tel:+44 1225 40 4445
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 2EH
Sally Lunn's Museum

Sally Lunn's Museum

  • 4, North Parade Passage
  • tel:+44 1225 46 1634
  • Bath, BA1 1NX

Sally's Lunn's cafe is famous for two reasons. First of all it is situated in what is believed to be Bath's oldest house. Secondly it is home to the world famous Sally Lunn's bun. The building is situated in a pretty alleyway off a cobbled square near Bath Abbey, and is decorated in such a way that you'll wonder if the décor's changed since the 15th century. A visit to Bath however, is incomplete without a Sally Lunn's bun, and it's the perfect complement to a day spent learning about Jane Austen. read more about Sally Lunn's Museum

American Museum

American Museum

  • Claverton Manor
  • Claverton Manor, Bathwick Hill
  • tel:+44 1225 46 0503
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA2 7BD
Museum of Costume

Museum of Costume

  • Bennett Street
  • Bennett Street
  • tel:+44 1225 47 7789
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 2QH
Royal Crescent Museum

Royal Crescent Museum

  • 1 Royal Crescent
  • tel:+44 1225 42 8126
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 2LR
Jane Austen Tour of Bath

Jane Austen Tour of Bath

Yum Yum Thai

Yum Yum Thai

  • 17 Kingsmead Square
  • tel:+44 1225 44 5253
  • Bath, BA1 1EN
The Raven of Bath

The Raven of Bath

California Kitchen

California Kitchen

  • Northgate Street
  • The Podium
  • tel:+44 1225 47 1471
  • Bath, BA1 5AS
Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park

  • Shakespeare Avenue
  • (Top of Beechen Cliff)
  • tel:+44 8704 44 6442 (Tourist Information Number)
  • Bath, BA2 4PS
Roman Baths

Roman Baths

  • Stall Street
  • tel:+44 (0)1225 47 7785
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 1LZ

The Roman Baths pay homage to Bath's origins, so it's unsurprising that over a million visitors head here every year. Bath is home to three thermal springs of 46°C, that have been enjoyed by many cultures. Before the Romans built their impressive Baths, the Celts had a shrine on the site of the baths, and they continue to be enjoyed today at the Thermae Bath Spa. On arriving at the baths you'll be presented with an audio guide narrated by travel writer Bill Bryson (read his Notes of a Small Country for a satirical view of Britain). Follow Bryson's descriptions through one of the world's best-preserved Roman spas. Sights within the complex include the King's Bath, into which 1.5 million litres of hot water still flow daily, and you'll also see the mechanics behind the baths. The Great Bath is the one that is most likely to captivate you though. With its striking archways and the unusually green water, it transports you back in time so magically, that it's almost possible to forget you are in the 21st century. read more about Roman Baths

Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms

Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms

  • 4 North Parade Passage
  • tel:+44 1225 46 1634
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 1NX
Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal

Castle Combe

Castle Combe

  • Off the M4
  • On the Southern edge of Cotswolds
  • tel:+44 8704 44 6442 (Tourist information)
  • Bath, BA1 1EE
Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

  • Hot Bath Street
  • tel:+44 1225 33 1234
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 1SJ

Every Bath resident has an opinion about the Thermae Bath Spa, which eventually opened in 2006, four years later than planned. Most have nothing but praise for the sophisticated complex, although some complain that it is too modern for Bath. In fact the modernisation of the hot baths has been completed very successfully to a high standard and is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The Thermae Bath Spa caters to all needs and budgets. Those who are watching the pennies can pay £22 to enjoy an ample two-hour spa session that gives access to the famous roof-top pool, steam pods and foot spas, and the spacious Minerva bath. Those who want to splash the cash however can have an all-day spa session including meals, and can enjoy treatments from an extremely varied selection on offer. They range from the more traditional full body massage to the more unusual Chocolate Indulgence and foot massage. No matter how much time and money you choose to spend at the spa you will leave it feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. read more about Thermae Bath Spa

Royal Crescent Restaurant

Royal Crescent Restaurant

  • Royal Crescent Hotel
  • 16 Royal Crescent
  • tel:+44 1225 82 3333
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 2LS
Eastern Eye (The)

Eastern Eye (The)

  • 8a Quiet Street
  • tel:+44 1225 42 2323 / +44 1225 46 6401
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 2JN
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

The Raven of Bath

The Raven of Bath

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

Pump Room Restaurant (The)

Pump Room Restaurant (The)

  • Stall Street
  • Pump Room
  • tel:+44 1225 44 4477
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 1LZ
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

Jane Austen Centre (The)

Jane Austen Centre (The)

  • 40 Gay Street
  • Queens Square
  • tel:+44 1225 44 3000
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 2NT

Bath's most famous resident has to be Jane Austen, As such she still draws the crowds to the city today, almost 200 years after her death. The novelist behind such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma visited the city of Bath frequently throughout her life, and lived here for five years from 1801 (although it is rumoured that she didn't particularly enjoy doing so). Today the closest you'll get to meeting Mr Darcy is having your photograph taken with the man who stands outside the Jane Austen Centre in period costume, but you will get several opportunities to learn more about the best-loved heroine of them all. More energetic literary lovers can take themselves off on the Jane Austen walk, to explore the places that inspired the novelist. Everyone can explore the Jane Austen Centre, which explains what Bath was like when Austen lived here and her connections with the city. It also shows you examples of the art and clothing of Austen's day. read more about Jane Austen Centre (The)

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

Bath Recreation Ground (Bath Rugby)

Bath Recreation Ground (Bath Rugby)

  • Bath Recreation Ground
  • tel:01225 325200
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA2 4DS

The 18th century sites of Bath may represent a large majority of the city's top attractions, but they certainly don't account for all of them. Fast forward to the modern day and you find yourself in a city that is near-mad about rugby. They watch it, play it and talk about it a heck of a lot here, and one of Bath's quintessential experiences is to watch a rugby match after (or before) a pie at The Raven pub. Get hold of some tickets to a match, buy yourself a Bath rugby top and a few pints and prepare to see one of the most memorable rugby games of your life. Oh, and read up about the ongoing debate about whether or not you think Bath Rugby should stay at The Rec, their current ground. It's been one of Bath's hot topics for years. read more about Bath Recreation Ground (Bath Rugby)

Bizarre Bath

Bizarre Bath

  • The Huntsman Inn
  • North Parade Passage
  • tel:+44 1225 33 5124
  • Visit website
  • Bath, BA1 1EE