The Royal City of Bath
Bath and the surrounding area is brimming with things to see and do. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside a diverse collection of museums and attractions including the Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre, No.1 Royal Crescent and Thermae Bath Spa. Bath’s compact city centre offers irresistible shopping and.
Driving in Bath can be a bit of a nightmare so we why not leave the car at the hotel, avoid the traffic jams and enjoy a day out in Bath on foot. The Old Manor Hotel is perfectly situated to visit Bath. You can catch a train from Bradford on Avon station which takes just 15 minutes directly into central Bath.
Bath is a hugely eclectic city, with exciting experiences for every taste, style and personality. However, there are some things that make the city of Bath unique from other destinations – including its stunning scenery, fascinating history, colourful characters and relaxed yet vibrant ambience.
If you want your visit to be the true Bath experience, here are ten things you must see and do in the beautiful city of Bath…
1. Explore the Roman Baths
Fed by the only natural thermal spring in Britain, the Roman Baths are some of the finest examples of remaining Roman architecture in the world, and the museum takes you on a journey of discovery through the story of Bath and its spa.
2. Bathe at Thermae Bath Spa
Opened in 2006, this modern spa complex, utilising pre-existing Georgian buildings is the only place in Britain to relax in naturally warm waters. Bathe in the pools, relax in scented steam rooms and experience the thrill of looking out over the city from the roof-top pool.
3. Take your Seat at a Festival
Bath is known as a cultural hot-spot, and this is evident in the number of festivals that happen throughout the year. There is something for everyone to enjoy – music, theatre, literature, and comedy – the hardest part is deciding which one to visit.
4. Tour the Iconic Sights
Whether on foot or by tour bus, you cannot visit Bath without seeing the most famous architectural sights. Stunning creations including the Royal Crescent, Circus, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge are truly awe inspiring and a sight to behold.
5. Immerse yourself in the World of Jane Austen
Even if Bath’s most famous resident wasn’t enamoured with Bath, the city’s influence cannot be missed. Discover her story at the Jane Austen Centre, walk in her steps with the Jane Austen walking tour, or sit in Georgian splendour and immerse yourself in her novels.
6. Take Afternoon Tea
There is nothing more British than a good cup of tea. Take the time to have it in style, as the Georgians did, in the splendid Pump Rooms. Alternatively, enjoy tea in one of Bath’s many tearooms, restaurants and cafés.
7. Shop until you Drop
Bath has much to offer any kind of shopper – stylish boutiques and fashionable brands for the serious shopaholic, quirky independent shops and quaint cobbled streets for browsers to explore, and tantalising gift shops where you can pick up the perfect memento.
8. Watch a Show at Bath’s Theatre Royal
Take your seat and enjoy a show in one of the country’s oldest theatres. Throughout the year the theatre offers a wide range of performances, including dance, drama, music and comedy, as well as many touring west end favourites.
9Local Delicacies. Try the Local Delicacies
No visit to Bath is complete without the sampling of a Bath bun – or a Sally Lunn bun, whichever you prefer. Try both, and then debate which is your favourite over a pint of Bellringer, by Abbey Ales, Bath’s local brewery.
10. Visit the Museums and Galleries
If art and history are your passions, you can do no better than Bath. With a huge range of intriguing and mesmerising exhibitions showing year round in stunning venues, you really are spoilt for choice.