Things to do in Bath
Bath is an historic and beautiful city with World Heritage status set in the rolling countryside of North-East Somerset. Established as a Roman settlement, Bath was completely rebuilt during Georgian times when it became Britains most fashionable resort. Today, Bath remains the finest example of a Georgian city in Britain and attracts large numbers of tourists from around the world.
For those of you with an historical interest, a visit to the Roman Baths is a must, and you may also enjoy the splendors of Royal Crescent. Art lovers can enjoy the Holburne Museum of Art, which offers a fine collection of paintings and decorative objects, as well as free access to the Victoria Art Gallery with its array of paintings dating back to Bath’s Georgian heyday.
Bath has an excellent range of shops and restaurants, including both well-known high street names and a fascinating range of boutique and traditional stores. Away from the city, holidaymakers can choose from a range of other activities in the Bath area. As well as interesting town walks, the countryside offers a wide selection of footpaths in the hills, fields and woods around Bath. The canal towpath leads from the centre of Bath through the heart of the countryside, and is popular with both walkers and cyclists. There are also boat trips along the river Avon with commentaries from guides.
Places to visit
THE ROMAN BATHS
One of the finest thermal spas of the ancient world, and a must-see attraction for visitors interested in the Roman origins of Bath.
MAD MAX TOURS
At Mad Max we offer small group tours, specifically for independent travellers. This is a personal, informative service which runs with a maximum group size of 16 people.
HOLBURNE ART MUSEUM
Bath’s art museum for everyone. Open daily 10am to 5pm (Sunday and Bank Holiday 11am to 5pm). Admission to permanent collection, as well as to many temporary displays, is free.
Situated behind the Holburne Museum at the end of Great Pulteney Street, Sydney Gardens is Bath’s oldest park. It was planned and laid out by the architect Harcourt Masters in 1795. 12 acres in size, it became very popular towards the end of the 18th and 19th century and was frequently visited by members of the Royal family and the famous author Jane Austen who lived at number 4 Sydney Place.
BIZARRE BATH – THE COMEDY WALK
Bizarre Bath – the comedy walk every evening at 8pm. You’ll laugh yourself silly as you take an irreverent look at the city of Bath.
THERMAE BATH SPA
Thermae Bath Spa is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters and choose from a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind.
Bath Abbey stands at the heart of the city of Bath and was founded in 1499.During the past twelve and a half centuries, three different churches have Stood on the site the present Abbey occupies.
PRIOR PARK LANDSCAPE GARDENS
The grand Palladian mansion of Prior Park is one of the landmarks of Bath. Lying on the green slopes to the south of the city, the house sits above picturesque landscaped grounds dotted with interesting historical features.
Number 1, Royal Crescent, Bath, is not just one of the city’s grandest addresses, but also provides a fascinating glimpse into the lifestyles of the wealthy and their servants during Bath’s elegant heyday.
A spectacular late 17th Century mansion with gardens and a deer park located a few miles North of the city.
AVON VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park – A combination of nature, attractions and stunning scenery ensures that the hours of fun are endless at one of the West’s most popular family destinations.
Whether you are a gardening enthusiast, looking for somewhere a little different for a family day out, hunting for the perfect gift, or simply searching for tea and cake in a relaxing location, Somerset Lavender has something for everyone.
LONGLEAT SAFARI & ADVENTURE PARK
Animal Park, Longleat Hedge Maze, Safari Boats, Longleat Railway, Longleat House and much much more… your day at Longleat will never be long enough!
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is just getting bigger and better with more exciting things to see in 2013! New Gorilla Colony, Lemur Walkthrough, giraffe feeding at the brand new Safari Watering Hole in the African Village plus much much more!
Go wild in the UK’s No. 1 Safari Park – check out the cheetahs, mind the zebra crossing, give the rhino’s right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of the meddling monkeys in the Monkey Drive -Thru!
Explore Longleat House, regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately houses open to the public. With over 450 years of history, there is intrigue and scandal aplenty in this splendid Elizabethan home!
WWT SLIMBRIDGE WETLAND CENTRE
Well renowned and popular conservation centre, which features the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos!