Why you must visit Bath
- Discover one of the best preserved religious spas of the Roman world
- Try Bath's famous spa water in The Pump Room
- Explore the flamboyant Georgian period through its beautiful architecture with a walk around the Royal Crescent and The Circus
- See where rich Georgians gathered for social events at The Assembly Rooms
- Visit one of the country's most beautiful Abbeys and climb to the top of its tower to see the view
- Explore some of the City's museums including The Fashion Museum and American Museums
- Cross Pulteney Bridge, with its sweeping horseshoe shaped weir, one of the city's most famous images
Our specialist's 'must do'
In summer time, you can take an atmospheric evening tour through the torch-lit Roman Baths. Try the natural spa water in the Assembly Rooms and take a tour of the Abbey which culminates in a climb to the top of the tower, allowing anyone with a head for heights to stand right behind the clock face. We suggest you let Steppes organise a guided walk around the city, exploring the narrow lanes, shopping areas and historic sites not included on most tourist trails.
A little more information about Bath
Renowned for its honey-coloured stone and curative hot springs, the City of Bath graces rolling countryside in the county of Somerset, in England's south west. Once upon a time it was named Aquae Sulis by the Romans, who built baths and a temple over the area's natural hots springs. The name changed in 1590 when Queen Elizabeth I granted the city a royal charter. During the Georgian period, it became popular as a spa town and many of Bath's most iconic neoclassical Palladian buildings remain from this period; the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms.
No visit to the City would be complete without a trip to Bath's Roman Baths, one of the finest historical sites in northern Europe and one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. Today the city's unique thermal springs still rise in the site and the baths still flow with natural hot water. Since 2011, millions of pounds have been spent to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transforming its accessibility and preserving it for visitors for the next 100 years.
Back to the 18th century and Bath was at the peak of its social popularity. Attracted by the curative waters, Bath became a popular spa town where the aristocracy came to take the waters and “do” the season. Richard “Beau” Nash, the self-styled king of Bath, commissioned the building of The Pump Rooms, a striking neo-classical salon with a fountain for drinking the hot spa water and The Assembly Rooms, which became a fashionable Georgian meeting place. Today these harmonise with Bath's other grandiose monuments; Queen Square, the Circus and Bath's Royal Crescent.
Standing in the very centre of the city, lies another impressive monument, Bath Abbey. Founded in 7th century it is now one of the premier examples of Norman Perpendicular Gothic architecture. Look out for the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on the west front, then climb up above the Abbey's vaulted ceiling to the roof and a spectacular vista of Bath and the countryside beyond. Bath is home to many galleries, theatres and museums. The Fashion Museum boasts a world-class collection of historical fashionable dress while The American Museum, set in a glorious Georgian manor house, is home to the finest collection of Americana outside of the United States.