Bath, England is a unique and charming city nestled among seven magical hills. Each year, more than two million people visit Bath to experience the cultural richness of this historical city. Below are just a few of the many things to do in and around Bath while you’re abroad.
Experience The Roman Baths
This amazing preserved museum walks you through this historical thermal spa world heritage site which includes ancient relics and a go-at-your-own-pace audio presentation.
If you’re a connoisseur of the theatrical arts, then take in a show at The Theatre Royal in Bath, one of the oldest working theatres in England. This renowned theatre hosts many performances prior to their London staging.
For avid hikers, the Bath Skyline walk is a must-experience. There are a number of vantage points along this 6-mile trek with fantastic views of Bath but you will need boots if it has rained recently as certain places can get rather muddy.
Experience the variety of independent boutique retailers as well as mainstream outlets localized in Bath’s city center.
Practice the art of “blowing glass” at the Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass where you can take workshops in glass making, stained glass, bauble blowing and more. You can also buy glass décor and jewelry in their shop.
Hot Air Ballooning
View the picturesque city of Bath from the air while sipping champagne with a Hot Air Balloon flight. Balloons launch from Victoria Park and include spectacular views over the Historic City of Bath
Whether you’re a collector or just an admirer of art, there are a number of galleries and museums to explore in Bath’s culturally dynamic city center. From the Holburne Museum to the Victoria Art Gallery, there’s plenty to appreciate. For you collectors, there are also a grand assortment of antique shops located throughout central Bath.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus
This open top double-decker bus explores the city center and includes stops at historical landmarks like the Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey. This 24-hour bus pass is a great way to experience the city as it gives you the option of getting on and off at your leisure.
Wellow Trekking Center offers private horseback rides and group rides for both novices and experienced riders. Experience the enchanting hidden countryside of Bath that is inaccessible by car.
There is a canal cruise as well as a river boat trip that explores the waterways of beautiful Bath. For those who want to self-explore, check out the Bath Boating station which offers a range of vessels from rowing to punting!
Guided Walking Tours
There are a number of walking tours of Bath from private to group-oriented. Learn the history from an expert guide and immerse yourself into the magic that is Bath England!
Experience the best vantage point in Bath from the tower roof top of the magnificent Bath Abbey. 212 steps take you to the top of the Tower via two spiral staircases with stops in between at the ringing chamber and bell chamber.
Picnic on the lawn of Bath’s most iconic landmark, the Royal Crescent. This stunning exhibit of Georgian architecture features a sweeping crescent of thirty terrace houses and overlooks Royal Victoria Park
Bath is a great place to experience on two wheels. There are many scenic biking trails from old railway tunnels to canal paths. Nextbike offers self-service bikes at nine rental stations docked throughout Bath. There are also a number of private bike rental places from which to choose.
Visit the caves of Cheddar Gorge which is the site of Britain’s oldest human skeleton that is estimated to be over 9,000 years old. The atmospheric cheddar caves are a great place to explore and were the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien’s Helm’s Deep in the Two Towers.
If you have a rental car both Stonehenge and Avebury are within an hour’s drive from Bath. There are a number of Stonehenge tours that will let you walk around the infamous stones and some limited tours that will even let you go beyond the rope and up close. While Avebury doesn’t have the same notoriety as Stonehenge, it is believed its megalithic stones were the predecessor to Stonehenge.
Another great place to visit by car is Highclere Castle which is about an hour and a half outside of Bath. This beautiful Jacobethan style house is one of the shooting locations for the hit TV show, Downton Abby as well as Jeeves and Wooster. You can also find the Tutankhamun Egyptian pharaoh lurking in the cellars!
Visit the “prettiest village in England” aka Castle Combe which is only thirty minutes from Bath. This endearing little parish is a shooting location for Downton Abby, Steven Speilberg’s Warhorse and the classic 1967 film, Dr. Doolittle.
Not far from Castle Combe is Lacock Abbey which served as the indoor set of the Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. Lacock village offers some delicious lunch options too!
Longleat House and Gardens
Visit the world longest hedge maze at the Longleat House and Gardens. Experience the abundant twists and turns of nearly 1¾ miles of paths hedged by more than 16,000 English Yews. The grounds also include a safari drive that allows you to experience the magnificence of jungle animals like tigers, giraffes, wolves, cheetahs and monkeys!