Unmissable things to do in Bath
World-renowned for its Roman-built baths, the charming city of Bath on the southern edge of the Cotswolds is a firm city-break favourite.
Planning a staycation to this honey-coloured gem? Make sure you don’t miss these top-rated attractions.
Situated in the heart of the city, the remarkably-preserved Roman Baths are one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world – the Baths still flow with natural hot water. See the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva and walk the original Roman pavements.
Bath Abbey is at the centre of the city’s heritage and history. A living church with services running throughout the week, admire the original fan vaulted ceiling dated from the 1500s and join a Tower Tour for fabulous views over Bath.
No. 1 Royal Crescent
Experience Georgian Bath both above and below stairs with a visit to this museum. Decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796, enjoy an immersive experience as the house comes to life around you.
Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum
Located in one of the oldest houses in Bath, Sally Lunn’s is both a world-famous eating house and a museum. Sample an authentic Bath Bunn, still baked to a secret recipe, and discover the actual kitchen used by legendary Huguenot baker, Sally Lunn.
Old Theatre Royal
An anonymous building in a quiet cobbled backstreet, the Old Theatre Royal is a real hidden gem. With a unique 265-year history, the theatre became a Catholic Chapel in the early 1800s, before becoming home to one of the UK’s oldest Masonic Lodges.
Prior Park Landscape Garden
This beautiful 18th-century landscape garden was created by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from Alexander Pope and ‘Capability Brown’. Enjoy the wonderful views of the city, explore the woodland paths and walk across the famous Palladian Bridge.
The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre offers a fantastic snapshot of the life of Bath’s most famous resident. Try your hand at writing using a quill and ink, have fun dressing up in Regency-style fashion, and refuel in the famous Regency Tea Room.
Victoria Art Gallery
The Victoria Art Gallery is Bath’s public art museum and houses a diverse collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. The Gallery’s collections range from the 15th century to the present day and includes many works by local artists.