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Assembly Rooms

Designed by John Wood, the Younger in 1769, the Bath Assembly Rooms consist of a number of stylish rooms located in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath. It now also provides...

Attractions Map

1 – The Circus 2 – Bath Abbey 3 – Assembly Rooms 4 – Roman Baths 5 – Theatre Royal 6 – Southgate 7 – Pulteney Bridge 8 – Holburne Museum of Art 9...

Ballooning Bath

Ballooning

If you’re looking for something special and unforgettable, a balloon trip is quite an experience. Most leave from Victoria Park and gently follow the breeze for an hour or so. Champagne is served on...

Bath Abbey

Bath’s splendid Abbey, dating from 1499, marks the very centre of the town. Bath is a city but this is not classed as a cathedral – the cathedral for the diocese is in Wells,...

Circus

Two minutes’ walk from the Royal Crescent is The Circus, another jewel in Bath’s crown. It consists of 30 houses in groups of 8, 12 and 10, and is now a prestige collection of...

Fashion Museum

A world class collection of contemporary and historical dress, located in the magnificent Georgian Assembly Rooms. Opening Hours:  The Museum of Costume is open every day (except 25 & 26 December) January – February...

Jane Austen

Jane Austen – The famous writer lived at 4 Sydney Place, right opposite the Holburne Museum, between 1801-4. Her vivid descriptions of Milsom Street in Northanger Abbey are still relevant today. A film of...

New & Improved City Trail

We have greatly improved the City Trail guide – please take a look here

Empire & Parade Gardens Bath

Parade Gardens

Bath’s lovely parks offer several places to get some peace and quiet and to stroll round. Parade Gardens, in front of the Abbey and the Empire.

Prior Park Landscape Gardens Bath

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Prior Park Landscape Garden, created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen and designed by the poet Alexander Pope and the landscape gardener Capability Brown, is now owned and managed by the...

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge, with its sweeping horseshoe-shaped weir, is one of Bath’s most famous images. The bridge, which incorporates shops, was built by Robert Adam in 1769. The estimated cost of the bridge was £1,...

Queen Square

The whole north side of the square was built as seven separate houses in Palladian style which together resembled a palace. The majestic obelisk in the middle of Queen Square was erected in 1735...

Tours

Airport specialists Cars Bath

We are Bath’s premier airport transport company,specializing in taking passengers to and from all the UK’s airports. We have Saloon’s,Estate’s,MPV’s and 8 Seater Transporter’s. We offer a Meet and Greet service whereby the driver...

Ancient Pathways

The guided walks around Stonehenge and Avebury take you to places both on, and well off, the beaten track; giving you a far greater understanding of our heritage. The walks are aimed at small...

Avon Cruising Ltd

Pulteney Princess – Enjoy a tranquil cruise along the River Avon between Pulteney Bridge and the charming village of Bathampton. The return trip lasts about one hour, or if you wish, you can go...

Avon River Cruises

The “Silver Salmon” is a luxury cruiser operating from Bath to various points down the River Avon to Bristol. Also the “Silver Salmon” is a great venue for any occasion – parties, private charters,...

Bath Abbey Tower Tour

Bath Abbey Tower Tour

Tower Tours offer the chance to go behind the scenes and look at the Abbey from a very different perspective. The fully guided tour takes 45 – 50 minutes. On your way up, you...

Ballooning Bath

Bath Balloon Flights

Bath Balloon flights take off from Royal Victoria Park for beautiful panoramic views of the Roman city. Please note: flights must be pre-booked and are dependant on the weather. For further information on Bath...

Bath City Boat Trips

Enjoy a full commentary on the historic sights of Bath. Frequent departures are available all day long (Subject to conditions). On returning to the city centre, experience the thrill of sailing directly in to...

Bath Crystal Cars Tours

Crystal Cars provide a full range of tourist services and sight seeing tours. Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of towns and cities or the peaceful tranquillity of open countryside rich in natural...

Bath Narrow Boats

Specialise in day trips cruising the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon. Bath Narrowboats offer a full range of function options from wedding receptions to business luncheons, all whilst enjoying the beautiful...

Bath Pub Crawl

This has to be counted among the world’s top pub crawls. So long as you can count to, say, half a million. A pub crawl with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. A...

Bizarre Bath, The Comedy Walk

Is a humorous look at the city’s history. Tours leave at 20.00 every evening from April – September. For further information please telephone +44 01225 335 124 www.bizarrebath.co.uk

Blue Badge Guides

Blue Badge Guides aim is to help visitors enjoy their time in the city of bath and as such the Blue Badge Guides can tailor their walking tours to your specific needs and interests....

Bath Surrounding Area
Dyrham Park House

Bath Surrounding Area – Dyrham Park

Approximately 9 miles from Bath, Dyrham Park House is set in 274 acres of garden and parkland and was acquired in 1961 by the National Trust. Dyrham Park was a family home built by...

Bath Surrounding Area – Lacock

The Village has many architectural designs from the early timber framework to the georgian pediment. The tithe barn, 14th century doorways and several old weavers cottages make it a delight to explore. Lacock was...

Bath Surrounding Area – Avebury

Avebury lies in the heart of the Wiltshire Downs just west of Marlborough – the most ancient borough in England. It is the only village in the world inside a stone circle, one of...

Bath Surrounding Area – Bradford On Avon

This quaint medieval town was first mentioned in the Doomsday Book as a thriving market town. Steeped in history, there are plenty of places of interest to visit including the Saxon church of St...

Bath Surrounding Area – Glastonbury

Glastonbury is a small market town, well known for its annual music festival (although to be more precise the festival takes place several miles away in Pilton). Along with its historic Abbey, Chalice Well,...

Bath Surrounding Area – Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill, one of the largest man-made mounds in Europe can be found about 1 mile away from Avebury. The hill still baffles archaeologists today as to why it was built some 4,300 years...

Bath Surrounding Area – Stonehenge

Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain not to mention the most well known stone circle in the world. This mysterious site has generated much speculation and wild...

Bath Surrounding Area – Wells

The beautiful Cathedral city of Wells in Somerset is England’s smallest city. Best known for its Medieval Cathedral and other ancient buildings it is steeped in heritage.

Bath Surrounding Area – Westbury

The small town of Westbury in Wiltshire lies not far from its famous White Horse hill carving and like Bradford on Avon, it to is mentioned in the Doomesday Book of 1086. There are...

Stourhead House & Garden

When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and...

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission. Westonbirt Arboretum is located near the historic market town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire, England, and is perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum...

Did You Know
Did You Know
Dundas Aqueduct

Aqueducts Near Bath

The canal and river follow each other on the east side of Bath to Bradford, ten miles away. At two points along the way, at Dundas (pictured here) and Avoncliff, the canal crosses over...

Astronomy Star Gazing

Star-gazing is a little more difficult now, with the glare of city lights, than it was in 1781. In that year, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus from a garden in New King St...

Solsbury Hill Bath

Countryside surrounding Bath

Little Solsbury Hill, 1 mile east of Bath. Green hills are visible from virtually any point in Bath city centre: it is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The hill is said to be on a...

Family Activities Bath

Family Activities

Bath with kids? No problem! There are plenty of things for all the family. Try Bowood House, a few miles north-east, with its Adventure Playground; Wookey Hole, the caves near Wells or try Bath...

Ghost Stories

Bath has plenty of haunted places, though you should sleep undisturbed in your hotel or guest house. There are two guided tours each night in summer that take you through Bath’s spookiest streets. Check...

Home for Writers

Bath has long been an inspiration and often home for writers apart from Jane Austen: 500 years ago, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath brought her world-wisdom to the Canterbury Tales. Terrace Wlalk, east of the...

Sydney Gardens

Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon canal links the River Avon in Bath to the Thames, 75 miles over to the west at Reading. It is a superb leisure facility, busy with narrowboats, anglers and walkers....

Minerva

The ancient Celts used the springs here, and worshipped the goddess Sul. The Romans came and built the baths 2000 years ago, calling the place ‘Aquae Sulis’ – ‘the waters of Sul’. Their equivalent...

Victorian Post Boxes

Two original Victorian postboxes still stand in Pulteney Street. The ‘Penfold Hexagonal’ is still in daily use and has been for over a century. The pattern was discontinued because letters got stuck in the...

Museums

Bath Abbey Heritage Vaults

Restored 18th century cellars housing objects from the Abbey’s past, some dating form Saxon times. Unfortunately there will be times when the Abbey has to be closed to visitors for services and events, but...

Bath Postal Museum

The first posting of a stamp (Penny Black) was from here in 1840. Follow the story of written communication from 2000BC. How have the son of a Cornish publican, the manager of a Bath...

Fashion Museum

A world class collection of contemporary and historical dress, located in the magnificent Georgian Assembly Rooms. Opening Hours:  The Museum of Costume is open every day (except 25 & 26 December) January – February...

Herschel Museum Of Astronomy

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a small independent museum dedicated to the life and works of the famous astronomer, William Herschel and his sister, Caroline Herschel.

Holburne Museum of Art

“With its beautiful cafe and new shop, a new library and exciting interactive displays the renewed Holburne will offer a rich and rewarding range of delights. We will reopen in 2011 as a confident...

Museum of Bath at Work

An interesting insight in to BaHoused in an eighteenth century Real Tennis Court, the Museum traces the development of Bath as a retailing and manufacturing centre and, since the seventeenth century, as a tourist...

No.1 Royal Crescent

An 18th century townhouse designed by John Wood the younger as part of his masterpiece, the Royal Crescent, now designated a World Heritage Building. Opening Hours:  Daily except Mondays from 10.30am to 5pm (4pm in...

Roman Baths

The finest religious spa in Northern Europe, built 2000 years ago around the country’s only hot springs. When visiting Bath, this Museum is a must see. The Roman bathing establishment with its magnificent Temple...

Sally Lunn’s Refreshment House and Museum

The oldest house in Bath, c.1482. Excavations in the Cellar Museum show remains of Roman Saxon and Medieval buildings. Opening Hours: Every day except Christmas. Museum and refreshment rooms open 10.00 am (Sun 12.00...

The American Museum and Gardens

The American Museum takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the...

The Building of Bath Museum

This unique Museum is a celebration of the rich architectural history of Bath and the men who transformed a provincial town into the world famous Georgian Spa.

The Jane Austen Centre

“The perfect starting point to the exploration of Jane Austen’s Bath”. The Jane Austen Centre is a captivating family attraction that relates the life and times of the landmark 19th century authoress. It is...

Parks, Gardens & Boating
Alexandra Park Bath

Alexandra Park

On a hill overlooking the city, Alexandra Park opened in 1902, covers 11 acres and offers some of the best panoramic views of Bath. Named to honour Queen Alexandra, it was opened to commemorate...

Avon Valley Country Park

A great day out in a beautiful river based park, Avon’s most exciting Adventure Play Area, Riverside walks with interesting Exotic Friendly Animals.  Families can adventure together too: climb aboard the punctual ‘Strawberry Line’...

Bath Boating Station

A unique, Victorian boating station with tea gardens and licensed restaurant. Traditional wooden skiffs, punts and canoes for hire by the hour or the day. In the boating season mid-week visitors are offered a free...

Boating on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Starting from our Brass Knocker Basin base – with its Café-Restaurant, historic canal display, railway and canal bookshop, chandlery and wonderful views – you join the Kennet and Avon Canal beside the magnificent Dundas...

Dyrham Park

8 miles N of bath on A46, 12 miles E of Bristol, 2 miles S of M4 junction 18.  Dyrham Park is a beautiful baroque country house set in 110 hectares (274 acres) of...

Henrietta Park

Henrietta Park

When you walk in Henrietta Park you might think it is a normal park with nice trees and a lot of space for doing different kinds of activities. However, Henrietta Park houses one of...

Longleat

Magnificent Elizabethan house built in 1580, in a superb parkland setting. Home of the famous Safari Park. Website: www.longleat.co.uk

Empire & Parade Gardens Bath

Parade Gardens

Bath’s lovely parks offer several places to get some peace and quiet and to stroll round. Parade Gardens, in front of the Abbey and the Empire.

Prior Park

National Trust’s Prior Park is without hesitation one of the best parks in Bath. The bad thing is that you have to pay to visit it. The good thing is that it is worth...

Prior Park Landscape Gardens Bath

Prior Park Landscape Garden

here are many interesting features, including the majestic Palladian bridge, one of only four in the world. The Wilderness Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is the final phase of the restoration of...

Royal Victoria Park

The flowers in Royal Victoria Park It’s difficult to imagine just how many have been grown here since the park was opened in 1830 by the 11 year old Princess Victoria ! It should...

Sydney Gardens Bath

Sydney Gardens

Located at the end of Great Pulteney Street and designed in the 1790’s, the gardens are the only remaining 18th century pleasure garden. The Kennet & Avon canal seen here passes through the gardens

Hobbies & Interests

BATH AQUA GLASS – Glass Blowing Courses

On this glass blowing course you will learn all the basic skills of glassmaking in order to make your own paperweight with a professional glassblower and learn the magical way glass is blown and...

Christmas dinner in the South West: Are the regions traditions evolving?

Christmas dinner in the South West: Are the regions traditions evolving?   The Christmas dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year. Traditionally featuring a turkey and all the trimmings, along...

Art Bath

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – ART

Galleries & Museums | Shops & Supplies Galleries & Museums Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT, 01225 477233 email: victoria_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk The Victoria Art Gallery is more than just a display space. They...

Cycling Bath

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – CYCLING

Bath is a wonderful place for cyclists. The city is surrounded by hills, which means, if you’re into mountain biking, it’s surrounded by downhills. The Avon Cycleway is a signposted 92-mile circular route around...

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – DANCE & DANCING

Dance as a hobby is almost like finding a new person inside you. This is a perfect fitness program that one needs to enjoy. Dance as a hobby also instils confidence in you. Practice...

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – Food

Cup Cake Classes   Coffee @ Camden, Camden Road, Bath. Coffee, Cake, Lunches, Cup Cake Classes! Twitter @SarararaCoffee        

Golf Bath

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – GOLF

New Feature – Golf In And Around Bath

Hobbies & Interests Bath

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – INDEX

Please Click on the link above for the Hobbies & Interests Index

Jewellery Bath

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – JEWELLERY & JEWELLERY MAKING

“Jewellery”, derived from the word Jewel, in turn from the Old 13th century French “Jouel”, is one of the oldest forms of body adornment. 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells are thought to be...

Music Bath

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – MUSIC

Shops | Venues | Studios & Hire | Choirs | Repairs Music Venues Bath Pavilion – North Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4EU, 01225 486902 The Pavilion as a multi-use leisure venue plays host to...

Bath Stamps Penny Black

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – STAMP COLLECTING

The first posting of a stamp, the Penny Black was from Bath in 1840. The Penny Black was issued by Britain in 1840 and pictured a young Queen Victoria – it had to be...

Sewing Bath

HOBBIES & INTERESTS – SEWING

Have you ever wanted to make your own clothes or even soft furnishings? Do you own a sewing machine that is sitting idle and would like to make use of it again? Well, whether...

Shopping Areas

Milsom Place

Discover an oasis in the city… located at the heart of fashionable Milsom Street, set within a series of beautiful Georgian buildings, terraces and open courtyards, Milsom Place is Bath’s smartest shopping, dining and...

Northumberland Place

Bath’s smallest pub The Coeur de Lion, is situated in Northumberland Place.

Seven Dials

The Seven Dials shopping centre is situated close to the Theatre Royal and within easy walking distance of Milsom Street. Why not try Las Iguanas, where all food is cooked fresh to order.

Southgate Bath

SouthGate

Bath’s biggest shopping centre – located next to Bath Spa railway station it provides 37,000 sq metres of retail space, 3,500 sq metres of leisure space, 2,300 sq metres of restaurant space plus 93...

The Corridor

One of the world’s earliest retail arcades, designed by architect Henry Goodridge and built in 1825.

Waitrose Podium Bath

The Podium

Bath Central Library and Waitrose now occupy The Podium. You can get to the Podium from Pulteney Bridge on the way past what was the famous Duck, Son and Pinker, (specialising in musical instruments),...

Walcot Street Bath

Walcot Street

There is a massively diverse selection of goodies to be found in this bohemian part of Bath. You will be offered the following from independent boutiques; hats, designer fridges, futons, fine cheese, mountain gear...

Bath Independents

Artwork Creations – Paul Webb

Paul Webb is a qualified bespoke picture framer with over 20 years’ experience, and a professional watercolour artist and illustrator. Artwork Creations can frame any item in any style, from a photograph to an...

BA1 Carpentry & Renovation – Carpenter Bath

BA1 Carpentry & Renovation operate in the BA1 post-code area, primarily Bath and Bradford-on-Avon, we have built up an excellent reputation for hard work and affordable service over the past 10 years. Visit their...

Ben Franks Wine

The city of Bath has one of the most vibrant wine scenes in the United Kingdom. From knowledgeable little independent wine merchants to the regional wine retailer of the year, and all those charming...

Blue sky enabling

Blue Sky Enabling

Blue Sky Enabling is a fully accredited preferred provider of high quality flexible live-in and person-centred services to adults of all ages living with impairments, and/or disabilities. The company is dedicated to ensuring that...

Colonna and Small’s – Providing Incredible Coffee for an Incredible City

Colonna and Small’s, Providing Incredible Coffee for an Incredible City. If you are one of the many locals who lament the demise of our individual, independent and speciality shops in favour of the faceless,...

Created in Bath – Website Designers Bath

Created in Bath are a Website Design Studio based in the beautiful City of Bath, UK. They specialise in creating beautiful bespoke websites with content management systems that give their customers the control to manage and...

Custom Crystals wins coveted Theo Paphitis #SBS status

New Small Business gets a re-tweet from Theo Paphitis “Custom Crystals specialise in adding sparkle to baby shoes and girls trainers. We only use Swarovski Crystals and each crystal is added individually with love...

Electric Vintage Bath

Electric Vintage – Where All Your Inky Dreams Can Come True!

I remember the days when tattoo parlours, like betting shops, existed behind darkened doors. That tight, nervous feeling you got as, after your third unsuccessful visit, you finally pushed the door open, the relief...

Everything IT – IT Support, PC & Laptop Repair in Bath

Everything IT has 30 Years Experience in IT Support, Laptop and PC Repair, Network Support, Server Solutions, Virus Removal and so much more. Visit Everything IT website: www.everythingit.co

Experience Bath

Experience Bath – Tailor-made visits to Bath

Experience Bath is the latest addition to Bath’s flourishing tourist industry, providing tailor-made visits to the city as part of a unique service. The company, which is the brainchild of Bath resident Jane Hands,...

Free report for local business people – How to keep your staff!

What motivates an employee to stay with you? And what attracts someone to join your company in the first place? The 2012 Employee Motivations Report has the answers! This independent survey, conducted by Karen...

Good Buy Books

The original independent bargain bookshop in Bath Good Buy Books offers a comprehensive range of bargain books from publisher and bookseller overstocks to excellently produced and reasonably priced reprints. Our discounts start at about...

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