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Bath City Guide

Bath

It’s a World Heritage Spa City and a UNESCO heritage site. It is simultaneously grandiose and cosy, you and 26,000 students from the city’s two universities, will happily and quickly call this place home. Oh, and it’s the second safest city in the world; even its nightclubs are underground to minimise noise pollution.

Culture

The Roman Baths are the essential step into this city’s rich Roman history. Walk terraces and ancient pathways as the Romans did 2000 years ago. Open until 10pm and illuminated by torchlight, immerse yourself in a spa package, because you’ll be working hard and you deserve to splash out every now and then.

Victoria Art Gallery offers spectacular permanent and temporary exhibitions that are visited by locals and tourists alike.

The Fashion Museum is situated in the Assembly Rooms and opens to a wealth of contemporary and historic costumes and dress.Try the Museums Saver Ticket, for unlimited visits to these three attractions, or a season ticket to cover three years. Purchase at any of the included attractions.

In 2017, The Royal Crescent celebrated it’s 250th Birthday. An iconic curve of 30 Grade I Listed Georgian terrace houses, they are the epitome of ‘architectural innovation’ and ‘social identity’.

The Bath Assembly Rooms is renowned as ‘the most elegant meeting place in Bath’. Sited by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and visited by Charles Dickens. The Assembly Rooms were to have a turbulent future after that - and you can find out exactly what. Free to National Trust members.

Jane Austen Centre is a good place to start if you know little more of this wonder woman than her face on a £10 note. And if you do know more and want to further that knowledge, then this is the best place to do it, in the city she once called home. There’s the period Regency Tea Room attached if you want to make a day of it.

To get that theatrical fix, Bath has you sorted. Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre offer up award winning magicians every Friday and Saturday at 8pm with the praise of ‘No Rabbits, Cheese, or Top Hats!’ Komedia is Bath’s best comedy club, home to up-and-coming comedians and for you it’s just £2 on a Monday! Theatre Royal offers £6 on the day tickets or £4 if you’re willing to stand! Their studio theatre Ustinov Studio is a hub for Bath born theatre, UK premiers and visiting companies. For the ultimate culture indulgence, look out for The Bath Festival; 17 days in May of ‘over 160 imaginative and innovative events’.

Meet and Eat

Same same but different - one of Bath’s best cafes, they have a series of awards to prove it.

The Green Rocket - Another winner of awards for veggie and vegan delights. Just look at their menu.

Cafe Retro - Maybe everywhere in Bath has awards?

Mokoko Coffee - Cake and coffee and creativity and colour and other such things.

Sotto Sotto - original brick cavern and candle light, this intimate spot has been voted Best Italian in Bath.

Chai Walla - Indian Street Food take-away hotspot, it’ll be tough to stay away.

Boston Tea Party - ‘the perfect spot to watch the world go by’, with a side of pancakes and a coffee, please.

Daytime Playtime

Pub in the Park with Tom Kerridge a stellar line up of chefs, pubs and music. Take a look!

Bath’s Farmer’s Market all the tastes, colours, and textures you’d want from a market of this size. It’s worth getting out of bed for; open every Saturday at Green Park Station 9am - 1:30pm.

Sydney Gardens is Bath’s oldest Park, designed and made in the late 18th century and popular, at the time with royalty and our Jane. 12 acres of landscaped lawns, tamed trees and shrubbery, tennis courts and immaculate flower beds. Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through it.

The Bath Skyline is just a hop skip and a jump from the city centre to a 6 mile track through meadows and woodland, and an elevated position to offer views over the World Heritage City.

If you want to stretch the legs a little further, take the Kennet and Avon Canal trail (probably not all in one go - the canal itself is 87 miles). You can’t get lost, since it’s well pathed and literally follows the canal in either direction. You can walk or bike (or blade, scoot, skate…). This section joins Bath and Bradford-on-Avon and covers 10.13 miles. You can get the train to Bradford-on-Avon (NOT Bradford, that’s much farther north) and make your way back to Bath.

Getting about Bath: it’s not a huge place and for the most part walkable, but if you find you’re accommodation is little further afield there are frequent buses to connect uni to halls to the city.

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