Heading to Bath for a few days but don’t have anything planned? If so, you’re in luck; as we have created a guide to give you some ideas for things to do in the Historic city of Bath.
Visit The Roman Baths
In 1987, UNESCO added the city of Bath to its list of world heritage sites. The beautiful two thousand year old Roman Baths are part of what makes Bath so unique. The complex comprises the baths, temple and pumping room. The Roman’s built the baths here to take full advantage of the only hot springs in Britain and in doing so surrounded them with some of the world’s most beautiful and opulent architecture and mosaics. Enjoy an audio-guided tour to make the most of your trip to the baths. There are even special audio-guides for children.
Refreshments and meals are available at the pump room and should you feel the urge for a little pampering (and why not?) you can still bathe in Bath’s famous waters at the Thermae Bath Spa facility (additional costs apply).
The baths are open daily, all year from 9.30am to 4.30 pm with extended opening until 10pm throughout July and August. www.romanbaths.co.uk
Bath has long been famous for it’s theatres: being a nearby stop for touring companies from Shakespeare country. The Komedia Bath is a real marvel.. It is housed in the a grade 1 listed building – formerly the Beau Nash Cinema – and houses Hugh Fernley Wittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen which is open throughout the day. The productions at Komedia Bath are strictly adults only and represent the very best in stand up comedy. If that’s not saucy enough for you then maybe you might want to catch one of the monthly performances by the Ministry of Burlesque. www.komediabath.co.uk
Should your little ones aspire to tread the boards one day then the award winning children’s theatre, the Egg (part of the Theatre Royal), is also slap bang in the centre of town and offers somewhat tamer fare. www.theatreroyal.org.uk
The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre is located in the centre of Bath and is a celebration of all things Austen. Guides are dressed in full and authentic regency costume to usher you through the world in which Bath’s most famous and influential inhabitant lived. The whole experience is, as Ms Austen might have put it, splendid. Regency style (and more modern) refreshments are served in the roof top tea room where one may sip one’s leaf tea and swoon at the breath taking views of the city.
From April to October the centre is open from 9:45am – 5.30pm daily (Thursday – Saturday until 7pm throughout July and August). November to March Sunday – Fri 11am – 4.30pm (5.30pm on Saturday). www.janeausten.co.uk
Sally Lunn’s Eating House and Museum
The Sally Lunn Bun is the speciality of this, one of Bath’s oldest houses dating back to around 1483. Sally herself was a French refugee who came to Bath in 1680 and began baking in the building which now bears her name. It’s close proximity to Bath Abbey makes this an ideal stop for a meal or light snack in one of the three themed rooms housed within. Open year round from 10am to 6pm (11am to 6pm Sunday) and for dinner from 5pm. www.sallylunns.co.uk
The Assembly Rooms
Bath’s Assembly Rooms are the epitome of Georgian elegance and decadence. They were deigned by John Wood the Younger in 1796 and comprise the ballroom – spanning a hundred feet – tea room, card room and the octagon. It is worth ringing ahead if you plan to visit the assembly rooms as they are still in use today for conferences, weddings and, appropriately, balls. Within the assembly rooms is housed Bath’s fashion museum though entry fees apply. The Rooms are open year round from 11am to 4pm and until 5pm from March to November.