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Step back in time, explore ancient baths, and drink traditional tea in this quintessential English city.

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Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

1. Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

Join your guide as they take you on a journey to discover the many haunted locations around the city of Bath. Hear tales about the ghosts of medieval monks, hanged criminals, tortured witches, poltergeists, and more. Learn about the history and haunting of each site and visit famous locations like Bath Abbey, Queens Square, Theatre Royal, and Victoria Park. Wander down hidden alleyways and stop at haunted hotspots, including a particularly grim location directly next to Jane Austen's last known residence in the city. Enjoy an interactive walking tour where visitors are encouraged to be part of the stories. Feeling brave? Volunteer for a paranormal experiment towards the end of your tour, a highlight of the exciting evening.

Bath: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

2. Bath: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

On sunny days, enjoy an open cockpit roof on the boat and on cooler days, stay cozy and warm with a real coal fire. As you enjoy your trip in this authentic and lovingly restored 1960s small cruiser, your skipper will point out the key attractions.  See the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with the Bristol Channel, and cruise under North Parade Bridge. Look out for nesting peregrine falcons at the 19th-century St. John’s Church, and marvel at the views of Pulteney Bridge, the rushing weir, and the city center architecture, including the 17th-century Bath Abbey. Enjoy your view with 2 glasses of Prosecco while you pass under Halfpenny Bridge and see the location where the old wharves used to stand, the central point of Bath’s trading links with Bristol since the 18th century.

Bath: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Blue Badge Tourist Guide

3. Bath: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath on this 1.5-hour guided walking tour. Your expert guide will explain the history, architecture, and some of the many stories that have made Bath such a fantastic place to visit. During the tour see the iconic sights of Bath including the Royal Crescent, The Circus, Queen Square, Pulteney Bridge, and Bath Abbey. Wander through the city as your guide brings the history, architecture, and the people of Bath to life through a lively and enjoyable commentary at each of the stops around the city. Ask them lots of questions and maybe even test the edges of their knowledge. Get insider knowledge on the best times to revisit certain sights.

Bath: City Walking Tour with Optional Roman Baths Entry

4. Bath: City Walking Tour with Optional Roman Baths Entry

Begin your tour in the morning or afternoon at Bath Abbey in the city center. See the very best of Bath, both past and present. Meet your guide and kick-off by visiting a selection of highlights including Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey. Proceed to the Roman Baths, and follow your guide to see the fascinating items and legacies left in Bath by the Romans during their occupation of the area. Witness the miraculous phenomenon of Bath's hot geothermal springs. Then, take in the enchanting Georgian architecture of this unique city. From the magnificent Royal Crescent to the mysterious Circus, see the best of the pomp and luxury of the 18th-century. Walk from the central Pump Rooms to the lavish Upper Assembly Rooms and finally arrive at the sumptuous Royal Crescent and the mysterious Circus. Bath offers a stunning variety of breathtaking architectural gems. The tour has been specially devised to show you the very best of Bath. Your guides are fun, engaging local professionals who will make the city’s history truly accessible for visitors of all ages.

Bath: City Boat Trip and Walking Tour

5. Bath: City Boat Trip and Walking Tour

Enjoy an informed, leisurely overview of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath. Discover the city's main sights on both a river cruise and a guided walking tour with a local guide. Meet at Bath Quays on the riverside in central Bath. Be greeted by your skipper and guide to start your unique land and water tour. Begin with a river cruise along the River Avon, taking in sights such as the Half Penny Bridge, St. John's Church, Bath Abbey, Parade Gardens, Pulteney Bridge, the Weir, and the Mill. During your cruise, head to the onboard bar to purchase a soft drink or an alcoholic beverage to enjoy as you watch the sights go by. Once back at the mooring, take a short 50-minute walking tour with a crew member. Get an overview of Bath's rich history and learn how to orientate yourself within the city. The tour includes the main sights of the Roman Baths, The Abbey, Guildhall, the Ancient City Wall, the Theatre Royal, and Queens Square. There won't be time to enter the sights, but you will be able to explore these on your own at the tour's conclusion. The tour includes a kid's quiz to help keep them entertained on the walking tour.

Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket

6. Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket

Discover a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Bath's most famous resident, the author Jane Austen, at the Jane Austen Center. Explore the effect that living in the Georgian city had on her life and writing. Costumed guides will take you through the exhibition and be on hand to satisfy your quest for knowledge of all things Austen. Taste some period-recipe food, dress up in Regency costume, and have your photo taken with the world famous Jane Austen waxwork. There is a delightful gift shop on the ground floor, which sells unique items bespoke to the Jane Austen Centre, and a delicious Regency Tea Room on the 2nd floor, which offers 17 varieties of leafed tea to go with locally baked cakes. The guided tour runs every 30-minutes.

Bath: Tootbus Bath Discovery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

7. Bath: Tootbus Bath Discovery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Enjoy some of the finest architecture Europe has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of Bath. See the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey, and more. Immerse yourself in the unique charm of Bath on two separate specially-designed tours that will take you to all of the major tourist attractions. Step off the bus for a visit to the Roman Baths or the Theatre Royal. Snap some amazing pictures at Pulteney Bridge, one of the most picturesque spots in the city. Explore the other side of the Avon River on the Skyline Tour and get amazing views of Bath from its outskirts. See Prior Park Landscape Gardens, the University of Bath, and the American Museum.

City Sightseeing Bath: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

8. City Sightseeing Bath: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2 routes - 1 ticket! City Sightseeing Bath Open Top Bus Tour - 'The Queen of English Cities': Bath is a fine Roman and Georgian City full of beautiful buildings. The City Tour takes you to the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the abbey where England's first King was crowned, and the Assembly Rooms. The Skyline route provides you with the chance to enjoy the countryside and take in the breathtaking views across Bath. Tour routes: City Tour 1. High Street 2. Grand Parade 3. Manvers Street 4. Green Park Road 5. Corn Street 6. Westgate Buildings 7. Queen Square 8. Assembly Rooms 9. Brock Street/ Royal Crescent 10. Marlborough Buildings 11. Weston Road 12. Upper Bristol Road 13. Upper Bristol Road 14. Royal Avenue 15. Milsom Street 16. Terrace Walk Skyline Tour 1. Dorchester Street 2. Terrace Walk 3. North Parade 4. Great Pultney Street 5. Holburne Museum 6. Beckford Road 7. Bath Spa Hotel 8. Quarry Road 9. Bathwick Hill 10. Widcombe Hill 11. Rainbow Woods Farm 12. Brassknocker Hill 13. Claverton Down 14. Ralph Allen School 15. North Road/Shaft Road 16. Tyning/North Road 17. Prior Park 18. Middle Hill Lodge 19. Abbey Cemetery 20. Prior Park Road 21. Widcombe The Skyline route offers the chance to enjoy the countryside and take in breathtaking views across Bath.

London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

9. London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour is a must-do excursion for all visitors to London. Get to see the famous Windsor Castle, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge, and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Transport by coach and guided tours at all locations are included. Start at Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family for 900 years. It is still an Official Residence of the Queen. Visit the magnificent State Apartments, still used for state occasions and Royal receptions. Explore the castle grounds and the 14th-Century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. Continue through the Wiltshire countryside to Stonehenge. Shrouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England. Head west to Bath, a beautiful Georgian city with handsome honey-colored architecture and the famous Roman baths. Enjoy a panoramic tour of some of Europe’s finest architectural sights, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms, and Pulteney Bridge. Choose the option to explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years.

From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

10. From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

Visit the ancient standing stones of Stonehenge and picturesque Bath on this day trip from London. Enjoy transportation by air-conditioned coach and a multi-lingual audio guide to the prehistoric monument. The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge stands alone on the vastness of the Salisbury Plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and its purpose has continued to be a subject of public debate. Questions such as what this vast collection of stones was intended for and whether it was an observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery have arisen over the decades. On this full-day tour by air-conditioned coach, you’ll have a chance to explore the site and do your best to unlock the secrets as you marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Next, you’ll head to Bath, arriving in time for lunch (not included in the tour price). With fabulous restaurants, teahouses, sandwich and coffee shops, and classic British pubs, you’ll have plenty of choices for a place to eat! Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents and terraces and stunning architecture. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore the city at your leisure. Visit the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. The magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple were constructed over Britain's only natural hot water spring. At this World Heritage Site, you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman paving stones and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture. See Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modeled on the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. In addition, you might like to see the Jane Austen Centre, and the elegant Assembly Rooms built in 1771. Shop, explore, and take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to live classical music.

Frequently asked questions about Bath

What top attractions are a must-see in Bath?

What are the best day trips and excursions from Bath?

The best day trips and excursions from Bath are:

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What are the most popular museums and exhibitions in Bath?

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Bath

Paul & Mark are full time travel bloggers who discover hidden gems and local specialities on their blog Anywhere We Roam. As locals to the area, Bath is a place they have returned to many times.

What should I do on my first trip to Bath?

Over 2,000 years ago, the Romans in England noticed a small natural spring in the countryside in southwest England. Today, the best-preserved Roman bathhouse in the world remains on that location in Bath. The Great Bath, surrounded by a stunning terrace is an architectural masterpiece. Additionally, the Georgian buildings are another Bath highlight for first time visitors. The best location is the gorgeous sweep of terraced houses on The Royal Crescent.

What are some hidden gems to see in Bath?

Inspect one of the beautiful Georgian townhouses Bath is famous for by visiting the Assembly Rooms. It was the place to be seen in the 18th century and today you can explore the Ball Room, the Card Room and the impressive Great Octagon. Another hidden gem in Bath is the Jane Austen Centre, an interactive exhibition that focuses on the life of the author in the city.

How much time should I spend in Bath?

Bath is a very compact centre and a day trip will be enough time to see the best tourist attractions in the city. The main sights, including the Roman Baths, the outstanding abbey, the Pultney Bridge and the Royal Crescent can all be seen in one day. A weekend in Bath would be enough time to see all the attractions, plus enjoy the great restaurant scene and relax in the Thermae Spa.

What food is Bath known for?

The one thing you can’t leave Bath without trying is a Bath Bun. This sweet roll made from milk-based yeast and coated in sugar, is a very popular afternoon tea component in the city. The recipe dates back to the 18th century and Jane Austen wrote about it in letters in 1801. Don't confuse it with the other Bath staple, the Sally Lunn Bun which also originated in the city and was first recorded in 1680. The Sally Lunn Bun is something similar to a French brioche.

What is the best way to get around Bath?

Bath is a great city to see on foot with all the major attractions in a very compact area. It also allows you to get off the main tourist trail and explore some of the hidden laneways around the historic centre. A walking tour is a great way to get a feel for the city with a knowledgeable guide who can provide more information about the history of Bath.

What are the best months to visit Bath?

Throughout March and May - before the busy summer period - the weather in Bath is starting to improve and the city could still be relatively quiet with the usual local pace of life in action on the streets. In summer, the Bath Festival celebrates the best in music and books from around the world, while the Bath Feast, held in September, is a food festival celebrating the best of local produce.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Bath?

Most of the tourist attractions are in the centre of town, however there are other great areas to explore. Walcot is the bohemian side of Bath with independent vintage shops, hipster cafes and Asian restaurants and on Saturday it hosts a flea market. Bear Flat is another small region of Bath which is great to visit, it's known for old-school pubs and indie cafes.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

There is no one neighbourhood that is particularly good for food in Bath, with great restaurants spread around the city. Walcot has a collection of Asian restaurants along with an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world. For high end dining, there are several top restaurants in Georgian townhouses around the Royal Crescent and the Circus. Bear Flat is great for old pubs and local cafes.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

London Road and Walcot is the best shopping area in Bath for boutique shops and vintage homewares as well as several quirky concept stores. The high-end designer shops are centred around Milson Street and New Bond Street, In the squares and tiny lanes around Milsom Place you'll find elegant hidden stores and local artisanal suppliers.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Bath?

Oldfield Park is a residential area just outside the city centre which is a good base for families and budget travellers who want something with good facilities in a quieter part of town. It's a short easy bus ride into the centre. The area around Victoria Park is great for first time solo travellers and the city centre has hotels across the budget spectrum which are all very easily located to see the main sights.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Bath?

The Roman Baths have a special audio guide for kids and actors portraying characters from the Roman empire in Britain. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a special treat with a kid-friendly quiz trail, a Lego space and a selection of kid’s astronomy books. For outdoor activities, a cruise down the canal on a boat is a great thing to do in Bath with kids, and Prior Park Landscape Garden is a beautiful space with interesting architecture.

What is the best thing to do in Bath for solo travelers?

As a popular day trip destination Bath is a great place for solo travellers looking for a quiet weekend away with interesting things to do. The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are two great sights that are perfect to explore solo. One of the best experiences for solo travellers is the Thermae Spa which has pampering packages and an awesome rooftop pool.

What is the best thing to do in Bath for couples?

From the charming Boating Station on the River Avon, hire romantic wooden row boats to explore the picturesque river before finishing with a picnic lunch in the gardens. The other wonderful thing for couples to do in Bath is to have afternoon tea at the Pump Room at the Roman Baths. The neo-classical room has served Bath's elite and entertains patrons with classical music.

What are the best annual events in Bath?

One of the best annual events in town is the Bath Festival. It's a celebration of music and books, and ends with a Finale Weekend where international acts converge on the city to see the festival out in style. The Bath Fridge Festival has a quirky mix of comedians, physical theatre, digital arts and cabaret in a celebration of underground artistic talent.

What are the best things to do around Bath?

Castle Combe is a charming place to visit in the Cotswolds that is just 25 minutes’ drive from Bath. The stone cottages underneath the forested hills that surround the village mark a great starting point for a country walk that follows the meandering river as it leaves the village. Cheddar Gorge is another impressive natural landmark which is a 50-minute drive from Bath.

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What people are saying about Bath

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Very organized tour and guide was very helpful. The bus left an arrived on time. Unfortunately our tour of Windsor castle was cancelled since the Queen passed but we appreciate that we were still brought to the castle grounds to walk around and see tributes to the queen.

Phil, our guide, was great especially considering the weather. It rained all through. He was happy, friendly and very knowledgeable. He kept us all informed and engaged throughout. A really enjoyable walk.

We had a wonderful trip thanks to Kaiti and her well timed and well pitched enthusiasm for the history and surrounding areas of the canal. Thank you for a superb experience and memorable trip.

Excellent highlight tour! Fred was an excellent guide - so much knowledge and very down to earth!

Great day trip. Eugene, our guild, was very knowledgeable and funny.