Bath in the Afternoon

Photo by Stewart Black

Leave the city feelingly like a local or at least like an extra in a Jane Austen-inspired movie

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On a quick visit to Bath with only a few hours to spare? Here’s how to make full use of your limited time, taking in some of the major sights of this elegant city with its signature Palladian, Georgian and Roman architecture in an afternoon (or morning).

Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey

Bath is a small city, so it’s best explored on foot. Most of the main attractions are all within a short walk of each other, and you’ll be able to take in quite a few sights in a one long but gentle stroll. Head up to the Royal Crescent, one of Bath’s most iconic attractions, and take in the magnificent Circus on the way. Return to the centre, heading over to Pulteney Bridge and enjoy the dramatic weir views and the sight of the imposing Holburne Museum at the end of the supremely elegant Great Pulteney Street. Finish off by heading back over to Bath Abbey, and explore this magnificent building both inside and out.

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The Roman Baths

Spend this time at the epicentre of this World Heritage City, The Roman Baths. The ancient ruins depict Bath’s spa culture 2,000 years ago when the Romans once bathed in the natural thermal spa water, resulting in an unmissable, memorable experience for visitors today.

The Jane Austen Centre

Visit the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street where a permanent exhibition tells the story of the writer’s time in bath. Have tea in the Regency Tea Room at the centre or pick up the ultimate local Bath delicacy, a Sally Lunn bun (similar to brioche) and enjoy it in the nearby Parade Gardens. 

Victoria Art Gallery and shopping

Gain free entry to the fascinating collection at the Victoria Art Gallery before browsing some of Bath’s fabulous independent shops for a great gift or memento of your visit. You can find plenty of locally made souvenirs and fascinating, informative books at the Bath Visitor Information Centre gift shop, as well as postcards to send to friends and relatives.

Itinerary compliments of Visit Bath.

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