From its natural hot springs to the classic Georgian architecture which fills the city, Bath is a stunning part of England and a must-see on any visit. To truly explore and immerse yourself in the history of the city, we recommend exploring on foot, so a walking tour of Bath is the perfect way to embark on this adventure.
It could be said that we’re biased, but we love Bath so much that we’d recommend you see the whole of Bath if you can on your trip to the England! In 1987, Bath was selected as a World Heritage Site because of the incredible heritage held within the city. For this reason, we’d say just exploring the architecture across the whole city is the first must-see. The Circus (a large circular space surrounded by Georgian Townhouses) was voted one of the top 20 prettiest streets in Britain in 2017, and a worthwhile stop to make!
Bath Abbey is another essential visit to make on your trip to Bath. Bath Abbey is the site where the first King of England was crowned in 973 and hence has been the location of many coronations since. If you’re passionate about history and want to learn more about the British monarchy through the ages, then a tour of the Abbey is a great place to start.
For those with a passion for history then seeing the buildings in the city is a real treat. If you’re unfamiliar with Georgian Architecture then here is a little of what you can expect to see. Referring to buildings designed and built between 1714 and 1830, the period is named after the four British Kings – George 1, George 11, George 111 and George 1V.
The principles of the design are all based upon providing perfect symmetry and proportions. This is reflected in the way these buildings stand-out now against more contemporary styles. The focus on maths and repeated patterns across the designs have led to streets having almost identical buildings along the rows of houses. Certainly a distinctive, British look!
Bath has been a well-known spa town since the Georgian era, based on a belief that the naturally-heated water had healing properties. These baths were originally built by the Romans in 60 AD, where they benefitted from the hot springs and sculpted the amazing buildings around them.
Whilst the original baths are now preserved by the people of Bath and are not in use, the recently constructed Thermae Bath Spa allows you to experience the waters and bathing in the same way the Romans once did.
When you think about classic English literature, one of the most famous writers has got to be the fantastic Jane Austen. In the 19th Century, Bath became Austen’s home and was the location where she began to write her novel ‘The Watsons’. As a result, it is in Bath where you can visit the Jane Austen museum and learn more about this inspirational writer. The museum is interactive with character guides and a traditional afternoon tea in the Regency Tea Rooms. Perfect for a quintessentially British experience!
Our eight-day walking tours, both guided and self-guided, explore the beauty of Bath so browse the itineraries now for more information.