After 1700 years of history, all contained within its ancient walls, Bath was reborn to become England's premier place of resort. It attracted many of the country’s aristocracy and gentry, but also the not so well-to-do along with them.
On this walk, you can promenade just as visitors did then, and experience the glamour of high society in Georgian-era Bath. You’ll see architecture that has impressed visitors for 300 years – and by the end, in the words of Jane Austen, you too will be saying, “Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?”.
You'll hear about:
• Lions playing football
• Four Kings, all called George
• Queen Victoria’s only visit to Bath
• Cafes that stand out and shopping suggestions
• Something which may seem ‘all Greek to you’ explained
• Funny reasons for some of the street names
• Hidden meanings from the past carved in the stone
And a lot more, too. It’s best to allow 1 to 1.5 hours for the walk, and much longer if you want to visit a museum or two, including the Fashion Museum, Jane Austen Centre and Pump Room, which are all en route.
Bath’s recent history will fascinate and this walk will open doors into buildings in streets you may just recognise from television and cinema!
Pulteney Bridge, Assembly Rooms, King’s Circus, Royal Crescent, Royal Victoria Park, Queen Square, Pump Room.
The walk starts from outside the Visitor Information Centre, which is in a very public area, officially called Terrace Walk. It is easily reached by walking a few hundred metres from both the railway and bus stations or if you are driving, a local car park called Southgate.
Places to stop along the way:
The Pump Room (including access to the washrooms if needed, even if you choose not to visit the museum), Parade Gardens, Covered Market, the Victoria Art Gallery, Jolly’s Department Store, the Royal Crescent Museum, the Upper Assembly Rooms and Fashion Museum, the Jane Austen Centre and the Pump Room! - While, for great coffee and cake, try Café Lucca well placed at half way along the route or Café Mokoko and for beautiful souvenirs, drop into the Bath Aqua Glass, both at the end of the walk.
Best time of day:
Early morning to early evening. Most establishments in Bath are open every day and to ensure access, the best time will be from around 0930 to 1700. However, many are open much longer. Be mindful that last entry into some the museums may be up to an hour before closing.
Most of the route is free from motor vehicle traffic, but remember in England, cars etc drive on the left. Also, look out for uneven and old sidewalks and similar. Bath is a relatively safe place and does not normally suffer from pickpockets or similar crime. Sometimes, homeless people can ask for money!
Whether you have visited before, or this is your first time in Bath, this walking tour will open your eyes to a hidden world of yesteryear. Within a short walk, following the line of the ancient city wall, you'll hear about people who have walked... More»