Bath audio tour: Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath

Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.5mi

About the Tour

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!

Tour Producer

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Andrew Clark

Hello, I’m Andy Clark, a Blue Badge tourist guide and owner of Avalon Heritage Tours, based in my home city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a career working in the world of technology in Academia and large multi-national companies, I have now found my true calling. I enjoy immensely meeting people from all over the world and showing them this country and especially the city of Bath, the place where I was born and grew up. Let’s go!

Major Landmarks

  • Pulteney Bridge

  • Assembly Rooms

  • King’s Circus

  • Royal Crescent

  • Royal Victoria Park

  • Queen Square

  • Pump Room.

Directions to Starting Point

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.

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Tips

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.

Precautions

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!

Comments

Lively commentary with great local knowledge helping you to delve further into Bath’s colourful history

Posted by Teresa , 4 months ago

An excellent and convenient way to see the sights of this beautiful city. Andy provided clear and concise guidance, with amusing anecdotes thrown in, along with interesting facts and insights - this was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour.

Posted by Linda , 6 months ago

Hi there, thank you for your kind comments. I see also you have enjoyed my other VoiceMap tour of Bath, the Medieval walk. This is great and means you have covered the main 2000 years of Bath's history! - Best wishes, Andrew Clark - Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Posted by Andrew , 6 months ago
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