Tour Locations | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath
LOCATION 1 | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath
Start: Visitor Information Centre
Hello and welcome to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, famous for its hot mineral waters and over 2000 years of history!
My name is Andy and as native Bathonian; yes, that is what we are known as, I'm delighted to walk with you today around what we call the modern city of the last 300 years!
You should be standing in an area called Terrace Walk and in front of the Visitor Information Centre, with the Huntsman pub and also the Abbey Hotel to your left.
However, to set the scene, it is best to think of Bath as four cities in one, each partly layered over the previous – first came the ancient Roman city from 2000 years ago, next the medieval city of the German Saxons, followed by the French Normans after their conquest 1000 years ago. The third is the Georgian city of neo-classical architecture from the 17 & 1800s, followed by the fourth city of the Victorian era from the 1830s and including the present modern city. All four can be seen on today’s tour, however, it is the final two, from Bath’s renaissance; the Georgian, Victorian and more recent developments, starting from around the year 1700, that we’ll look at today.
Before we get going, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works. It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent at times, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
So, looking at the Abbey Hotel, the North Parade extends to your left and across the road. It is along the parade, designed for promenading, that we need to walk now, to the crossing with lights and cross over.
So, let’s go!
In the 1700s, these very wide sidewalks were created to allow for the fashionable visitor to parade and promenade, however, it was not always like this, as Bath was once a walled, medieval city for 1700 years, with narrow streets and alleyways