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Welcome to Bath

 

Stride down the Royal Crescent, Bath’s most iconic Georgian street

Bathe in the spring waters of the ancient Roman baths

Indulge in traditional afternoon tea at the famous Pump Rooms

Enjoy a performance at the historical Theatre Royal

Dare to join a ghost walk, if you’re brave enough

Sip a cosmopolitan in one of Bath’s fancy cocktail lounges

 

Combe Grove Manor

Get a real Georgian experience by staying in this 18th century Manor House. Nestled within 69 acres of private parkland, Combe Grove Manor is a mere 2 miles from the historic city of Bath. Combe Grove Manor offers the height of Georgian luxury, with elegant décor, sophisticated service and spacious guest rooms. This is the perfect option for a relaxing Bath getaway, offering 2 nights bed and breakfast and a mouthwatering meal on the first night of your stay. Choose between the elegant 2 AA Rosette Awarded Georgian Room Restaurant or the causal Eden Brassiere. All you need to worry about is what bottle of wine you fancy

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

Enter a world of lavish luxury and pure indulgence at the magnificent Macdonald Bath Spa

The Royal Bath Hotel

Make your next seaside break a grand and luxurious one with a stay at the magnificent Royal Bath

Travelling to Bath

Bath Overview

Bath

Located in the south-west of England, Bath is 120 miles West of London and in the county of Somerset. It is easily accessible by road via the M4 and M5 motorways or by frequent train links to Bath Spa station. Based 20 miles from Bristol airport, international travel is made easy.

By Rail

By Rail

Bath Spa station is located in the city centre of Bath and a short walk away from the main shops and attractions. A 15 minute train ride will get you to Bristol Temple Meads and a 90 minute train ride can get you straight to London Paddington.

By Road

By Road

Located just 10 miles from junction 18 of the M4, Bath is easily accessible by road. There are also excellent motorway links from the North, Devon and Cornwall via the M5, whilst Wales is just a short drive west on the M4

By Air

By Air

Bristol Airport is just 20 miles from Bath and connects to over 113 international destinations. Links between Bristol Airport and Bath include The Bristol Airport Flyer Express coach service, which runs 7 days a week. The complete journey would take approximately 60 minutes. Taxis are also available for direct routes

Getting Around in Bath

Bath Overview

Bath

Everything in Bath’s city centre is mostly accessible by foot, but there are other transport options at your convenience. For a novel way to see the city, canal tours are available. Frequent bus services and a flexible bike hire concept also ensure you can get around the city with ease.

By Bus

By Bus

First Group is the main bus operator in and around Bath and they operate from a large central bus station on Dorchester Street. The city offers four different Park and Ride services and with many different bus routes you can get just about anywhere in Bath by bus.

By Taxi

By Taxi

Bath city cabs can be found at various taxi ranks around the city including at the front of Bath Spa train station. If available, these taxis can be flagged down for immediate travel. Pre-booked private taxi companies operate in and around Bath city centre and are often a cheaper option.

By Bike

By Bike

Hiring a bike is a popular and fun way of exploring the city of Bath. Bike in Bath is a system which allows you to securely pick up and drop off your cycles at various docking stations around the city, meaning you never have to return to your starting point

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Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

We can’t stop drooling over the stunning 5* Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. Set within seven acres of secluded grounds, this Georgian mansion offers guest rooms of timeless elegance, a luxurious spa and renowned fine dining. Just a short stroll from Bath city centre, we think it’s a fantastic choice

Getting to Bath

Based in the glorious county of Somerset, Bath is the most visited city in the south-west of England. Just 120 miles west of London, Bath has always been the most fashionable destination for wealthy Londoners to escape the capital. Londoners would often travel by boat along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bath Spa train station has rail links to the whole of the UK, including a direct 90 minute train from London Paddington. By road, the M4 and M5 motorway provide easy access to the city, and BristolAirport is nearby for international visitors.

By Rail

By Rail

Bath Spa is a Victorian station on the Great Western railway. It is conveniently located right in the heart of the city, in walking distance to all the main shops, restaurants and attractions. Trains run to Bath Spa from all over the UK, however some routes require a change at Bristol Temple Meads station. (The journey from Bristol Temple Meads to Bath Spa is just 15 minutes). Coming from London is an easy 90 minutes away via Paddington station, with trains running every 30 minutes.
By Road

By Road

The best way to reach Bath by road is on the M4 or M5 motorways. Located just 10 miles from junction 18 of the M4, it is easily accessible for all drivers. For visitors coming from the North, Devon and Cornwall, the M5 has some excellent motorway links. Bath’s one way system can often cause confusion for visitors, so Bath offers four Park and Ride services in Newbridge, Lansdown, Claverton Down and Odd Down. They offer free outer-city parking and a reduced return bus ticket for £2.20.
By Air

By Air

Bristol Airport is conveniently situated only 20 miles from Bath and connects to over 113 international airports. Flying into Bristol provides a much more relaxed airport experience compared to the larger and much busier London airports.

The Bristol Airport Flyer Express coach service offers an excellent way of getting to Bath and runs 7 days a week. The complete journey would take approximately 60 minutes. Taxis are also available from the airport and can take you to bath in 40 minutes, for a charge of around £40

Getting Around in Bath

As everything in Bath is compact and close by, the best way to explore is by foot. But there is plenty of alternative transport in Bath to help you get around if you are going a bit further. Bath travel includes a fantastic bus service and plenty of taxis, so you can get just about anywhere in the city. A popular way to explore Bath is by bike, and the city has an excellent bike hire concept that allows you to pick up and drop off your bike at various points around the city.

By Bus

By Bus

Buses in Bath are operated by the First Group and routes are based around a large central bus station on Dorchester Street (adjacent to Bath Spa station). As well as travel in and around the city of Bath, the First Group operates buses from Bath to nearby Bristol and the seaside town of Weston super-Mare.Due to the complicated and often congested one way system in the city, Bath has four Park and Ride services in Newbridge, Lansdown, Claverton Down and Odd Down. This option offers drivers free and secure outer-city parking and a reduced return bus ticket for £2.20.
By Taxi

By Taxi

Bath has plenty of taxi services at your disposal for when you need to get somewhere as easily as possible. 24hr taxi ranks are based around the city centre (including outside Bath Spa train station). These taxis can also be flagged down for immediate travel, if available. An alternative option is to pre-book taxis to pick you up from wherever you are. If you don’t mind waiting for them to arrive, this can often be a cheaper option.
 
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By Bike

By Bike

Cycling is a great way to get around Bath, especially when the traffic builds up. There are various bike hire shops in the centre of Bath, but a new scheme has been launched to make bike hire as easy as possible. In 2011 Bath in Bike was launched, which allows you to collect and drop off bikes from four docking points around the city (Orange Grove, Bath Spa Station, Green Park Station and the HolburneMuseum). 30 minutes hire is free and prices range from £1 for an hour to £35 for an annual pass.

Shopping in Bath

Bath’s award-winning streets are a goldmine when it comes to retail therapy. From small and chic boutiques to high street and designer brands, shopping in Bath has something for everyone. The city is full of quaint passageways and alleys, brimming with hidden gems and bargains just waiting to be discovered. Stroll down the grand Georgian streets to discover an eclectic mix of fashion, jewellery, antiques and home ware shops, where you’ll be sure to pick up a souvenir or two. Bath’s Milsom Street was voted ‘Britain’s Best Fashion Street’ in the Google Street View Awards 2010.

Top 5 Big Brand Shops in Bath

Shopping in Bath

1

Jolly’s (House of Fraser) 7-14 Milsom Street

Jolly’s began trading in 1831 and to this day still preserves its beautiful Georgian shop front. Now home to the much loved House of Fraser, there’s something for everyone. 

2

The Apple Store, 39 Southgate Place

Drop in to discover all the latest technology from the global retail giant. Advice and tutorials are at hand to get you up to speed with Apple’s newest gadgets.

3

Dent's Factory Shop, Furnax Lane, Warminster

Worth the short trip to pretty Warminster, Dents make some of the best gloves in the world, and they're offered at a discounted rate here.

4

Kilver Court, Kilver Street (Shepton Mallet)

A unique factory outlet shopping experience offering discounted designer brands such as Mulberry and Aubin and Wills. Local and organic produce, designer home-ware, gifts and cards are also available.

5

Highgrove, 38 Milsom Street

Visit the third branch of the Prince of Wales’ organic food and home ware shop, which is named after his Gloucestershire home. All profits go to the Princes Charities Foundation.

Top 5 Independent Shops in Bath

Independant Shops in Bath

1

Vintage to Vogue, 28 Milsom Street

Discover Bath’s largest collection of men and women’s vintage clothing and accessories. Dig deep and you’ll be able to find vintage designer pieces from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.

2

The Silver Shop of Bath, 25 Union Passage

Since 1952, this family run shop has sold beautiful and affordable silver jewellery to suit every taste. There is also a wonderful selection of home ware.

3

Mimi Noor, 25 Milsom Street

As the only premium denim boutique in Bath, Mimi Noor offers an unrivalled collection of denim and top customer service to help you find your perfect fit.

4

Charlotte Brunswick, 3 Church St

Selling the very finest hand-crafted chocolates, be sure to leave Bath with a box of delicious 'Bath Bun' truffles.

5

Bijoux Beads, 2 Abbey Street

Get creative at one of the UK’s leading suppliers of glass beads and jewellery making equipment. Their stock comes from around the globe, beautifully displayed in an 18th century sho

Eating Out in Bath

With such a diverse mix of people in the city, you’d expect the restaurants in Bath to be nothing less than varied and vibrant. Locals, tourists and students all wine and dine in this fabulous city, so the restaurants of Bath cater for every budget and taste under the sun. Choose between one of the many national big name restaurants, and the delicious independent eateries.
 
Restaurants in Bath offer exotic aromas from around the world including Moroccan, Thai and Indian cuisine. For a truly British feast, enjoy some traditional pub-grub in one of Bath’s many pubs. Of course, delicious Italians are scattered around the city if you fancy something a little more classic

Top 5 Traditional British Restaurants in Bath

Traditional Restaurants

1

The Marlborough Tavern, 35 Marlborough Buildings

Bath’s most celebrated gastro-pub based right behind the Royal Crescent. Tuck into multi-award winning pub grub over a quick lunch or a long cosy dinner. Locals love this spot.

2

The Priory Restaurant, Weston Road

Indulge in Michelin-starred fine dining at this top Bath restaurant. Located in luxury 5 star hotel, The Priory, beautiful surroundings and impeccable service is guaranteed.

3

Velo Lounge, 30 Moorland Road

A unique café concept that is both informal and eccentric, providing a very cosy hangout spot. This eatery serves everything from burgers to tapas, and makes great coffee too!

4

Sally Lunn’s, 4 North Parade Passage

A traditional afternoon tea experience in one of Bath’s oldest houses. Be sure to sample the famous ‘Sally Lunn Bun’ with your tea.

5

Retro Café, 18 York Street

A great place to refuel when shopping or exploring the city. Enjoy wholesome lunches, daily specials and top coffee in this colourful cafe

Top 5 International Restaurants in Bath

International Restaurants

1

Aqua Italia, 88 Walcot Street

Head to Bath’s fashionable arts quarter to experience mouth-watering, locally sourced Italian dishes. Housed in a former church house, Aqua Italia boasts elegantly romantic candlelit surroundings.

2

Panasia, 2 George Street

Enjoy authentic Asian cooking in this Award Winning Restaurant by Guide2BATH. Sample Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese culinary delights and wash them down with a specialist Oriental cocktail.

3

Café du Globe, 1a North Parade

Experience African flavours at Bath’s only Moroccan restaurant. Offering mouth-watering dishes, warm hospitality and exotic décor, Café du Globe is a great choice if you fancy something a little different.

4

Same Same But Different, 7a Princes Buildings, Bartlett Street

Tasty tapas dominates the menu at this fun Latino restaurant. Great for groups wanting to catch up over a mojito or warm up with some firey food.

5

Panahar, 8 Moorland Road

A great choice if you fancy delicious authentic Indian cuisine for excellent value. You can even Bring your own Booze at no extra cost.

Nightlife in Bath

Exploring the city of Bath doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. After dark, a whole new world of theatre, live music, comedy and more emerges, offering an unmissable programme of Bath nightlife. Whether you’re a big family or a young couple, you’ll find something that’s right up your street.
 
Laugh yourself silly on the Bizzare Bath comedy walk, have a night at the theatre or relax with some live jazz music. If you didn’t manage to pack in enough sightseeing in the day, two of Bath’s biggest attractions, the Roman Baths and the Thermae Spa are open during the evenings too.

Top 10 Bath Nightlife

1

Theatre Royal, Sawclose

Enjoy contemporary, classic or children’s performances at one of the UK’s oldest and most beautiful theatres. With stunning Georgian architecture, the building is an attraction in itself.

2

Komedia, 22-23 Westgate Street

This award-winning venue entertains crowds every night of the week. Choose from comedy, music, club and cabaret nights for an unforgettable evening in Bath.

3

Ghost Walk of Bath, St Johns Place (Meets outside Garricks Head)

A guided tour to discover the spooky histories and ghosts that lurk around every corner of Baths’s historic Georgian streets. The Ghost Walks provide evening fun for all the family.

4

Thermae Bath Spa, Hot Bath Street

For something a bit different, beat the crowds and enjoy the relaxing Thermae Bath Spa by night. Watch the sun go down whilst bathing in the outdoor warm mineral waters.

5

The Little Theatre Cinema, St Michael’s Place

Since 1936, this cinema has been at the centre of Bath entertainment, showing quality cinema from around the globe. Combining art-deco styling and wonderful comfort, it’s the perfect cinema experience.

6

Bizarre Bath, North Parade Passage (Meets outside Huntsman Inn)

Now in its 22nd year, this guided comedy walk is hysterical rather than historical. Laugh yourself silly as you stroll around the city, a top choice for comedy lovers.

7

Pig & Fiddle, 2 Saracen Street

Everyone in Bath old enough to drink knows about this pub. Known for being a ‘proper pub’ with a friendly atmosphere, it has been somewhat of an institution for over 20 years.

8

Chapel Arts Centre and Café, Lower Borough Walls

Providing an eclectic programme of performances, the Chapel Arts Centre showcases unique dance, theatre and music. With ideal acoustics and cabaret style seating, it’s a quality night out.

9

Green Park Brasserie and Bar, Green Park Road

Jazz fans can enjoy the live jazz evenings at the Green Park Brasserie, Beautifully located in an old railway station. A great place to combine live music with fantastic food.

10

Roman Baths by Night, Abbey Church Yard

Visit the romantic torch lit Roman Baths by night and see them in a whole new light. To beat the crowds during the summer months, the whole site is open until 10pm.

Bars in Bath

If you’re looking for a great choice of watering holes, Bath’s bars will be right up your street. Splash out on a cocktail in a chic bar, let your hair down with some karaoke or simply snuggle up by the fire at a cosy tavern. Whether you’re a party animal or a pub-crawler, we’ve put together a top 10 that has something for everyone.
 
Many bars in Bath are set within atmospheric buildings and locations, ranging from Grade II listed buildings to old railway arches. The smallest pub in Bath is steeped in history, dating all the way back to 1749.

Top 10 Bath Bars

1

Circo, The Halcyon, 2/3 South Parade

With its infamous circular bar, Circo serves up some of the best cocktails in town in this ultimate chill-out lounge. The stone baked pizzas are ideal for a late night snack

2

The Cork, 11-12 Westgate Buildings

One of Bath’s finest drinking establishments, The Cork offers the perfect place to socialise, relax and sip on stylish drinks. Enjoy year-round al fresco drinking on the outdoor heated terrace.

3

Second Bridge, 10 Manvers Street

Known to many as Bath’s best nightclub and cocktail bar, Second Bridge brings clubbers top DJs for a great night on the tiles. Sip a cocktail and dance the night away.

4

OPA, 14 North Parade

Set in old arches by the River Avon, OPA is a chic and sultry tapas bar, offering the best cocktails and cuisine from the Med to tantalise your taste buds.

5

Central Bar, 10 Upper Borough Walls

Combining a historical 18th century building with contemporary design, the aptly named Central Bar lives right in the heart of Bath. Serving high quality drinks and dishes, it’s a real find.

6

Gascoyne Place, 1 Saw Close

Gascoyne Place offers the best of a classic public house within a Grade II Listed Georgian building. Head here for a great company and a warm atmosphere on a chilly evening.

7

Pulp, 38 Monmouth Street

Located beneath the popular Las Iguanas restaurant, this lively bar serves a great range of cocktails in a buzzing atmosphere. Be sure to try out the tequila tipples.

8

St James’ Wine Vaults, 10 St James Street

Serving an extensive choice of wines in a welcoming pub atmosphere, you can enjoy regular live music, pool tables and a the popular pub quiz every Thursday night.

9

Mandalyn's, 13 Fountain Buildings

Drama Queens will love this this popular Bath haunt, famous for its lively Karaoke nights and live acts. Pluck up some courage and take to the stage!

10

Coeur de Lion, 17 Northumberland Place

Stop off for a swift pint in the smallest pub in Bath. Owned by Abbey Ales, Bath’s only brewery, this ancient pub has been serving folk since 1749.

Attractions in Bath

Arguably the UK’s most picturesque and historical city, Bath is brimming with vibrant cultural attractions to excite the whole family. Attractions in Bath bring history to life, with a fantastic collection of museums and must-see historical hot-spots. As well as a bustling hub of city centre attractions in Bath, the surrounding areas of country side are home to even more things to do such as; Longleat, Stonehenge and The American Museum.
 
Visitors to Bath are invited to journey through time as they learn about the Romans, the Georgians and everything in-between. 

Top 10 Bath Attractions

1

Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard

In the heart of the World Heritage Site lies Britain’s only hot spring. Built by the Romans, observe the magnificent temple and beautiful bathing complex filled with natural hot water.

2

The Royal Crescent

Being the most iconic street in Bath, The Royal Crescent is an attraction in itself. Enjoy the sweeping row of beautiful Georgian townhouses and spectacular views of the city.

3

Thermae Spa, Hot Bath Street

Experience a fusion of history and modernity at this remarkable spa and bathing complex. Enjoy the naturally warm pools including an open-air roof top pool and indulge in a Spa treatment.

4

Jane Austen Museum, 40 Gay Street

Learn about the life of Bath’s most famous resident, Jane Austen, and discover how living in the city influenced her timeless novels. Live guides in period costume animate the experience.

5

Longleat House, Gardens & Safari Park, Warminster

Home to the eccentric Lord Bath, Longleat now comprises of the historic house, adventure park and fantastic safari park. This place guarantees fun for all the family.

6

The Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street

Take a journey through time to discover the changing fashions from the late 16th century to the present day. The museum has 30,000 original items of contemporary and historical clothing.

7

Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions

The kids will love Wookey Hole Caves,Britain’s most spectacular caves. Home to the imfamous Witch of Wookey, wander through the prehistoric valley, visit the magical fairy garden and more.

8

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street

A delightful Georgian townhouse once home to famous astronomer and musician William Herschel, this museum pays homage to his discoveries and the study of Astronomy.

9

American Museum, Claverton Down

Set within the historic Claverton Manor around 120 acres of grounds, The American Museum houses the finest collection of Americana outside the US. Enjoy the interactive exhibitions and period rooms.

10

Stonehenge

The famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge lies just one hour from Bath and makes for a fantastic day trip to the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.

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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Bath and here are just a few!

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    Bath Half Marathon - March

    Much-revered half marathon that gives the streets of Bath a party atmosphere

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    Bath Comedy Festival - Mar-Apr

    The festival runs a competition for new acts and invites established performers too

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    Bath Fringe Festival - May-Jun

    For around two weeks each summer, comedy, music and theatre events take over Bath

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    Jane Austen Festival - September

    This huge, unique event sees fans descend on Bath for a series of readings and shows

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    Bath Christmas Market - Nov-Dec

    Perhaps the best of its kind in the South-West, peruse the product of around 150 stalls

Out and About in Bath

Shopping in Bath

Shopping in Bath Bath offers shoppers the perfect combination of stylish boutique shops alongside familiar high-street stores. Amble down the grand Georgian streets and small cobbled passageways for the ultimate retail therapy.

Eating Out in Bath

Eating Out in Bath From Michelin star fine dining to quirky cafes, Bath’s culinary map has something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds - and wallets.

Nightlife in Bath

Bath Nightlife As night falls in Bath, you’re spoilt for choice. Take your pick between Bath’s eclectic entertainment programme including unmissable theatre, live music, cinemas and comedy.

Bars in Bath

Bath Bars

Although Bath is known for it’s cosy traditional pubs and West-Country cider, it has more recently become home to a string of chic cocktail bars, providing the perfect evening ambience.


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