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What to See and Do in Bath – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

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With elegant Georgian architecture giving way on to pleasant green expanses and a gently burbling river, Bath is a quiet, peaceful, and attractive place to spend a city break. Bath's name stems from the way Ancient Romans used to bask in the city’s unique thermal waters over 2,000 years ago. Today you can discover a diverse range of historic attractions, not to mention tempting restaurants and quaint pubs whenever you need to refuel.
Roman Baths

 

 

With steam rising up from the thermal waters and surrounded on all sides by a marble colonnaded walkway, the Roman Baths are a must-see when you visit the city. The complex is made up of separate areas including the bathing facilities, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple and an immersive museum with a range of Roman artefacts. While you can't bathe in the waters, the Roman Baths are a unique attraction that take you back in time and plunge you straight into Roman culture.

 

The Jane Austen Centre

 

 

A celebration of one of Bath’s most beloved former residents, the Jane Austen Centre gives a delicious insight into the Regency era she lived and wrote in. Set in a dazzling Georgian townhouse and displaying Regency clothing from bonnets to resplendent dresses, it will give you a whole new take on Pride and Prejudice and the other sparkling comedies that flowed from Austen's pen. When you're finished, you can head to the tearoom to tuck into authentic English tea and homemade scones with cream and jam.

 

Bath walking tours

 

 

Rolling countryside, flowing rivers, and Regency-era streets combine to make Bath one of the most attractive cities in Britain. It's no wonder the guided walking tours are so popular, giving you a chance to take in the white and amber facades of the handsome buildings, as well as architectural marvels like the vast sweep of the Royal Crescent. This "street", if such a mundane word can be applied to this stunning swathe of Georgian houses, is a true icon of the city. Special Jane Austen-themed walks, and country rambles, are also on offer.

 

Victoria Art Gallery

 

 

Classic figurative paintings, daring avant-garde abstraction, and delicate perfume bottles once used by well-to-do Georgian ladies: it's all waiting to be discovered at Victoria Art Gallery. Major exhibitions come and go all year, boasting big names like Matisse and Picasso, while the permanent collection features brush-wielding titans like Walter Sickert and Edward Burne-Jones. There's even a range of classic caricatures by some of the funniest cartoonists ever to hold a pencil.

 

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