The omcredobly well preserved Roman Baths in the centre of town are a sparkling example of the legacy left all those years ago. It was the Georgians that liberally used the famous yellow Bath limestone to construct elaborate and ornate buildings here, including Circus a circle of large townhouses , the Assembly Rooms where you'll find the Fashion Museum and the Pump Rooms.
All those Sunday Evening period dramas owe a massive debt to one particular author, one-time Bath resident Jane Austen. From Georgian silk shoes to Nike Airs, a wander round here is a colourful and fascinating journey through fabric and form.
Visitors can also enjoy and explore the unique historic architecture of the place. Maine Maritime Museum showcases the marine history of Maine with its historic shipyard, a full size sailing vessel replica accompanied with other interactive exhibits.
Shopping Spend the day shopping in fashionable Bath More. Tours and Sightseeing The best ways to explore Bath's top attractions More. Eating and Drinking Tuck into a feast in Bath More. For something more independent, check out the hop-on hop-off bus. There are lots of fun things to see and do in Bath, but one of the most unique is to make your own glass creation. At Bath Aqua Glass, you can take one of their informative workshops designed for any skill level—from beginner to advanced—and walk out with a creative souvenir like an ornament or paperweight.
Seeing a custom item you make come to life is a great way to remember a trip to Bath. Bath did provide deep inspiration for elements that would later be included in her two most famous works: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. With over 50 shops and 20 restaurants, it has a little bit of everything. In addition to truffles and expected treats, they also have ice cream and specialty items like cocoa gin.
This curving row of 30 uniform Georgian townhouses, built in the s, looks much like they did when they were constructed years ago. Most of the townhouses in the Royal Crescent are private homes, but Number 1 Royal Crescent has been turned into a museum. Just opposite the Pulteney Bridge, the Bath Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping venue in the city. A stop here satisfied our need for caffeine and our compulsion to always visit markets whenever we travel.
It stands within a beautiful area of grand, historic architecture that looks truly glorious when bathed in sunshine, and offers a wonderful view over the town centre. Competing with the Crescent for Georgian architectural prowess, The Circus is a set of 18th century houses encircling a small central green which once provided water to the houses.
Its pillars evoke the classical style of the Roman Colosseum, yet in what is a thoroughly British, Georgian setting. Like the Royal Crescent, The Circus was designed to symbolise the soleil-line — the sun and the moon — and from the air, when seen with its connecting streets, resembles a key. The university is historic — it was established in This history can be discovered at the university, and the grounds are nice to stroll through. There is also a vegan and vegetarian deli on-site, called The Patch.
Pulteney Bridge was the beginning of a plan that never completely unfolded. Frances Pulteney inherited the whole of Bathwick now a residential area the other side of the river in the 18 th century and her husband wished to construct a neo-classical garden suburb upon it.
These plans halted due to the War with France, but the Pulteney Bridge had already been built; it was the first step in the construction of the suburb.
It was quite clearly based on the Italian Ponte Vecchio and Rialto, and was completed in The Holburne Museum is located in a Grade I listed building within the gardens, which is a delightful collection of various artworks from around Britain — with some special features from elsewhere in the world. Good for a Rainy Day.