What to do and see in Bath, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

July 29, 2017 Marissa Gamble

Known for its restorative wonders, Bath was once the home of Jane Austen. Sure, you could attempt to conjure up this elegant city by reading Pride and Prejudice in your tub, but as Bath has a lot more history than your bathroom (we assume, anyway) you'd be missing out. A stroll through Bath is like visiting an open-air museum, with roughly 5,000 buildings in the city drawing notice for their architectural merit. After your stroll, soak in the natural hot waters of the Thermae Bath Spa, once a favorite of the Celts and Romans.
Restaurants in Bath

1. The Roman Baths

Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LZ, England +44 1225 477785
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Hidden beneath the present city of Bath lies the stone remains of one of the finest religious spas of the ancient world.

Reviewed By ToniD5 - Suffolk, United Kingdom

Really interesting place, enjoyed it :-) The audio devices they issue are really useful and the kids found it fun.

2. Krowd Keepers: Magic Theatre

1 York Street, Bath BA1 1NG, England +44 1225 463362
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5 based on 252 reviews

Krowd Keepers: Magic Theatre

Krowd Keepers is an intimate Magic Theatre in Bath Spa. Providing top quality magic shows every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm Upstairs at the Ale House Pub. No Rabbits, Cheese or Top Hats! Instead some of the world's top magicians will perform astonishing effects making you laugh, cry and wanting more. Our resident magicians have performed at Hollywood's Magic Castle, on Penn & Teller's TV show Fool Us and Wizard Wars, and Breaking Magic on Discovery Channel. They have also won many awards including 1st prize at London's International Magic Convention. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8:00pm. Show runs approx 1 hour. Suitable ages 10 years and over.

Reviewed By BristolTaxdodger - Bristol

Living in Bristol means that I'm fortunate to have Bath on my doorstep. I've visited dozens of times in the past so i was looking for something different to try. I came across Krowd Keepers on TA and thought I'd give it a whirl. I didn't read any reviews but saw that it was a highly ranked Magic Show so it ticked the key box, I.e. it was a bit different!
I bought tickets in advance from the tourist info box office and I'm glad I did. There was only one left after my order and that was at around 3pm. As such, I'd definitely recommend buying in advance.
I was expecting normal, run of the mill, magic like Paul Daniels or something similar! Instead, we had Derren Brown type 'mentalist' who also happened to be a bit of a comedian. I won't say anymore as I don't want to ruin the show. All I would say is that it was a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes of entertainment, well worth £10, and well worth a visit if you get chance.
The only word of warning I have is for those scared of audience participation! It is a tiny venue with only about 30/40 seats. Whilst this makes it very intimate and fun, it does also mean that virtually every member of the audience got selected at some point in the show!!
Thanks for a great night Tim. Keep up the good work!!

3. Fudge Kitchen

10 Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY, England +44 1225 462277
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5 based on 342 reviews

Fudge Kitchen

We are Fudge Kitchen Bath. Come and visit us when you're in Bath to try a free sample of our amazing fudge. Marvel at our amazing fudgeteers. Buy some fudge, be happy. Open 10-6 every day.

Reviewed By Christopher C

What a great shop, we happened on it by chance when visiting the Baths. Popped our heads in for a quick look and were immediately rewarded by a very cheerful guy offering free samples, so of course who can refuse? We were invited in to watch them make the fudge and if we wanted to try any other flavours they would get them for us. We bought a slice each and are looking forward to tucking into them.
We would thoroughly recommend stopping here for some fudge if you are in the area.

4. Alexandra Park

Shakespeare Ave., Bath BA2 1EE, England +44 1225 477101
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Alexandra Park

Acquired by the city of Bath in 1896 and opened in 1902, this city park is located on top of Beechen Cliff and is a popular area for walking, picnicking and relaxing.

Reviewed By star_701 - Manchester, United Kingdom

This is a small park but with the most amazing views. It’s 20 minutes walk from the town centre, we drove there as it’s quite a steep walk up and there was some snow and ice when we went. The views do not disappoint. Worth a visit

5. Bath Abbey

Bath BA1 1LT, England +44 1225 422462
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Bath Abbey

Begun in 1499 by Bishop King, this is England's last great medieval church, dissolved in 1539 and now serving as a parish church.

Reviewed By AgathaBideford - Bideford

No wonder this is called the Cathedral of light, there are so many beautiful stain glass windows and a fantastic high white ceiling. We were fortunate to have a choral rehearsal taking place.

6. Royal Victoria Park

Bath, England +44 7496 053136
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Royal Victoria Park

Opened in 1830, Royal Victoria Park is a visual delight with shady tree-lined avenues and towering mature trees encompassing botanical and woodland Gardens.

Reviewed By Angela C - London, United Kingdom

This park is overlooked by the Royal Crescent and really does have something for everyone in its 57 acres. There is a skate park, a duck pond, a children's playground, tennis courts and bowling and putting green. There is a beautiful 9 acre botanical garden inside which you can see the reconstructed Temple of Minerva.
There is also a lovely cafe, but make sure you take change as the toilets charge 20p.
A lovely way to spend time with the children and it's free !

7. No. 1 Royal Crescent

Bath BA1 2LR, England +44 1225 338727
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

No. 1 Royal Crescent

Last admission 4.30pm. Step into the past at one of England's finest Georgian townhouses. * 10 display rooms * Upstairs and downstairs * Georgian shop * Free info room with introductory video * Disabled access * Kids explorer packs * Friendly room guides * 'Indulgence' exhibition 9 May - 6 November 2016, exploring the Daily Delights (and excesses!) of Georgian Bath. The website has an Access section which has details of nearest car-parks, floorplans, facilities and information specifically for our visitors with access needs.

Reviewed By NicholeFender254 - Bath, United Kingdom

A beautiful example of how life in a Georgian town house may have been. Each of the 10 rooms has an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who can provide as much or as little information as you require, supported by informative prompt cards which provide details of all artefacts and art work in each room. Staff clearly enjoy working there and are armed with many fascinating facts, such as the 'language' of Georgian make-up and how the placement of a single beauty spot can hold significant and distinctive meaning.

8. Prior Park Landscape Gardens (NT)

Landscape Gardens (NT) Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH, England +44 1225 833977
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4.5 based on 651 reviews

Prior Park Landscape Gardens (NT)

A beautiful 18th-century landscape garden featuring the Palladian Bridge, which is magically sited on a scenic lake with sweeping views of the city of Bath.

Reviewed By Angela C - London, United Kingdom

This 18th century ornamental garden was dreamt up by the local entrepreneur Ralph Allen and accomplished by the celebrated landscape gardener, Capability Brown and the satirical poet, Alexander Pope. It is now owned by the National Trust and seen a lot of restoration.
It is set in a sweeping valley with great views of Bath. There is a wonderful Palladian architecture bridge over the lake, one of only 4 of this design left in the world.
There are cascading lakes, a Gothic temple and delightful winding walks. Restoration of the ' Wilderness' has reinstated the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and Cabinet.
Unfortunately, there is no on-site parking, but you can catch the No 2 or 4 buses from the city centre every 10 minutes. It is a one mile walk from town.
It is open everyday from 10am until 5.30pm. Entrance costs £8.20 for an adult and £4.10 for a child, or a family ticket for £20.50. Dogs are allowed on a lead.

9. Bath Skyline

Bath and NE Somerset, Bath, England +44 1225 833977
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4.5 based on 202 reviews

Bath Skyline

Reviewed By Clive B - Bath, United Kingdom

I did half the skyline walk with friends having lived in the Bath area for 16 years this was the first time I did the walk. I then wondered why I'd left it so long. the views were all different and stunning. I found places...MoreBetter late than never! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

10. Bath Street

Bath BA1 1EE, England 44-477101
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4.5 based on 621 reviews

Bath Street

Reviewed By Lesleysean - Worksop, United Kingdom

A lovely hustle & bustle city, it’s just great to wander the streets & see everything from flea markets to the stunning churches...

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