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Historical Bath

A walking tour of the World Heritage City of Bath
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  The City of Bath and the beautiful countryside which surrounds it has been described as one of England's most beautiful places to... more »

Tips:  Located in the South West of England, Bath is easy to get to - only 90 minutes from London Paddington by train and a short drive from ... more »

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Points of Interest

The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is an active Christian church situated at the heart of the city. Founded in 1499, it stands on the site of an earlier Norman Cathedral and the original Abbey Church built in the 8th century.

The church is cruciform in shape and has seating for approximately 1,200 ... More

The Roman Baths complex is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing.

The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century.

The Baths are a... More

3. Cross Bath

The Cross Bath was rebuilt, in the style of Robert Adam by Thomas Baldwin around 1789. The name is believed to commemorate the body of St Aldhelm resting there on its journey from Doulting to Malmesbury Abbey in 709

This is one of Bath’s smaller hot springs. By about 1700 the Cross Bath was ’the bathing place of pleasure’. More private than the... More

Queen Square is a peaceful green area in the heart of Bath that is surrounded by Georgian buildings. The obelisk in the centre of Queen Square records the visit of Frederick, Prince of Wales. It was designed by Bath’s famed architect John Wood and paid for by the self proclaimed “King of Bath”Beau Nash. The stone was donated by Ralph Allen, whose... More

The Circus, originally called King's Circus, was designed by the architect John Wood the Elder, although he never lived to see his plans put into effect as he died less than three months after the first stone was laid in 1754. It was left to his son, John Wood the Younger to complete the scheme (in 1768) to his father's design.

Wood's... More

The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses, laid out in a crescent designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774. It is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a grade I listed building. The crescent is often chosen to be on postcards of the city

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The Assembly Rooms were designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769.

There are four main function rooms in the complex: the 100-foot-long (30 m) ballroom — the largest Georgian interior in Bath, the tea room, the card room and the octagon.

The Assembly Rooms formed the hub of fashionable Georgian society in the city. Citizens would gather in the... More

8. The Paragon

The Paragon is a street of Georgian houses which have been designated as listed buildings. It was designed by Thomas Warr Attwood and now forms part of the A4.

Numbers 1 to 21 are 3 storey houses with mansard roofs. Each building has matching doors and windows with central pediments and flat entablatures either side of the 1st floor windows and ... More

Milsom Street was built in 1762 by Thomas Lightholder. The buildings were originally grand town houses, but most are now used as shops, offices and banks. They have 3 storeys with mansard roofs and Corinthian columns.

In the 2010 Google Street View Best Streets Awards, Milsom Street was voted "Britain's Best Fashion Street" by the 11,000... More

Pulteney Bridge is a rarity. It is one of only four in the world lined by shops on both sides. It was built for William Pulteney in 1773, whose wife had inherited rural Bathwick across the river from Bath. Pulteney could see the potential for development, but first a ferry had to be replaced by a bridge. His architect Robert Adam favoured a... More