Monday, 2 November 2015

5 Things to do in the City of Bath

Bath is a beautiful city made predominantly of the local Bath limestone.  It is set within the Avon Valley in Somerset and is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Here are 5 things that you may wish to do when visiting Bath.

Roman Baths
It is often the first place people think of when the city of Bath is mentioned and it is definitely worth a visit.  It is a well-preserved Roman site once used for public bathing.  Around 1 million visitors per year walk around the baths and museum.  You won't need your swimming kit though as the water cannot be entered, the algae in the water gives it its green appearance as per the picture below.  If you do want to try the water though, there is a fountain at the end of the tour which you can drink from, though be warned, it has a very metallic taste!
Tickets to enter cost around £14 (prices correct as at 2/10/15).  A free audio guide (available in various languages) is included in the price.

SouthGate Shopping Centre
SouthGate is Bath's main shopping centre with over 50 shops including the likes of Debenhams, Hollister, Topshop, Apple Store and H&M.  If you are arriving by train this is what you will see upon exiting the station.  If arriving by car then the nearest car park is beneath the shopping centre.  Nearby restaurants include Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Giraffe, Prezzo, Nandos, Pizza Express and Graze.

Christmas Market
Another thing Bath is known for is its Christmas Market.  Come Christmas time 170 chalets appear around the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey which sell Christmas gifts, mulled wine, candles, decorations and tasty cheeses.  What makes this market different is over 80% of the stalls are local businesses from Bath and surrounding areas.  As you would expect is is often very busy but it posseses a very festive atmosphere at the same time.  

This year the market opens on 26th November until 13th December 2015.

Pulteney Weir & Pulteney Bridge
The Pulteney Wier is on the River Avon just down stream from Pulteney Bridge.  It is a gorgeous horseshoe shape and often tourists like to sit and admire/photograph it.

Thermae Spa
After a trip  to the Roman Baths why not make like a Roman yourself and spend a day in the Thermae Spa which opened in 2006.  Here you can bathe in Britain's only natural thermal waters as the Celtics and Romans did over 2000 years ago.  You can see my full review of it here.  The Thermae spa is just a 2 minute walk from the actual Roman Baths.

If you have any questions about visiting Bath then please do not hesitate to ask in the comments box below.

Thanks for reading!

This is my own personal opinion and not sponsored on any way.

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