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Visiting Bath

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Fan vaulting over the nave at Bath Abbey

Fan vaulting over the nave at Bath Abbey

With the tightening of economic belts, holidays abroad are out of the question for many. However our country has many fine places on offer – such as beautiful Bath, one of the loveliest cities in England. A World Heritage Site, the city is filled with cobbled streets, wonderful Regency buildings and, to add to its already impressive beauty, the River Avon meanders through the centre of town.

Bath Delights

The Roman temple and bathing complex, still flowing with natural hot water, is a prime example of living history. And for those who want to sample the waters, there is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters.

The Abbey

The Abbey stands in the centre of Bath. The present Abbey was constructed in 1499 and is one of the great medieval churches of England.

Jane Austin’s World

The Jane Austin Centre offers a glimpse of the author’s life and that of the Regency period. The centre gives visitors the opportunity to imagine how living in Bath influenced her writing.

Museums

There are several museums worth visiting in Bath, not least of which is has period rooms showing life in the colony from the first New England settlers through to the Civil War. This museum, the only one of its kind outside of America, has a remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts.

The American Museum, which The Museum of Costume covers fashion over the last 400 years and is reputed to be the finest museum of fashionable garments in the world. Housed in the Countess of Huntingdon’s beautiful gothic chapel, the Building of Bath Museum shows how Georgian Bath developed. It is a unique collection, demonstrating the rich architectural history of Bath.

The Bath Model is a fully detailed architectural mock-up of the city centre as it was in Georgian times. The Holburne Museum of Art, founded to display the collection of Sir William Holburne, a sailor who grew up in Bath and retired there, houses landscapes by Guardi and Turner as well as portraits by Stubbs, Ramsay, Raeburn, Zoffany and Bath’s own famous artists, Thomas Gainsborough, William Hoare and the Barkers of Bath. Number One Royal Crescent was the first house to be built in the fabulous Royal Crescent, designed by John Wood in the Palladian style. The house recreates fashionable life in 18thcentury, including an elegant dining room, sophisticated drawing room and an authentic Georgian kitchen.

Day Trips

Within easy distance of Bath are the stunning Cathedrals of Wells and Salisbury, both of which are worthy of day trips. Stonehenge and the Cheddar Gorge are accessible.

Walks

Surrounded by some of the most outstanding countryside England has to offer, Bath sits within a walker’s paradise. There are riverside paths, trails through woodland and hill walks. You can obtain leaflets from:

The Bath Tourist Information Centre at Abbey Chambers, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY. Tel: +44 (0)870 4446442

www.visitbath.co.uk.