Bath is a town nestled amongst the beautiful hills of England. Whether you are visiting for just one day or a few, our activity list won’t break the bank and means that you can get the best out of your Bath experience. So, why not book your ticket today, experience the beautiful Georgian architecture that makes Bath world-famous and get involved with our activity list? Let’s go exploring!
1. The Roman Baths
This important historical site is a ‘must-do’ for any visitors to Bath. The site itself is segmented into four sections: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and finds from the Roman Bath: an exhibition. This popular site attracts more than 1 million viewers each year who wish to learn about the fascinating history of the buildings. The temple was built in 60-70 AD and the bathing complex was added to over the next 300 years, although guests cannot enter the water you can view the beautiful detailed architecture.
Free audioguides are available in a large number of languages and describe the site as you walk around or you can join a public guided tour which take place every hour and are free.
Address: Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ, UK
Opening Times Every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day): 9am-6pm
Price 15.50 GBP (20.21 USD)
Website: Roman Baths
2. Take a step into 18th-century life
The No.1 Royal Crescent is a lavish replication of a residence from 1776 to 1796. Each room features a wealth of ornate furniture, exquisite paintings and a variety of daily artifacts. The house was the first one built of the infamous Royal Crescent, a Bath stone crescent of thirty houses. Stepping into this museum transports you to the past and reveals what life would have been like for some of Bath’s wealthy and fashionable residents. The museum also hosts numerous free exhibitions and events so we recommend checking both opening times and events online before visiting.
No.1 Royal Crescent
Address: No.1 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR, UK
Opening Times 10 months of the year
Price 10 GBP (12 USD)
Website: No.1 Royal Crescent
3. Get 'history hip' at the Fashion Museum
A perfect stop after the No.1 Royal Crescent Museum. Housed in the Assembly Rooms in Bath the Fashion Museum follows the journey of fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th-century to the present day. Having learnt about the life of young aristocrats in Bath, it’s your turn with fancy dress galore at the Fashion Museum. Don a hat, traditional Georgian wear and pose with a backdrop of the Royal Crescent, a great activity for the young and, the young at heart.
Address: Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH, UK
Opening Times Every day from 10.30am, except on the 25th and 26th December
Price 9 GBP (11 USD)
Website: Fashion Museum
4. Play with the pigs at Bath City Farm
Cute animals and free entry? Yes please! A fantastic way to spend an afternoon, particularly if you have children with you. This working city farm has an array of animals to meet, from Dougie and Dougal, the pint sized miniature Shetland ponies, to six pygmy goats that love to play in their fields. Alongside that there is a dedicated play area for children, a nature trail and a cafe.
Bath City Farm
Address: Kelston View, Whiteway, Bath BA2 1NW, UK
Opening Times Monday to Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Website: Bath City Farm
5. Grab a bargain at the Artisan Market
Voted as Bath’s Best Independent Market, this two-part market takes place every month. There are two different markets on two different Sundays, so let’s look to see what each one has to offer. Bath Artisan Market at Queen Square takes place on the last Sunday of each month. Expect to find over 50 traders offering hand made products, arts and craft, jewelry and gifts.
Bath Brunch Market at Green Park Station occurs every second Sunday of each month. You’ll soon be able to follow this market, just follow the waft of fresh foods; with many cultural delights on offer from the Caribbean to clean eating, it’s a firm favorite of ours. After grabbing some lunch be sure to wander around the traders offering art and vintage pieces.
Bath Artisan Market
Address: Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4LH, UK
Bath Brunch Market
Address: Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB, UK
Opening Times Sundays 10am-4pm
Website: Bath Artisan Markets
6. Get crafty with the kids at The Makery
What better way than to spend an afternoon safe in the hands of the team at The Makery. With a wide variety of classes on offer there is something for all ages, whether your kids want to make a bow tie, a pencil case or even a pair of shorts! There is also something for the adults with workshops including calligraphy, dress designing, and cushion making. It is worth noting that it is mainly the children’s workshops which are available for under 20 GBP (25 USD).
Address: 19 Union Passage, Bath BA1 1RD, UK
Opening Times Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Price 20 GBP (25 USD)
Website: The Makery
7. Holburne Museum
At this free museum expect to find a huge collection of arts and artifacts alongside events and exhibitions. Highlights include the Witcombe Cabinet, dated circa 1697 and a somewhat, slightly confusing folding combination fork, spoon and pen combo from 1595. Perfect for all those times when you need to eat, slurp and write at the same time; actually, this might still have a use today! It’s going on our Santa wishlist.
Address: Great Pulteney St, Bath BA2 4DB, UK
Opening Times Every day: 10am - 5pm (Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm)
Website: Holburne Museum
8. Join a free Mayor of Bath Honorary guided tour
These excellent free tours use knowledgeable guides to show you a host of ‘must-see’ landmarks in Bath. Tours last for 2 hours and the group size is made up of a reasonable 12 people, so you won’t be struggling to hear what is being said. No booking is necessary and the tours run between most days of the week, to join in simply head, with plenty of time, to the meeting point and stand beside the 'Free Walking Tours Here’ sign.
Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides
Address: Meeting point: Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LT, UK
Opening Times Sunday - Friday: 10am, 2pm. Saturday 10.30am
Website: Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides
9. Hire bikes and take the scenic route
Hiring bikes is a fantastic way to see Bath. We recommend hiring from the Green Park Station, who offer a half day price of 12.50 GBP (16 USD) which gives you plenty of time to complete the popular Bath Two Tunnels Circuit.
The Bath Two Tunnels Circuit is a 13 mile (21 km) circular route taking in the iconic Bath Two Tunnels, and has been popular ever since it first opened in April 2013. The route takes you from the centre of Bath past the Devonshire Tunnel at Bloomfield and the Combe Down Tunnel at Combe Down, you’ll cycle over the huge Tucking Mill Viaduct and past the Dundas Aqueduct, eventually following the River Avon back around to central Bath.
Green Park Bike Station
Address: Unit 9, Green Park Station, Green Park Rd, Bath BA1 1JB, UK
Website: Green Park Bike Station
Bath Two Tunnels Circuit
Website: Bath Two Tunnels Circuit Info
10. Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austin
The lovely folks at Bath Tourism Plus have outdone themselves with this free, downloadable walking tour that takes you around the highlights of the city and includes extracts from Jane Austen’s novels and letters. Not only that, but you’ll listen to descriptions to what she would have seen in the Georgian era. Signing up for your free download is easy and only take 30 seconds following the website below. You can also print a PDF version, just to make sure that you don’t get lost!
Jane Austin Walking Tour
Website: Jane Austin Walking Tour
11. Go ghost hunting (if you're not scared)....
These tours have been running since 1974 and so you’re in safe, albeit scary hands, as the tours take you through the supernatural side of Bath. Although no booking is required, we recommend contacting the company to let them know that you plan to attend. Try not to get lost as you wind your way through a secret history of Bath full of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Great for Halloween, or, well anytime of the year you fancy a fright night.
Ghost Walks of Bath
Address: Meeting Point: Garricks Head Pub, 7-8 St. Johns Place, City Centre, Bath, BA1 1ET, UK
Opening Times Thursday - Saturday: 8pm
Price 8 GBP (10 USD)
Website: Ghost Walks of Bath
Bath, without breaking the bank
This is just a selection of activities that you can do in Bath for under 20 GBP (25 USD) but there is plenty more on offer. So, forget the guide book and instead have a search to see what other activities you can find. Got a suggestion for our list? Comment below!
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