Bath Museums Walking Tour, Bath (Self Guided)

Discover Bath's rich history of commercial development, fashion and Roman heritage. The astronomer Hershel lived and worked here. Bath is also well known for its architecture. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the great museums Bath has to offer, including its principal attraction - the Roman baths.
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Bath Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Bath Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » Bath (See other walking tours in Bath)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: rose
Museum of Bath at Work

1) Museum of Bath at Work (must see)

Situated on Julian Road, a five minute walk north of the city centre and close to the historic Royal Crescent and the Assembly Rooms, the Museum of Bath at Work offers a walking tour of 2000 years of working life in the city. The museum is housed within a real tennis court that dates from the 1700s, and was regularly visited by author Jane Austen. The route through the museum leads you through a recreated history of industry in Bath, from the Roman era to the present day. The highlight is a full size recreation of a Victorian soft drinks factory. On other floors you can find a fully functioning Bath stone mine, and a number of exhibits celebrating the city’s successes in industry in the last two centuries.

The museum houses educational exhibitions on inventions and industrial development within the city, as well as large historical collections of photographs and sound recordings which document the industrial history of Bath. The museum is open seven days a week from April until October. Opening hours are 10.30am until 5.00pm, with the last admission at 4.00pm. The museum is open on weekends all year round, and was recently refurbished to improve disabled access. Entry is £5.00 for adults and £3.50 for senior citizens, children and other concessions. A family ticket allows entry for two adults and two children for just £12.00.
The Fashion Museum

2) The Fashion Museum (must see)

The Fashion Museum is located inside Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms, a ten minute walk north of Bath city centre. The museum houses historical fashion collections from the 18th century until the present day. Early exhibits include Victorian men’s waistcoats and elaborately embroidered silk gowns. The museum is known for its impressive collection of works by 20th century fashion designers, including Vivienne Westwood and Norman Hartnell. The museum also houses regular additional exhibitions, with recent collections ranging from 17th century fashion accessories to cutting edge contemporary trends. In addition, the Fashion Museum offers educational fashion workshops for kids, and study facilities for fashion students.

The museum also awards a Dress of the Year prize each calendar year, and the 2011 winner, designed by Vivienne Westwood, can be seen at the museum throughout the year. The Assembly Rooms building also has an affordable café, serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and pastries. The building is fully adapted for wheelchair users, and also offers audio guides to all collections in seven different languages. Entry prices to the Assembly Rooms include entry to the Fashion Museum, and costs £7.25 for adults, with a range of concessions available for senior citizens and children under 18.

Operation hours: January - February: 10:30 - 16:00; March - October: 10:30 - 17:00; November - December 10:30 - 16:00
Building of Bath Collection

3) Building of Bath Collection (must see)

For the many visitors that come to Bath, getting an understanding of the events that led to its transformation is essential. Formerly a sleepy provincial town, Bath was transformed into a wealthy spa town and major tourist destination in the Georgian era. The Building of Bath Collection is a must-visit attraction to learn more about the events of the time that led to this rejuvenation. The collection is housed in The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel on the northern edge of the city centre, just off the Paragon, one of many grand Georgian avenues that led travellers into town from Bristol and London.

Maintained by the Bath Development Trust, the Building of Bath Collection is home to the Bath Model, a model reconstruction of the Georgian city. Numerous documents and artefacts show the design principles behind the Georgian transformation of Bath, whilst detailed architectural studies show how the town’s famous crescents of three storey houses are constructed. The Collection can be viewed from 10.30am until 5.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. In February and May, the attraction is open through the week. Adult tickets are £4, concessions are £3.50, and a family ticket costs £10.00. Guided tours are available, and large groups may be eligible for discounted entry.
Jane Austen Centre

4) Jane Austen Centre (must see)

Jane Austen Centre is a renown museum in Bath, which exhibits the life of the famous novelist Jane Austin during her years of living in Bath and the impact the city has had on her writing. Jane Austen resided in Bath from 1801 to 1806, and it is here where she wrote two of her six published novels: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. In an 18th century atmosphere you can view exclusive films, costumes, maps and books, perfectly reflecting Jane Austin's experience in Bath. Annually, the Centre holds the Jane Austen Festival, which is a 9 day event delightful to both locals and tourists.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bath Postal Museum

5) Bath Postal Museum (must see)

The Bath Postal Museum charts the history of the British postal service from a local perspective. The museum is situated in the basement of the Post Office on Northgate Street, in the heart of the historic city centre. The presence of a postal museum in Bath has historical relevance. The first Penny Black stamp was posted just yards away on Broad Street, at the previous home of the museum.

Founded by a local couple thirty years ago, the Bath Postal Museum offers a wealth of exhibits and information relating to the postal service in the UK, with particular focus on local figures who helped shape the service. The museum also covers post throughout history and across the world, and has an impressive range of postal artefacts. There is also a permanent exhibition studying the history of a British design institution: the humble red post box.

The museum is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Saturday, but closes earlier in the winter months. Large groups may be able to book a visit for Sundays. Entry costs £3.50 for adults, £3.00 for senior citizens and children, and offers £1.50 entry to students. The museum is wheelchair accessible and offers assistance to visitors with sensory impairment.
Roman Baths

6) Roman Baths (must see)

The Roman Baths are Bath’s most famous tourist attraction. A beautifully preserved relic of the town’s foundation as a Roman settlement, the baths lay ruined for centuries prior to extensive restoration in the 18th century. Now fully restored, they are one of the world’s only examples of naturally heated swimming baths – although you can no longer swim in them! The Roman Baths as a visitor attraction is divided into four sections – the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the original Roman Bath House, and a museum which exhibits the remarkable array of Roman artifacts found within the site. The Roman Baths lie below street level, and are housed in elegant Georgian buildings. The site is Grade 1 listed by English Heritage, and attracts over a million visitors each year.

The Baths are situated in the square next to Bath Abbey, in a historic corner of this famous city. Opening hours vary throughout the year, with the baths generally open from 9.30am until 5.30pm, with later opening times in the summer months. Adult admission is £12.25, with concessions for senior citizens and children. Prices may be marginally higher in July and August. There are a number of package deals available, including a family ticket for two adults and two children, available for £35. Packages that also allow entry to the redeveloped Thermae baths nearby are available from £65.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Herschel Museum of Astronomy

7) Herschel Museum of Astronomy (must see)

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is located at 19 New King Street, the former home of astronomers William and Caroline Herschel. Situated on a quiet side street close to the bustling Seven Dials area of Bath, the Herschel Museum is housed entirely within a compact Georgian townhouse. The Herschels lived in the house for five years in the 18th century. In that short time, William Herschel discovered the planet of Uranus through a telescope that can be seen inside the museum. The museum houses a number of other historical artefacts, including many items of apparatus that the Herschels used to map the stars.

The museum is split over three floors within the house, with an ornamental garden attached, and a cinema within the vaults that shows documentaries on astronomical discoveries. There is a virtual tour available on the ground floor for wheelchair users. A new gallery opened within the museum last year, providing a new space for contemporary astronomical exhibitions. The museum’s patron is British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, and the site is managed by the Bath Preservation Trust. It is open on weekday afternoons until 5pm (except Wednesdays) and from 11am to 5pm on weekends. The museum closes for several weeks either side of the Christmas period, but is open throughout the rest of the year.

Operation hours: Weekdays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Weekends and Bank Holidays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Walking Tours in Bath, England

Create Your Own Walk in Bath

Create Your Own Walk in Bath

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bath is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath

Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath

Central Bath is well known for its wonderful Georgian architecture. Many streets and squares were designed by famous architects John Wood, the Elder and his son John Wood, the Younger. This tour takes you through such architectural masterpieces as the Circus, Royal Crescent, Queen Square, Pulteney Bridge and more. Many buildings in Bath were built from the creamy Bath stone, obtained from the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Architectural Walk in Bath

Architectural Walk in Bath

This tour offers a walk through buildings constructed mostly during the Victorian era and the period after that. One of the characteristics of architecture of that time was the introduction of steel as a building component. Most of the attractions of this tour are listed buildings. The early twentieth century architectural traditions of Bath blend with the art deco style. The whole City of Bath...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Bath Buildings and Architecture Walking Tour

Bath Buildings and Architecture Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Bath Art Galleries Walking Tour

Bath Art Galleries Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Family Entertainment Walk in Bath

Family Entertainment Walk in Bath

This tour offers great attractions for the entertainment of children in the city of Bath. Glassblowing demonstrations could be your next unforgettable experience in Bath. The children’s play area in the Royal Victoria Park, the Beazer Garden Maze, the Egg club from Theatre Royal, an enjoyable river boat trip, and of course a peek into the world of sweets are definitely places and activities your...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bath for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bath has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bath, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.