City Orientation Walk, Bath

Renowned for its natural hot springs discovered by ancient Romans, peculiar Georgian architecture set in honey-coloured stone and the tranquil surroundings of the rolling English countryside, the city of Bath is a World Heritage Site and a major tourist destination since the 18th century. Bath Abbey, Roman Baths, The Circus and many other local attractions are featured in this orientation walk for your exploration and enjoyment.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » Bath (See other walking tours in Bath)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: rose
Bath Abbey

1) Bath Abbey (must see)

Bath Abbey forms the centerpiece of Bath’s many historic attractions. In the center of town between the River Avon and the Roman Baths, the Abbey’s historic spire is visible throughout the town. Formally known as the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the abbey was founded in the 7th century and extensively rebuilt in both the 12th and 16th centuries. Restored to its current glory in the 19th century by Sir Gilbert Scott, and now constructed almost entirely from the city’s famous beige...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Guildhall and Banqueting Room

2) Guildhall and Banqueting Room

The Guildhall in Bath was built between 1775 and 1778 by Thomas Baldwin according to designs by Thomas Warr Attwood. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building. The current Bath stone building replaced a Stuart Guildhall, built in 1625, which itself replaced an earlier Tudor structure. The facade has 4 Ionic columns and the building is surmounted by the figure of Justice. The central dome was added in 1893. It forms a continuous building with the Victoria Art Gallery and the covered...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pulteney Bridge

3) Pulteney Bridge (must see)

Pulteney Bridge is a bridge that crosses the River Avon. It was completed in 1773 and is designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building. The bridge was designed by Robert Adam, whose working drawings are preserved in the Sir John Sloane's Museum, and is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides. Shops on the bridge include a flower shop, an antique map shop, and a juice bar. It is named after Frances Pulteney, heiress in 1767 of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Beazer Garden Maze

4) Beazer Garden Maze (must see)

The eastern edge of Bath city centre can be a distracting place. Around Pulteney Bridge, the bustle of the indoor market meets the swirl of traffic heading into town. The River Avon which surrounds the city centre passes over a weir, creating a low roar that draws visitors to the banks of the river. This is a lively area of town, with large hotels, traditional pubs and restaurants lining the route down to Bath Spa station. It can be hard to find a quiet family friendly spot, unless you cross...   view more
St John the Evangelist Catholic Church

5) St John the Evangelist Catholic Church (must see)

St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church is located on the South Parade in the southeast section of Bath City Centre, in the Old Ham District. The decorative Gothic-style spire dominates the city's skyline, which has irked some people such as noted architectural critic Nikolaus Pevsner who stated the church was "a demonstrative proof of how intensely the Gothicists hated the Georgians of Bath."

The structure was designed and built between 1861-3 by Charles Francis Hansom, who was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Thermae Bath Spa

7) Thermae Bath Spa (must see)

You may not be able to swim in Bath’s world famous Roman Baths – but around the corner, a new attraction offers the next best thing. Thermae Bath Spa, redeveloped in the last decade, is an open air, naturally heated spa that combines the existing Georgian spa of Cross Bath with a brand new spa facility, New Royal Bath. Bath is home to the only naturally warm mineral water springs in the UK. The foundation of Bath in the Roman era, and its subsequent rebirth as a health resort in the 18th...   view more
Theatre Royal

8) Theatre Royal (must see)

Opened in 1805, The Theatre Royal in Bath remains one of the largest provincial theatres in the UK. Located in the busy Seven Dials area of Bath city centre, the theatre hosts touring plays, musical performances and stand up comedy. The theatre is also the centre of Bath’s renowned Shakespeare Festival, which takes place throughout the month of March. The theatre complex also houses two smaller studio theatres – the Ustinov Studio, which hosts an annual puppetry festival, and The Egg, a...   view more
Queen Square

9) Queen Square (must see)

Queen Square is a Georgian era residential square, located in the busy western end of Bath city centre. With Gay Street leading north to The Circus and south to shops and restaurants either side of the square, Queen Square is a popular spot for hotels and guest houses. The elegant Francis Hotel dominates the south side of the square, whilst tourists are often attracted to guest houses in the square, due to its convenient central location. Designed by John Wood the Elder and completed in the 19th...   view more
Jane Austen Centre

10) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bath Assembly Rooms

11) Bath Assembly Rooms (must see)

The Assembly Rooms, located on the northern edges of the city center, can lay claim to being the historic heart of Bath. In the city’s Georgian heyday, the Assembly Rooms were the epicenter of high society. The social calendar of Bath’s elite revolved around dances, card games and soirées at the Assembly Rooms, with British authors Jane Austen and Charles Dickens both making reference in their novels to the grand social occasions held there.

Now owned by the National Trust, the Assembly...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Fashion Museum

12) 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,...   view more
The Circus

13) The Circus (must see)

The Circus stands a short walk to the east of Royal Crescent, and a ten minute walk along Gay Street from the western edge of the city center. The Circus does not have a dedicated museum, but can easily be taken in either as part of an architectural tour, or around visits to nearby attractions, such as the Assembly Rooms or Museum of East Asian Art. Designed by John Wood the Elder, the Circus was completed by his son, John Wood the Younger, who also designed the Royal Crescent. The three...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Royal Crescent

14) Royal Crescent (must see)

Situated on the edge of a grassy hill overlooking the city center below, the Royal Crescent is the most notable and well known of Bath’s famous crescents. Built in 1774 based on a concept and design that belonged to architect John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent stands with the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey as one of the West Country city’s truly world famous attractions. An unbroken crescent of grand Georgian townhouses, the Royal Crescent stands out from the city’s other Georgian...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Royal Victoria Park

15) Royal Victoria Park (must see)

There are landmarks across Great Britain named after its longest serving monarch, Queen Victoria – but Royal Victoria Park was the first to bear her name. Opened in 1830 when the then Princess Victoria was just 11 years old, the 57 acre public park is typical of the municipal gardens that appeared in wealthy cities in the 19th century. Aiming to offer entertainment, social spaces and the tranquillity of nature within one space, the park is a popular destination for tourists and local residents...   view more

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Create Your Own Walk in Bath

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
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Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath

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

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Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Bath Buildings and Architecture Walking Tour

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