The origins on this historic city can be traced back to AD 60, when the Romans came to bathe in its hot springs. Today, the springs remain central to Bath’s identity, with many visitors coming to relax at the city’s spa resorts. The entire city was recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and draws many visitors for its fascinating Roman, Grecian and Royal British history.

Bath is a popular destination year round. In summer the streets and parks of the city are full of locals enjoying the sun. Pack a picnic to enjoy in Parade Gardens as you look across the River Avon, or throw some bread to the ducks in Victoria Park, the largest park in Bath. Behind the park is Royal Crescent, an street of 18th century terrace houses built in an sweeping crescent.

The best way to see the city’s landmarks is by embarking on a walking tour from Bath Abbey. Visit the Roman Baths to see where the city began, see one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Britain at the Bath Abbey, or take a walk up Great Pulteney Street. Make your way to Pulteney Bridge for shopping, as the bridge is one of just four in the world that is completely lined by retailers. Along with historic landmarks Bath is renowned for its museums, galleries and cultural institutions.

While Bath may not be known for its culinary exports, it is home to some of the cosiest pubs in England, and the pub fare is second to none. Enjoying a pie and a pint of bath ale is the perfect way to warm up during Bath’s chilly winter months. Weekend farmers’ markets are a great opportunity to sample the regional delicacies, including locally produced cheddar cheese.

From London you can reach Bath by coach or car in around 2 hours, while visitors arriving from outside the UK will find Bristol’s international airport at your service. At just over 160 kilometres (100 miles) from London, Bath is a perfect weekend escape from the big smoke.

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Museums, Historical Buildings and Tour

Top hotels in Bath

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Apex City of Bath Hotel
4 out of 5
1 James Street West, Bath
AU$201/night
31 Jul. - 1 Aug.
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,048 reviews)

"The hotel was really nicely decorated and the room was very spacious. The only issues were that there was a stain on the bedspread and similar coloured stains on the carpet in the room. There was also no hot water on the Sunday morning."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2019

Apex City of Bath Hotel
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Abbey Hotel
4 out of 5
1 North Parade, Bath
AU$169/night
18 Aug. - 19 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,210 reviews)

"Friendly, clean, character and central Bath location"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

Abbey Hotel
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Hilton Bath City
4 out of 5
Walcot Street, Bath
AU$169/night
18 Aug. - 19 Aug.
3.9/5Very Good! (1,707 reviews)

"Great location with a car park situated under the hotel. Room was good staff at check in lovely. Only complaint is the corridors were full of dirty linen from house keeping even at 4.30pm. As the corridors are dark and narrow it's not a nice sight. I understand rooms need to be cleaned however why ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2019

Hilton Bath City

Popular activities in Bath

Roman Baths
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Roman Baths

The heart of historic Bath, this famous complex has attracted visitors for more than 2,000 years. 

Bath Abbey
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Bath Abbey

Built in the Gothic style, this prestigious church is a popular pilgrimage destination and an important city landmark.

Royal Crescent
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Royal Crescent

This semicircular terrace of townhouses is one of Bath’s most well-known landmarks.

Jane Austen Centre
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Jane Austen Centre

Immerse yourself in the world of Jane Austen at this museum or relax in the tea room as her famous characters often did.

Theatre Royal Bath
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Theatre Royal Bath

One of the oldest working theaters in Britain hosts dramas, comedies, operas and even a few ghosts in a stunning Georgian building .

Bath Assembly Rooms
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Bath Assembly Rooms

The Bath Assembly Rooms were known as the city’s most stylish entertainment venue in the 18th and 19th centuries. View these elegant public rooms and explore the unique Fashion Museum set on the lower ground floor.

Top activities in Bath

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch

AU$169

Venture outside of London to soak up the history and culture beyond the city limits. Step onto the royal grounds of Windsor Castle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, and roam the UNESCO-listed stone streets of Bath after lunch in traditional English pub.

Private Tour of Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath
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Private Tour of Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

AU$194

Unlock the secrets of pastoral England during a private guided tour to destinations in Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath. Customize the tour to meet your unique interests, soaking up the region's rich history at attractions like lavish Windsor Castle, beguiling Stonehenge, and the exquisite Roman Baths.

Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath with Admission & Lunch
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Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath with Admission & Lunch

AU$162

Soak up the historical and cultural significance of 4 key British heritage sites. Explore the mysterious rock formation of Stonehenge, before visiting the spectacular Salisbury Cathedral. Then spend your afternoon in the Georgian-era spa town of Bath, before a visit to Windsor Castle.

Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$17

Circle the sights of Bath - a World Heritage UNESCO Site - at your own pace on a double-decker bus. This hop-on hop-off tour takes you all around the city’s major attractions including Royal Crescent, the Abbey, and the Roman Baths.

Windsor Castle,Roman Bath & Stonehenge Tour
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Windsor Castle,Roman Bath & Stonehenge Tour

AU$204

Explore sprawling Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Discover the enigmatic rock formations of UNESCO-designated Stonehenge, and take time to wander through the beautiful streets of the Georgian city of Bath.

Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Tour from London
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Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Tour from London

AU$142

Spend a delightful day exploring the English countryside on this day trip from London. Discover the royal town of Windsor and the picture-perfect city of Bath, where you can enjoy lunch in a cozy, traditional pub (onw expense).

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A guide to the baths of Bath
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A guide to the baths of Bath

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