1. Bath City Sightseeing Tour
As much as I try to avoid the usual tourist options, the city sightseeing buses are great to get a rough idea of where places of interest are. You can hop on or off wherever you like, and if you buy your ticket first at the information centre you can score other discounts at the Roman Baths, Assembly Rooms etc. (Tell the ladies at the info centre that you are a student and you will save £2.50)
2. The Royal Crescent
On any advertisement or marketing for Bath you will be guaranteed to see pictures of the Royal Crescent, one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture and has been used in numerous films.
3. The Circus
Around the corner from the royal crescent is another amazing example of georgian architecture – The Circus. It is an oval with three entrances, designed so which ever entrance you choose, it will be facing one of the facades. The name ‘circus’ is latin for ring, oval or circle.
Anyone who has read Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion should not miss the Jane Austen Centre. If only to drool over your future husband ‘Mr Darcy’ (Colin Firth), it will not be a wasted journey. There is also the opportunity to view the exhibition and dress up as a Jane Austen character (dibbs on Elizabeth Bennet), and it gets better, every year there is a Jane Austen Festival usually in September.
As with most Abbeys in the United Kingdom, Bath’s version has the usual stained glass windows, tower tours, worship areas and of course the abbey gift shop complete with bible covers and bobble head jesus (kidding!). The architecture is awe-inspiring, the wall and floor plaque monuments touching if not a little weird walking over them.
Located in the same complex as the Roman Baths it is actually a restaurant where you can be seen dining on scones and a cup of tea from the finest china cups. The architecture is something you would see in a Jane Austen movie with finely dressed people enjoying a ball.
7. Saturday Markets
Normally I would recommend visiting Bath on a week day as it is not so busy, but if you do happen to be there on a saturday you can peruse the main street lined with market stalls, buskers and folk bands. Anything from leather goods, fresh flowers and alternative local designer clothing can be found.
8. Roman Baths
If you can handle standing in line for a while and barging your way through swarms of tourists, the Roman Baths are a visual history lesson right in the middle of a city. It is the major drawcard for Bath and along with the Pump Room receives over a million visitors a year, the constant pushing of gifts, souvenirs and bath oils is a bit of a pain. Pricey at £12.25 per adult admission, but you have got to hand it to the Romans, they knew architecture and luxury when it came to bathing.