Sights

The must-see sights in Bath city centre are right next to each other – the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. If a highly recommended Tower Tour is on your list, drop by Bath Abbey first to book a place (this can only be done in person, on the day) then explore either the Abbey or the Roman Baths. Allow at least two hours for the Baths, many people take longer.

The top-rate, and free, collections of the Victoria Art Gallery are just 180m north. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a hit with history-buffs and star gazers. It's on the western edge of the neighbourhood.

Sleeping

Central Bath is a fairly small area and places to sleep are limited with the best ones selling out months in advance. If cost is a consideration aim to visit mid-week – prices per-night rise at weekends, sometimes by as much as £60.

Most central hotels won't have parking, some offer discounted spaces at local car parks.

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Eating

Central Bath has an embarrassment of eating riches. As well as good-quality, high-profile venues offering afternoon tea, you'll also find a plethora of hip cafes specialising in artisan breads and pastries. There's a posh hotel, excellent vegetarian eatery and cracking fish and chip shop too.

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Drinking & Nightlife

There's a strong selection of welcoming coffee houses and local pubs right in the heart of the city. Mid-morning is a busy time for cafes, while the hour after offices shut down is particularly popular in city-centre pubs – an after-work pint is quite the tradition in central Bath.

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Shopping

Big brands fill the SouthGate Centre, but the retail cognoscenti head for the alleyways and arcades in the streets boarded by Cheap, High, Union and New Bond streets, which are crowded with independent stores.