Welcome to Bath


Architecture

Bath's extraordinary array of architectural treasures has earned the whole city Unesco World Heritage Site status. It's easy to see why. Bath is home to one of the world's best-preserved Roman bathhouses – sited here because of hot springs that bubble up at a toasty 46°C (115°F) degrees. In the Circus and Royal Crescent, the city has some of Britain's grandest Georgian buildings.Their construction turned Bath into the destination for 18th century society. That sophisticated spa town tradition continues at Thermae Bath Spa, a luxurious new/old building combo that offers views of the cityscape from its alfresco roof-top pool.

History

This city's history isn't all about the architecture. For many Bath is synonymous with the English writer Jane Austen. The author of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion lived here in the early 1800s and used the city as a setting for two of her novels. An ideal introduction is the Jane Austen Centre, where guides in period costume and a Regency tearoom help bring the era to life. Other heritage drawcards include No 1 Royal Crescent, which provides an insight into the furnishings behind the sweeping semi-circular facade, and the extensive folk art collections of the American Museum in Britain.

Culture

As befits a city that's long been a leading light in the cultural scene, contemporary arts make a strong showing in Bath. A batch of quality festivals include those themed around theatre, classical music and literature – they're scheduled away from the main (and very crowded) summer season and are a great focus for a visit.Year-round, evening entertainment includes an art house cinema, comedy club, and the historic Theatre Royal, which has a main stage, studio venue and – unusually – a space specifically for children's and young people's shows.

Food & Drink

Although less obvious an attraction than the city's architecture and history, Bath's pubs and restaurants have real appeal – taking time out in them is one of the best ways to get to know the modern city. Eateries include refined period tearooms, classy restaurants, retro cafes, artisan bakeries and a crop of quality gastropubs.Bath's drinking dens are also a true highlight – heritage pubs, trendy bars, bistros and boozers beloved by the music crowd, you'll find them all here. And, because of Bath's compact size, venues are largely within easy walking distance.


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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath from London

Depart from London and travel out of the city in your air-conditioned coach toward the majestic Windsor Castle. Home of the British Royal Family for 900 years, and location for the 2018 Royal Wedding, Windsor is the world's largest and oldest occupied castle and widely considered one of England’s finest. Explore the lavishly-decorated State Apartments and St George's Chapel with your guide and hear of the castle’s fascinating history and heritage. From 19 January to 17 February, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex  will form part of your visit to Windsor Castle. This special exhibition will feature the wedding outfits worn by the couple at their wedding in May 2018. Continue on through the rolling green Wiltshire landscape to Stonehenge, a collection of stones dragged to this lonely plain near Salisbury 5,000 years ago. This ancient stone circle is still a place of strong spiritual significance, and continues to capture the imagination of the many visitors it welcomes each year. Why the stones were placed here and what purpose they served remains a mystery though, so wander around the site at your leisure and decide for yourself why these age-old rocks have found themselves here. Take a look around the visitors’ center and learn the history of this ancient, mysterious site. During your visit enjoy a free interactive map and VOX personal headset that is exclusive to this tour. Next, hop back in your coach and continue onward to Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture and widely considered one of England’s prettiest cities. Follow your guide on a panoramic tour of Bath and be enchanted by the town's beautiful streets and alleyways, capturing the sites on camera as you go. You'll see Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. During the tour, you will see the city’s famous Roman Baths — the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world. At the end of your time in Bath, travel back to London’s Victoria where your day trip concludes.

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Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Bath Abbey, Bath, Somerset, EnglandStop by Bath Abbey, a place of worship at this site for over 1,200 years Pass By: Pulteney Bridge, Bath, Somerset, EnglandDrive past Historic, shop-lined bridge spanning the River Avon.Pass By: The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, EnglandVisit Roman Baths Museum (at your own expense)Pass By: Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset, EnglandDrive through The Royal Crescent, a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in Bath. This is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in UK.Stop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, EnglandEnjoy the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandVisit the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandVisit the chapel, Harry and Meghan tied the knot on May 19, 2018.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Premium Tours - London Tours, London, EnglandTour operated by Premium Tours Duration: 15 minutesStop At: The George InnEnjoy a traditional pub meal at this 14th century pubDuration: 45 minutes

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Stonehenge Inner Circle Access, Bath, and Lacock from London

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Bath Abbey, Bath, Somerset, EnglandTake a photo stop or visit Bath AbbeyStop At: The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, EnglandVist the Roman remians - Roman BathsDuration: 1 hourStop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, EnglandVisit Stonehenge away from the crowds and enjoy a private viewing of the mysterious monoliths. Duration: 1 hourPass By: Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Wiltshire, EnglandVisit a charming National Trust village of LacockStop At: The George InnEnjoy optional breakfast/dinner at George Inn, a 14th century pubDuration: 45 minutesPass By: Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset, EnglandEnjoy the panoramic tour of city of BathPass By: Pulteney Bridge, Bath, Somerset, EnglandDrive through the Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in Bath

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Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London, Roman Baths option

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Jane Austen Centre, Bath, Somerset, EnglandThe Jane Austen Centre is a permanent exhibition. Situated in an original Georgian townhouse, it tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, including the effect that living here had on her and her writing.Duration: 1 hourPass By: No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset, EnglandThe Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood, the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom.Stop At: Bath Abbey, Bath, Somerset, EnglandBath Abbey is an Anglican parish church and former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset, England. Founded in the 7th century, it was reorganised in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Pulteney Bridge, Bath, Somerset, EnglandCrossing the River Avon the bridge was completed by 1774, and connected the city with the land of the Pulteney family which they was designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style, it is exceptional in having shops built across its full span on both sides.Stop At: The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, EnglandBuilt nearly 2,000 years ago Britain's only natural hot water spring lies the magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, EnglandThe most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Stonehenge, Bath, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon from London

Depart from near Victoria Coach Station in central London and leave the hustle and bustle behind you as you travel out into the English countryside by luxury coach. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as London’s urban scenery gives way to the open greenery of the countryside. First, head through the rolling Wiltshire plains to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge, widely considered one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. The enormous stones are believed to have been brought from the Preseli Mountains in Wales — a distance of over 280 miles (450 kilometers) — sometime between 3,000 BC and 2,000 BC, though to this day nobody is sure of the exact reasons for their arrangement and placement. Marvel at the huge stone circle, discover the many mysteries surrounding it and decide for yourself why Stonehenge was built. Continue onward to the fine city of Bath, birthplace of authoress Jane Austin. Explore the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed city — considered by many to be one of the prettiest cities in England — with your guide, and enjoy capturing its attractive Georgian architecture, crescents and terraces on camera. After your tour, enjoy a little free time to wander the cobbled streets and peruse the shops at your leisure. Head north from Bath through the heart of the Cotswolds, widely thought of as one of the most beautiful stretches of countryside in England. Take in breathtaking views of open fields criss-crossed by dry stone walls as you travel, and bustling market towns with magnificent churches. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your coach. Arrive in the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England, with a delightful river winding its way slowly through the town. Enjoy a glass of Sparkling wine and scones in Shakespeare's Schoolroom, stretch your legs and explore Stratford to soak up the town’s wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. At the end of your time in Stratford-Upon-Avon, hop back in your coach for the return journey to London, where your tour will conclude. Please note: during busy periods the order of the itinerary may change.

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London to Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds Day Trip with Entry

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Central WindsorDepart from central London in the early morning aboard a luxury coach which will take you into Windsor, your first stop of the day. On arrival, plug into your provided headphones, so you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly as you explore this market town with Tudor style buildings that inspired Shakespeare. **This tour offers two options: A guided walking tour to explore Windsor town or visiting Windsor Castle on your own. Please make sure you choose the option you would like to do the most when booking! Duration: 3 hoursStop At: The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, EnglandBoarding your bus again will bring you through the rolling chalk hills to the Roman town of Bath. Scout out the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city’s top sights on a walking tour. Check off top sights like the Royal Crescent and other striking Georgian crescents and terraces, which inspired Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion novels. Then, make the most of free time to perhaps visit the Jane Austen Visitor Center or the famous Roman Baths (both at own expense). Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, EnglandAfter Bath, you will climb aboard your bus and continue through the vast Salisbury Plains which are home to an incredible number of huge stone-age mounds and remains. The most famous of these is at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed stone circle. Stroll around the prehistoric stones with your guide and visit the visitor center to hear about the theories about how and why it was created. After, your day trip concludes back at the original departure point in central London.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes