Is Bath worth visiting? Top 10 reasons to visit historic Bath!

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IS Bath worth visiting? Top 10 reasons to visit historic Bath!

Steeped in history and brimming with timeless charm, Bath stands as a living testament to centuries of captivating stories. Nestled in the rolling countryside of South West England, this UNESCO World Heritage city wears its Roman past with pride and attracts visitors with its timeless elegance, rich history, and stunning architecture. Whether you’re a history buff, a culture vulture, a foodie, or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, Bath promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all interests. So, is Bath worth visiting? 😉 Here are my top 10 reasons to visit historic and wonderful Bath!

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1) Its fascinating history and Roman roots!

As one of the oldest settlements in England, Bath offers a journey through time to uncover its fascinating history and Roman roots, offering a captivating glimpse into the city’s ancient past!

At the heart of Bath lies the iconic Roman Baths complex, a marvel of ancient engineering and a testament to the city’s Roman origins. Here, visitors can wander through centuries-old ruins, marvel at intricate mosaics, and see the natural hot springs that have drawn travellers here for millennia!

Beyond the Roman Baths, Bath’s Georgian architecture, elegant streetscapes, and charming squares offer further insight into its illustrious history, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and culture seekers!

You can visit all of Bath’s key historic sites whilst learning more about its history on the Bath Walking Tour. Stops include: the Pump Room, the Royal Crescent, The Circus, Queen Square, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey, before finishing with entry to the Roman Baths.

Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious about the past, a visit to Bath promises an unforgettable experience!

Book tickets for the Bath Walking Tour (with entry to the Roman Baths).

Aerial view of Bath city centre with the cathedral in the centre of rows of other Georgian buildings

2) The awesome Foodie scene

Visiting Bath promises a culinary adventure like no other, thanks to its vibrant and diverse foodie scene!

From cozy cafes serving up freshly baked pastries to award-winning restaurants showcasing innovative cuisine, Bath has something for everyone!

Indulge in traditional British fare like hearty pies and Sunday roasts, savour international flavours from around the globe, or sample artisanal treats at bustling food markets and festivals.

My fellow vegans will also love Bath for its wide variety of vegan restaurants!

If you’d like to try more of Bath’s amazing food scene, you can go on a food tour of Bath with a local expert. You’ll discover some of the city’s best-known independents and best-kept secrets!

But if you’d rather go with the flow, below are some restaurant choices to give you a ‘taste’ of Bath. 😉

You can also check out more restaurant recommendations in my, best things to do, see and eat in Bath in a day blog post too.

Top vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Bath:

  • Cascara – this independent vegan cafe offers baked goods, specialty coffee, handmade juices and vegan treats!
  • Chai Walla – serves fresh Indian street food, including: samosas, onion bhaji wraps, falafel wraps, dahl, rice, chai and more!
  • Plant. Eat. Licious – offers a fully vegan menu for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Options include: sharing platters, toasts, burgers, poke bowls, dips, salads and fries, as well vegan sweet treats!
  • The Green Rocket Cafe – multi award-winning fully vegan restaurant which is open all day and offers countless delicious vegan dishes!

Book tickets for the Bath Walking and Tasting Tour.

Pizza cutter cutting into margarita pizza on a wooden board

3) The many cool and diverse museums

When researching for this post, I tried to find a definitive number of museums in Bath without success, there’s just too many! But no matter what your interests are, whether it be art, history, space, architecture, fashion or famous figures – Bath has you covered.

Here are some of Bath’s top museums:

  • No. 1 Royal Crescent – a fantastically decorated museum which is decked out just like a grand house between 1776 and 1796. The rooms feature exquisite furniture, art and objects from the time. It makes for a fully immersive experience that will make you feel like you have gone back in time. The museum is part of a famous row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a crescent shape. They’re celebrated as one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK – so well worth a look!
  • The Victoria Art Gallery – opened in 1900 to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. The Victoria Art Gallery has over 1,500 objects and artwork dating from 1700 onwards.
  • The Herschel Museum of Astronomy – located in a wonderfully preserved town house that was once owned by distinguished astronomers, William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Needless to say there is plenty of interesting things to have a nosey around in their former residence!
  • The Museum of Bath at Work – established in 1978, The Museum of Bath at Work was initially built around the workshops, equipment, and stock of J.B. Bowler’s mineral water factory. It now tells the tale of Bath’s working life through various professions and specialism from Roman times to the present.
  • The Jane Austen Centre – a small museum celebrating the life and works of the great British writer, Jane Austen. Expect actor guides dressed in costume and a lovely little regency tea room.

Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply curious to learn more about Bath’s rich heritage, the city’s museums and historic attractions provide an engaging and educational experience for visitors of all ages!

View of the main Roman Bath green pool in Bath with the Cathedral in the background

4) It’s super spooky and notoriously haunted!

Visiting Bath for its haunted history adds an intriguing and spooky dimension to the city’s allure! It’s also renowned as one of the most haunted cities in the UK! 😱

Bath boasts endless ghostly tales and haunted sites that are sure to send shivers down your spine! Embark on a guided ghost walk to discover the many haunted locations around the city and hear tales about the ghosts of medieval monks, hanged criminals, tortured witches, poltergeists, and more!

Learn about the history and haunted locations of Bath Abbey, Queens Square, Theatre Royal, and Victoria Park. All whilst wandering down hidden alleyways and stopping at other haunted hotspots such as the grim location directly next to Jane Austen’s last known residence!

Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, Bath’s haunted history will leave you questioning what lies beyond the realm of the living!

Book tickets to the Bath Guided Ghost Tour.

Pulteney Bridge in Bath at night

5) The lovely hospitality

Bath’s charm extends beyond its historic landmarks; it lies in the warmth and hospitality of its people.

Bath is known for its warm welcome, with friendly locals ready to share their love for their city. Whether you’re exploring the historic streets, chatting with shopkeepers, or enjoying a pint in a traditional pub, you’ll feel right at home in Bath!

It may be a city but Bath very much has small town vibes which is also why people love visiting Bath (and why I do too!).

Find out more about local culture, past and present in Bath from the perspective of a local on the Bath Walking Tour.

Book tickets for the Bath Walking Tour (with entry to the Roman Baths).

Bath Cathedral surrounded by people

6) Loads of Festivals and events

One of the many reasons that people love to visit Bath is its vibrant festivals and events! Throughout the year, Bath comes alive with an array of lively celebrations that cater to every interest and passion.

Dive into the world of literature at the Bath Literature Festival, where renowned authors gather to share their stories and insights. Indulge in culinary delights at the Great Bath Feast, a gastronomic extravaganza showcasing the best of local and international cuisine. Or explore the city’s rich history at the Bath Film Festival, where cinematic masterpieces are screened against the backdrop of iconic landmarks!

Whether you’re a food lover, music enthusiast, or simply seeking a taste of local culture, Bath’s colourful festivals will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired!

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Crowd of people wearing white and throwing colourful powder at the HOLI festival in Bath
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7) All the fabulous shopping

Visiting Bath for its exceptional shopping scene offers a delightful blend of traditional charm and contemporary flair! The city boasts a diverse array of boutiques, markets, and high-street stores, making it a shopper’s paradise!

Wander through the historic streets of the city centre, where independent shops nestled within Georgian buildings offer unique treasures and artisanal goods. Or search through vintage boutiques, antique stores and craft markets to find something truly special!

Additionally, you can explore the bustling corridors of SouthGate Bath, a modern shopping complex featuring an array of well-known brands and designer outlets.

You can see some of these top shopping spots as part of the Bath Walking Tour or just ask your guide!

Book tickets for the Bath Walking Tour (with entry to the Roman Baths).

Mel walking in front of Oak restaurant in the North Passage of Bath with flowers and pumpkins outside

8) picturesque green spaces and relaxing parks

Bath is blessed with an abundance of picturesque parks and gardens, from the expansive lawns of Royal Victoria Park to the colourful floral displays of Parade Gardens, there’s no shortage of greenery to explore.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful spot for a leisurely stroll, a scenic backdrop for a picnic, or a quiet corner to relax and unwind, Bath’s parks offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

You can see some of these green spaces as part of the Bath Walking Tour or just enjoy discovering them as you explore Bath!

Book tickets for the Bath Walking Tour (with entry to the Roman Baths).

Green space in Bath with people laying down on the grass amongst the Georgian architecture

9) Quaint and historic pubs

Having a drink in one Bath’s centuries-old establishments feels like stepping into a time capsule! With their cozy interiors, exposed beams, and welcoming atmospheres.

From traditional alehouses to historic taverns, Bath’s pub scene offers a delightful mix of character and charm. Which is perfect for enjoying a pint of locally brewed ale or indulging in some hearty British pub grub!

Whether you’re seeking a taste of authentic hospitality, eager to soak up the city’s historic ambiance, or simply looking for a cozy spot to unwind after sightseeing, Bath’s quaint and historic pubs offer a warm welcome and a true taste of traditional British pub culture.

I suggest asking your guide on the Bath Walking Tour for recommendations on their favourite places – locals always know best! 😉

Book tickets for the Bath Walking Tour.

North Parade Passage in Bath with 17th century shop window each side and old fashioned street lamps

10) Lastly…It’s the gateway to the Cotwolds and beyond!

Visiting Bath offers the perfect gateway to exploring the breathtaking countryside of the Cotswolds and beyond, making it an ideal base for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Situated amidst the rolling hills of South West England, Bath provides easy access to the picturesque landscapes and charming villages that define the Cotswolds region.

From quaint market towns like Castle Combe and Bibury to scenic walking trails and historic landmarks, the Cotswolds offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

You can also take day trips to beautiful Oxford and the infamous Stonehenge whilst you’re in Bath!

Whether you’re seeking a leisurely countryside retreat or an adventurous hiking expedition, Bath’s central location makes it the perfect starting point for exploring the natural beauty and charm of the Cotswolds and beyond.

top picks for day trips from Bath:

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Stonehenge near Bath, ancient circular formations


So, is Bath worth visiting? Of COURSE! I hope you have a great time in Bath! 😉

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