Bath is one of the most beloved tourist areas in the whole of the UK, and there are so many attractions to include in your itinerary that it can be difficult to know where to start. As it is such a popular destination you can sometimes find you have to miss certain attractions as they are simply too busy.
Luckily there are plenty of sights that you can take in during a stroll around the city without having to queue up or book ahead, and here are just four of our favourites.
This guide to Bath’s top sights comes from boutique hotel No.15 Great Pulteney, a stylish new addition to the historic city.
- The Royal Crescent
One of the main things that makes Bath such a charming city to visit is its stunning and incredibly well-preserved Georgian architecture, and nowhere is that history more spectacularly laid-out than across the crescent-shaped set of houses known as the Royal Crescent. Ionic columns and a near-perfect symmetrical layout make the Royal Crescent absolutely stunning, as is its view of the Royal Victoria Park.
- Pulteney Bridge
After you’ve feasted your eyes on the splendour of the Royal Crescent, take a walk down to Pulteney Bridge. It takes just ten minutes or so to make the journey, and you’ll be greeted by a stunning Venetian bridge that was built back in 1773 and currently enjoys Grade I status. Designed to mirror Florence’s Ponte Vecchio and Venice’s Ponte di Rialto, it’s one of just four bridges on the planet with shops along both sides, and even served as an important filming location for the recent film adaption of Les Miserables.
- The Bath Skyline
Bath presents wonderful views when you’re walking its historic streets, but you can also take in the city from above. The Bath Skyline takes you along a 10km hilltop walk that showcases some of the best views over the city. You can spot an Iron Age fort on Little Solsbury Hill and archaeological sites from Roman times dotted along the way.
- Bath Abbey
Constructed between 1499 and 1616, Bath Abbey now serves as one of the nation’s most cherished landmarks and an unequalled example of Gothic design. Stained-glass windows span the walls and fan-vaulted ceilings create an awe-inspiring sense of space when you walk inside. Of course, services are still held here, and you might be lucky enough to visit when the choir is performing or practicing.