Guidebook for Bath and North East Somerset

Marc
Guidebook for Bath and North East Somerset

Food Scene

Great location by the River Avon, next to the 19th Century Bathampton toll bridge. The food is good - mix of Mediterranean and British - there's a good selection of ales and wines and there's a log fire too for those cold winter evenings. Dog friendly in bar area where you can also eat. There is a restaurant too. Good for veggies.
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The Bathampton Mill
Mill Lane
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Great location by the River Avon, next to the 19th Century Bathampton toll bridge. The food is good - mix of Mediterranean and British - there's a good selection of ales and wines and there's a log fire too for those cold winter evenings. Dog friendly in bar area where you can also eat. There is a restaurant too. Good for veggies.
Vegan cafe - great selection of vegan wraps and sandwiches, cakes and drinks. Dog friendly too. Limited seating. There is a sister venue at Chapel Arts centre with more seats.
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Beyond The Kale
Green Park Road
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Vegan cafe - great selection of vegan wraps and sandwiches, cakes and drinks. Dog friendly too. Limited seating. There is a sister venue at Chapel Arts centre with more seats.
Gastropub just to the north of the Assembly Rooms - fish and chips, sunday roasts etc. Good beers too.
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Chequers
50 Rivers Street
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Gastropub just to the north of the Assembly Rooms - fish and chips, sunday roasts etc. Good beers too.
Lovely Spanish tapas bar near The Theatre Royal. Good sherries and bravas!
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Pintxo de Bath
31 Barton St
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Lovely Spanish tapas bar near The Theatre Royal. Good sherries and bravas!
Gastropub with great views at the top of Lansdown to the north of the city. British and Mediterranean food, children's menu, good beers and wines. Dog friendly and staff are always helpful and pleasant. Breakfast is usually not busy but you will have to book in advance for the usual busy times - Saturday evenings, Sunday lunches etc
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Hare & Hounds
Lansdown Road
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Gastropub with great views at the top of Lansdown to the north of the city. British and Mediterranean food, children's menu, good beers and wines. Dog friendly and staff are always helpful and pleasant. Breakfast is usually not busy but you will have to book in advance for the usual busy times - Saturday evenings, Sunday lunches etc
Located next to the Assembly Rooms, BTP has a good atmosphere and plenty of seats and tables. Offers a range of breakfasts and lunches, cakes and coffees. Free WiFi of course, dog friendly and child friendly.
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Boston Tea Party Alfred Street
8 Alfred St
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Located next to the Assembly Rooms, BTP has a good atmosphere and plenty of seats and tables. Offers a range of breakfasts and lunches, cakes and coffees. Free WiFi of course, dog friendly and child friendly.
Another foodie pub but this one is located next to the canal in Bathampton. It makes for a chocolate box picture if you stand on the nearby bridge and look back! Traditional British food, good beers and wines, in old (but refurbished) pub setting.
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George Inn
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Another foodie pub but this one is located next to the canal in Bathampton. It makes for a chocolate box picture if you stand on the nearby bridge and look back! Traditional British food, good beers and wines, in old (but refurbished) pub setting.
Lovely independent coffee shop that sells vegan cakes. Quite small so seating a premium but coffees are great.
CASCARA
3 Upper Borough Walls
Lovely independent coffee shop that sells vegan cakes. Quite small so seating a premium but coffees are great.
Coffee shop with plenty of seating in an old department store building. Outside seating for when the weather behaves.
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Cafe Lucca
1-2 Bartlett St
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Coffee shop with plenty of seating in an old department store building. Outside seating for when the weather behaves.
We love this place as it's one of the few restaurants where you can sit outside by the river. Great Greek tapas, outside seating with heaters and blankets and great atmosphere in arched dining areas. If you stay long enough, one area turns into a dance floor / club. Opa!
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Opa
14 N Parade
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We love this place as it's one of the few restaurants where you can sit outside by the river. Great Greek tapas, outside seating with heaters and blankets and great atmosphere in arched dining areas. If you stay long enough, one area turns into a dance floor / club. Opa!
Stroll through beautiful Sydney Gardens to the Museum's cafe - it's child friendly (and dog friendly outside) with indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches. The museum is worth a visit too for Gainsboroughs and Rachmaninoff's piano.
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The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
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Stroll through beautiful Sydney Gardens to the Museum's cafe - it's child friendly (and dog friendly outside) with indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches. The museum is worth a visit too for Gainsboroughs and Rachmaninoff's piano.
Great pizza place in the city centre, close to the Theatre Royal and the shops. Lots of options, vegan friendly and plenty of ciders to choose from too!
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The Bath Stable
Kingsmead Square
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Great pizza place in the city centre, close to the Theatre Royal and the shops. Lots of options, vegan friendly and plenty of ciders to choose from too!
Family friendly cafe / restaurant / bar upstairs at the SouthGate Shopping area. Mix of all day breakfasts, burgers, small tapas, chips, cakes and so on. Has a balcony too. Accessible by lift from the Southgate car park as well as from the street.
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Cosy Club
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Family friendly cafe / restaurant / bar upstairs at the SouthGate Shopping area. Mix of all day breakfasts, burgers, small tapas, chips, cakes and so on. Has a balcony too. Accessible by lift from the Southgate car park as well as from the street.
Lovely little coffee shop with great coffee and outside seating. Located opposite the bus station.
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Mokoko Coffee
7 Southgate St
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Lovely little coffee shop with great coffee and outside seating. Located opposite the bus station.
Great veggie and vegan place for breakfast, coffee, lunch and early dinner. We love the felafel sandwiches and the burger! It can get busy on weekends, so worth calling ahead.
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The Green Rocket
1 Pierrepont St
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Great veggie and vegan place for breakfast, coffee, lunch and early dinner. We love the felafel sandwiches and the burger! It can get busy on weekends, so worth calling ahead.
Hidden away under Chapel Arts music venue (old converted chapel of course), this vegan cafe is run by the same people that set-up Beyond the Kale. The menus are slightly different but there's more space to sit here. Coffee and cakes are good too. (Also dog friendly!)
Chapel Arts Cafe
Lower Borough Walls
Hidden away under Chapel Arts music venue (old converted chapel of course), this vegan cafe is run by the same people that set-up Beyond the Kale. The menus are slightly different but there's more space to sit here. Coffee and cakes are good too. (Also dog friendly!)
Great vegetarian Indian restaurant (with view of cathedral) - also does takeaways. One of our favourites.
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Indian Temptation
9-10 High St
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Great vegetarian Indian restaurant (with view of cathedral) - also does takeaways. One of our favourites.

Drinks & Nightlife

Great selection of cocktails, great atmosphere (usually a mix of ages) - you can sit in small arched rooms or head to the garden at the back, which has umbrellas and heaters to deal with our inconsistent weather.
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Sub 13
4 Edgar Buildings
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Great selection of cocktails, great atmosphere (usually a mix of ages) - you can sit in small arched rooms or head to the garden at the back, which has umbrellas and heaters to deal with our inconsistent weather.
Large venue with plenty of tables and seats. Part of the Dorset brewery chain so serves-up good range of ales. You can eat in the large bar area, which is also dog friendly. There is a restaurant upstairs and rooftop bar. Food is good. Falafel burgers for veggies.
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Hall & Woodhouse, Bath
1 Old King St
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Large venue with plenty of tables and seats. Part of the Dorset brewery chain so serves-up good range of ales. You can eat in the large bar area, which is also dog friendly. There is a restaurant upstairs and rooftop bar. Food is good. Falafel burgers for veggies.
Pub and live music venue - has good beers and WiFi. Check out the website to see who is playing. Tends to be a mix of ages.
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The Bell Inn
103 Walcot St
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Pub and live music venue - has good beers and WiFi. Check out the website to see who is playing. Tends to be a mix of ages.
Hidden gem - great bohemian cocktail bar (also has beer and wine) under the road with eclectic mix of seating and furniture - from old organs and pianos to chaise longues and lifesize models of Jake and Elwood from Blue Brothers! Apparently everything is for sale too.
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Opium Bar
Spring Gardens Road
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Hidden gem - great bohemian cocktail bar (also has beer and wine) under the road with eclectic mix of seating and furniture - from old organs and pianos to chaise longues and lifesize models of Jake and Elwood from Blue Brothers! Apparently everything is for sale too.
Lovely pub in the centre, near The Roman Baths and Abbey Green. Great selection of drinks, good food and cosy bar area in winter with open fire. Covered rear terrace. There's been a pub on this site since the 1650s - originally called The Three Tuns (apparently Nelson stayed there). There's also a Roman mosaic in the basement, although sadly not visible to visitors.
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The Crystal Palace
10-11 Abbey Grn
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Lovely pub in the centre, near The Roman Baths and Abbey Green. Great selection of drinks, good food and cosy bar area in winter with open fire. Covered rear terrace. There's been a pub on this site since the 1650s - originally called The Three Tuns (apparently Nelson stayed there). There's also a Roman mosaic in the basement, although sadly not visible to visitors.
Lovely old Bath Ales pub in the city centre. Wooden floors and church pews.
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The Salamander
3 John St
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Lovely old Bath Ales pub in the city centre. Wooden floors and church pews.
Fancy a pint and a pie? The Raven is a traditional old English pub in the centre of the city that is well known for serving great pies and mash and a range of ales. It's a free house so it's not tied to any brewery. Pies include veggie options. Doesn't allow dogs.
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The Raven
7 Queen St
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Fancy a pint and a pie? The Raven is a traditional old English pub in the centre of the city that is well known for serving great pies and mash and a range of ales. It's a free house so it's not tied to any brewery. Pies include veggie options. Doesn't allow dogs.
Bar, restaurant and nightclub with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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Walcot House
90B Walcot St
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Bar, restaurant and nightclub with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Essentials

Handy for our place - very short drive (limited parking outside) or a good 15 minute walk - you can take the canal path from Sydney Gardens, which will bring you to the pavement opposite Tesco.
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Tesco Express
Bathwick Hill
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Handy for our place - very short drive (limited parking outside) or a good 15 minute walk - you can take the canal path from Sydney Gardens, which will bring you to the pavement opposite Tesco.
Located in the centre behind Green Park. The car park (free for one and a half hours) gets busy on Saturdays - there is a farmers market in Green Park every Saturday morning
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Sainsbury's
Green Park Road
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Located in the centre behind Green Park. The car park (free for one and a half hours) gets busy on Saturdays - there is a farmers market in Green Park every Saturday morning
To get access to the car park you have to approach from Walcott Street. On a weekend this can be busy. There are some free restricted (2 and 4 hour) parking slots near the Pulteney Arms pub on Daniel Street. It's just an 8 minute walk from there.
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Waitrose & Partners
Northgate Street
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To get access to the car park you have to approach from Walcott Street. On a weekend this can be busy. There are some free restricted (2 and 4 hour) parking slots near the Pulteney Arms pub on Daniel Street. It's just an 8 minute walk from there.
Located on the Lower Bristol Road so will need to drive. Car park gets very busy on Saturday. There's a Pets At Home next door too.
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Lidl
Lower Bristol Road
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Located on the Lower Bristol Road so will need to drive. Car park gets very busy on Saturday. There's a Pets At Home next door too.

Entertainment & Activities

Original small cinema with two screens, dating from 1935. Shows mix of arthouse and mainstream films and has a cafe/bar. We like the sofas on the balcony in the main screen!
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The Little Theatre
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Original small cinema with two screens, dating from 1935. Shows mix of arthouse and mainstream films and has a cafe/bar. We like the sofas on the balcony in the main screen!
We really like the spa, especially the rooftop pool. There is something great about sitting in warm water on a roof looking at the view - even better at night! Need to book in advance.
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Thermae Bath Spa
Hot Bath Street
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We really like the spa, especially the rooftop pool. There is something great about sitting in warm water on a roof looking at the view - even better at night! Need to book in advance.
Hire a rowing boat or a punt and float along the River Avon.
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Bath Boating Station
Forester Road
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Hire a rowing boat or a punt and float along the River Avon.
Theatre for productions aimed at children and families. Has a good cafe too.
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The Egg Theatre
36 Monmouth St
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Theatre for productions aimed at children and families. Has a good cafe too.
Mini / crazy golf near The Royal Crescent. Great fun for all the family.
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Victoria Falls Adventure Golf
Royal Avenue
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Mini / crazy golf near The Royal Crescent. Great fun for all the family.
Large Odeon complex with restaurants. We prefer the Little Theatre but this has the choice of major releases.
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ODEON Bath
James Street West
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Large Odeon complex with restaurants. We prefer the Little Theatre but this has the choice of major releases.
Live comedy and music venue in an old converted cinema. Serves up food too. Has a nice family friendly cafe (Arts Cafe) attached which is open during the day.
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Komedia Bath
22-23 Westgate St
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Live comedy and music venue in an old converted cinema. Serves up food too. Has a nice family friendly cafe (Arts Cafe) attached which is open during the day.
Something for budding detectives and riddle lovers!
BathEscape
12a Princes St
Something for budding detectives and riddle lovers!
If you are a rugby fan, Bath Rugby is a must. One of the most iconic premiership rugby grounds in the country (more for the location and surrounding view than the actual stadium itself), The Rec attracts around 15000 fans a game. It does sell out regularly but you can often get tickets on the day from the box office.
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Bath Rugby Ltd
Spring Gardens Road
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If you are a rugby fan, Bath Rugby is a must. One of the most iconic premiership rugby grounds in the country (more for the location and surrounding view than the actual stadium itself), The Rec attracts around 15000 fans a game. It does sell out regularly but you can often get tickets on the day from the box office.
A great animal petting farm with loads of other activities too - has a cafe and runs a number of special events around the year - bonfire night and fireworks etc.
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Bath City Farm
Kelston View
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A great animal petting farm with loads of other activities too - has a cafe and runs a number of special events around the year - bonfire night and fireworks etc.

Parks & Nature

Lovely little garden to stroll about in, take dog for a walk, play tennis or let the kids run and play in the playground area. It also has the canal running through it so you have access to the towpath. Sydney Gardens is actually the only remaining 18th century pleasure gardens in the country. Frequented by Jane Austen and balloon pioneer Andres-Jacques Garnerin no less!
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Sydney Gardens
Sydney Place
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Lovely little garden to stroll about in, take dog for a walk, play tennis or let the kids run and play in the playground area. It also has the canal running through it so you have access to the towpath. Sydney Gardens is actually the only remaining 18th century pleasure gardens in the country. Frequented by Jane Austen and balloon pioneer Andres-Jacques Garnerin no less!
Great or den building with children; surrounded by a perfect walk through woods and fields giving great views over Bath. Dogs welcome too (on leads in the den building area). Great place for a run as well.
Bath Skyline's Woodland Play Area
Great or den building with children; surrounded by a perfect walk through woods and fields giving great views over Bath. Dogs welcome too (on leads in the den building area). Great place for a run as well.
One of the best panoramic views of the city in a lovely small park that also has a kids' playground. A good walk uphill from Widcombe or you can drive and park inside.
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Alexandra Park
5 Normandy Rd
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One of the best panoramic views of the city in a lovely small park that also has a kids' playground. A good walk uphill from Widcombe or you can drive and park inside.
Large kids playground about a 10 minute walk from city centre. Mix of equipment and a skateboard park. Further up the hill is where the hot air balloons take off.
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Children's Playground Victoria Park
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Large kids playground about a 10 minute walk from city centre. Mix of equipment and a skateboard park. Further up the hill is where the hot air balloons take off.

Sightseeing

Try the Bath Abbey tower tour - great views of the city, including the roof top pool of Thermae Bath Spa. The guided tour takes about 45 - 50 minutes and you get to see the bells and clock. There are 212 steps to the top of the tower arranged in two spiral staircases with an opportunity to rest in between.
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Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
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Try the Bath Abbey tower tour - great views of the city, including the roof top pool of Thermae Bath Spa. The guided tour takes about 45 - 50 minutes and you get to see the bells and clock. There are 212 steps to the top of the tower arranged in two spiral staircases with an opportunity to rest in between.
Beautiful old English village and abbey - something for Harry Potter movie fans too as many scenes were filmed here (as well as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, among others).
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Lacock
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Beautiful old English village and abbey - something for Harry Potter movie fans too as many scenes were filmed here (as well as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, among others).
Great old ruined 14th century castle / fortified mansion. Our kids loved clambering over the ruins. There's a free audio tour and some hidden treasures.
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Farleigh Hungerford Castle
A366
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Great old ruined 14th century castle / fortified mansion. Our kids loved clambering over the ruins. There's a free audio tour and some hidden treasures.
No.1 is a museum which has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796. The rooms feature historic furniture, pictures and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath's fashionable residents – both upstairs and downstairs.
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No. 1 Royal Crescent
1 Royal Cres
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No.1 is a museum which has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796. The rooms feature historic furniture, pictures and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath's fashionable residents – both upstairs and downstairs.
A must-see the Roman Baths consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water.
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The Roman Baths
Abbey Churchyard
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A must-see the Roman Baths consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water.
Designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769, the Assembly Rooms were built for dancing and music. Each of the four rooms, the Great Octagon, Tea Room, Ball Room and Card Room, had a specific purpose and are open to the public. There is a cafe and gift shop located on the ground floor, and the Bath Fashion Museum is located on the lower ground floor.
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Assembly Rooms
Bennett Street
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Designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769, the Assembly Rooms were built for dancing and music. Each of the four rooms, the Great Octagon, Tea Room, Ball Room and Card Room, had a specific purpose and are open to the public. There is a cafe and gift shop located on the ground floor, and the Bath Fashion Museum is located on the lower ground floor.