A guide to discovering Bath’s history

Quintessential British charm abounds in the postcard-pretty town of Bath, where a mix of Roman and Georgian gems have garnered the city UNESCO World Heritage status. Whether it’s retracing Jane Austen’s steps, uncovering the gorgeous architecture of the Royal Crescent or strolling the narrow winding streets, embrace everything this centuries-old city has to offer with our guide to discovering its history and beyond…

Soak up the historic sights

This gorgeous spa town is perhaps most famous for its impressive Roman Baths and their natural hot springs. It’s one of the most well-preserved ancient treasures in the UK, and with its very own museum, you can learn all about the rich, unique history. If you’re keen to bathe in these mineral-rich waters, Thermae Bath Spa is on hand with a rooftop pool and a range of treatments.

Next, marvel at the intricate honey-gold stone details, stained-glass windows and incredible fan vaulting of Bath Abbey, a majestic medieval beauty sitting right next to the baths, all before witnessing the grandeur and history of The Holburne Museum and its impressive collections.

The Ancient Roman Baths in the English city of Bath – illuminated by afternoon sunshine casting reflections in the thermal bathBath Abbey is visible in the distance framed by the pillars and shadows of the ancient remains belowBritain

Admire the awe-inspiring architecture

From Roman and Georgian to Gothic revival, this historic city isn’t short of impeccable age-old architecture – some of the greatest in the UK. The striking townhouses of The Circus and Royal Crescent are two of the most prominent examples of Georgian architecture, not to mention Pulteney Bridge, which is one of the most photographed treasures of the city. If you delve into Prior Park, you’ll also come across the eye-catching Palladian Bridge, which is one of only three remaining in all of England.

Pulteney Bridge by dusk, the main tourist attraction in Bath, UK.

Enjoy its most famous eateries

Combine history with dining at one of Bath’s most iconic cafés or restaurants. Head to The Pump Room for classic afternoon tea in an elegant setting, or for scones with a Jane Austen twist, there’s the charming The Regency Tea Rooms. Then there’s Sally Lunn’s, which is one of the oldest houses in the city and the original home of the famous Bath bun, while The Marlborough Tavern serves up a scrumptious Somerset Sunday roast alongside a local pint.