When I first came to Bath, it was love at first sight. Who would not be charmed by its beautiful Georgian buildings, charming shops as well as its quaint little street.
What are the ten things, I recommend you to do? From the Annexe, I advise you to take the Park and Ride in Lansdown. You will arrive in Milsom street, one of the shopping street of this wonderful town.
The Assembly Room
Firstly go up the slope then pass the Antique Market in Bartlett Street. You will reach The Assembly Rooms. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you would have read about her characters dancing away in this beautiful building. Admire the wonderful chandeliers in the magnificent ballroom. Shut your eyes and imagine meeting Mr Darcy for a dance!. You can then go downstairs below the ballroom where you will find the Museum of Costumes.
Leave the Assembly rooms turn towards the Circus. Admire the stunning building designed by the prominent architect John Wood, the Elder, it was begun in 1754 and completed in 1768. Such a perfection!
The Royal Crescent
The next stop is the Royal Crescent. On your way, have a look at Margaret’s Buildings. They are full of charming shops and little restaurants .The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 to the design of John Wood the Younger, it forms a semi-ellipse of thirty Grade I listed houses arranged around a great Lawn. What a gem the Royal Crescent is! No. 1 Royal Crescent is the first building at the eastern end of the Royal Crescent. It is magnificent restored Georgian House. The interior has authentic fittings as a result you can therefore easily imagine your life in the 18th century.
Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by Princess Victoria, it was the first park named after her. You will find an obelisk dedicated to her. One beautiful feature of Victoria Park are the botanical gardens. You will admire a wide collection of trees, shrubs and flowers. If you fancy it, you can experience a hot air balloon ride over Bath, as they usually launch from Royal Victoria Park or you can just watched them being launched.
Jane Austen Centre
As you walk back towards town through the park, you will pass The Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street. It is a small museum reminiscing the life and times of Jane Austen. In addition there is also a Regency tearoom
The Roman Baths
Go through town. You may be tempted to step in the numerous shops along your way but aim for the The Roman Baths, at the heart of the City World Heritage Site They consist of the remarkably preserved ancient temple and Bath. The thermal hot springs can be seen in the site.
Just across the Roman Bath, you can see the Abbey a very imposing building. It is worth a visit and you can only be impressed by the amazing stained glass windows.
Next stop is Pulteney Bridge. Pulteney Bridge crosses the river Avon. It was finished by 1774 , it is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span on both sides. The weir below is quite spectacular
The Holburne Museum
Finally, carry down the avenue to Sydney Garden where you will find the Holburne Museum with its fascinating collection of art. There often some very good exhibitions.
I hope that you have enjoyed your visit of this great city. There are many more things to visit but this will be another post!