Bath is a compact city rich in history and famed for its elegance and incomparable architecture. For thousands of years its Baths, fed by a unique, ever-flowing, constantly hot spring, have attracted visitors, from the legendary Prince Bladud to the Romans, the eighteenth century great and good, and present day tourists, all eager to experience its healing effects. The local, honeyed stone inspired its Georgian architects to create the loveliest urban streets in England, graced by stylish squares and iconic crescents and set within superb countryside, that have gained it World Heritage status.
With your personal Bath Guide you can discover Bath on foot, in the comfort of your own coach or even in a private hire vehicle with a guide. We can meet you in Bath or if you prefer, in any location within 50 miles, such as Bristol, Swindon or Weston-super-Mare.
Below are some examples of our most popular tours:
A One hour city centre Highlights Coach Tour (only available in English) See Queen Square where the 18thC town plan really began, the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Assembly Rooms. Also see Pulteney Bridge, the Guildhall and the Abbey (exterior only)
1. Introductory tour
Discover how Bath grew from a small Roman settlement to the most complete Georgian city. Hear stories of those who came to Bath to make their fortunes, such as Beau Nash, the city’s Master of Ceremonies and William Oliver, inventor of the famous Bath Oliver biscuit and others who lost it gambling. All tours include Bath Abbey, the last great church to be built in the middle ages, Pulteney Bridge, one of only four bridges in the world with shops on both sides, the perfect circle of the King’s Circus and the magnificent sweep of the Royal Crescent, still private homes after 250 years.
Find out how building methods changed from the medieval stone masons working on the Abbey church to the blossoming of the Neo-Palladian styled city, in the 18th century. Learn about John Wood and his vision for Bath, the grandiose ambitions of his son, John Wood the younger and how both influenced later architects, particularly in the creation of the Bathwick Estate, across Pulteney Bridge.
3. Jane Austen
Jane Austen, who lived in Bath for 5 years, set two novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, in the city. We can follow in her footsteps, visiting the Royal Crescent, the Gravel Walk, Queens Square, the Theatre Royal, the Assembly Rooms and other places that nourished her imagination.
Bath has always had an attraction for artists. Thomas Gainsborough lived in the Circus for eleven years, painting many portraits, including those of playwright Richard Sheridan and the great actor David Garrick, as well as those of beautiful society ladies. Sir Thomas Lawrence, who had many patrons in Bath before he left for London at the age of 18, later became official portrait painter to George lll. In the 1790’s Thomas Rowlandson mocked the fashionable crowds who came to Bath in his famous series The Comforts of Bath. Walter Sickert loved painting in Bath and moved to the city for the last two years of his life with his third wife, the artist Therese Lessore.
5. The Royal Connection
Hear how Elizabeth l saved the Abbey Church when it was in danger of being destroyed. Our present queen celebrated 1000 years of the English Monarchy in the same church in 1973 commemorating the crowning there of King Edgar, in 973. See the pool used by the Queens of Charles ll and James ll and discover how Queen Anne made Bath the most fashionable city in England.
1. Introductory tour
Taking more time, we can escort you through the Roman Baths and guide you inside the Abbey and the Assembly Rooms (when they are open).
We have time to visit the interior of the Abbey and the Assembly Rooms. We could also take the coach to Prior Park Gardens to see the magnificent Palladian mansion built by John Wood for Ralph Allen, Bath’s postmaster, quarry owner and philanthropist. The views of the city from the gardens are stunning.
3. Jane Austen
Jane loved to walk and in half a day we can extend the town walk to visit Beechen Cliff, which features in Northanger Abbey or walk to Weston village, one of her favorites.
In a half day, our town walk could include a visit to the Victoria Art Gallery and the Holburne Museum, then finishing with lunch or afternoon tea before a short stroll back to the centre of Bath.
Whole day tours
1. Half day tours of Bath can be combined with an afternoon visit to the American Museum at Claverton Manor, on the edge of the city. the only museum of Americana outside the United States, or a visit to Dyrham Park with its Baroque mansion or Longleat’s Tudor house.
2. Half day tours of Bath could be combined with half days in Wiltshire or Bristol.
Prior Park, Bath
The Palladian Bridge set in an 18th century landscape.
Book your tour
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All guides have gained the coveted Blue Badge and all are members of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. We have specialists in all the topics covered and guides speaking English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch. We aim to make tours informative and entertaining.
1. Royal Crescent
2. The Circus
3. Pulteney Bridge
4. Bath Abbey
5. Assembly Rooms
6. Roman Baths
7. Holburne Museum
8. Riverside coach park
9. City Centre coach drop-off and pick-up point
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