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5 Must-Sees In Bath, England

Bath, England: history, architecture, food and more

History of Bath

9 Must-Sees in Bath
Bath England

Bath England

Before there was Bridgerton, there was Sally Lunn.

Whether it’s the world-class spas, gorgeous architecture, incredible food, or cultural attractions luring you to Bath, deciding what to squeeze in on a short break is challenging. 

Hungry for food and drink recommendations? Curious about Bath’s history? A quick flick-through will leave your head full of itinerary ideas, tips even more reasons to book a trip to Bath.  

I’ll cover the niche, from places to stay for Jane Austen fans to where to seek out delicious sweet treats. I’ll cover Bath’s most famous bits. Like roundups of the iconic landmarks and attractions, everyone should visit at least once, including the Roman Baths.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident looking for new experiences in the city, dive in and enjoy getting to know Bath inside out. 

Architecture in Bath, England

Bath, England
Royal Crescent

1.The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent still stands out in a city packed with world-class architecture. A sweeping arc of Georgian townhouses made from warm, honey-colored stone and fronted by expansive green lawns, it was designed by John Wood the Younger to give well-off residents the feel of country living in the heart of the city. Mission accomplished.

The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses in a sweeping crescent in Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood, the Younger, and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the most outstanding examples of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom and is a Grade I listed building. Although some changes have been made to the various interiors, the Georgian stone facade remains as it was when first built.

The Circus
The Circus, Bath, England

2. The Circus

Another Georgian marvel, the work of John Wood, the Elder, and The Circus, is a 360-degree masterclass in design. Inspired by ancient pagan sites like Stonehenge and classical Roman architecture, it has long been one of Bath’s most sought-after addresses. Former residents include artist Thomas Gainsborough and Prime Minister William Pitt, the Elder.

The Circus is a historic ring of large townhouses in Bath, Somerset, England, forming a circle with three entrances. Designed by architect John Wood, the Elder, it was built between 1754 and 1769 and is regarded as a pre-eminent example of Georgian architecture. The name comes from the Latin Circus, meaning a ring, oval, or circle. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.

The Circus is divided into three segments of equal length, with a lawn in the center. Each segment faces one of the three entrances, ensuring a classical façade is always presented straight ahead.

The Abbey
The Abbey

3. Bath Abbey

There has been a place of worship on this spot for more than 1,000 years (King Edgar, the first king of all England, was crowned here in AD973), but many of the present-day Abbey’s most spectacular features are more recent. In particular, Bath Abbey’s stunning Victorian Gothic interior is the work of Sir George Gilbert Scott, who made numerous improvements between 1864 and 1874, including the soaring vaulted stone ceiling above the nave. Nearby you’ll find the World Heritage Center, where you can learn more about Bath’s World Heritage status, ask about free walking trails and pick up guides to the city.
Bath Abbey is an Anglican parish church and an old monastery in Bath, Somerset. Its full name is the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath. It was founded in the 7th century, reorganized in the 10th century, and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. It is one of the finest and most prominent examples of Gothic architecture (Perpendicular style) in the West of England.
The church is a former Benedictine monastery and a former cathedral.

Sally Lunn
Sally Lunn’s House

4. Sally Lunn’s House

Dating back to 1482, Sally Lunn’s on North Parade Passage has a credible claim to being Bath’s oldest surviving house. Its history stretches back even further, as excavations in the cellar have revealed artifacts left behind by the city’s early Roman inhabitants. However old the house is, one thing needs to be put up for dispute. This is the birthplace of the local delicacy, the Sally Lunn bun. A taste of this Bath original is a vital part of any visit.

The famous Bath delicacy is the Sally Lunn Bun – the original Bath Bun. Many people confuse the London Bath Bun [small, heavy, and sweet] and a Sally Lunn Bun.

The word bun is an unhelpful description. There is no handy common English word to describe a Sally Lunn Bun, as it is part bun, part bread, part cake… A large and generous but very, very light bun; a little like brioche/French festival bread….but traditionally, it is a bun, so, even if it isn’t a bun, let’s call it a bun!

Versions of the Sally Lunn bun can be found across the globe – bakers in the UK, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia have all tried to replicate it…but without success. And that’s because the original secret recipe was passed with the deeds to Sally Lunn’s house.

Roman Bath
Roman Baths

5. Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Hidden beneath the present city of Bath lies the stone remains of one of the finest religious spas of the ancient world.
Constructed around 70AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex, the Roman Baths are one of the world’s best-preserved Roman remains, with 1,170,000 liters of steaming spring water reaching 46°C, which still fills the bathing site every single day.
The Roman Baths is the site of extensive ruins and an interactive museum filled with many treasures and visual snippets that transport you back to Roman times and the lives of the Aquae Sulis people. Walk on ancient pavements as the Romans did 2,000 years ago, and explore chambers historically housing changing rooms and tepid plunge pools.
Be sure to pick up an audioguide and listen to fascinating commentary as you slowly navigate the site, available in 12 languages and with exceptional guides for children.
All tickets must be booked in advance on the Roman Baths website.

Historical England

England is rich in centuries-old architecture, food, stories, and more. London is one of many cities rich in site-seeing. Get out of the city. See the villages and towns surrounding the big cities, and you will be amazed at what they offer. Travels require being ready and prepared. Make sure you have all you need for your trips. Grab your go-to list right here.

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