6 stunning sights not to be missed
There is certainly no shortage of fascinating architecture and sights of interest to ogle over on your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, particularly if it’s your first time to the city, there are a number of highlights you don’t want to miss, we’ve selected six of the city’s most remarkable sights for you to explore…
Congregations have worshiped on this hallowed ground for over 1,000 years. The magnificent Victorian Gothic interior is the work of Sir George Gilbert Scott and tower-top tours can be taken in-line with Covid restrictions, for those braver few keen to gain a unique perspective on the city around you.
Escape to the country within a stone’s throw of the city. Enter an oasis of calm in the beautiful eighteenth-century landscaped garden of Prior Park. This natural haven was created by the dynamic duo of Bath-based entrepreneur Ralph Allen and infamous landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, who together have designed a tranquil garden that withstands the test of time, complete with its very own woodland, lake and striking Palladian Bridge, one of only three in Britain.
You could be enjoying such a sensation in Italy, but no Pulteney Bridge was built in 1774 and is fixed firmly in Somerset. However, the bridge was inspired by Ponte Vecchio in Florence and is quite unusual in that it is lined by shops on either side, one of only four such structures in the world. It is a real jewel in the city’s crown, with wonderful views enjoyed day and night over Pulteney Weir.
Once an exclusive meeting place for Bath’s rich and famous to see and be seen, residents would gather to dance, gamble and drink copious amounts of tea. Today the Assembly Rooms are open for all to marvel at the decorative grandeur within. Visitors can still enjoy a cup of tea from the onsite café, whilst gaining a taste of how the Georgians’ once lived in high society.
Carefully designed by John Wood the Elder, this 360-degree spectacle is a unique feat of historic architecture, inspired by ancient pagan sites like nearby Stonehenge and other classical examples Roman architecture and has played home to many respectable gentlemen over the years including renowned artist Thomas Gainsborough one former Prime Minister.
The Royal Crescent
In a city of world-class architecture there is still one monumental icon that is infamous with the city, The Royal Crescent is a sweeping arc of Georgian townhouses made from the iconic honey-coloured sandstone found right across Bath. It was said to have been created for the city’s most affluent residents, allowing them a taste of country-style living with vast lawns in-front, despite their place in the heart of this beautiful city.
Planning to stay a while? Bath Self Catering are pleased to welcome guests back once more for a relaxing stay in this city of wonders.