Bath has been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years, with some of the finest architectural sights in Europe. The Royal Crescent and Circus are Georgian masterpieces, and amongst the reasons for the UNESCO award of World Heritage Site status to the city. This is the area to head for if you want to feel like you are in a Jane Austen novel (when the first stop on your route could be the Jane Austen Centre). No 1 Royal Crescent, with its recreation of a domestic Georgian interior, and the Assembly Rooms (which also houses the world class Fashion Museum) are top attractions, but Bath Postal Museum and the Museum of Bath at Work are amongst many others.
Clustered together in the lower part of the city you will find the Roman Baths Museum, Bath Abbey, the Guildhall Market and the lovely Pulteney Bridge – the only historic bridge, apart from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, to have shops built into it. The 200 year old Theatre Royal is one of the most important theatres in the UK outside London, and Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s original and only natural thermal Spa. If you are short of time, or don’t want to walk too far, Bath Bus Company open topped bus tours circuit the major sights in under an hour, with departure points around the city.
Bath offers unique shopping in its compact, pedestrian friendly city centre, with small independent shops and stylish boutiques alongside familiar big name stores and exclusive designer brands. Southgate shopping centre is just across the road from the station and is a pleasant entry point for the rest for the rest of the city’s great shopping. Green Park Station has found new life as a market, supplemented on Saturdays by the popular Farmers Market. You can also hire bikes here, maybe to take off along the Bristol to Bath Railway path.