Sure, you could spend your precious pounds soaking at the Roman Baths and drinking mineral-rich water in Bath, but when your wallet needs a break there's plenty still to discover. If you're headed to England's enchanting spa city, here are eight free things to do!
1. Royal Crescent and The Circus
Bath is famous for its stunning honey-colored Georgian architecture, and the two best examples are the Royal Crescent and the Circus. A row of 30 townhouses laid out in a curve, the Royal Crescent is the most impressive of Bath's seven crescents. While you won't find any flamethrowers or elephants, The Circus is another beautiful set of three crescents forming a circle, hence the name. Both places provide iconic Bath photo opportunities!
2. Bath Abbey
Whether you're coming for a service or just want to admire its architecture, a visit to Bath Abbey won't disappoint. The present abbey dates back to 1499, but there has been a place of Christian worship here for 1,200 years. Take in the striking facade, then step inside for to admire the detail of its magnificent stained-glass windows. While entry is free, a small donation is suggested.
3. The Victoria Art Gallery and The Holburne Museum
Lucky for you, two of Bath's premier museums are free! The Victoria Art Gallery holds a lovely collection of classic and contemporary art in a splendid Victorian building dating back to 1897. The Holburne Museum, set in a Grade I listed building among landscaped gardens, holds an impressive collection from Renaissance works to masterpieces by English painter Thomas Gainsborough.
4. Kennet and Avon Canal
Connecting the River Thames in Reading with the Bristol Channel, the Kennet and Avon Canal passes through some incredible landscapes, including Bath. The path lining the canal is one of the city's most popular places for walking, running and biking. Watch the canal boats glide gently along the water as you take in the panoramic views of Bath and beyond.
5. Pulteney Bridge
Crossing the River Avon, Pulteney Bridge is one of only four bridges in the world with shops spanning both sides. Inspired by Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the bridge was opened in 1770 and remains an iconic feature of Bath. Simply stroll across the bridge with a camera in hand.
6. Bath Skyline Walk
Explore Bath beyond the city center on this six-mile route taking you through meadows, woodlands and valleys. You'll certainly get your steps in, but the journey is well worth at as you will be treated to gorgeous views everywhere you look. Bring a picnic and spend an afternoon exploring Bath's countryside.
7. Royal Victoria and Alexandra Parks
Named after Queen Victoria who visited the park when she was 11 years old, the Royal Victoria Park is one of the best places to spend an afternoon in Bath. Spanning 57 acres, the park features beautiful botanic gardens, an 18-hole mini golf course, children's playground and an ice rink in winter. Lesser known is Alexandra Park, considered one of the best places to go for views of Bath and the surrounding countryside.
8. Assembly Rooms
Completed in 1771, the Assembly Rooms were at the center of the social scene in Bath. Described as "the most noble and elegant of any in the kingdom," the four rooms - the Great Octagon, Tea Room, Ball Room and Card Room - were used for entertainment and attended by Bath's wealthy elite. Today, you can visit them for free as long as they are not in use.
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