Bath is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage site known for its iconic Roman Baths and stunning Georgian Town Planning and architecture but it also has almost 5000 listed buildings and more museums per square foot than any other city. It truly is a living museum where history lines the streets.
However, there is a lot more to Bath than history and architecture. For those who seek adventure, there are plenty thins to keep you busy right on our doorstep.
Whether exploring the city, the river and canal or the nearby countryside, a bike is the ideal way to get around. From just outside the hotel, you can join the scenic Kennet & Avon Canal (https://canalrivertrust.org.uk) and take a traffic free trip for all the family.
The Two-Tunnels cycle path takes you through the glorious countryside of the Midford Valley as well as through the longest cycle tunnel in the UK (https://twotunnels.org.uk).
There is also the 13miles of the Bristol Bath Cycle Path which follows the old railway path (www.bristolbathrailwaypath.org.uk)
Just a 5 min walk from the hotel, Bath Bike Hire, www.BathBikeHire.com (01225 447276) has a full range of adult and kids bikes to hire for a half or full day.
Further afield, Towpath Trail Bike and Canoe Hire www.TTcycles.co.uk (01225 867187) in the pretty town of Bradford on Avon offers a wide selection of bikes as well as canoe and kayak hire for the day or half day.
Alternatively, if you are staying in the city centre and don’t want to travel by foot, Nextbike www.nextbike.co.uk has 14 docking stations around the city where you can sign up to use their facilities.
Now one of the most accessible and emerging sports in the UK, Stand Up Paddle boarding is a relaxed and fun experience for all the family. Original Wild runs sessions in and around Bath, www.originalwild.com.
If you prefer sitting down, kayaking and canoeing are both accessible. Original Wild has kayaks to hire on the Avon, while TT Cycles will hire kayaks and canoes on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
If that sound too energetic, why not sit back and enjoy a cruise from Pultney Bridge and hear about the city’s history while absorbing the rivers tranquil surroundings, www.pultneycruisers.com.
If you fancy an exhilarating birds eye view of Bath, then a hot air balloon offers breath taking and impressive views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Both Bath Balloons, www.bathballoons.co.uk and Bailey Balloons www.baileyballoons.co.uk offer various experiences from group flights to romantic, champagne trips for two.
There is plenty to see strolling around our World heritage City, and Visit Bath, www.visitbath.co.uk organise audio walking tours to help you discover the city’s history.
Further afield, the Bath Skyline, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bathskyline, ranges from 2-6 miles and offers stunning views of the city.
Less demanding is the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal, meandering out of the city and through beautiful valleys. www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
We have beautiful grounds here at the hotel and we are happy to pack you up a picnic of Afternoon Tea to take away and enjoy on our terrace or in the garden.
If you want to enjoy a picnic further afield, here are our top suggestions:
Just across the road from the hotel, is the entrance to Sydney gardens, one of the last remaining 18th Century Pleasure Gardens. From here you can also access the Kennet & Avon canal.
Parade Gardens – very close to the city centre, here you can enjoy the views of Pultney Bridge and the Weir as well as take in some live music from the bandstand if you are lucky.
Royal Crescent & Royal Victoria Park – After sightseeing at the Royal Crescent, head for Royal Victoria Park. This is Bath’s largest park and houses the Botanic Gardens as well as a kids adventure playground, tennis courts and a great crazy golf course.
Henrietta Park just behind Great Pultney Street is a peaceful oasis that is never too busy.
Alexandra Park – this is the wooded hillside on the south side of Bath. It is a tranquil green space with magnificent views over Bath.
Prior Park – this is a National Trust Park but well worth the entrance fee . It is a beautiful 18th century landscaped garden set in a sweeping valley with magnificent views of Bath.