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Bath attractions

Bath makes the most of its fascinating history and here are some of the best attractions to visit. Since Bath is the only UK destination to have the whole city designated as a World Heritage Site, its historical attractions are a fantastic place to start your sightseeing. The very heart of Bath is packed with unmissable architecture, including famous Royal Crescent and The Circus, and is also home to some very special landmarks that have become major tourist attractions in their own right.

The obvious attraction to head to first is the Roman Baths, one of the UK’s most popular heritage attractions, which welcomes about a million visitors through its doors every year. Thermae Bath Spa is famous for its mineral-rich bathing waters and the main spa is the New Royal Bath. Nearby in the 18th-century Assembly Rooms you can get your fix of fashion at Bath’s well-respected Fashion Museum and The Holburne Museum is one of Bath’s great Georgian buildings, only ten minutes’ walk from the centre of town, set within five acres of grounds – once enjoyed by Jane Austen – now with a stunning modern extension. And if you’re an animal lover, the Bath area has some excellent, family-friendly attractions that appeal to all ages. A trip to Bath City Farm, where you can meet the many friendly animals, won’t cost you a penny.

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Bishop’s Palace
Bishop's Palace

The Bishop’s Palace, Wells BA5 2PD

Discover where the city of Wells got its name at Bishop’s Palace! At the heart of the historic city of Wells lies a moated, medieval palace that has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and it is open for all to enjoy. Discover 14 acres of breath-taking romantic and picturesque gardens, home to the wells that give the city its name, a family friendly café; dressing up clothes; children’s trails; a picnic area in the arboretum and of course, the world famous resident swans who ring a bell alongside the Gatehouse when they want food! Visit website

Longleat Safari Park

Warminster BA12 7NW

Longleat Safari Park packs in a whole host of wild attractions. On the Safari Drive-through you can brave the Monkey Mayhem and hunt for the resident wolf pack. You can also drive through Lion Country, Tiger Territory, the Deer Park, the Big Game Park, and Cheetah Kingdom. Hop out of your vehicle for a Walking Safari where you can get up close to some of the residents of the African Village. Visit website

Thermae Bath Spa
Thermae Bath Spa

The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SJ

Thermae Bath Spa is where past, present and future join for a special spa experience. You can enjoy Britain’s only natural thermal waters, as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago. The historic spa buildings, the Hot and Cross Baths blend with the contemporary design of the New Royal Bath. Together, they offer bathing in the warm, mineral-rich waters and a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind. Visit website

Bath Racecourse
Bath Racecourse

Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BU

Ideally situated on Lansdown Hill overlooking the picturesque Roman City of Bath, Bath Racecourse is the highest racecourse in Britain and is known for being intimate, relaxed and friendly. The racecourse hosts a variety of weekday, weekend and evening fixtures. It is able to offer superb raceday hospitality and sponsorship packages, and for non-racedays it is a venue for any occasion be it a conference, wedding, exhibition or private party. Visit website

Bailey Balloons
Bailey Balloons

44 Ham Green, Pill, Bristol BS20 0HA

Take a hot air balloon ride with a highly respected local company. Bailey Balloons is run by Jo and Clive Bailey whose wealth of experience, untouchable safety record and passion for ballooning has earned them their fantastic reputation. Fly from Royal Victoria Park and enjoy a personalised and memorable experience with Bailey Balloons. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Araraadt/; Bailey Balloons; Bath Racecourse; Bath Thermae Spa;; The Bishop’s Palace, Wells

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