An Unconventional Tour of Bath

Stairs to Parade Gardens, Bath, Somerset, United KingdomParade Gardens (I love that staircase!) with the Empire Hotel behind. Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom.

During a walking tour of Bath, I found myself taking pictures of various scenes that caught my eye. As it turned out, I hit upon a lot of Bath highlights, which I am posting here. What you won’t find in this post, however, are a few locations that I think deserve special attention (as in separate posts).

I’ve already posted a three-part tour of My Best of Bath Abbey, a post on the Pulteney Bridge, which spans the River Avon, and an image of the main Roman bath. So for this photo tour I won’t revisit those locations, but will focus on select locations within the city of Bath itself.

Parade Gardens in BathThe Parade Gardens Municipal Park is a serene, centrally located spot beside the River Avon and very close to Bath Abbey. The park is sunken in relation to the surrounding roads and their traffic. The Angel of Peace statue (King Edward VII Memorial), in the foreground at the base of the steps, keeps watch over the garden near its entrance. To gain entrance as a visitor, the current ticket prices are £1.00 per adult and £0.70 per concession (locals get in for free).

Grand Parade, BathThe Grand Parade, which passes beside the River Avon and by the Pulteney Bridge, is the street at the north end of the Parade Gardens. If you look at this post’s first image, you can see that same bus from the opposite angle.

That bus is just one of many that are part of Bath City Sightseeing Tour‘s hop on hop off routes, which provide access to over 20 stops covering the majority of Bath’s tourist attractions. I’ve never taken the tour, so I can’t really offer an opinion, but given my experience on other cities’ hop on hop off buses, I’d expect that it provides a lot of good information along with the transportation.

St Michaels Church, BathSt Michael’s Church looks very proud to me. And there’s another one of those buses!

Milsom Street, Bath, Somerset, United KingdomThis is Milsom Street, which is a main shopping street. The buildings were originally town houses, but most are now used as shops, offices, and banks.

Royal Mineral Water Hospital, BathThe Royal Mineral Water Hospital, founded in 1738, originally provided care for the impoverished sick who were attracted to Bath because of the supposed healing properties of the mineral water. It is now part of the National Health Service (NHS) and specializes in Rheumatic diseases. I don’t know if Bath’s mineral water is still used as any part of a patient’s treatment, but I doubt it.

This photo of the hospital and pedestrian area was taken from roughly the same spot as the photo above, but facing south instead of north.

The Circus, Bath, Somerset, United KingdomOne street over from Milsom and a bit farther north and we entered the Circus, a perfectly round group of buildings surrounding a road that circles a small garden area.

Panorama of The Circus, Bath, Somerset, United KingdomHere is a panorama of the Circus, considered the masterpiece of John Wood the Elder and one of the key reasons Bath was awarded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset, United KingdomTo the west of and very close by the Circus, we encountered the Royal Crescent, which contains some 30 houses, including one that is now the Royal Crescent Hotel and another, Number 1, that is open to the public.

Bath Royal Crescent PanoramaA panorama of the Royal Crescent doesn’t really do it justice. The unique curved feature of the townhouse block has been stretched and appears straighter than it actually is.

Royal Crescent in BathHere’s a more direct view of the Royal Crescent. In front of the Royal Crescent is a ha-ha, a ditch faced with a vertical stone retaining wall on the inner side and a sloped and turfed outer side. The purpose of the landscaping feature is to keep grazing livestock out of a garden while providing an uninterrupted view from within. I doubt renegade sheep are a contemporary problem, but who knows?

Street in Bath, Somerset, United KingdomWe passed Great Pulteney Street on our way out of town. This grand thoroughfare was commissioned by William Pulteney, who also commissioned the Pulteney Bridge. Jane Austin used to call this elegant locale home.

Door in BathA door. That’s it. Perhaps there’s more of a story. I don’t know. I just liked it.

Street in BathDaniel Street has character, but the residences are less grand than those found on the nearby Great Pulteney Street.

Bathwick Street, Bath, EnglandNear the edge of town, we traveled along Bathwick Street…

Bathwick Street, Bath, Englandtowards London Road, where we turned right and headed for home.

So, at the conclusion of this tour, I hope you’ve had a taste of Bath’s architecture and some of its famous and lesser-known attractions. Of course, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of all that is Bath, but what post ever could?

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About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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9 Responses to An Unconventional Tour of Bath

  1. I’ve been to Bath only once, but I remember the feel of the place vividly still. It was nice to revisit with your post–and see some places I definitely missed.

  2. These are amazing! I want to go to Bath someday 😀

  3. Lovely photos! It’d be nice if the legendary mineral water is still in use, but that would put hospitals out of business, per se! haha! I never made it out to Bath while I was in London, but hoping to make it out sometime in the summer.

  4. jasminekeclipse says:

    I’ll always remember my first trip to Bath. Your photos are lovely, what camera did you use?

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