5 free things to do in... Bath

Date Posted: 12/12/2012

 Royal Crescent in Bath - perfect for a group visit.

Pictured: The Royal Crescent in Bath is a stunning example of Georgian architecture.

There is no need to spend money to be inspired in BathWith a rich cityscape for big days out on a budget, the UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a selection of cultural and heritage experiences, for free.

1. Free walking tours

Bath is a compact city and is best explored by foot. Ensure your group does not miss the best bits by booking a tour with an experienced guide such as the free Mayor of Bath's Corps of Honorary Guide.

Once in the hands of the experts you will be led on a two hour exploration to see the splendours of the city including the iconic Royal Crescent and Circus, and uncover things about the city known only by locals.

Organised parties of 12 or more are welcome, but group travel organisers must book four weeks in advance.

2. Museums and galleries

The Victoria Art Gallery is a free public art gallery offering an unusual collection of fine art in the centre of Bath.

The museum presents a varied programme of exhibitions from historical to contemporary and prides itself on showcasing internationally recognisable artists alongside local talent.

Standing proud at the end of Great Pulteney Street is the Holburne Museum, one of Bath’s greatest buildings, housing some of the finest treasures to be found in the city from Gainsborough paintings to Renaissance pieces.

Entrance to the museum is free, but a small charge is made for temporary exhibitions.

3. Parks and gardens

If you are planning a group trip to Bath during the warmer months, be sure to visit one of the city’s many parks and gardens – why not sit back and relax on the lawns in front of the Royal Crescent whilst enjoying a picnic, for example?

Bath in Fashion - free events ideal for group travel

Pictured: Bath in Fashion offers a selection of free events.

Nestled below the Crescent is Royal Victoria Park, boasting 57 acres of attractive landscape. Originally an arboretum, the ground still contains an extensive collection of trees along with a bird aviary, bedding displays and a boating pond – ideal for floating model boats or feeding the ducks.

4. A city of festivals and events

Truly a year-round city, Bath presents a packed programme of festivals and events that will satisfy foodies, fashionistas and even Janeites.

In April the city celebrates its thriving retail offer and fashion heritage with Bath in Fashion – a fiesta of catwalk shows, talks with fashion experts, and vintage fashion fairs. Some of the events are free, with tickets for main shows starting from £15.

Foodies will devour October’s Great Bath Feast– where groups can sample local Somerset delights and learn from the masters with live demonstrations.

The pinnacle of Bath’s events calendar however, is the Bath Christmas Market. Set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Bath Abbey, visitors will find an array of wooden chalets bursting with colourful decorations and unique handmade gifts.

5. Party in the city

The biggest free show in Bath, Party in the City is the grand opening of the Bath International Music Festival, when Bath explodes with music from 22nd May to 2nd June.

On the first Friday of every festival you will find over 3,000 performers taking centre stage in more than 30 venues.

Dance the night away to music of every kind as Bath celebrates its panoramic music scene – with folk, rock, pop, choral, jazz, electronic, orchestral, brass and more.

For further group travel information visit www.visitbath.co.uk.

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