Roman Baths

Georgian architecture, a host of top-class museums, Roman history, natural thermal spas and boutique shops: there’s something for everyone in the treasured south west city of Bath.

It’s reported that Bath has been welcoming visitors for well over 2,000 years. The aesthetically-pleasing honey-coloured stone buildings, natural hot springs, nostalgic ties to author Jane Austen and array of cultural offerings are enough to suggest that the city will continue attracting tourists for the next 2,000 years – and probably the 2,000 years after that.

Underneath the more recognisable tourism honey traps are plenty of other things to discover throughout the city streets. Did you know that Bath is thought to be the metropolis that inspired Mary Shelley to finish writing Frankenstein? Or that it’s where plasticine was first created, in 1897?

Whether it’s the beaten track you’re after, or a secret alleyways of discovery and adventure, Bath has plenty of appeal. Here, we pick out some of the city’s best bits, to prove why the popularity of ‘spa city’ doesn’t look like it’s going to cease any time soon.

1. There’s a big anniversary this year

2017 marks 250 years since the foundation stone was laid on the Royal Crescent, on 19th May 1767. Join in the year-long celebration with a varied programme of events, trails, workshops, concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and talks to commemorate this special anniversary.

royal crescent bath credit VisitBritain and Simon Winnall

Pictured: Royal Crescent, Bath. (Photo credit: VisitBritain / Simon Winnall).

2. Bath is a World Heritage Site

2017 also marks 30 years since the city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. Groups can enjoy architectural highlights like picturesque Georgian crescents, terraces and squares around every corner.

3. Museums and galleries aplenty

Bath reportedly has more museums and galleries than many cities twice its size. You can see interesting collections of artwork for free at The Holburne Museum and Victoria Art Gallery, and find out about Bath's Georgian legacy at No. 1 Royal Crescent.

Holburne Museum

Pictured: The Holburne Museum.

4. You can walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, author of novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Emma, made Bath her home for five years. This year, visitors can commemorate 200 years since her death by visiting attractions with ties to her life and career, like the Jane Austen Centre. Group rates are available here for parties of 12 or more.

5. Spa time is a given

Bath is famed for its thermal water, and a great place for groups to soaks up its restorative powers is Thermae Bath Spa. An open top pool and group rates for parties of between eight and 12 people may well appeal to GTOs. Follow with a visit to the historic Roman Baths to discover this attraction’s origins.

Pictured: The open top pool at Thermae Bath Spa.

6. Eclectic shops are in abundance

Those groups who enjoy shopping will find plenty to while away the hours by visiting Bath’s collection of independent stores. From jewellery, clothes and accessories, to toys, gifts and homeware, there’s plenty to inspire – and don’t forget to stop for a break at one of the city’s independent cafes, too.

7. There are plenty of festivals

Bath describes itself as a city for all the seasons, and hosts festivals and events year-round. Upcoming events include Bath Folk Festival, which will run from 12th to 20th August and present concerts, dancing and workshops, and the annual Jane Austen Festival, taking place this year from 8th until 17th September.

ane Austen Festival, Bath Credit VisitEngland and Owen Benson

Pictured: The Jane Austen Festival. (Photo credit: VisitEngland / Owen Benson).

8. You’re never too far from a field

Lovers of wide open spaces need not fear: Bath’s outskirts offer green and leafy parks, expanses of beautiful Somerset countryside and plenty of places to discover the local heritage. The company Around and About Bath offers private guided tours for groups that discover the most ‘quintessentially English’ locations.

These ideas are courtesy of Visit Bath. Group travel organisers can find more inspiration and ideas for a future visit to the city by visiting