We’re privileged here at Toghill House to reside equidistant from two wonderful cities, both just a few minutes’ drive away: Bath to the south and Bristol to the east.
Our guests who come to stay and enjoy our rural life therefore also have the option of exploring and experiencing one or both of these unique English cities.
Bath, in particular, fascinates many because of its World Heritage status, well-known and amazingly well-preserved Roman baths, magnificent Abbey, and its legendary Georgian architecture that conjures up visions of an era of aristocratic leisure and pleasure when fashionable ladies and gents came to socialise and “take the waters” of the hot springs.
We’ve discovered, though, that many visitors don’t know the half of what they can discover and do in beautiful Bath, beyond visiting the iconic landmarks and regular tourist attractions!
Let’s start with Museums – of which Bath has more than its fair share! My personal favourite is the Museum of Costume at the Bath Assembly Rooms in Bennett Street, which showcases fashion through the ages; but that is very well-known and we’re looking for the more obscure ….
- Did you know that the planet Uranus was discovered from the garden of a house in New King Street in Bath in 1781? At the time it was the home of the distinguished and renowned astronomer and telescope-builder, William Herschel, and his sister Caroline. Today it is a museum dedicated to their life and work. The garden is particularly lovely. Find the Herschel Museum at 19 New King Street, BA1 2BL.
- To really get to know Bath beyond the Georgian façade delve into the Museum of Bath at Work which tells the story of 2,000 years of the city’s development and how the locals made their living through the generations. It’s quite an eye-opener, and can be found in Julian Road, BA1 2RH.
- Not strictly speaking IN Bath, but close enough at Claverton, is a surprise from Uncle Sam! Take a trip to the States at the American Museum, billed as the only museum of American decorative and folk out outside the US. Its housed in a manor house in a beautiful setting and there’s always something interesting going on. You can catch a shuttle bus from Terrace Walk in the centre of Bath or find it yourself at BA2 7BD.
If you’re visiting Bath (especially with children) don’t miss out on the fun to be had at Royal Victoria Park. Take a picnic along (our guests can arrange this with us) and be prepared to spend an active day in the impressive play area, lush green lawns, feeding the ducks, pitching and putting, skateboarding or whatever else takes your fancy.
Best of all is the Botanical Gardens, covering 9 and a half acres planted with stunning plantings and filled with fascinating features.
Find the park at Marlborough Lane, BA1 2NQ.
Speaking of gardens and green spaces, how about trying to solve the Beazer Gardens Maze (actually a labyrinth). You’ll find it if you take the set of steps down the south side of the east end of Pulteney Bridge, and follow the path along the River Avon. It’s a quiet little garden, containing the stone paths of the labyrinth which children just love to try to figure out.
Canal Cruises & Tow Path Walk
The spectacularly scenic Kennet & Avon Canal begins in Bath and weaves its way through to Reading in Berkshire. The stretch between Bath and picturesque Bradford-on-Avon has a wonderful towpath for walking or cycling along. You may like to hire your own narrowboat for a half or full day and go exploring, or take one of the many skippered cruises on offer from the operators in Bath.
Bath’s more modern and newest attraction is the “escape rooms” – a set of real life interactive room escape games: locked in a room in a group of up to six people you have limited time to solve clues and escape before you’re incinerated or suffer some equally dreadful virtual fate!
The same operators also offer Detective tours lasting several hours during which you tramp the city tracking down clues to solve a crime.
Bath Escape is at 12A Princes Street BA1 1HL, but you need to book in advance.
This is just a tiny selection of “things to do in Bath” that you may have missed on previous visits to the city, or not put on your list for your upcoming visit.
The great thing about Bath is that it keeps on giving as long as you keep visiting, and Toghill House Farm is the ideal, comfortable home from home from which to explore the city.