How fortunate we are to live, work and host our B&B guests just a stone’s throw from the uniquely beautiful city of Bath in North East Somerset.
With Bath on our doorstep, our guests have so much to do and see during a stay with us here at the farm. Not surprisingly, many visitors return again and again or even extend their planned stay because they can’t get enough of the glorious Heritage city.
Since ancient Roman times, Bath has been a centre of leisure for residents and visitors from far and wide. From the Roman Baths where people would soak and relax, to the Regency period where Jane Austin would find her writing inspiration, to today where millions pass through the great historic city.
Bath is characterised by its distinct honey-coloured Georgian buildings and the mythical waters that still flow into relaxing spas. The city is packed with first-class restaurants, wonderful shops, markets, museums and dozens of amazing attractions.
We’ve picked out what we believe to be Bath’s top five attractions for you to visit when you’re next in the city.
- The Roman Baths
Let’s start at the very beginning. The well-preserved Roman Bath complex below the heart of the city was built around 70AD and are still fed every day with 1,170,000 litres of mineralised spring water at a temperature that reaches 46°C. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans and marvel at their technological and architectural skills as described by the commentary in an audioguide. You can finish off your visit above the Roman ruins in the Georgian Pump Room, where you can sample the spa water and take afternoon tea in style, in the manner of the leisurely 18th Century aristocrats who came to Bath to amuse themselves and “take the waters”. See the Roman Baths website for further information, prices and opening hours.
Find it: Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ
Comments: The Roman Baths are open every day but times vary through the year. In summer they’re open as late as 10 pm for a magical torchlight experience. If you book tickets online in advance you receive a 10% discount.
- The Royal Crescent & Museum
The breathtakingly beautiful Palladian architecture of Bath’s Royal Crescent, a curved terrace of fine Georgian townhouses built between 1767 and 1774, is world-renowned. Relax on the lawns fronting the Crescent and imagine yourself back in the days when idle fashionable ladies would twirl their parasols and flirt with elegant gentlemen. Then you’ll be ready to step into No 1 Royal Crescent, the first house to be built in the row, which is now a museum where you can see what life was like in 18th Century Bath in the luxurious accommodation behind the façade. Each room has been authentically furnished and decorated, right down to “below stairs” where you’ll find the original kitchen and servants’ hall. See the One Royal Crescent website for further information, prices and opening hours.
Find it: 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR
Comments: There’s a 48-hour combination ticket available online which covers No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. The Museum, run as a charity, closes on occasion for maintenance, so its wise to check the website before planning a visit.
- Fashion Museum
You’ll need a couple of hours to traverse all of this incredible collection of costume through the ages, which is housed in the Assembly Rooms building where the fashion icons of the 18th Century used to strut their stuff at various entertainments. The museum collection includes more than 100,000 pieces, the earliest being embroidered shirts and gloves from about 1600 and the most recent being the current “Dress of the Year”. You’ll be able to admire the work of the great designers from Mary Quant to Alexander McQueen and Donatella Versace, as well as ordinary everyday outfits worn through the centuries. See the Fashion Museum Bath website for further information, prices and opening hours.
Find it: Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH
Comments: You and the kids can have a great time dressing up in Regency, Georgian and Victorian fashions, and snap a “selfie” against a backdrop of Bath’s Royal Crescent.
- Sally Lunn’s Buns
Treat yourself to a visit to one of Bath’s oldest houses, built circa 1482, where you can sample Sally Lunn’s famous buns! Legend has it that Sally was a Huguenot refugee who came from France in 1680 and worked in a Bath bakery. Demand grew for her delicious, rich brioche buns until they became renowned throughout England and eventually the world, and to this day her house, where the secret recipe originated, remains the only place you can eat a genuine Sally Lunn bun. Many have tried to replicate it, but all have failed. You can dine, take tea or lunch at Sally Lunn’s (with a gourmet bun, of course, though there are other English dishes on the menu), and view the kitchen museum in the quaint eating house, done out as it was when Sally Lunn was baking there. See Sally Lunn’s website for further information, menus and opening hours.
Find it: 4 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX
Comments: Expect to queue if you go to Sally Lunn’s during the day, especially during peak time between noon and 3 pm. The best idea is to enjoy dinner there, because you can book a dinner table in advance online and dine by candlelight.
- The Jane Austen Centre
Jane Austen still remains one of English literature’s most beloved novelists, her works having been turned into films, staged and abundantly read since she penned them around 250 years ago. The city of Bath was home to Jane for a period and so fond was she of the spa resort city that she made it the setting for two of her novels – Northanger Abbey and Persuasion – and it features in several others. Costumed character guides show you through the exhibition in the original Georgian townhouse that comprises the centre, telling the story of Jane’s time in Bath and the effect her stay had on her writing. There’s also a wonderful Regency Tea Room serving light lunches and afternoon teas and a beguiling gift shop. See the Jane Austen Centre website for further information and opening hours.
Find it: 40 Gay Street, Bath, BA1 2NT
Comments: If you’re a Jane Austen devotee a great time to visit Bath is in mid-September, when the annual Jane Austen Festival takes place and the city steps back in time with Regency costumed events at the Roman Baths Pump Rooms and the Assembly Rooms.
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If you stay with us at Toghill Farm when you come to explore Bath you can take advantage of the fact that we are members of the Bath reward card scheme, which offers all of our guests discounts and specials in restaurants, attractions, spas and shops. For example, you’ll get a free glass of wine at Sally Lunn’s, 10% off Roman Baths tickets and much more.