Favourite free things to see and do in Bath

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Welcome to Bath!

We hope you will have an enjoyable experience with us at our accommodation. Here's our list of favourite free attractions in Bath, and what you can explore and discover, in a city with history going back over 10,000 years.

Bath World Heritage Centre

Bath World Heritage Centre is a great place to learn about one of the oldest spa cities in the world. Located a 1-minute walk from the Roman Baths entrance, this attraction is located on York Street, in central Bath. The centre is fun for everyone, a host of interactive exhibits and displays, showing you why Bath is one of the more unique cities in the world!

The centre is a great place to pick up information regarding walking trails around Bath. The volunteers here have a great knowledge of the city and its surroundings. They are always happy to help direct you to where you want to go.

Mayors Walking Tour of Bath

This is the perfect way to get a full insight into the city of Bath. Trained & knowledgeable guides will walk you around the city, showing you Bath’s biggest attractions and beautiful architecture. These walks take approximately two hours and do not require prior booking. Walks run every day of the year, except for Christmas Day. 

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is located next to The Roman Baths in the city centre. The Abbey dates back to 675AD, to Anglo Saxon times. This wonderful building holds some of Bath’s most beautiful architecture. Due to it be a working Abbey, the opening times can vary on the time of year. The abbey is free to visit, however you can offer a small donation, should you wish to do so. Visiting can take from 15 minutes to an hour. Bath Abbey website provides recommendations on what to do within your chosen timeframe.

Bath City Farm

Fun for all the family, Bath City Farm offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with livestock. You are even given the opportunity to feed some of the animals! The farm features a shop, café, and a sky view over the city of Bath. With over 37 acres to explore, it is a lovely way to spend a day out. The farm is home to chickens, ducks’ pigs, goats & more! You can even bring your four-legged fury friend… if they behave!

The farm is accessible via public transport from Bath city centre. For more information regarding this, please visit their website (see below). The farm is free to visit, however you can offer a small donation, should you wish to do so.

Royal Crescent & Circus

Looking for that perfect photo opportunity to look back on?

Look no further than Bath Royal Crescent and Circus. These are two of Bath’s biggest and most famous attractions. These spectacular architectural masterpieces are a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Victoria Park is located nearby, offering beautiful views over Bath. It is the perfect spot for a picnic and a chat with friends.

Alexandra Park Shakespeare Avenue Widcombe Bath BA2 4RQ

Located in the Bear Flat area of Bath, Alexandra Park holds one of the best views of Bath. The park is approximately 20 min walk from Bath city centre, this park is the perfect place to sit and admire the views. Instructions of how to access the park can be found on their website:  https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/visit-alexandra-park If driving, the park closes at 5pm for all cars.

Pulteney Bridge and Weir  ridge St, Bath BA2 4AT

Pulteney Bridge is the perfect place to window shop and wander. Spanning across the River Avon, it is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span, on both sides of the road. Featuring independent cafes, shops and restaurants, Pulteney Bridge is a great place to take in the city of Bath. Under the bridge is the spectacular Pulteney Weir. The weir was built in the late Middle Ages and is still an active flood defence for the city of Bath.

Victoria Art Gallery   Bridge St, Bath BA2 4AT

Located a five-minute walk from the iconic Bath Abbey, the Victoria Art Gallery rests on a corner opposite the Weir. Named after Queen Victoria’s sixty-year reign, the gallery holds over 1,500 collection pieces from 17th century oil paintings to present day local Bath artist’s work. Entrance to the permanent collection is free to all with opening hors from 10-30am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Tickets can be booked online to guarantee a slot. Access to any of the temporary exhibitions will come with a small fee charge which can be found on the website.

Guildhall   33 High St, Bath BA1 5AW

Fitting in with the Georgian Architecture of Bath. This Grade II listed building located right next to the Victoria Art Gallery and filled with a large market with a variety of different products available. There is a delicious bakery right by the entrance if you’re looking for a delicious treat! Even a souvenir shop if you’re looking to get a lasting memory of Bath to bring back with you. Plenty to be found within the hall from a cooked breakfast to leather crafting store. There are two entrances to the hall “One in the High Street near Bath Abbey, the other opposite the famous Pulteney Bridge”. 

Bath Skyline Walk

Follow in the footsteps of the Georgians and get back to nature! Bath Skyline walk, is a circular route which takes you around the Bath countryside and surrounding neighbourhoods. There are many features along the walk, which offers spectacular views of the city. The walk begins on Bathwick Hill, at entrance to National Trust Bathwick Fields (see map below). The walk can be completed in one-and-a-half-hours. Full details of this walk can be found on The National Trust website.

Canal Walk

Stroll along the Kennet and Avon Canal and admire the picturesque narrowboats, Georgian architecture and canal locks. This walk can be started anywhere along the canal. A popular route starts at Bath Deep Lock on St Matthew’s Place, following the canal through the areas of Bathwick and Bathampton. This walk also enables you to access Sydney Gardens and The Holburne Museum, should you wish to take little break.


Written by Todd Phillips, Residence Receptions Assistant.

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