Best walks in Bath, England

Bath’s Best Guided Walks and Tours

Bath is a very easy city for keen walkers and there are a number of walking tours for those who love walking but want to explore everything which the city has to offer.

You can join an organised group tour or book a public guide should you so wish.

The following are a selection of the walking tours available in and around Bath.

Guided Walks

Bath is a compact city, which makes it easy to explore on foot. There are a number of walking tours on offer for those who love walking and want to explore everything that the city has to offer. Join an organised regular group tour or book a private tour guide for a more bespoke experience.

One Day Tour of Jane Austen’s Bath

Tour highlights include:

No.1 Royal Crescent, a Georgian townhouse museum set in Bath’s most fashionable strolling street and furnished just as it would have been in Jane’s day.

A guided walk around Bath’s famous and elegant streets, which are steeped in Austen history. ECT’s guide takes visitors on a fascinating trail, following Jane and her characters through the city.

The Assembly Rooms is one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings. Designed in 1793, this is where high society came to dance, listen to music, play cards, drink tea and find a spouse.

The Holburne Museum, set in Jane’s favourite park, Sydney Pleasure Gardens. This Grade 1 listed building is now home to a fascinating collection of fine and decorative art. Visitors on this tour will be treated to an exclusive, curator-led tour of the Museum.

Afternoon Tea in Queen’s Square. This early eighteenth-century square was Regency Bath’s most prestigious address. Jane herself spent a month at no.13 in the company of her brother Edward and his family. No.12 is now part of the Francis Hotel where the tour stops for tea.

ECT’s Jane Austen One Day Walking Tour of Bath runs on the following Saturdays in 2018: 14th July, 11th August, 22nd September

https://www.ecttravel.com/tours/strictly-jane-austen

Bizarre Bath

A unique evening’s entertainment in Bath.

http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Bath Regency Walking Tours

Bath Regency Walking Tours are full of fun, history and scandals, and suitable for all ages.

Bath Regency Walking Tours are an exciting set of tours available to visitors to beautiful Bath guided by Mr Elliott, a charismatic and knowledgable resident of the city. Tours are 90 minutes long and cover all the main sights of the town including Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, Thermae Bath Spa, Queen Square, the New Theatre Royal, the Circus and of course the Royal Crescent.

You will discover the history of the city of course, but also on these tours, you will hear about the scandals and dirty secrets and the human stories that are at the heart of the development of this famous city. Tours are guided in an informative, engaging and humorous way. On this tour, the history and tales are delivered in such a way that you the visitor will have a direct connection with what is after all, a common history and a very human story.

Bath Regency Walking Tours operate on both a private and public basis. Private tours are available throughout the year, on a day and time to suit you. Groups two and 40 can be catered for.

Public tours operate on weekends between March and November, meeting outside Bath Abbey. These tours operate on a tips-only basis – you pay whatever you feel the tour has been worth – a fair deal indeed!

https://www.bathregencywalkingtours.com/

Frankenstein in Bath

Follow in the footsteps of Mary Shelley as she wrote Frankenstein in the city.

Starts outside Sally Lunn’s, North Parade Passage, BATH, BA1 1NX

Back for 2018 with a clutch of five-star reviews, Frankenstein in Bath traces Mary Shelley’s footsteps as she wrote her gothic masterpiece in the city in the autumn and winter of 1816/17. It also reveals the real-life disasters that unfolded all around her.

Frankenstein in Bath takes you to the places where this forgotten story happened: where Mary Shelley lived, where she wrote, and where she kept her dark secrets.

The popular tour, which won Best Live Performance at the 2017 Creative Bath Awards, lasts approximately 90 minutes.

http://showofstrength.org.uk/

Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides

Tour points of historical and architectural interest with FREE daily walking tours of Bath.

Enjoy a free walking tour of Bath, including the main points of historical and architectural interest. Tours last approximately two hours and start in the Abbey Church Yard, with no booking necessary for individuals. The walks start outside the Pump Room in Abbey Church Yard at the sign board ‘Free Walking Tours Here’.

Organised groups of 12 or more are welcome, but must be booked at least four weeks in advance.

http://www.bathguides.org.uk/

Around and About Bath

Explore authentic England. Small-group, personalised tours

Around and About Bath tours are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

Collecting guests from their Bath accommodation, Around and About Bath take groups of no more than eight guests out of Bath and off the beaten track to see the England that locals know, but visitors rarely see. Their all-inclusive experiences (entrance fees, food and drink are all included) allow their guests to get away from the tourist throngs and discover the hidden gems, sights and experiences of this amazing region in a manner that is personalized, relaxed and feels like you are travelling with a friend. Join them on one of their day tours (or evening country pub dining tours) for a true experience of authentic, quintessential England.

Visit Stonehenge and Somerset, discover the hidden delights of the Cotswolds, learn about Medieval marvels and movie locations or join an evening country pub tour to find out more about Bath’s mining history over food.

https://www.aroundandaboutbath.com/

Bath Edible Adventures

Bespoke and unique tours in Bath, with a focus on all the best local produce and delicacies.

Bath Edible Adventures offer interesting and original tours of Bath, focusing on the best local produce. As food enthusiasts, and having lived in the city for 15 years this company is keen to share with others their love of local food and the beauty of Bath. A neat package is provided that includes all the foodie delicacies of Bath (and the surrounding region) in one evening’s tour! If you are short on time, you can be guided straight to some of the best and more quirky venues to taste all of Bath’s foodie delights. This sociable but exclusive tour moves venues throughout the evening, showcasing some of the main and lesser known sights in Bath, with a few facts thrown in for good measure. It can be described as an evening out with like-minded foodie friends in a new city where the local in-the-know can highlight the best places to eat.

Tours start and finish quite early in the evening which gives visitors a chance to explore and extend their evening beyond their Bath Edible Adventure. The tour not only offers a delicious culinary crawl, but a chance to familiarise yourself with the city if you are first time visitors. Tours are ideal for those who are visiting Bath for a short break, just a couple of days or a weekend. As the company supports independent venues in the city, you are offered the opportunity to try the best local food that has been produced in a traditional and handmade way. Expect to enjoy an excellent four-course dinner with two drinks as part of this delicious epicurean experience!

https://bathedibleadventures.co.uk/

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