In around 863 BC, the City of Bath was founded after a man took a dip in the muddy hot springs of the area. That man was Prince Bladud of the Britons and, if you believe the legend, he was so grateful that the hot springs had cured his leprosy (incredible, I know) that he founded the city on this very spot.
Years later when the Romans invaded Britain they like Bath so much they turned it into a place of relaxation, and named it “Aquae Sulis”. The Roman baths, or what’s left of them at least, can still be seen today.
If you want to ‘do as the Romans do’ and enjoy this beautiful city then here is a list of the top five free things you can do in Bath:
First on the list of free things to do in Bath is Bath Abbey. Reported to be one of the most visited landmarks in the South West of England, it plays host to 420,000 visitors each year. Pilgrims and tourists come to Bath abbey for many different reasons; because of their religious beliefs or simply to admire the awe-inspiring architecture and stained glass windows.
Flash photography is permitted, however tripods are only allowed between the hours of 9am and 10am.
Another thing to add is that although Bath Abbey is technically free to enter, donations are encouraged in order to fund the maintenance of the Abbey.
If you feeling energetic and want a more aerial view of this world heritage site then you should check out the National Trust’s Bath Skyline walk. It is comprised of six miles of marked footpaths around the city, there is even an Iron age fort which provides a perfect spot for magnificent views over Bath.
Victoria Art Gallery of Bath is number three of our list of the top five free things to do in Bath. This gallery is a bargain as many of exhibitions (namely the small exhibits and collections) over two floors are free to view. However the gallery has been forced to charge for larger exhibits due to a cut to its funding.
To find out opening times, check here. To see what is currently on exhibit check here.
2. Royal Victoria Park
Queen Victoria must have been a pretty prominent and popular monarch in Bath seeing as this is the second activity on our list of free things to do in Bath that has been named after her. It was first opened by Princess Victoria when she was only 11 years old! She probably would have preferred to play in it than open it!
You probably couldn’t blame her for wanting to play in it either, as nowadays it contains a 9-acre botanical garden , a putting green and 12 and 18 hole golf course, tennis, bowling,a boating pond, duck pond, open air concerts, a children’s play area and a skateboard ramp. All this in around 57 acres.
1. Royal Crescent and Circus
Ok, so admittedly they are just houses, but if you visit Bath these gorgeous Georgian houses are not to be missed. Some of the greatest Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom, the stone remains much the same as when it was originally built more than 200 years ago.
If the residents have left the curtains open (and you are feeling particularly nosy) you may be treated to the view of some expensive artworks on the inside walls of these houses. Although I feel that doing this may be frowned upon.
Once you have visited Bath you might decide that you want to stay, however be warned that a five bedroom house in the Royal crescent will set you back £3.2 million!
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Bath, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!