The City of Bath: From Religious Sites to Roman Baths

The City of Bath: From Religious Sites to Roman Baths

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      Bristol, England
      4.5 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 212
      • Pulteney Bridge: Both a means of crossing the River Avon and a shopping district, this Palladian design is one of only four bridges in the world lined with stores on both sides.
      • Bath Abbey: The Abbey Church you explore in depth on this tour is the latest in a line of religious sanctuaries that were built upon this site, dating all the way back to 757 A.D.
      • Roman Baths: As one of only two Roman Baths in the world that are still naturally fed by hot mineral springs, this ancient landmark is one of Bath's must-sees and a tour highlight.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to Main Entrance of the Bristol Temple Meads Railway to meet our tour representative.

      Helpful hints

      There are some great views seen along your drive. If taking pictures from the bus, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can.

      Getting around

      Expect a moderate amount of walking, over cobblestones and up/down hilly streets, with some steps to climb. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, you may not see all the sites fully. Participate with the group at your discretion.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Family Friendly, Scenic

      Languages

      English

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-GBR-BRIS-EN-1003

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Travelers must be 5 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult to participate in this tour.

      As you cross the Pulteney Bridge, you can thank its namesake, a shrewd Scotsman, for the 18th-century structure. It came to be because Pulteney's wife had inherited a rural piece of land across the River Avon from Bath but, at the time, the only means of crossing was by ferry. Not satisfied with that mode of transport, Pulteney tapped Robert Adam to design a bridge spanning the water. It's one of only four bridges left in the world that are lined on both sides with shops.

      Then it's onto the quaint City of Bath with its museums, shops, and cafes. GoBe inspired with a guided tour of the Bath Abbey. This undeniably sacred place has a history that stretches back to the first century. The breathtaking architectural details that are worthy of its rich past, including awe-inspiring fan vaulted ceilings.

      Next stop? The city's Roman Baths, which date back to 70 A.D. and stand as one of the planet's best preserved remains of that ancient civilization. You can think of it as England's very first spa resort. Built by clever ancient engineers for community hygiene and gathering, the lead-lined oversized stone tub still collects the nearly 115-degree mineral-laden spring waters bubbling to the surface.

      Cannonball! Now it's your turn to explore the Roman Baths on your own with the help of a handy audio guide. Taste water right from the hot mineral spring (it's an interesting taste, to say the least) and walk the very same pathways the Romans strolled so long ago. If you're lucky, you just might run into some "ancient Romans" who are happy to answer your questions about the baths and pose for a portrait with you. (No photographs, naturally!)

      Royal pains

      Legend has it that Bath was founded by King Bladud, who was exiled from the land as a leper in his princely days. That is, until he cured himself of the disease in the hot mineral springs of the Roman Baths. Like most good stories, this is complete fiction. But that didn't stop Queen Anne from taking a dip in the waters in the early 1700s, hoping for relief in her lifelong struggle with gout. The Roman Baths didn't heal her, but they sure did gain popularity after that queenly visit.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Bristol, England
      Bristol, England
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring photo ID
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear warm layers

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