Your solo tour guide of Bath

Walking the Regency period trail in Bath, Somerset

Bath is a city in the west of England, with a rich history and culture. This blog post will explore one of the many tourist attractions: The golden coloured stones, Regency period buildings. Starting at Pulteney Bridge, this walk leads you to some of Bath’s top attractions, including Queen Square and Royal Crescent. Along the way, you’ll see stunning Georgian architecture built during the 18th century, as well as plenty of public art to enjoy! At just over two miles long, it would take about 2 hours to complete if you were walking at a leisurely pace – but there are also benches along the way for anyone who needs a break!

I love visiting Bath, it‘s one of my favourite towns in England and the most beautiful. 

In 2018, I took my mum and aunt to Bath, who were visiting from France. They loved the city so much, and they would have been delighted to come back for a visit during the summer! The terraced cafés and restaurants made it even more enjoyable than usual.

How to reach Bath

Bath is located in southwest England near Bristol and just over 200 miles west northeast of London.

There are many easy ways to access Bath;

  • How to reach Bath by car – There is a connection for Bath off of the M4 motorway if you heading here from London. Then, follow the country roads down to the city. From Bristol, you can be in Bath in 20 minutes. 
  • How to reach Bath by train – From London Paddington, you can get a train straight to Bath Spa train station in ninety minutes . From Bristol it’s only twelve minutes! See the National Rail website for a schedule and prices.

North Parade, Pulteney Bridge, Grand Pulteney Street

Heading down Manvers Street towards North Parade, talk a right and walk over the Bath Crossover bridge towards the end take the steps down to walk along the River Avon towards Pulteney Bridge. Designed by architect Robert Adams and completed in 1774, the architecture is based on the Rialto bridge of Venice.

Bath Somerset, Parade District
Bath Somerset, Parade District

When walking over Bath crossover Bridge, enjoy the panorama on the Parade Gardens and the view on the Parade building. Walking along the river, you will be in a great position to photograph the Parade Building with Avon River in the background. Walk towards the bridge and take the steps that lead to Argyle Street. Take a right towards Great Pulteney street and stop at Chez Dominique on Argyle Street for lunch or dinner.

Chez Dominique is an adorable French restaurant on Argyle Street that offers two or three-course menus depending upon your taste for adventure. There are plenty of different options to choose from, including starters, mains and desserts galore! After or before lunch/ dinner, walk over to Great Pulteney Street.

Great Pulteney Street is the widest street in Bath, measuring 30 metres wide and 355 meters long!

In the eighteenth century, the east side of River Avon was the most fashionable part of the city. If you had a house here, you were very wealthy because it cost over £300 to build each one back then. It was commissioned by Sir William Pulteney and built by Thomas Baldwin. As Jane Austen lived at the end of Great Pulteney Street in Sydney Place, this would have indeed been a route she took often.

Bath Somerset, Pulteney District
Bath Somerset, Pulteney District

Bath Abbey, the City Centre, the Romans Spa

The history of the Bath Abbey is a thousand years old and can be traced back to King Edgar, who was crowned here. 

When King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1539, Bath Abbey was left in ruins for over 70 years. It wasn’t until the 17th century that life returned to this sacred space when it was repaired and used as a parish church.

Bath City Centre has one of the most iconic city centres in Europe. A meshwork of winding streets, with old-fashioned names like Union, Milsom, Westgate street, lined with shops to cater to all tastes – from boutiques displaying upmarket designers’ latest creations to charity shops selling second-hand clothes at bargain prices.

Bath is the most famous natural hot spring in England and has been a place of healing for centuries. The Romans were not the first to discover Bath’s therapeutic properties, but they are responsible for building some of its world-renowned structures like baths that still stand today. In addition, this ancient city was once an important social hub where people from all backgrounds rubbed elbows while enjoying their time soaking up these unique waters!

The architecture of the Roman Baths is some of the finest in this country. The hot springs found on-site have a history dating back to 2000 years and were used as a Celtic shrine by worshippers who venerated a Celtic goddess named Sulis.

Bath Somerset city centre
Bath Somerset city centre
Bath Somerset city centre
Bath Somerset city centre

The circus, Royal Crescent, Queen Square,

The Royal Crescent is a jewel in the crown of Bath’s architecture completed by John Wood the younger in 1775. Jane Austen was born that year and her mother’s sister, Eleanor Cooper, lived at number 12 from 1771 to 1802. Some say it was the first-ever crescent built anywhere on earth! As you walk around this beautiful building with its stunning town views, imagine how wonderful life must have been for those living here more than 200 years ago…
The Georgian buildings curve around the vast green outside, and you can see spectacular views of the Avon Valley. It is easy to understand why this area attracted such affluent residents at that time, with its lush green scenery visible in every direction.
The Circus, or otherwise known as the King’s Circus, is another architectural masterpiece in Bath.
It was first started by John Wood, the elder who laid down the foundations on this site back in 1754 when he began building a theatre and covered market to commemorate his birthday. His son, John Wood junior, then took over after he died and completed it 18 years later with its iconic semi-circular shape we know today near Queen Square, which makes for an incredible view that you cannot miss out on!
The Circus has been home to famous residents such as Thomas Gainsborough – one of England’s most recognised painters.
Jane Austen lived at number 25 in the adjoining Gay Street, so this would have been a street you passed by as you wandered through town.

Bath Somerset Royal crescent district
Bath Somerset Royal crescent district

Bath is a city with more than 2000 years of history that has been preserved and enhanced over the centuries. A visit to this city will leave you enchanted as its pure delight and classical architecture from the Regency period have kept its authenticity intact. No wonder then that Bath had a starring role in the Netflix series Bridgerton! If you’ve seen any other cool places worth visiting in England, I would love for you to share them with us by leaving comments below.

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    […] We didn’t really make the effort to visit Buxton as we headed off the next day for another walk not so hilly this time but ever so charming. I would definitely recommend to spend more time in Buxton if you can. The grade I listed Crescent in Buxton, designed by John Carr for the 5th Duke of Devonshire is an architectural masterpiece made to rival the Royal Crescent in Bath. […]

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