Bath A City Guide written by a student who lives and studies here

Welcome to Bath

Bath is a beautiful place to study. Favoured by the Romans because, like the Eternal City, Bath was created on seven hills, it is a small city, but lies in close proximity to Bristol and Cardiff.

Nestling in a lush green valley on the banks of the river Avon, and brimming with Georgian architecture, Bath truly is a stunning place to visit.

Don't miss...

The Grand Pump House

Jane Austen was a fan and this regency rendezvous features in two of her most famous novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Here the gentry would come to sample the infamous foul smelling elixirs from the spas. It's also home to the Pump House Trio, the longest standing classical ensemble in Europe.

The Roman Baths

No trip to the city can be complete without a visit to the world famous baths from which the city takes its name. It can take a full day to see everything from the tunnel tour to the fashion museum, and of course talking to the cheerful costumed Romans who are always happy to chat.

The Thermae Spa

You can't swim in the original Roman baths. The water is untreated and the buildings are ancient. However a recent attraction the Thermae spa, uses the same source and provides a modern alternative for a dip in the famous waters.

Going out.

Bath, despite being a small city has a good number of bars and clubs to keep you away from your lectures and the lure of the bright lights of the much larger Bristol. If you like your music turned up to 11 then the Hobgoblin is for you. If your stay takes you to Bath in the summer then a trip to the riverside beer gardens of The Boater is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. If it's a more mature evening you're after, then make sure you spend at least one in The Bell, which can be found in the shadow of the Paragon, a great Georgian terrace which looks like it's carved into a hill.

Live Music.

There are two obvious venues for live music, although one of them, Moles Club, is currently on a bit of a Hiatus due to fire damage. Every indication suggests it will once again play host to the best in upcoming bands. Meanwhile, if it's entertainment you're after, the Komedia on Westgate Street has every thing from stand up comedy to touring bands... when it's not being a cinema.

Eating Out.

Bath isn't the cheapest place to live, eat or drink, but there are exceptions for those prepared to look. Same Same But Different offers affordable tapas and European cuisine which shouldn't break the bank. Similarly Burgers and Barrels should be able to fill the hungriest of stomachs without emptying your pockets. For the vegetarians amongst you, you have to try out the Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen on North Parade Passage, your taste buds will love you, although your bank balance might not.

Other Things to do.

A boat ride along the river Avon is a great way to spend a day.

Waterstones the large book shop in Bath, are very active in the community and help organise the annual literature festival and smaller groups like the Bath Manga Society and host local Magic the Gathering events.

Quirky fact

The Famous 'Who will buy my lovely roses?' number from the film of the musical Oliver, despite supposedly being set in London, was actually filmed on Royal Crescent in Bath.

 



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