Bath is one of England’s most beautiful cities that offers plenty of free things to do. Being one of the UK’s most historic places, the Georgian town attracts tourists from all over the world and it has done ever since the Roman times. With rolling countryside,18th century architecture and a vibrant student community, the beautiful city is well worth a visit for a relaxing weekend trip. The beauty and charm of Bath lends itself well for those on a backpacker budget, which means you don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy it; just walk around for a while and you’ll soon realise the whole city resembles a picture perfect postcard.
While you can’t miss certain sights and attractions that you have to pay for - such as the ancient Roman Baths - there are lots of things you can do for free. Here they are...
1. WALK AROUND THE ROYAL CRESCENT
One of Bath’s defining characteristics are the charming brown limestone buildings that are built throughout the city. The best example of this is at the Royal Crescent, a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping curve. Take a walk around the crescent and admire the houses, which are among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the country. These houses are Instagrammable so don’t forget your camera.
2. A STROLL IN VICTORIA PARK
Victoria Park in Bath is aptly named because it was actually opened by Queen Victoria herself in 1830 when she was just 11 years old. The park is perfect for an autumn stroll around the lake or a game of football. The green parkland spans 57 acres where you can enjoy a picnic, watch the hot air balloons in the skies or relax with friends after a morning of sightseeing.
3. BATH ABBEY: A SPECTACULAR CATHEDRAL
Another architectural gem. One of the most magnificent examples of Gothic architecture in the UK is Bath Abbey. This Anglican Parish Church is simply astounding from the inside and out. Beautiful high ceilings, stained glass windows and such intricate details on the exterior of the church. We would highly recommend going inside and exploring the beauty of the church. Don’t forget to look up; the ceilings are glorious. Entry is free but donations are accepted.
4. WANDER THE MARKETS
The markets in Bath make for an interesting browse. The entrance to the Guildhall Market is on Bath high street. It's well worth a visit to see what’s on offer and to window shop at unique jewellery or clothing. From colourful scarves to the finest cheese, Guildhall Market offers such a selection that it's fun to just walk around and explore what's inside! There’s also another flea market that takes place every Saturday in Bath.
5. FREE ART MUSEUM
Bath is home to some really fantastic museums that offer free admission. The Holburne Museum is a stunning Grade I listed building that is perfect for art fans who want to check out the displays and exhibitions that are on. The collection includes fine art whether it be oil paintings, embroideries, portraits, sculptures and antiques. Admission is free from 3 to 5pm every Wednesday and from 5 to 9pm the last Friday in the month.
6. WALK DOWN THE CANAL
Head to the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal for a pleasant afternoon walk on a sunny day. Watch the canal boats float under the trees in the sunshine while you cycle or walk down following the stretch of water. You will pass by some of Bath’s incredible Georgian architecture and famous sights on this stroll such as Cleveland House, Sydney Gardens and the Pulteney Bridge.
7. PULTENEY BRIDGE
This beautiful bridge crosses over the River Avon and it’s one of just a few bridges in the world that’s lined by independent shops, florists and boutiques. Bath wouldn’t be what it is without the Pulteney Bridge; it’s a truly striking bridge with three magnificent arches. From the bridge, benefit from fantastic views across the river. Take a walk down the bridge during sunset - or get a view of the bridge from other parts of the city.
8. TRY A FREE SAMPLE OF FUDGE
Don't forget to get your free sample of fudge from The Fudge Kitchen. It’s droolworthy. Right opposite the Roman Baths, this shop is well worth popping in because you can actually see how the fudge is made. The mixture gets spread across a large marble slab to set. You get to see the whole process up, close and personal. Plus, the inside of the shop smells like heaven.
9. MILSOM STREET
While in Bath, you can’t not take a walk down Milsom Street. This historic street in Bath boasts true Georgian charm with incredible architecture. While the street is quaint, you’ll also find some elegant shops and restaurants here making for a vibrant place to experience the city while feeling like you’ve stepped back in time at the same time. This is the same street world famous author Jane Austen once roamed when she lived in Bath.