Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ
The Roman Bath
The Roman Baths, at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water.
The Roman Baths attracts over one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.
In 2011 the Roman Baths completed a £5.5 million redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years. This is the first phase of an on-going programme of development that will take place over the next seven years.
1 Royal Cres, Bath BA1 2LR
The Royal Crescent, one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks, was built between 1767 and 1775 and designed by John Wood the Younger. This impressive landmark forms a sweeping crescent of 30 Grade I Listed terrace houses, and is without doubt one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the UK.
2017 marked the 250th Anniversary of The Royal Crescent, with the 19th May 2017 marking exactly 250 years since the first stone was laid at No.1. No other building better represents the architectural innovation, social identity and creative imagination of Georgian Britain than the Royal Crescent.
Today, it is home to the five-star luxury hotel The Royal Crescent (the perfect place for a spa weekend to remember), a museum of Georgian life at No. 1, plus private housing.
This world famous landmark is arranged around a perfect lawn overlooking Royal Victoria Park and has an impressive ha-ha (a recessed landscape designed to recreate a barrier whilst preserving unobstructed views and preventing access to grazing livestock).
Many famous people either have lived or stayed in The Royal Crescent since it was first built over 230 years ago – keep your eye out for the special commemorative plaques.
Today, the Royal Crescent is a popular location for film-makers and TV period dramas including Persuasion and The Duchess, as well as being a major tourist attraction in its own right.
Nr Amesbury, Wilts, SP4 7DE
The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge is one of the most iconic prehistoric monuments in Europe.
This imposing and fascinating stone circle was built in the late Neolithic period around 2,500 BC. The construction of the circle is shrouded in mystery – what was it actually built for? And how did the Neolithic people build such a wonder using simple tools and equipment?
The orientation of Stonehenge around the rising and setting sun is a remarkable feature. Some believe it was built as a Roman temple, others a primitive computer used to chart astronomy or even a centre for healing. Come and visit to gaze upon this man made wonder and see if you can unlock its mystery!
A fascinating audio tour is provided to listen to as you stroll around the towering stones. The guide highlights the features that surround the circle such as burial mounds, earthworks and other circular henge monuments, as well as providing intriguing archaeological evidence as to where the different types of stones originated from and how they came to be where they are today.
Make sure you pop into the new visitor centre, home to permanent and temporary exhibitions. There are hundreds of prehistoric objects on display offering further insight into prehistoric man, the tools used and their way of life. There is also a reconstructed face of an early Neolithic man, offering a true picture of the architects behind the circle.
Entrance to Stonehenge is managed through timed tickets and advance booking is strongly advised. Pre-booking is the only way to guarantee entry on the day and at the time of your choice; there is limited walk-up availability.
Stonehenge is approximately a one hour drive from Bath, with many tour operators offering trips and tours there.
Sally Lunn's House, 4 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX
Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum
Sally Lunn's is one of the oldest houses in Bath (c.1482) and serves the most famous local delicacy; the Original 'Sally Lunn' Bun. According to legend, Sally Lunn, a French refugee, arrived 1680 and established her bakery. Today Sally Lunn's serve a menu based on the world famous 'Sally Lunn' Bun during the day and are open for fine English food in the evening. Museum open daily, showing the original kitchen she used.
Longleat, Estate Office, Longleat, Warminster, Wilts, BA12 7NW
Longleat, nestled within 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds, is home to the UK’s original Safari Park, one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture, with an abundance of exciting attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure where you can get up-close and personal with truly amazing animals.
Immerse yourself amongst Longleat’s incredible animals on a visit to the UK’s original Safari Park with six and a half miles of Drive-through experience, there’s plenty to look out for.
Start your safari at the African Village where you can get up-close to their graceful giraffe, take a walk amongst their adorable lemurs or seek out the fascinating wallabies before setting off on your exhilarating Drive-through expedition. Dare to face their cheeky monkeys in the Monkey Drive-through, survey the African Plains and look out for the mighty rhino and camel before entering the Big Cats where you’ll glimpse their powerful tigers, majestic lions and nimble cheetahs.
Jump on board the Jungle Cruise boat, where you’ll experience the thrill of their sea lions as they swim alongside you plus an unmissable opportunity to see their magnificent gorillas, meet their playful meerkats in Jungle Kingdom as they scamper around your feet and hand-feed their gorgeous lorikeets in Monkey Temple before exploring Penguin Island for an intimate encounter with these remarkable creatures.
Escape into a world of exploration and fun! Let the kids run riot in the incredible Adventure Castle, complete with rope bridges, zip wires, slides and a Medieval keep. Lose yourself in the famous Longleat Hedge Maze and join in the mayhem on their Rockin’ Rhino ride. Younger adventurers will love discovering their enchanting play area, Little Explorer’s Garden, with four fun-filled zones!
Longleat House and Grounds
You’ll be taken aback by the impressive Longleat House, where you can step back through over 450 years of history. Did you know it’s one of the finest Elizabethan stately homes in the country? The family still live in parts of the house, but 15 spectacular rooms are open for public viewing.
Take it all in at your own pace or join a guided tour through the Great Hall, Red Library, State Dining Room and Saloon. As you explore, be sure to seek out and admire the fantastic collection of artworks, paintings, tapestries and furniture that have been collected over generations.