Guests of Francis Hotel will find the thriving heart of Bath lies at convenient proximity to their front door. Step out and one is immediately able to embrace the historic attractions of this elegant city which became a thriving spa town in Roman times and a fashionable resort for English society in the late eighteenth century.
Visitors with more contemporary inclinations will be thrilled by the vibrant shopping, eclectic dining, festivals, art galleries and sports.
The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Roman Baths – jaw-droppingly well preserved hub of Roman life
Number One Royal Crescent – see how fashionable Georgian society lived
The Circus – an architectural signature piece by John Wood the Elder
Thermae Spa – take the plunge into the so-called restorative waters
The Grand Pump Room – an elegant Bath stone building where one can drink the horrid tasting natural water alongside more delicious treats
Bath Abbey – begun in 1499, the site of this impressive church has been an important focus for Christian worship since 676.
Georgian Gardens – a relaxing must for visitors immersing themselves totally in all things Georgian
Museum of Costume – voted in top 10 things to do in Bath by Lonely Planet readers
Bath Postal Museum – find yourself truly amazed about all things postal
Building of Bath Collection – discover how and why Georgian Bath was built
Jane Austen Centre – explore the life and times of the much-loved, witty author who made her home in Bath from 1801 to 1806
The Little Theatre Cinema – part of the Picture House group, which tends to show films more on the arty, foreign and indie side
Theatre Royal – decide whether shows feel even more special when performed in beautiful buildings
Ustinov Studio – the Theatre Royal’s more cutting edge, experimental space
Komedia – a venue for more lively offerings – from comedy to cabaret
Sally Lunn’s tea house – featuring the light and airy Bath Bun
Gascoyne Place – well-loved independent gastro pub in a Grade II listed building with jazz played regularly on Sunday nights
Sophisticated shopping and eating in Milsom Street and Milsom Place
Artisan Quarter – for more creative and independent boutiques
Bath Guildhall’s indoor market – an 800 year old centre of trading now featuring an eclectic mixture of stalls
Bath Narrow boats for short or longer trips from Bath’s central canals
The Egg – specialist family theatre
Bath Maze – let them run amok in Beazer Gardens, near Pulteney Weir
Royal Victoria Park – features an awesome playground, ducks and more space than they’ll know what to do with
Bizarre Bath – this nightly comic tour receives regular rave reviews
The Bertinet Kitchen – cookery classes, courses and shop
Bath Rugby – watch the Premiership team play from roughly September to May
Bath Cricket Ground – a quintessentially English way to while away a balmy summer day
Bath Races – a season of events from April to September, overlooking the Georgian city