Discover Bath

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.

Top 5 Must-See

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

For History

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

For Culture

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

Food & Drink

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

For Shopping

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

For Families & Children

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

For Something More Unusual

Bizarre Bath – this nightly comic tour receives regular rave reviews

The Bertinet Kitchen – cookery classes, courses and shop

For The Sporty

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

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