Bath tours and excursions

Bath tours

Balloon tours

Bath Balloons’ flights launch from Royal Victoria Park for excellent panoramic views of the city. You must book flights in advance.

Telephone: (01225) 466 888.
Boat tours

Bath City Boat Trips offers a full commentary on the historic sights of Bath by a qualified guide. Passengers can take in the historic sights of the city and have a river’s-eye view of the remarkable Pulteney Bridge, while floating amid the wildlife and natural beauty of the River Avon.

Telephone: 01225 480 541.
Bus tours

Bath Bus Company operates the City Sightseeing Tour, a hop-on, hop-off tour that takes in the main sights and attractions of the city, including the sweeping Royal Crescent and the famous Roman Baths. The bus tour lasts 45 minutes, and sightseers can either opt for recorded commentary (that comes in 10 languages) or a live guide.

Telephone: (01225) 330 444.
Horse-drawn tours

Bath Carriage Company provides horse-drawn, open-top carriage tours of Bath.

Telephone: 07916 177 149.
Walking tours

The Mayor's Guides' free walking tours offer a general historical and architectural introduction to the city. The tours last around 2 hours and depart from the ‘Free walking tours here' board in the Abbey Church Yard, near the entrance to the Roman Baths, Monday to Sunday at 1030 and Sunday to Friday at 1400 all year (apart from Christmas day) and also at 1900 on Tuesdays and Fridays from May to September.

MP3 walking tours are available to hire from the Bath Tourist Information Centre or to download from Tourist Tracks (www.tourist-tracks.com). ‘Jane Austen Walking Tours' start at 1100 every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from outside KC Change in the Abbey Churchyard. In July and August, extra tours are laid on, at 1600 every Friday and Saturday. You can also dress up in Austenian costume and promenade around Bath!

Telephone: (01225) 477 411 ; (01225) 443 000.

Excursions from Bath

Costwolds

Gentle hillsides ('wolds'), cosy cottages and picture-perfect towns and villages with twisted streets built from the local honey-coloured limestone characterise the. The area stretches out to the northeast of Bath and offers what for many is the quintessentially English rural landscape, with picturesque villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. If you've got a car, the best way to take it all in is to drive the Romantic Road.

Telephone: (01452) 425 673.
Stonehenge

Located only 57km (35 miles) from Bath, off A344 Road, Amesbury, Wiltshire, Stonehenge is undoubtedly the world's most famous stone monument from the Megalithic Age. Nobody knows for certain what its purpose was: some have suggested that it was a temple made for the worship of ancient earth deities, others have speculated that it was a sacred site for the burial of the dead from the societies of long ago. In any case, it is one of Britain's great national icons, a UNESCO site and well worth a visit.

 

Telephone: 0870 333 1181.
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