Things to do in Bath

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With its grand Georgian architecture and fascinating stories spanning centuries, Bath is one of the best places to visit in South West England.However, much like the city of Oxford, it is also one of the most expensive cities in the country. Its prestigious status has meant it has always been a city of wealth, which has only caused prices to continue to inflate.That said, it is possible to visit Bath on a budget. So if you're planning a weekend in Bath but don't want to spend a fortune, here are our best tips. Getting to Bath on the Cheap. Bath is easy to access from Bristol and London - visiting from other cities may require a change. From Bristol, you can take local buses - the X39 connects the two cities. The train takes just 11 minutes but it is a bit more expensive. By National Express Coach.From London, it's best to take a National Express Coach. These take around 2 hours 30 minutes. Book your tickets as soon as you know your dates for discounts on tickets. By Rail. If you want to take the train, be aware, British rail is expensive. Book your tickets as early as possible and use the website, which often has discounted fares for pre-booked tickets. If you are British, you may be able to apply for a railcard to save on train travel. Bath Abbey is the centrepiece of the city. It was where the first king of all of England, Edgar, was crowned - look for the plaque commemorating him as you walk around outside. The site of the abbey has been a place of worship since the 7th century; however, it fell into disrepair in Medieval times. In 1499, Bishop Oliver King had a dream about angels descending to earth down an olive tree and took this as a calling to rebuild the abbey. However, due to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Henry VIII halted the rebuilding. It was finally reconstructed when Elizabeth I was on the throne. This is arguably Bath's grandest building - and it's free to enter. A donation to help with the abbey's upkeep is appreciated. You can explore both inside and outside, learn about its history, and see some of its impressive features. Bath is full of iconic streets, but The Circus is unique and a must-see attraction in Bath. Many roads in Bath are in a crescent layout (like The Crescent, which we will talk about below), but The Circus is a perfect circle of terraced houses.The Circus was constructed by John Wood the Elder in the Georgian period. He was interested in prehistoric stone circles and wanted the terrace to mimic The Colosseum in Rome and Stonehenge in Wiltshire.Down the road from The Circus is The Crescent. This is one of the most famous buildings in Bath. Also constructed by John Wood the Elder, it has been used as the film set of many movies and TV programmes – including the recent period drama Bridgerton.Sydney Gardens are a beautiful place to get a slice of nature in Bath city centre. You can stroll around and admire the beautiful plants and take in the exterior of the famous Holburne Museum – a Grade I listed building that now serves as an art gallery. Unfortunately, the gallery is not free to enter – see below for an alternative budget option.Victoria Art Gallery is a public art museum in Bath city centre. With exhibitions focusing on Bath’s most prestigious artists, this is a fantastic place to visit if you are looking for budget activities and the weather isn’t so kind. The Bath section of the Kennet and Avon canal is a beautiful place to go for a walk, run or bike ride near the centre. The flat stretch is home to many colourful canal boats and has a friendly atmosphere. The canal system stretches all the way to Reading, so you definitely won’t do the entire thing – but if you want a challenge, you could cycle or walk to Bristol (13 miles) or Bradford on Avon (10 miles) and get the train back.