Are you looking for things to do around Bath? Try our 3-hour self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt to walk this historic city.
Walk from Parade Gardens to the Royal Crescent via the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen Center, various museums, and monuments. Solve challenges at every stop to learn your next destination. You’ll also learn some local history and fun facts.
Scavenger Hunt information :
- Roman Baths
- Parade Gardens
- Bath Abbey
- Queen Square
- Royal Crescent
- Theatre Royal
- Jane Austen Center
- Pulteney Bridge
- And much more!
- Starting point: in Parade Gardens, Grand Parade, Bath BA2 4DF, United Kingdom
- Distance: 3.7 km / 2.3 mi
- Duration: 3 hours
- Method: walking
- Required: Fully charged smartphone with internet access (data plan) – Wifi will not be enough.
- Water bottle
- Local map
This area was occupied as early as the Mesolithic period, 8-10,000 years ago.
The Romans occupied the surrounding area, built temples and baths in the early 1st century. The initial bath was expanded into the full complex still visible today over the next 300 years.
Then, by the 9th century, a new town arises, leaving the old area around the abbey as-is. In 973, Edgar was crowned King of England in Bath Abbey. As a matter of fact, that ceremony became the template for all coronations going forward.
However, by the 15th century, Bath’s Abbey was run down. Indeed, the bishop of the time decided to rebuild it on a smaller scale. It was completed in the 1530s. Still, the baths attracted the aristocracy in the 16th century. And so, they were improved.
Finally, Queen Elizabeth I granted a Royal charter in 1590, confirming the city’s status. The city grew through the Stuart and Georgian periods.
The city was bombed during World War II. 400 residents were killed and over 19,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed.