15 Best Bathing Tours

Named for its famous Roman-era baths, the town of Bath has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 80s and is one of England’s premier historical and leisure destinations.

With just under 90,000 inhabitants, it’s small by big-city standards, but it’s on a particularly beautiful stretch of the River Avon just 100 miles west of London.

In addition to the baths, the town has numerous traditional and modern restaurants, as well as museums, galleries, and a number of fairs and festivals that take place every year.

Here are the 15 best tours in and around Bath.

1. Roman Baths and City Walking Tour

Roman Baths in Bath, England

Bath Abbey is one of the region’s premier Roman-era attractions, with some of the most impressive Gothic architecture in the country.

On this two-hour tour, guests and their guide will explore the baths and monastery on foot while learning about Roman culture and historical traditions.

The tour also includes a short stop at the Royal Crescent, several notable homes built in the Georgian style, and Pulteney Bridge, which made a cameo appearance in the famous Les Misérables film.

Tours offer morning and afternoon start times to accommodate visitors with varying schedules.

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2. City boat tours and walking tours

Bath Abbey, Bath, England

As a UNESCO World Heritage City, Bath attracts tourists from all over the world.

This 80-minute tour allows guests to see the city from land and water, while benefiting from their guide’s unique insight into what makes it such a special place.

Tours meet at a convenient location in Bath city centre, after which participants take a scenic river cruise and then take a leisurely walk through town.

Highlights include St John’s Church, Halfpenny Bridge, Bath Abbey and Paradise Gardens.

For those just arriving, this tour will be a great way to quickly check out the many sights and get acquainted with the layout of the town.

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3. City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

hop-on hop-off bathtub

Hop-on hop-off tickets are fun and economical for do-it-yourselfers and those who don’t want to go on a lengthy traditional tour.

One ticket gives guests access to two different bus routes, each with a full list of attractions for you to explore.

Tickets are valid for 24 hours from the date of purchase, which means keen sightseers have a full day to make the most of their time.

City attractions include the Roman Baths and the historic monastery, which was the coronation site of the country’s first king.

Highlights of the Skyline Tour include the Terrace Walk, Manvers Street and the Holborn Museum.

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4. Small group tour of Stonehenge and Bath with Oxford University professors

Stonehenge

Providing guests with tours of many of the county’s major attractions is a great value for the savvy traveler.

This small group combo package features a guided tour by an Oxford professor and includes visits to Stonehenge and Bath.

The Bath portion of the tour includes Pulteney Bridge, the Circus and Abbey, where guests will learn about the significance of each attraction and have time to ask questions and take pictures.

The group will then head to Stonehenge, where they will enjoy skip-the-line admission to one of the most fascinating and mysterious sites in the world.

The tour includes everything except meals and gratuities.

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5. 25-minute boat trip to Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

Aboard a restored 60’s river cruiser, guests and their guides will explore one of Bath’s most iconic sights from the comfort of the water.

During warm summer months, guests can soak up the sun on the deck as the captain points out the main attractions to visit the historic Pulteney Bridge.

The tourist route winds its way through several canals that connect nearby cities. There is a wide variety of common birds, as well as the North Parade Bridge, St John’s Church and Bath Abbey.

If the weather is not right, participants can take a break indoors and relax with a cup of coffee, beer or wine.

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6. 1 ½ hour walking tour with blue badge guide

Royal Crescent, Bath

For those taking advantage of this 90-minute walking tour, it couldn’t be easier to stretch your legs and explore the historic city of Bath.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of Bath is full of important sights that are best explored by an official blue badge guide.

The tour includes key sights such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Queen Square and the majestic Abbey. At each stop, guests will benefit from the tour guide’s unique local perspective and insights.

Guests often find things that those on larger tours tend to miss, so don’t be shy to ask for suggestions on what to see and do in the future.

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7. Jane Austen Center Ticket

Jane Austen Center

While it’s not as well known outside the literary world, author Jane Austen is Bath’s most famous deceased resident.

Her work has been passed down from generation to generation and Bath has a museum dedicated to preserving and promoting her heritage.

Guided tours of the Jane Austen Center are offered every 30 minutes; they are given by enthusiastic local docents in Georgian clothing, and it’s a truly unforgettable experience.

On site, guests can choose to take a photo with Jane Austen’s wax figure, taste the food during the period, or relax with a drink in the Regency Tea Room.

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8. Short Orientation Walking Tour

Queen Square, Bath

Obviously, most visitors to Bath have a tight schedule, as excursions are more popular than elsewhere.

For those who are light on boredom and value their free time, this means there are plenty of opportunities to see famous sights without spending a lot of time on traditional travel.

This 50-minute walking tour focuses on the centre of Bath and is a great option for those with children who are distracted.

Plan to visit the Roman Baths, Abbey and Queen’s Square and learn what makes each so unique and important.

The tour begins at the water’s edge of the marina and requires a moderate, leisurely walk.

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9. Dim Sum and Prosecco Cruise

Snacks and Prosecco Boat Tour

There is probably no better way to spend a relaxing time in Bath than on a leisurely river cruise while sipping delicious finger food and enjoying a glass of Prosecco.

Tours are offered in the morning and afternoon to accommodate visitors with different schedules. They take guests past some of the city’s main attractions, such as the 17th century Bath Abbey, St John’s Church and Halfpenny Bridge.

Participants can choose between indoor and outdoor seating areas, depending on prevailing weather conditions, and tours begin and end at convenient locations along the pier.

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10. Cotswolds

Combe Castle Village

While many tourists spend most of their time in the city of Bath, going out into the countryside is a great way to see things from a different perspective.

The English countryside is characterised by rolling hills, quaint villages and unassuming historical sights and is well worth a visit.

This full-day excursion focuses on discovering the Cotswolds. So guests are less likely to hit a bus full of tourists with cameras at every turn.

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11. Ghost Hunter Silent Disco Guided Tour

Ghost Hunter Silent Disco Guided Tour

Rumor has it that more than forty years ago, a young ghost hunter came to Bath in an attempt to prove once and for all that this historic town has the soul of its past.

Sadly, his work was inconclusive, mostly because he encountered a mysterious and premature death.

For those interested in picking up where he left off from listening to the music he played from his Walkman headphones when he died, this Ghost Hunter silent disco tour will be perfect.

Tours are unique, fun and whimsical and are open to groups of 10 to 28 people.

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12. Cotswolds Discovery Tour from Bath

Combe Castle

With historic villages, impressive castles and one of the most picturesque monasteries in the country, the Cotswolds are the perfect day trip destination for those looking to get out of town for a few hours.

Tours begin and end in a convenient central location in Bath and include stops at attractions such as Combe Castle, Burton on the Water, King Aselstein’s Tomb and the quaint market town of Malmesbury.

Guests will learn about the history, culture and economy of the area from a local guide. They will visit some of the filming locations of popular films such as War Horse and Dr. Dolittle which were filmed in the area in the 60s.

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13. Private Half-Day Tour of Stonehenge from Bath

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is arguably England’s most unique archaeological site and is only a short drive away for day trippers staying in Bath.

According to people familiar with the matter, the history of the site dates back more than 5,000 years. Although it has been studied for centuries, it is still full of fascinating mysteries and unsolved mysteries.

Along with their private guide, tour participants will learn about world-famous landmarks, take stunning photos up close, and possibly develop their own theories about why they were originally built.

Travel back through the impressive Salisbury Plains before returning to Bath city centre.

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14. Lunchtime cruise to a riverside bar

Lunch time cruise to river bar

Scenic cruises along the beautiful River Avon are a popular holiday activity for visitors to Bath.

The lunchtime cruise passes many of the town’s most iconic sights, including the confluence of the Avon and Kennett Canals, St John’s Church, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge.

Along the way, the captain will describe each attraction, while guests relax in comfortable chairs and enjoy refreshing beverages.

Once the boat docks at the Locksbrook Inn, guests can enjoy stunning riverside views from the comfort of a pre-booked table.

Each guest also gets a free drink when deciding what to eat for lunch.

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15. Wells, Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge Day Trip from Bath

Cheddar Gorge, England

This well town has one of the most impressive cathedrals in the area, dating back to the 13th century.

On this value-for-money combo tour, guests will delve into the past while enjoying the many famous man-made, natural and culinary centres of the English countryside.

After Wells, guests will drive to the town where the cheddar cheese was born.

According to locals, it is the most popular variety in the world. Guests will visit the last remaining cheese-making facilities in the area.

Before driving back to Bath, the group will stop at Cheddar Gorge, which has long been listed as one of the UK’s most iconic natural attractions.

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