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An enjoyable 2-hour tour that takes in the best of Bath's ancient Roman heritage, as well as its splendid Georgian architecture and its vibrant modern culture. Your knowledgeable local guides will show you the very best of Bath both past and present, and will give you the inside story on this fascinating city. They will even lead the group inside the Roman Baths to explore the artifacts left in Bath by Britain's Roman conquerors almost 2,000 years ago.
The tour starts in the morning or afternoon at the Bath Abbey in the city center, where you will meet your guide and begin with a string of sites including Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey, the site of the coronation of the first King of England in 973. You then proceed to the first highlight of the tour, the Roman Baths. Your guide will lead the group into the Baths (if option selected) to see the fascinating items and legacies left in Bath by the Romans during their occupation of the area, and to witness the miraculous phenomenon of Bath's hot geothermal springs.
In the second half of the tour, you will also take in the enchanting Georgian architecture of this charming town. From the magnificent Royal Crescent to the mysterious Circus, you see the best of the pomp and luxury of the 18th century. We proceed from the central Pump Rooms to the lavish Upper Assembly Rooms and, finally, arrive at the sumptuous Royal Crescent and the mysterious Circus, Bath offers a stunning variety of breathtaking architectural gems.
The tour has been specially devised to show you the very best of the Bath. The guides are fun, engaging local professionals who will make the city’s history truly accessible for visitors of all ages. They are not going to throw a list of dates and facts at you. The guides know their stuff, but they also know how to explain it without putting you to sleep.
You will be greeted by your skipper and guide at Broad Quay on the riverside, in central Bath, close to the bus and train stations for you to start this unique perspective of this world heritage City from the river and then with a member of the crew on foot. This tour will start with a river trip with the skipper to see the sights of Half Penny Bridge, St. John's Church, Bath Abbey, Parade Gardens, Pulteney Bridge, Weir and Mill. Once back at the mooring, a member of the crew will take you on the short 40 minute walking tour designed to ensure your overviews of Bath's rich history and orientate you to the City. The tour will include the main sights of the Roman Baths, The Abbey, Guildhall, Ancient City Wall, Theatre Royal and Queens Square with a splash of historic and hot new shops and places to eat.
This tour is ideal for those who are looking for an informed, leisurely overview of the City with local and friendly hosts. The total combined tour is approximately 70 minutes in total and will provide plenty of signposting to allow you to explore the City on your own and make the most effective use of your time in this historic City.
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