Blog By: Sally Belton, Current Student
1. Roman Baths
Get cultured by diving into the historic beauty of the Roman Baths. This picturesque landmark explores the well-preserved Roman site that had been previously used for public bathing. Littered with history that stretches back over a thousand years, you will learn buckets of knowledge like how some men met up to socialise, talk politics and even held meetings at the baths! As a student at Bath Spa you will get the added bonus of free entrance all year round, just simply show your Bath Spa ID card and away you go.
2. Bath Abbey
As England’s last great medieval church, the Bath Abbey is one of the most historic sites to cross off your bucket list. Visiting the Abbey is a great way to explore the city, especially if you venture onto one of their tower tours. Not only will you have an insightful tour guide to give you bags of knowledge, but you will also see incredible views of the city!
3. Thermae Bath Spa
Fancy a bit of relaxation? Head to the Thermae Spa in Bath city centre! It offers a wide range of treatments, use of the roof top pool, sauna, jacuzzi and so much more. They’re Britain’s only natural thermal water spa, so you can bath just like the Romans did over 2000 years ago, you will end up feeling like a god or goddess once you leave (if you ever did!). When visiting the spa, be sure to check out their products so you can bring a little bit of the spa home with you.
4. The Victoria Art Gallery
Run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Victoria Art Gallery thrives with its collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. The building itself is a Grade two listed, making the location so much more delicate and preserved. Its name originates from Queen Victoria’s sixty years on the throne and on the exterior of the building is a statue of Queen Victoria so you will feel like royalty before you even enter! Be sure to bring along student ID as you can grab yourself a discount on tickets.
5. The Fashion Museum
Holding the treasures of a world-class collection of contemporary and historic clothing in a maze of Assembly Rooms, the Fashion Museum is one for your Bath bucket list. Opening in the early 1960’s, the founder, Doris Langley Moore, donated her famous collections of costumes to Bath and originally named it ‘The Museum of Costume’ but then changed to ‘The Fashion Museum’ in 2007. The elegance and exquisite detail on each piece will take your breathe away, but remember your student ID as, yes you guessed it, you’ll get a cheeky discount!
6. Jane Austen Centre
Did you know famous author Jane Austen lived in Bath? Well at the Jane Austen Centre you will discover amazing facts about her, her writing and her time in the city! The centre gives you interesting insight into two of her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, but also how features in Bath are seen throughout her other novels and letters to her sister. Don’t forget to check out the Regency Tea Room within the exhibition, offering afternoon tea, light lunches, cakes and drinks! Remember to have a look around the gift shop before you leave and take a little bit of Jane Austen home with you.
7. The Royal Crescent
Now part of Royal Victoria Park, the Royal Crescent is an historical sight you must visit! Grab yourself a picnic and head over to the lawn that is situation in front of the buildings, it will give you the most amazing view of the park and the buildings itself. If you’re interesting in seeing inside one of the Georgian buildings, visit Number 1 Royal Crescent as it has been turned into a museum celebrating the buildings and their features – including residents whom of which used to occupy!