Literature, Folklore, and the Spirit of Place
The only tour of this glorious city led by a Bard of Bath!
If you want an entertaining (and informative) introduction to Bath, the City of Waters, look no further! As a Bard of Bath, I have a unique insight into Bath's cultural heritage, and the ability to bring alive obscure facts and hidden gems; as well the timeless verse of the literary greats who have been drawn to this place of poets and muses. On this leisurely stroll you will be introduced to the major landmarks of the city - the Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Circus - as well as less well-known treasures of architecture, archaeology, and culture. Along the way you will be regaled with tales and verse. You will leave with a deeper sense of Bath's many layers and continuing appeal.
(The 'Bard of Bath' is an annnual contest for the best poet, storyteller, or singer in the area - I won it in 1998!)
Bath is a very walkable city - everything of interest is within one square mile. It's on a hill (one of the seven hills the city is said to be founded on, giving it the epithet, the 'Rome of the North') but the pace will be gentle, with plenty of stops.
We start at the Orange Grove, behind the Bath Abbey - with a fine view of the Bath Skyline, owned by the National Trust.
We'll pass Parade Gardens, then onto. . .
Pulteney Weir/Pulteney Bridge
Victoria Art Gallery
Slippery Lane - where 'witches' were taken to the river and tried
Upper Borough Walls - site of a Saxon sword discovery
Union Passage - birthplace of 'Frankenstein' and early cinema!
Milsom St - Bath's main shopping street
Bath's antique centre
Gravel Walk - where Jane Austen walked
Gay St - powder room
Bath's 'Dagon Alley'
Lower Borough Walls
Cross Bath - one of Bath's 3 hot springs
Bath Abbey - finish
Afterwards, a local inn is an option.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: By Tourist Information Centre, next to Bath Abbey
End location: By Bath Abbey.
Duration: 2 hours
90-120 minute* guided walk around the city of Bath. No extra costs, unless you want to have refreshment or visit one of Bath's many attractions. *depending on speed/fitness/interest of walkers - we'll go at your pace and if you want to ask a question we'll stop, so it depends how curious you are!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GBP - Roman Baths Museum is a must, if you have the time - although it's a good 2 hr visit, and probably best to do another time.
There are shops, cafes, and distractions galore. Some museums and galleries are free. Good buskers frequent the Bath Abbey area. Books signed by the tour-guide/author available after the tour.
Maybe a drink at the end in a characterful pub.
Nothing else, unless you want to visit a museum, or buy souvenirs afterwards.
Walking tours preferred, though full license if driver required.
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A historian, a poet and a storyteller....what an absolutely grand time we had with Kevan today. Bath might be a small town but it breathes an ancient air. I couldn't imagine getting to know Bath without the expert guidance of Kevan.