'Taking the Waters' - Discover Medical Bath

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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), French (advanced), German (advanced)

A half day of discovering Bath's medical heritage - in a fun and entertaining way!

My Tour explains how learned physicians ultimately decided the fate of the re-birth of Bath!
The healing properties of bubbling hot springs once became a remedy for just about any disorder they diagnosed - from infertility to inflammation of the bowels - and my story starts at the very source of the spring as I take you on a journey of discovery that gets right under the skin of England's most genteel spa town.

Learn how Queen Anne led the 'gold rush' that urged Georgian society to jump on the advice of Doctor's recommendations by 'taking the waters'.

How the fall-out of physician's fervour would lead to our elegant and charming City with its architectural gems that is today a World Heritage Site.

My 4-hour Tour takes in the very best of a City which was once described as like a 'drop of golden honey in a sea of green', and I shall introduce you to some infamous characters on a trail of tinctures and treatments!

Our circular Walk concludes with your chance to sample Bath's famous waters!


Our touring together will commence from the location of your choice, be that your Bath hotel or any preferred venue.

We shall begin the story of 'Discover Medical Bath' by going back 2, 000 years to Roman Bath.
Our walking tour together will feature Bath's medical connections and how it links with its architecture, its culture, the characters and the stories that have given a rich social flavour to this wonderful city.

This tour is a must for those with an interest in medical history and by default we shall connect with Bath Abbey, Theatre Royal, The Circus, Royal Crescent, Victoria Park, The Assembly Rooms, Pulteney Bridge, Parade Gardens, River Avon and a special visit to the Holburne Museum.

We shall conclude by tasting that special water rich in minerals from a glass in the famous Pump Room - actually 'taking the waters'.

Do please let me know if you might require an Afternoon Tea experience in Bath - I know plenty of options.

I shall escort you back to your hotel or preferred location.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I shall either Meet and Greet you at your hotel in Bath, or if you are travelling by public transport at Bath Spa Rail Station for example.

End location: I can conclude your walking tour at any location of choice in Bath, and I would also be able to assist with advice for options for the rest of your day or evening.

Duration: 4 hours


Walk Tour

What’s Included

Other: Tour Co-ordination including reservation requests pre-visit.
Meet and Greet at your Hotel, or preferred Bath location.
Private Tour with an experienced Local Guide.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 GBP - 20 GBP - Meals and Refreshments.

What’s Extra

Other: Roman Baths and Fashion Museum Saver Ticket 21.5 GBP
(Accompanying carer for wheelchair user goes free).

Private tour guide Steve

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