The magnificent, historic city of Bath – home of sweeping crescents in honeyed stone, restorative thermal waters, and beautiful boutiques – is no stranger to those seeking to explore its manifold obvious charms. But for the more inquisitive there are also countless hidden gems to discover, intriguing stories to hear, and unique personalities past and present to get to know.
In these pages you’ll take a bespoke detour off the well-beaten path to unearth unexpected treasures: from secret statues and characterful pubs to artists’ studios and Georgian ballrooms, from memorials paying homage to lesser-known figures who left their indelible mark on the city to treats for foodies and fashionistas.
Make your own gin, weave a scarf, tell the time with a stylish personal sundial, play shove ha’penny, bind your own book… or head beyond the city fringes, just a short hop by bike, punt, barge, or steam train, for a fresh perspective on this picture-perfect metropolis. If you’re a first-timer, frequent visitor or native who has “seen it all” here are 111 things you never thought you’d see – and mustn't miss – in Bath.