The lovely city of Bath, set like an amphitheatre amid 7 hills, has two outstanding features: its Roman remains and its stunning Georgian architecture. Add in museums, culture, shopping and spa options and you wonder, along with Jane Austen, ‘Who can ever be tired of Bath?’
The 14 episodes in our Bath series bring you all the background history and culture you need to fully understand this delightful city. We cover all the famous features, plus day trips to nearby places of interest. In short, here is all the research you’d do yourself if only you had the time.
There’s a podcast for each episode and we are adding more written information to each post as fast as we can. So, let’s go!
Welcome to Bath. One of the city’s world-renowned attractions is its gorgeous Georgian architecture: the elegant squares and crescents of local stone built in the 18th century. And here too are the only natural hot … Read more
History in Bath tends to focus on the Romans and then the Georgians. But what about everything which came in between? This episode, visiting Bath Abbey and the streets around it, will help explain. How … Read more
Surely it was Bath’s gorgeous Georgian architecture which prompted the composter Haydn to describe it as ‘one of the most beautiful cities in Europe’ after a visit in 1794. This post takes you on a … Read more
18th Century Bath attracted visits from the wealthy and entitled, who loved to visit for a ‘season’, a period of weeks or months any time between late September and June. They would rent a house … Read more
Here we present a selection of Bath museums and galleries: for art, there’s the Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery. Then there’s the house where astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus. We must mention the … Read more
Hear a little of the history of theatre in Bath, including the story of the ‘Theatre Royal’, now more than 200 years old, and its predecessors. Find out how Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Sarah Siddons … Read more
Squeezed into our anthology are lots of authors who wrote about the city and whom you’d enjoy reading before a visit or afterwards when you want to reminisce. Or indeed when you are actually there: … Read more
The first of three episodes suggesting days out from Bath, this one takes you to Lacock and Corsham. Hear about the widowed Mum of eight who founded Lacock Abbey in the 13th century, about the … Read more
Less than an hour from Bath, a visit to Wells makes a lovely day out. Hear about the main attractions, including the cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace and learn lots of fascinating snippets: everything from … Read more