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Bath Abbey

Bath Spa

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Bath Spa city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Bath's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Bath Spa is renowned for its hot spring baths - the city sits in the mouth of a long-dormant volcano, extinct for many millennia, but the thermal heat still makes for a nice, relaxing dip. It was once home to literary legend Jane Austen, but it’s also the city that inspired Mary Shelley to finish writing Frankenstein. The historic Saracen’s Head pub, visited by Charles Dickens in 1835, adds to Bath's charm, whilst its streets have featured prominently in Hollywood movies such as The Duchess, Les Miserables and Jane Austen’s Persuasion.


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Curious About... Bath Spa

  • An exploration of Bath Spa's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Bath Spa in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Bath Abbey to Queen Square - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From the spectacular Bath Abbey, the last of the great medieval churches of England, you make your way past ancient Roman baths and one of the oldest almshouses in the country. Next make your way through picturesque and distinctive streets with yet more baths, to the gorgeous River Avon and stunning views of the Abbey. Cross a timeworn bridge, pass colourful shops and an historic theatre, before ending your walk at a delightful Square for a well-earned rest.
1.5 hoursNot OK, steep steps are involved

2. Queen Square to Royal Crescent - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Circle the Square with its deep history, flirt with a glimpse of the fabulous Royal Victoria Park, explore unique streets, visit the most noble and elegant Assembly Rooms, once at the heart of fashionable Georgian society, navigate The Circus with its inspiring buildings and grand trees, before finishing your walk at Royal Crescent, one of the finest achievements of 18th century urban architecture.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town or city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"We recently visited Bath and stumbled across the curious about walks on the Internet. I'm so glad I did as they were amazing!! My 2 girls aged 8 and 11 loved them as did my husband (who gets bored easily!). I love to sight see but find it's difficult to keep everyone interested but these walks did just that and we all thought they were brilliant. We are now going to download some more walks for our home town of London and see what we can discover and learn!!"

Latest Revision : April 2024

Bath Spa

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail