Bath is my home patch. I've lived here since 2004. My children have gone to school in Bath. I walk our dog in the lovely countryside on the fringes of the city. I am the resident expert for the travel section of The Daily Telegraph on all things related to Bath, so as well as knowing all about its history and culture, I am also a mine of information of best places to eat, drink, shop and stay. I have in fact stayed in and reviewed all the best hotels and b & bs in the city for the Telegraph.
I am also bang up-to-date on what's happening in the city. There's lots of news for 2022. A new World Heritage Centre, explaining why Bath is a double-listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, is opening in the spring. Cleveland Pools, Britain’s oldest lido, is scheduled to open in the summer, and Bath Abbey's new Discovery Centre is due to be completed in the autumn. Plenty of filming has taken place in Bath recently, including for the Netflix hit Bridgerton – Season 2 was released in March – and a new Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, due to appear later in 2022.
If you're coming to Bath – whether for a day, a weekend or longer – I can help ensure you get the best out of your visit. I can give you advice on how best to structure your time, avoid the crowds and what to book ahead.
If you're looking for a place to stay and a tour combined, I offer walking tours as part of packages with several of Bath's best hotels: The Royal Crescent Hotel, The Bath Priory, No15 Great Pulteney and the Roseate Villa.
SUGGESTED BATH TOURS
Two-hour introductory tour
Ideal for first-time visitors to Bath with limited time, this walking tour provides an overview of the city and visits the major landmarks, including Bath Abbey, the Pump Room, Thermae Bath Spa, Pulteney Bridge, The Royal Crescent, Circus and Assembly Rooms. You'll finish up with a very good understanding of what makes Bath special.
Half-day introductory tour
This longer introductory tour also allows time for guided visits inside Bath Abbey and the Assembly Rooms, and exploring the other side of the River Avon and along grandiose Great Pulteney Street. There will be time for a carefully-chosen pitstop for coffee or tea.
Full day tour
With a whole day, as well as a walking tour of the must-see highlights, you'll be able to take in some of Bath's lesser-known Georgian crescents and several of the city's outstanding attractions and museums, including the Roman Baths, No1 Royal Crescent, the Holburne Museum, Fashion Museum and Jane Austen Centre. (I can accompany you but I am not allowed to guide in some of these). I'll structure your day carefully to ensure it works seamlessly, and pick a tried-and-tested, first-rate place for lunch.
Film and TV locations tour – Bridgerton and more
Are you a fan of Bridgerton, Netflix's incredibly popular Regency drama? Some 70 scenes, spread over 14 locations, were shot in Bath for Season 1 – some of the most extensive and ambitious filming ever undertaken in Bath. I can take you on a walking tour of the filming spots, and will provide insights into the accuracy of Bridgerton's portrayal of life in Regency England, and some behind-the-scenes snippets from the filming. The tour will also cover what was filmed in Bath for Season 2.
I laid on Bridgerton tours for the prestigious Bath Festival in May 2021 and they well a sellout.
For a local journalist's review of a Bridgerton tour I've led, see here.
Discover Britain's June/July 2022 magazine has a lovely article on Bath and Bridgerton, featuring my Bridgerton tour: see here.
The Daily Telegraph selected my Bridgerton tour as one of the best thing to do in Somerset: www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activity-and-adventure/secret-side-somerset-plus-20-fun-things-do/.
Influential US publisher TravelAge West has also picked out my Bridgerton tour: https://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Europe/bridgerton-filming-location-tours-downton-abbey-bond.
Want a broader TV/film tour than just Bridgerton? Bath has appeared in many dozens of films and TV series over the years – to name but a few Vanity Fair, various adaptations of Jane Austen's Persuasion, The Duchess, Les Miserables and recently ITV's detective series McDonald and Dodds and the BBC's Trial of Christine Keeler. Warner Bros was filming on a large scale in Bath in autumn 2021 for Wonka, a new version of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All will be revealed on a walking tour.
Medical history tour
Focuses on how the history of Bath through the centuries is inextricably linked with its thermal waters and their supposedly health-giving and therapeutic properties. You'll hear stories about about Bladud the mythical founder of Bath, royal visits to the city seeking cures, naughty goings-on in the baths, hidden almshouses, the creation of the Mineral Water Hospital, weird and wonderful treatments in the medical spa – and a doctor who invented a healthy biscuit in the 1700s that is still on sale today.
Five crescents tour
This largely off-the-beaten-track route around Bath's hilly northern side takes in five Georgian crescents, each a curving wonder in honey-hued Bath stone, as well the Assembly Rooms and Circus. Magnificent views across Bath and sheep await.
Pulteney Estate tour
Another away-from-the-crowds tour, highlighting the Pulteney Estate, Bath's fascinating, unfinished Georgian New Town, and its centrepiece, magnificent Great Pulteney Street. The route also takes in Sydney Gardens – elaborate pleasure gardens in Georgian times – a scenic section of the Kennet & Avon Canal, and the meadows of Bathwick Fields, with glorious view over the city.
EASY DAY TRIPS FROM BATH
There are numerous enticing sightseeing options an hour's drive or less from Bath. These include: the time-stood-still village of Lacock; photogenic southern Cotswolds spots such as Castle Combe; mystical Glastonbury and the tiny city of Wells with its wonderful cathedral; the world-famous prehistoric monuments of Avebury and Stonehenge; Salisbury, with another unforgettable cathedral; Bristol with its rich maritime heritage, slavery connections and street art. See more details on my main tour page.
I can provide entertaining and informative guided tours to any of these places, whether in a chauffeur-driven private vehicle or coach.