Bath

The beautiful city of Bath with its honey-coloured buildings, is a World Heritage site as designated by UNESCO. Your Blue Badge guide will take you on a conducted tour of this unique city and explain the history of its heritage.

Long before the Romans arrived in Britain in the first century AD, the natural hot mineral spring was used by the ancient Britons for its supposedly curative properties based on the legend of King Bladud. The Romans saw the opportunity to use the sacred spring as part of its own pagan rites and developed a huge bathing complex for all.

Today it is possible to visit the original Great Bath created by them together with many artefacts from their era. It was during the eighteenth century though that Bath came into its own when it became a fashionable spa town. The writer Jane Austen lived in the city for six years, recounting her experiences in her novel, Emma, in which she tells her readers of ‘where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give’. Today it is still possible to get a glimpse of Jane Austen’s world, by visiting the Pump Room and the Assembly Rooms, little changed in over 200 years, and the Jane Austen centre. See also the beautiful Royal Crescent and The Circus where fashionable people spent ‘the season’.

Cotswolds

Cotswold tours of englandSituated on the edge of the Cotswolds, Bath is the perfect place to begin a tour of this quintessentially English region.

The Cotswold villages and towns prospered during the medieval period when England’s main export was wool, the buildings a mark of the wealth of its merchants who paid for many of the most beautiful churches in England.We will visit Castle Combe and Lacock, two of the most stunning in the South Cotswolds area. The town of Lacock has been used as a film location for Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

10 hour Bath and Cotswolds tour £675/£700

The cost includes the use of a driver guide and his vehicle and is NOT the rate per person. The lower price is for up to 4 passengers and the higher for 5/6 passengers. All parking charges are included but admission fees are additional.