The Welcome to Bath website is here to help you make the most of your time in the city. Our wonderful Bath Welcome Ambassadors offer a similar service in person.
These volunteers are the friendly faces of Bath, offering everybody a warm and informed welcome to the city centre. Look out for them as you wander around the city; they will be dressed in bright blue Welcome to Bath jackets. If you have a question or are looking for advice or recommendations, the team will be happy to help.
Although the Welcome Ambassadors aren’t currently out and about in the city, they are looking forward to returning when it is safe for them to do so.
We are always looking for more Welcome Ambassadors, so if you would be interested in volunteering, you can find more details here.
Our Welcome Ambassadors’ Top Picks
Unfortunately, due to lockdown, our Welcome Ambassadors aren’t currently able to take to the streets of Bath to offer their knowledgeable advice to those visiting the city. To inspire your next visit to Bath, our Welcome Ambassadors have shared their favourite places in the city. From coffee shops to parks, seek some inspiration for your next trip and visit some of these much-loved locations.
“My favourite place in Bath is Parade Gardens – an oasis of peace in the middle of a usually bustling city, enjoying a waterside location, with an interesting history, and architecture and statues within it. The gardens themselves are well-maintained, young children can play safely there, the views are terrific, and in the summer, there are deckchairs with a café selling tea, cakes, and ice cream.”
“My favourite thing to do in Bath is to explore lesser-known places off the main shopping route. I am still stunned by the buildings and views you get around each corner, and every season brings different light on the gorgeous stone. I also love to get a good view over the city to see the maze of streets and buildings that sit so beautifully well with the surrounding countryside, from Alexandra Park and on the Bath Skyline Walk.”
“Bath is a brilliant place to be with young children. My children are now eight and five, and since moving back to Bath five years ago, we’ve enjoyed wandering, playing, and plenty of treats! I couldn’t choose one favourite place, but here are some ideas if you’re spending time in Bath with kids.
“Bath has lots of fantastic parks. We particularly love the playground at Royal Victoria Park, which is the jewel in the crown of Bath’s playgrounds! There is plenty for children of all ages including sandpits, slides, zipwires, swings, various climbing frames, and separate skate ramps. Not far from the playground, still within Royal Victoria Park, are the Botanical Gardens and Great Dell, with plenty of beautiful trees and natural dens to explore! Another favourite park on a different side of Bath is Sydney Gardens, which is especially pleasant to access via the Kennet and Avon Canal path. From its ornate ironwork bridges, you can watch mainline trains trundle past – see if you can get the train drivers to honk if the kids give them a wave!
“Finally, right in the centre of Bath is Parade Gardens, which is a perfect enclosed green space for a runabout. I recommend grabbing a picnic box from Fox & Kit, Bath’s excellent ‘parent-friendly café’, specialising in tasty grub for kids and decent coffee for grown-ups, or a chocolatey treat from Mrs Potts Chocolate House, and taking a break from the sights or the shops in Parade Gardens.”
“My favourite place in Bath would have to be Chapel Court. The entrance to Chapel Court is behind the Cross Bath, at the end of Bath Street. It’s a wonderfully secluded oasis in the heart of a busy shopping centre. There are benches to rest on, and in the summer, lovely floral displays to enjoy. You are also surrounded by the lovely architecture of St John’s Hospital.
“The site has been a shelter for the weary since 1180, and I think you can somehow sense that by just sitting and enjoying the peace. The location is normally open to the public, but current restrictions have limited the access to protect the residence. Hopefully, this situation will ease soon and we’ll be able to enjoy this oasis again in no time.”
“There are so many beautiful spots in Bath to choose from, so it’s hard to pin it down to just the one! However, one of my favourite places has to be Bathwick Fields. The view over Bath is simply stunning and it’s always the place I go to clear my head! If you’re feeling up for it, you can then take the six-mile Bath Skyline Walk, which is a wonderful four-hour walk across the skyline of Bath. Just a short stroll out of the city, the walk takes you through amazing woodlands and secluded valleys. I have often popped a podcast or audiobook on and taken myself off to explore the hills above Bath and beyond.”
“I first came to know Bath when I was a student at the University of Bath, and soon realized what a beautiful city it was. What better place to study architecture?! Subsequently, I was fortunate to spend a number of years working in the city centre.
“When I returned to Bath to work, I had an office in Abbey Chambers, overlooking Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. A fantastic outlook and location and the start of my love affair with the Abbey Churchyard, a paved square in front of the Abbey and the Roman Baths and Pump Room complex.
“During the day, Abbey Churchyard is alive with the buzz of visitors to the city and the sounds of buskers music. In the afternoon, the sunshine glows on the west face of the Abbey and casts shadows through the colonnade at the churchyard entrance onto the Pump Room and Roman Baths. After dark, Abbey Churchyard takes on a different, slightly magical, character. The buskers have gone and there are less people. The torches around the Roman Baths reflect the steam rising from the mineral waters and the Abbey is illuminated by floodlighting. Time to pause and once again enjoy the beauty of this space.”
“Bath has so many beautiful buildings and vistas that it is hard to decide which I love the most. One of my most favourite vistas is looking along the length of Great Pulteney Street, early in the morning when the sun has just risen casting light and shadow along its length, when looking towards The Holburne Museum from Robert Adams’ Pulteney Bridge. It still manages to take my breath away.
“It is, for me, an amazing set-piece of late eighteenth-century architectural design and technical achievement by Thomas Baldwin, who would have gained a great deal of experience building many of Bath’s finest streets and buildings including the Guildhall, constructed at about the same time as Great Pulteney Street. Just one of my favourite sights in Bath. Go early one fine spring morning, COVID lockdown permitting, and see it for yourselves.”
“My favourite places in Bath are where you can get up and see the city spread out before you. Bath is in a dip surrounded by hills, so whichever way you leave the city centre, you have to climb.
“My favourite vantage points include:
- Up Bathwick Hill to the entrance to the field above Smallcombe (on right, opposite Cleveland Walk), through the gate, and a little way up to your left to the top of the field. See the train station, both platforms, and watch the trains!
- Along Warminster Road to the new development Holburne Park on the ex-MOD site. Go a little further and there are gaps between houses which give an incredible view across to Fairfield Park and Charlcombe.
- Up North Road towards the University (a much nicer and quieter walk than Bathwick Hill). Roughly opposite the entrance to the Golf Club, on your right you can peer through the hedge and see right across to the south.
- Along Walcot Street, by the turn into Beehive Yard on the right, there is a sudden and glorious view of Little Solsbury Hill, so unexpected in the middle of such a built-up area.
- From Walcot Street to London Street, cross over to the left hand side where there is a high pavement. From here there is a gap in the buildings opposite where you can see directly across to Prior Park, Ralph Allen’s mansion.
- And in reverse, walk up Ralph Allen Drive to Prior Park Landscape Garden and from the top of the garden (below the school) you can see across the other way.
- Slog up Lansdown Road till you get to St Stephen’s Church; turn round and look back behind you – a great view of St Michael’s Church spire (next to Waitrose).
- And another reverse – this is for after dark – cross Pulteney Bridge and go left into Grove Street. After a short distance, you can see St Stephen’s Church, which is often flood-lighted purple.
- A big climb up to Alexandra Park – but worth it for the view to the north across the city to Lansdown.
- And the one I haven’t done yet – the tower of Bath Abbey.”