Great Pulteney Street The elegant road on the far side of Pulteney bridge is Great Pulteney Street, the equal of any grand boulevard in Europe. If you walk to the end there’s the busy A4 road but also the newly extended Holburne art gallery and its stylish cafe, Sydney Gardens Park and the old Kennet and Avon Canal.
Queen Square A short walk north from the Abbey through the shopping streets are the best of the honey-coloured squares, crescents and terraces built by Georgians 200 years ago.
Their building boom was designed to cope with floods of aristocratic visitors when Bath suddenly became the country’s most fashionable resort. The impressive houses around Queen Square could stand alone as an individual royal palaces anywhere else in the world. Stroll up to the Circus - a complete circle of Georgian town houses.
Royal Victoria Park In the grand expanses of Royal Victoria Park it’s worth hunting out the authentic Georgian garden which has gravel instead of grass to protect women’s long dresses from staining. The huge children’s adventure playground at the end of the Park isn’t Roman or Georgian... but it is free.
The Royal Crescent
Next to Victoria Park is the world’s best known block of flats - a grand semi-circle of houses, now mainly apartments. Some are even have council tenants. One house is open as a museum showing what life in the original houses would’ve been like.
Bath Royal Crescent is one of the UK's must-see buildings (top). Elegant fountains mark the entrance to Great Pulteney Street in Bath (above). Photos: visitbath.co.uk
Use this map to find your way around Bath city centre. You don't really NEED the expensive open top bus tours - the distances are very small. Walking from the Holburne Gallery at one side to the Royal Crescent at the other will only take 20 minutes - if you don't get distracted by the quirky independent shops on the way.