About The City Sightseeing Bath Bus Tour:
Enrich your trip around south-west England with a visit to the 2000 year old city of Bath. The earliest parts of Bath were founded in the first century AD by the Romans, whose most famous contribution was the thermal spring baths still enjoyed by locals and tourists today.
Such remarkably well preserved history sees millions visit the city for day trips each year, and many of them opt to explore the sights by open-top bus. This hop-on hop-off tour allows you travel at your own pace for up to 24 hours from the point of first use. Come and go as much as you please between 2 sightseeing routes: one covering top city centre attractions, and the other winding through Bath's lush eastern outskirts.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Cantonese.
- Live English Speaking Guides
Tour Times / Frequencies:
- See Map Download or Itinerary List below.
- City Route: High Street (Bath Abbey).
- Skyline Route: Manvers Street (Bath Railway Station).
*You can start the tour at any its 38 stops.
- City Route: 50 Minutes.
- Skyline Route: 45 Minutes.
Ticket Holder Discounts:
- 10% Off Roman Baths Entry.
- Free Entry To Kitchen Museum At Sally Lunn's.
- 10% Off Admission & Tea Rooms At Jane Austen Centre.
- 10% Off Museum Of Bath Architecture Entry.
- Museum Of East Asian Art, 2 For 1 Entry.
- 10% Off Fashion Museum Entry.
- 10% Off No 1 Royal Crescent Entry.
- American Museum, 2 For 1 Entry.
This handy sightseeing tour of Bath has two main routes: 'The City' and 'The Skyline', each with its own unique itinerary. Hop aboard the 17 stop city route for easy access to the Roman Thermal Spa Complex, every major museum, and the Botanical Gardens on Weston Road. You'll never be far from great retail locations either, with the tour's ideally positioned stops along Milsom Street and the Southgate Shopping Centre. Disembark on Brock Street to see the iconic Royal Crescent townhouses, one of which is home to the No. 1 Royal Crescent Museum of Georgian domestic life. There's also Sally Lunn’s near stop 17, a famous eatery and local attraction that doubles as one of the UK's oldest houses. It's construction is traditionally dated to roughly 1482.
At some point in the day make your way onto the 21 stop skyline route, where a world of lush greenery and landscaped gardens will reveal itself. The first stretch of this route takes you out of the city centre via Great Pulteney Street (site of the Pulteney Bridge), then onto North Road towards the University of Bath. If you're feeling inquisitive hop off here and explore the sprawling campus on one of their self-guided tours, or even attend one of the fascinating public lectures if your visit happens to coincide.
Continue your journey of discovery at the American Museum in Britain, an institution housed within the picturesque Claverton Manor. A grade I listed building in its own right the museum covers American history from 1690 to 1860 across a series of permanent exhibition spaces. Every year an additional exhibition is added to shed light on more contemporary issues. Be sure to take a stroll through the arboretum and a re-creation of George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon.
The last highlight on the skyline bus tour route is Prior Park Landscape Garden, a stunning testament to 18th century romanticism and a place that's guaranteed to whisk you onto the pages of a Jane Austen novel. There's plenty to do here for nature lovers of all ages, from a large forest play area to a fungi and bug spotting woodland trail.
As you travel along both routes of the Bath hop-on hop-on bus tour you'll be treated to live English language commentary delivered by expert local guides. Recorded commentary is also available in 10 different languages (see left column).