Explore Bath and the West Country

Bespoke Guided Tours | At your own pace

The Romans developed the present site of Bath soon after they invaded Britain in AD 43. It was a strategic military location, being the place where the Fosseway (a Roman road) crossed the river Avon. The settlement was surrounded by rich farmland and supplies of lead and tin from the nearby Mendip hills. The warm spring must have seemed strange in this cold misty land, locals worshiped the spring and its god Sulis, the Romans linked the spring to Sulis to appease the locals and jointly dedicate the spring to the Roman goddess Minerva. The city of Aquae Sulis was thus founded.

By 1189 Bath receives its first Royal charter and the city is enlarged and a vast abbey on the site of the present building was constructed. Augustinian monks founded Bath's oldest charitable institution, St. John's hospital in 1180 and encouraged the sick and poor to benefit from the healing attributes of the hot springs. Eventually Bath became a city of weavers and a major manufacturing town.

The 18th century brought new vigor to the city of Bath. Apothecaries flourished in Bath as the continued influx of visitors seeking fun, love and cure. Richard Nash the official master of ceremonies set the social standards of the day and Bath became popular with the elite of society. Bath was rebuilt in the classic style from 'Bath stone' the name given to the golden oolithic limestone quarried nearby. Politicians, artist, army officers and the rich frequented Bath.

Bath today is a thriving business, cultural and university city, offering superb shopping, hotel accommodation and NEW internationally renown Thermae Bath Spa. Our private tours can depart from Salisbury, Bath or London.

Gateway to the West Country

Some clients prefer to travel by train to Bath from London. Our local guides will be happy to meet you at Bath's train station with a personalised name-board. This method of travel to Bath is suitable if you would like to spend the entire day in the city and not travel in the surrounding countryside. If you would like to incorporate countryside and other historic sights en-route then it is wise to choose our flexible chauffeur guided service.. Join one of our fixed itineraries or tailor your own.



" Step into England's story! "

Depart from Salisbury, Bath or London

All our guides are local and know the area 'like the back of their hands' . Our door to door service means you can choose to depart from Salisbury, Bath or London

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  • Collection direct from your Hotel~

  • Experienced Driver-Guide for the day

  • See what you want at a pace you want to go

  • Flexible pickup and return times

  • Costs from only £35 per person for larger groups







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