Bath is one of the rare places that contains extant buildings from two of the world’s greatest empires. Sitting right beside the ancient baths built during the height of the Roman empire are prime examples of architectural wonders from the height of the British empire. It’s a collision of history on an unprecedented scale, and of course, history and museums go hand in hand. Below we’re going to take a look at some of the best museums in Bath.
The Roman Baths
The Roman Baths are a World Heritage Site and the most exquisitely preserved Roman baths in existence. The entire complex is a living museum with the hot spring beneath still churning out the same delightfully warm water it did 2,000 years ago. As far as museums in Bath go, it’s #1.
The Jane Austen Centre
Jane Austin is one of the most beloved and important writers of the Georgian era and is widely credited with being one of the first to infuse the novel with a true sense of realism. Between 1801 and 1806 she lived and worked in Bath. The Centre is a testament to her life and career.
The Royal Crescent Museum
No. 1 Royal Crescent was at one time home to the Duke of York, son of King George III. Today it is a museum that perfectly preserves the interior design favoured by the ruling class of the time. Take a stroll back through time when you visit this stunning architectural treasure.
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy
The home where, in 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus has been transformed into The Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Not only were the Herschels famous for their discoveries but they also significantly advanced the art of telescope design.
Bath Abbey Museum
Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th century and has been added to, redesigned and renovated numerous times since. Today the Bath Abbey Heritage Museum presents more than 1,000 years of Abbey history with many genuine articles from the past on display.
Make sure your tour of museums in Bath is all it can be by staying at the stunning Royal Hotel in Bath city centre.