One of the best free things to do in Bath, if visiting from London or anywhere else, is to take one of the free city walking tours. In these cost-conscious times everyone wants to know how to travel more cheaply. The Bath Tourism people have come up with ten suggestions for things you can do in the city for under £20.
Mayor's Honorary Guides: Bath has daily free city walking tours which leave from outside the Pump Room and show you the city's major sights and its wonderful Roman and Georgian heritage. These free walking tours last for about two hours and further details can be found on the Visit Bath website.
Victoria Art Gallery: Entry to the Victoria Art Gallery is free, and as well as temporary exhibitions the permanent collection includes works by Gainsborough, Sickert, Nash, Whistler and many other famous names from the 15th century onwards.
River Avon Boat Trip: For just £5 you can take a boat trip on the Rover Avon from the historic Pulteney Bridge and learn not just about Bath's famous historic sites but also the city's unexpected wildlife too. There are frequent daily departures.
Bath Abbey: Next to the Roman Baths and the Pump Room, Bath Abbey was founded in 1499 and was the last of the great medieval churches of England. Admission is free although a suggested donation of £2.50 helps to pay for the conservation of this fine old building.
Pump Room Spa Water: Bath's wonderful Georgian Pump Room, which features in some of Jane Austen's novels, offers a glass of the famous mineral water with its 43 minerals for just 50p.
Bath's Gardens and Countryside: It's free to walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal, or to do the Bath Skyline Walk, offering six miles of waymarked trails through woodlands and meadows. You can get free maps with details of the walks from the city's Tourist Information Centre in Abbey Chambers.
Free Jane Austen Audioguide: You can download a free audio tour of Bath "In the Footsteps of Jane Austen" from Visit Bath. Hear extracts from her letters and novels, notable the two that are mainly set in Bath: Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. No-one can describe Georgian Bath better than Jane Austen.
Visit Bath's Georgian Theatre Royal: Over 200 years old, the Theatre Royal was opened in 1805 and still very much in use. Each day there are 40 standby tickets available to buy for £5, and standing places available at £3.
Picnic in Victoria Park: With 57 acres to choose from, the Royal Victoria Park, with Bath's Royal Crescent as a backdrop, is perfect for a picnic. You'll have plenty of change from a £20 note to spend on delicious fresh local foods from the city's many fine delicatessens.
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