Bath is renowned for its beauty. As the only designated UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a city in the United Kingdom, it is not surprising that the city has plenty of photogenic spots. Here’s our round-up of some of the most Instagrammable places in Bath...
Discover the City’s Roman Remains
The Roman Baths are the city’s oldest Instagram hotspot. Take a trip around the ancient baths and see some of the world’s best-preserved Roman remains, which are picture-perfect from any angle.
Top Photo Op: Make sure you capture the classic shot featuring the Roman Baths with Bath Abbey in the background.
Explore Bath’s Curved Streets
This year marks 250 years since the first foundation stone was laid on The Royal Crescent. The famous Crescent is one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom, and one of the most photographed hotspots in Bath. Don’t miss the primrose yellow front door of number 22 – in 1972, Miss Wellesley-Colley had to fight two enforcement orders from Bath City Council and defend herself at a public enquiry, to keep her door yellow, instead of the traditional white.
Top Photo Op: Stand on the corner of the path on the edge of the field in front of the Royal Crescent, and Marlborough Buildings, and see if you can snap the whole Crescent!
Although the most famous, the Royal Crescent is not the only Crescent in Bath – in fact, there are seven! You’ll be sure to find a great (and classically ‘Bath’) photo spot at Lansdown Crescent, Camden Crescent, Widcombe Crescent, Cavendish Crescent and Somerset Place, each of which have their own charm and beauty.
Top Photo Op: Don’t miss Camden Crescent in the spring – one of the house’s facades is covered with the most spectacular wisteria plant, perfect for the ultimate #WisteriaHysteria post.
The last of Bath’s beautiful Crescents is The Circus, a remarkable sight, perfect for a panorama. Comprising three curved segments of Grade I listed townhouses, the buildings of the circus are circular in shape. Keep an eye out for the intricate details on the stonework, with emblems such as serpents, acorns and masonic symbols, perfect for a close-up shot.
Top Photo Op: See how much of The Circus you can fit into one shot - extra points for managing to get The Circus' honey-coloured stone in the perfect light!
Get Snap Happy at Bath Abbey
One of the skyline’s most imposing buildings, Bath Abbey is situated right in the centre of the city. The Abbey has lots of stunning details to look out for, including the beautiful stained glass windows and the sculptures of angels climbing up stone ladders to heaven on the west front.
Top Photo Op: The archway on York Street frames Bath Abbey beautifully, or for an alternative view, head behind the Abbey to Parade Gardens to capture the building with a fabulous foreground of greenery.
Once you’ve taken a snap of Bath Abbey, head inside, where you can take an Abbey Tower Tour for just £6. Tower Tours offer a chance to go behind the scenes and take a look at the Abbey from a very different perspective. You will climb up to the roof of the Abbey for one of the best vantage points of the city, and snap to your heart’s content.
Top Photo Op: Photograph both ancient and modern spas in one shot, with views over the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa.
See Pulteney Bridge from a New Angle
Pulteney Bridge is one of only a handful of bridges with shops, built by Robert Adam in 1769. There are a few popular, picture-perfect viewpoints of Pulteney Bridge, including from North Parade Bridge, the weir, or Parade Gardens, but you can also get an alternative view of the hotchpotch back of the bridge by climbing down the steps next to the back of the Podium.
Top Photo Op: For the classic vantage point, head to Grand Parade.
Take a Stroll along Bath’s Grandest Thoroughfare
Completed in 1789, Great Pulteney Street is the widest and most grand thoroughfare in Bath (and, perhaps, Europe!) and definitely worth a capture for Instagram. Perhaps the most stately street in Bath, Great Pulteney Street has been used as a set for period films such as The Duchess and Vanity Fair.
Top Photo Op: Capture all of Great Pulteney Street’s beauty from the fountain in Laura Place.
Situated at the end of Great Pulteney Street, the Holburne Museum is also a great Instagram spot. The building’s grand façade and impressive gardens offer a great photo opportunity, with the stunning Sydney Gardens behind the Holburne Museum also worth a visit. The gardens are the only remaining eighteenth-century pleasure gardens in the country and offer a great view of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Top Photo Op: You can hop down to the canal path in Sydney Gardens for a great photo opportunity – if you’re lucky, you might even get a boat in your shot.
Walk Bath’s Skyline for Photo Opportunities Aplenty
If you enjoy a ramble, head off on the Bath Skyline Walk, famed for its wildflowers and elevated views. You’ll take in fabulous views of the city during the six-mile walk, as well as burning as much energy as playing 90 minutes of football!
Top Photo Op: The view from Bathwick Fields is tremendous.
The Bath Skyline Walk passes the picture-perfect Prior Park Landscape Garden, which is definitely worth a visit if you have time. Created by Bath entrepreneur Ralph Allen with advice from Alexander Pope and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the eighteenth-century landscape garden is home to one of just four Palladian Bridges in the world.
Top Photo Op: The Palladian Bridge looks great from any angle, but one of the classics is looking up towards the beautiful Prior Park College.
Another must-snap spot along the Bath Skyline Walk trail is Sham Castle. Built ‘to improve the prospect’ from Ralph Allen’s townhouse in Bath, the castle is in fact merely a three-sided façade, only intended to be viewed from the front.
Top Photo Op: If you get the angle right, you can peek through the ‘doorway’ of Sham Castle towards Bath’s gorgeous skyline.
Georgian Bath on Bath Street
Built in 1791 by Thomas Baldwin, Bath Street is an elegant collonaded street that links the Roman Baths with Thermae Bath Spa, and one of the city’s most picturesque streets. As it is unadorned by shop signs, the street lends itself well to filming, as little needs to be changed to capture eighteenth-century Bath, and the street has been used as a set for films and television productions including the 2006 film adaptation of Persuasion.
Top Photo Op: Capture Bath Street from Stall Street, looking towards the Cross Bath.
Get Lost down Bath’s Hidden Alleyways
Take a wander around the city and you’ll be sure to stumble upon one of Bath’s cute hidden alleyways, perfect for a capture. Northumberland Place and The Corridor are quirky streets with independent shops and eateries aplenty. Head to Sally Lunns and look towards North Parade Buildings for an incredibly Instagrammable view. Explore the streets around the Theatre Royal and you’ll come across Beauford Square, another great place for a photo. And stop off at Queen Street, where you’ll find cobbles and beautiful buildings aplenty.
Top Photo Op: Don’t miss the beautiful view of Queen Street through the archway.