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An Autumnal Photo Walk of Bath

Bath is extremely photogenic at any time of year, but even more so in Autumn. As the leaves turn amber and the honey coloured Bath stone glows, it’s a truly spectacular city for photographing.

So, where’s the best spots to snap a picture? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 places to photograph this Autumn, but there’s plenty more gorgeous shots around every corner…

1. Pulteney Bridge
There are a few angles that capture the beauty of Pulteney Bridge exceptionally well. You can’t go far wrong taking a photo from Parade Gardens or head to North Parade Road and frame it perfectly with the golden banks on the river Avon. Alternatively, head past Turtle Bay on Bridge Street and head down the stone steps, you can capture a fabulous photo of the back of Pulteney Bridge; a more unusual and intriguing shot.

Pulteney Bridge in Autumn
 
2. Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey exudes beauty, and even the most junior photographer will come away with a stunning picture. Standing directly in front of the Abbey is my favourite view, but all four sides of Bath Abbey make for a beautiful photo. Try visiting by day and then again by night when the Abbey is lit up.

Bath Abbey in Autumn

3. The Circus
It’s hard to do the Circus justice without doing an aerial photograph. This is because it’s made up of Georgian townhouses in a circle that’s 318 feet in diameter. You can still get some beautiful semi-circle shots with a carpet of burnt orange leaves from the trees that stand in the centre. It’s particularly interesting to note the Doric, Roman and Corinthian columns as well as the symbols and acorns that adorn the roof.

The Circus

4. The Royal Crescent
Possibly Bath’s most photographed site, the Royal Crescent is justifiably one of Bath’s brightest shining stars. I like standing quite far back and framing the tree and leaves in the forefront of the photo. Or, stand at one end of the crescent and shoot along the length of it to show off its curves.

The Royal Crescent in Autumn

5. The Holburne Museum
This is the crowning jewel at the top of Great Pulteney Street and is just begging to be photographed. I find a simple front on photo is my favourite way of capturing this magnificent art gallery. There’s also a modern glass extension at the back which is a complete juxtaposition from the front, so don’t miss this either.

Holburne in Autumn

6. Prior Park Landscape Gardens
Designed by Capability Brown, the gardens here are breath-taking and particularly so in Autumn in the midst of red and orange foliage. You can choose to photograph the bridge from below, capturing Ralph Allens 18th Century mansion in the background, or from above, with the rest of Bath laid out in the distance. Prior Park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots to photograph.

Prior Park in Autumn

7. Great Pulteney Street
One of Europe’s finest and grandest boulevards, Great Pulteney Street is an astounding example of Georgian architecture. Take the photo from Laura Place fountain where you can just make out the Holburne Museum in the distance.

Great Pulteney Street in Autumn

8. Bath Skyline
One of the reasons that Bath is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site is due to its green landscape. It doesn’t take you long to walk gently up and away from the city before reaching the surrounding countryside, and from here boasts some of the most inspiring views over Bath’s Skyline.

Bath Skyline in Autumn

9. Royal Victoria Park Botanical Gardens
Behind a wrought iron fence in a quiet corner of the expansive Victoria Park lies the lovely Botanical Gardens. You will find bursts of autumn colours, sweet smelling plants and century old trees that are a wonderful assault on your senses. Photograph everywhere and anywhere, and often you’ll capture a cheeky squirrel getting in the photo too.

10. Bath Street
Flanked either side with Bath stone colonnades, the cobbled Bath Street is a beauty to behold. At the far end is the historic Cross Bath, an open air enclosed thermal pool that you can still bathe in today. Align your photo so that it’s completely centred for a wonderful symmetric shot.

Happy snapping! Don’t forget to tag #VisitBath in your photos on Instagram/Facebook and Twitter for your chance to get featured.

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