Bath Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping venue in the city and has traded on this site for the last 800 years.
Surviving from the eighteenth century is the Nail, a table on which market transactions took place, hence the saying, to pay on the nail.
Today, a colourful group of 20 or so stallholders trade from this jewel of Bath.
For the houseproud and the hobbyist - haberdashery, hardware, electrical goods, tools, china, teapots, brooms, bins, bags and buckets are available. For the epicurian, the market sells traditionally packed leaf teas, ground coffees, fine cheeses, locally produced ham and bacon, artisan bread, cakes, vegetables, delicatessen and old fashioned sweets, and don't forget the pet food. For party goers and pranksters, you can buy fancy dress, jokes, novelties, cards, balloons and flags of all nations. For fashonistas and high fliers, fine jewellery, wraps, pashminas, shirts, bags and luggage are on sale. Those in need of a haircut can purchase a secondhand paperback and read whilst awaiting their turn.
Both shoppers and non-shoppers can try an excellent coffee and a crepe at the retro diner, a full English breakfast, lunch or a wicked bacon sandwich in the cafe.
Don't miss the Bath Guildhall Market's annual Christmas Market held under three interlinking heated marquees erected in the car park at the rear of the building. Entrances are from Orange Grove, Newmarket Row or the High Street. The Christmas Market runs alongside Bath's famous annual Christmas Market for 18 days in late November every year.