I had wanted to visit Prior Park , especially to see the beautiful Palladian bridge there, during my stay in Bath. Since the park was one of the stops along City Sightseeing‘s Skyline bus tour, I decided to take it to the park and back. I soon learnt that the park was only open during the weekends in winter and as it was a weekday, it would be closed. However, I decided to simply go on the circular bus tour to see parts of Bath outside of its historic centre. I am glad I did that because I very much enjoyed the Skyline tour.
One of the first buildings to catch my eye on the bus tour was St. Mary’s at Bathwick. According to the church’s website, there has been a church at the site for around a thousand years. The present building though was built in the early 19th century.
One of the stops along the skyline tour is the Holburne museum, formerly Sydney hotel, located in Sydney pleasure gardens. The museum houses the art collection, of Sir William Holburne, which was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister in 1882.
We passed No 4 Sydney Place, where Jane Austen and her family stayed from 1801 – 1804. It has now been converted into 4 self-catering apartments, where visitors to Bath can stay at.
The view of the city from Bathwick hill was lovely. However, I was seated on the other side of the bus so this was all I could capture on my camera.
We passed the old Roundhouse, which was the Bathwick toll house. It had been managed by the Bath Turnpike Trust, which was set up in 1707 for maintaining and improving the roads, and continued to collect tolls till 1878.
The North road was quite scenic, though the audio commentary informed us that this road had been quite unsafe a couple of centuries ago due to the highwaymen along the route.
Our circular tour took us through Widcombe before returning to Bath city centre. For those who enjoy long walks, the 6 mile Bath Skyline walk in summer might be a lovely option.
After being dropped back at the starting point on Manvers Street, I decided to stop by Green Rocket cafe, a vegetarian cafe and restaurant, to have a fresh juice. I went for the cafe’s namesake juice, which had a delicious mix of apple, cucumber, broccoli, celery, parsley and spirulina. It was the last ingredient that made me go for the Green Rocket juice simply because I had never heard of spirulina before and learnt that it is a blue-green algae, considered a super food.
Since the City sightseeing ticket included both of their Bath tours, the Skyline tour and the City tour, I also decided to go on the City tour. This tour started in front of the Abbey.
After a near circular short loop via High Street and Grand Parade, the bus tour took us around the city, stopping at key stops close to several of Bath’s attractions. The city tour is best taken on the first day of one’s visit to Bath to give a better feel for the city as well as cut down on the walking in between attractions. I, on the other hand, took this at the end of my three day visit when I had walked around the city centre a lot and visited the museums I had wanted to so the city tour wasn’t as enjoyable for me as the Skyline tour had been.
I did have a lovely view of the city and took some beautiful photos of places I had walked past previously.
I would highly recommend the Skyline tour as I enjoyed both the audio commentary and the scenic route around Bath. The city tour is better taken on one’s first day or two in Bath.
Disclaimer: The Bath Tourism Office kindly gave me a complimentary pass to Bath and regional attractions, for the purpose of this post. This pass allowed me a free ticket on the City Sightseeing Bath tours. All opinions are my own and I only recommend experiences I have enjoyed.