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Mayor's Honorary Guides

#1 of 45 Tours in Bath
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Address: Main Entrance to the Pump Room, Bath BA1 1LY, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 477411

A genuinely free service (tips are NOT accepted) providing daily walking...

A genuinely free service (tips are NOT accepted) providing daily walking tours in Bath. Received Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.

Tours take place daily including public holidays except Christmas Day: Sunday - Friday 10.30 & 14.00, Saturday 10.30 only. May to September additional tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 19.00 (not Friday or Saturday).

These tours include the main sights in the city centre - Abbey Church Yard, Queen Square, Royal Crescent, Circus etc.

From May to September 2015, additional free tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 to Great Pulteney Street, the Kennet and Avon canal, the 18th century Sydney Gardens, the Holburne Museum (exterior but you can leave here) and back to city centre.

All these walking tours leave from outside the entrance to Roman Baths and Pump Room in Abbey Church Yard and last approximately 2 hours. No booking necessary or possible for individuals, but must be made 4 weeks in advance for group of 12 or more.

Other walking tours are arranged from time to time and are shown on our website.

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A must do

What a wonderful introduction to Bath, and how wonderful that it's free. A lot of people showed up for the walk, but there were multiple guides, so we broke up into small... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a wonderful introduction to Bath, and how wonderful that it's free. A lot of people showed up for the walk, but there were multiple guides, so we broke up into small groups. Our guide was knowledgeable, pleasant and very well informed. He added so much color and history to what we saw. This was absolutely worth doing! So nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This tour challenges the proverb that nothing in life is free. This tour was free and wonderful. Our guide, Bob, was not only knowledgable and humorous but he entertained us by bringing to life some of the characters of Bath society in the 18th century. We learned a great deal about the architecture of the Georgian period versus the Victorian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had an excellent tour with our guide, Diana. These tours are by locals who are, with good reason, proud of their city and its history. Diana was knowledgeable and we covered most of the highlights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my 4th time taking this tour (what can I say, I love Bath) and it is still awesome. Every guide takes you to the same sights, but what I love is that every guide tells slightly different stories along the way. Today I had Pete, and he talked very little about Jane Austen and told a great story... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A very enjoyable, totally free walking tour. Very knowledgeable guide and the tour is not too long, distance wise. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour was great and I can't really complain because it was free however it was very long and did get a bit Tiring also it did overrun however it was very detailed and in depth

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An absolute must-do as a first thing when arriving in Bath. There are two such walking tours per day (one a 10:30am and another at 2pm), hosted by the Mayor’s Corps of Honorary Guides and offered totally free (no tips required!). These volunteer guides simply love to share their knowledge of Bath. Our guide Jack Smith, a true storyteller, kept... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic tour that covered much of the history and architecture of Bath. Our tour lasted a little over two hours. Our Guide was a great storyteller and kept us engaged. Don't be alarmed if there are lots of people waiting, there were there guides for our session so they were able to split us up into smaller groups.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

in May I joined this free tour and I was not disappointed. my guide, Adrian (the cop) was very funny and engaged with the group. he is from Bath so he could tell you great stories from the past and present and surely as a cop he has had some interesting experiences. The tour is very doable, the pace is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This free tour is definately worth spending two hours on. The guide Gweyn took us through the central part of Bath and with his words almost painted a picture in our mind of the many interesting stories abouth the Bath and the peoples in it. From roman times up to the end of the 19 th. century. Birte and Ole,... More 

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