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The center of Bath contains most of the city's history, culture, art, music, attractions and restaurants. The Museum of the famous Roman Baths, namesake for the city are here. It's a walk-friendly city with many of the most interesting sites within easy access of one another. Make sure you visit the pretty shopping lane between the Royal Crescent and Brock Street. Lovely independent, unusual shops and a few excellent restaurants.
Home to many families and students, the main shopping road Moorlands Road is home to over 10 great top quality charity shops & local businesses and eateries.
You'll know you are in the Bear Flat shopping area when you see the polar bear on the roof of The Bear Hotel. Walk from city centre to the wonderful views from Alexandra Park or the Two Tunnels shared path and walk under Bath through wonderful tunnels.
Walcot is bath's most "Alternative" area, with boutique shops dealing in anything from antiques to herbal remedies, small pubs oozing with character and beautiful Georgian houses. Located along the A4 London Road to the East of the city, just past the Hilton hotel.
Widcombe is just across the river from Bath, with the quickest access across the Halfpenny Footbridge (despite its name it no longer has a toll!). The High Street has a range of independent shops and takeaways. Ralph Allen Drive rises from Widcombe and ascends the hill to Prior Park and Combe Down.
As the name suggests, Batheaston is to the East of Bath... this historic riverside village lies North of the river, and has a number of shops and pubs. A minor road winds up through "Northend" into the beautiful St Catherines Valley, whilst the old roman Fosse Way heads up onto Bannerdown and on towards Colerne.
A toll bridge (60p at the time of writing) links Batheaston to Bathampton (and is a good way to bypass the busy city centre to get from the A4 to the A36)
Bathampton lies to the East of Bath on the A36, south of the river. Bathampton is where Plasticine was invented and made for many years!
The village consists of a historic village centre with shops, pub and school down alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal, with pleasant walks along the towpath. The George Inn lies right alongside the canal whilst the Bathampton Mill, adjacent to the toll bridge, has a beautiful riverside garden (when it isnt flooded!) Further south, along the A36, is an area of upmarket housing.
The village is linked by a toll bridge to Batheaston.
Claverton Down is on the hilltop to the Southeast of Bath, at the top of Bathwick Hill. A wealthy residential neighbourhood, linked to Combe Down, it is now home to Bath University and the American Museum.
A lane from Claverton Down cuts down the hill to the A36 at Claverton, where as well as a historic church, the canalside village has a pumping station and a weir. Further along the A36 is the brassknocker canal basin with shops, a cafe and toilets as well as the famous Dundas Aquaduct.
The historic stone-mining village of Combe Down lies at the top of the hill to the South of Bath. The biggest attraction in the area is the historic Prior Park Gardens (national trust). The village itself is well worth a walk around with a number of historic listed buildings. Pubs include The Hadley, The William and The Foresters Arms, with the Cross Keys a little further out towards Odd Down. The village can be explored using a number of historic alleyways known as "drungways" including the nearly half-a-mile long "Great Drung".
The appropriately named "69 Steps" footpath leads south from the village down to Tucking Mill Reservoir, whilst other footpaths lead to down into Horsecombe Vale and Monkton Combe.
West of Combe Down, the 20th century suburb of Odd Down is home to a Sainsburys Supermarket.
The upscale, residential Lansdown area, home (although farther out of Bath) to the Lansdown Horse Racing Course, is also dotted with antique shops.
Everything in Larkhall can be easily accessed off the main road. Homes and families of all income levels can be found in this charming old village.
The estates of Fairfield Park (to the North) and Snow Hill (along the A4 london road) are unlikely to be of interest to tourists, but Snow Hill is home to one of Bath's few supermarkets (Morrisons)
Camden, unlike its London namesake, is a sleepy hilly area of Georgian crescents above the city centre, bordering Lansdown.
Weston, as the name suggests, is West of Bath, nestled in a small valley above the main Avon valley. To find it follow signs for Royal United Hospital and keep going!
The village has a number of interesting properties, although none of them are open to the public. All Saints Church nestles on a steep sloping site above the historic and characterful high street, and in the churchyard is the grave of Dr Oliver, creator of the Bath Oliver biscuit. The high street houses a Tesco Express, and a number of small and independent shops. There are a couple of pubs in the village centre with others further out.
Newbridge lies on the A4/A431 and is mostly Victorian housing and newer. The shopping street of Chelsea Road has a number of interesting independent shops.