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SHOPPING AT ITS BEST
Bath has attracted tourists since the days of the Roman Empire. Nowadays, they come in their millions to visit the hot springs and to admire the dramatic architecture which had its heyday during the opulent Georgian period.
Bath is the quintessential tourist destination, with UNESCO World Heritage City status. Its has a host of quality hotels and guesthouses, restaurants, excellent shopping and year-round tourist attractions.
Bath is a shopper's paradise. Well known high street brands sit alongside quality independent shops and boutiques. Visit the newly developed Southgate Centre at the southern end of the city centre, near to the train and bus stations. Here you will find big brand names such as Calvin Klein, Republic and Hotel Chocolat.If you are looking for authentic, artisan food, art and crafts then time your visit with The Bath Artisan Market, second Sunday of every month, held at Green Park Station, Bath, BA11JB, just a short walk from the Abbey. It's jam-packed with local makers and producers and often has free live music too.
Wander through the tiny, picturesque alleyways lined with independent stores or spend hours visiting the beautiful independent shops around the Abbey and the Roman Baths. Here you'll find specialist independent shops - fresh fudge makers, chocolatiers, hand blown glass producers, local silver and goldsmiths, a specialist christmas shop, to name just a few. To have a real British shopping experience head to The British Emporium on Cheap Street, by the Abbey. It houses an array of British produce actually made in Britian - from beeswax candles, to old fashioned English sweets, to handmade teddy bears and woollen items made in an historic wool mill. Also on Cheap Street you will find Miles Mann Jewellers established since 1741. A beautiful range of antique, vintage and modern jewellery at excellent prices. Bath is independent shopping at its best.
Visit Jollys department store on beautiful Milsom Street - it's one of the oldest department stores in the UK (now part of HOUSE OF FRASER). In October 1831 James Jolly ‘Jolly & Son’ opened at number 12 Milsom Street Bath and by 1903 had acquired a number of premises in the street. Today you can still see the remarkable arched doorway and the peacocks which were the adopted trade emblem of Jollys & Son. On the 25th January 1943 Queen Mary appointed the store to supply silk and today you can still visit the Queen Mary fitting room.
The Guildhall on the High Street is an elegant building and houses an undercover market where you'll find quality loose leaf teas and coffees from Gillards, who have been in Bath since 1886, as well as a whole array of other interesting stalls.
Head up Walcot Street, which is known as Bath's artisan quarter - where you'll find more artisitc and bohemian shops..
Bath, being a compact city is very pedestrian frinedly and offers a truly enchanting shopping experience.
A useful resource is Bath Shopping.