One of the best things about Bath is the abundance of attractive architecture packed into the city, which sits perfectly alongside the lush landscapes. Together, they make the city one of the most beautiful in the world and are in no small part responsible for Bath’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Not only are the city’s Roman Baths of interest to history buffs, but they are also of great architectural significance being as they are perfect examples of ancient Roman architecture. Although the actual baths are located below ground, the grand entrance, characterised by its columns and delicate Roman detail, is a real treat for the eyes. Hot air balloon trips in Bath are readily available for most of the year, and they provide the perfect means for viewing this, and the other fabulous buildings in this list, in the most dramatic way possible.
Pulteney Bridge provides a means of crossing the beautiful River Avon in Bath. Construction of the bridge, which was designed by Robert Adam, was finished in 1774 and the building, which is in the Palladian style, is now Grade I listed.
The bridge has seen many renovations over the years, including the addition of shops and changes to facades, which means that you can see architecture from many different periods evident in the brickwork of the bridge. This is one building that certainly looks all the more impressive from above
Bath Circus is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture you are ever likely to see. If you are on a hot air balloon adventure in Bath, it is unlikely that you will miss this Grade I-listed building, which was modelled on the Roman circuses and features classical facades across its 700 feet.
The Royal Crescent is one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in the whole of the United Kingdom. The Crescent consists of no fewer than 30 terraced houses, joined together in a large crescent shape in the heart of Bath near Victoria Park. The iconic building, which was designed by John Wood, features 114 stylised columns, each measuring 47 feet high. To really see the detail present in every aspect of this building, you can’t go wrong with a hot air balloon trip in Bath.
Arguably the most spectacular building in this enthralling city, Bath Abbey is an Anglican parish church that was constructed initially in the 7th Century, but rebuilt in both the 12th and 16th Centuries.
The Abbey is one of the biggest and best examples of Gothic architecture on the planet, and is filled with so much detail that it is almost impossible to take it all in in a single viewing. Highlights of the building include its spectacular fan vaulting, wonderful stained glass windows, a breathtakingly grand Gothic entrance, and a stunning interior. Once again, the exterior of Bath Abbey is something best experienced from the vantage of a hot air balloon flight in Bath.