Paddleboarding in front of Pulteney Bridge (Original Wild/Visit Bath)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 29 October

5 unexpected reasons you must visit Bath, England

The gorgeous town of Bath is famous for its Georgian architecture, Roman baths, and association with Jane Austen – but there are other, more unusual reasons to visit Somerset’s favourite city...

1: Have a laugh at Komedia

The Komedia at night (Visit Bath)

The Komedia at night (Visit Bath)

With its genteel streets and sophisticated shops, Bath gives off a rarified air. But the city likes a laugh. And the best place to experience the city’s particular sense of humour is the Komedia. 

Set in a beautifully restored Grade II listed cinema, Komedia has won the Chortle Comedy award for Best Venue in the west five times and hosts a busy programme of live music, comedy, cabaret, film festivals, popular club nights and fun children's events. The Krater Comedy Club is held every Saturday night.

True to its cabaret heritage, the Komedia allows you to tuck into a meal whilst enjoying the show. And it's good food too. The Komedia has won the Taste of the West Gold Award and is the proud holder of The Soil Association Gold Standard. 

2: Paddle board through the city centre

Paddleboarding in front of Pulteney Bridge (Original Wild/Visit Bath)

Paddleboarding in front of Pulteney Bridge (Original Wild/Visit Bath)

Set in the rolling hills of Somerset and built in honey-coloured stone, Bath is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Tourists travel from all over the world to wander its cobbled streets, visit the ancient Roman baths, and marvel at its extraordinary Georgian architecture.

Now you can experience the city from a completely unique angle on a stand-up paddleboard tour of the city with Original Wild. Paddling along the River Avon past the Abbey and right up to the weir in front of Pulteney Bridge – you’ll get a completely different perspective on Bath. It’s fun. It’s easy. And you’ll see a side of Bath that very few visitors get to see.

3: Watch a rugby match by the river

Carl Fearns scoring a try at The Rec (Dreamstime)

Carl Fearns scoring a try at The Rec (Dreamstime)

The Bath Rugby team is one of the oldest and most successful in the country. Their ground, ‘The Rec’, is one of the most atmospheric. Set in the centre of the city, the ground sits on the banks of the River Avon, overlooking the Abbey and Parade Gardens, and has been home to the rugby club since 1865.

On match day, simply follow the fans decked in the club colours of blue, black and white or listen for the roar of the crowd, echoing around the Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. Games are held regularly throughout the Premiership season.

Visiting in summer? Fear not, ‘The Rec’ also plays host to cricket matches involving the local Somerset team.

4: Savour the flavours of Bath

Sampling local treats (Savouring Bath/Visit Bath)

Sampling local treats (Savouring Bath/Visit Bath)

Set in the midst of rolling farmland, Bath is the epicentre of Somerset’s superb local produce and home to some of the most amazing eating experiences in the country. Local foodie tour company, Savouring Bath, celebrates this epicurean heritage and offers a unique way to experience the city and its food. 

Their specially curated tours will see you sampling local produce from Bath’s artisan food and drink producers while strolling through its elegant eighteenth-century streets and alleyways. Their guides will share their expert knowledge on the city and lots of excellent foodie tips as you journey through tea houses, artisanal coffee shops, breweries, bakeries and farmers markets. Locals and visitors alike will discover all of the foodie hotspots in the city.

5: Taste the best beer in cider country

Werrrd American Pale Ale (Electric bear/Visit Bath)

Werrrd American Pale Ale (Electric bear/Visit Bath)

It has to be said: Somerset is more famous for its cider than its beer. The county is home to some of the biggest cider makers in the country. But that hasn’t stopped a host of innovative micro breweries producing some of the most exciting new beers in the UK.

One such brewery is Electric Bear, based in Bath and producing consistently great-tasting beers. Their tap room is open on Fridays and Saturdays and is also used to host a variety of popular events. If you miss the chance to taste their beer fresh from the tap, all of their popular brews are available in gift packs, bottles, five-litre mini kegs and ten and 20 bag-in-boxes from their shop which is open from Monday to Saturday.

For more information about Bath and its unexpected joys, drop by the Visit Bath website.