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Follow My Personal Bath Shopping Tour

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When you follow my favourite Bath shopping tour you will discover many of Bath’s finest independent shops in its beautiful Georgian streets and passages …


I like to start by the Assembly Rooms and make my way down Saville Row and Bartlett Street to George Street, then down Milsom Street with detours into Quiet Street and Queen Street, Green Street and Broad Street.

Follow My Personal Bath Shopping Tour


I then explore Old Bond Street before going along New Bond St, turning right into New Bond Street Place, across Upper Borough Walls and left along Northumberland Place and The Corridor before resuming my southerly direction towards the Pump Rooms and the Abbey. There are more interesting shops and cafes along York Street, Abbey Green and North Parade Passage.

Unless I have to get something specific, my favourite Bath shopping tour tends to avoid Union Street and Stall Street where you can find chain stores such as WH Smith, Marks and Spencer, Boots and BHS. You can find these anywhere and when in Bath, I prefer to focus on its uniqueness.

To really cover most of the independent shops, I’d then turn north again from the east end of North Parade Passage into what is locally known as Bog Island (look for the former public conveniences in the middle!) and on into Orange Grove. From the High Street, turn right into the Guildhall Market and come out the other end onto Grand Parade, where you get a great view of Pulteney Bridge and the weir.

Cross the bridge, which has shops on both sides, and walk down to the fountain in Laura Place from where you can see down the imposing length of Great Pulteney Street to the Holburne museum. Come back across the bridge and turn right either by Duck, Son and Pinker, which will lead you into the Podium shopping centre or at the top of Bridge Street.

Follow My Personal Bath Shopping Tour


Either way you will find yourself outside the Waitrose supermarket. Go to the right of the church and wander down Walcot Street, one of the most characterful areas of the city.

Follow My Personal Bath Shopping Tour


Opposite John’s Bikes there is a flight of steps which takes you up to Bladud Buildings. Cross the road and turn right and immediately left into Hay Hill and at the top you will see the Assembly Rooms across the road.

You can easily allow a whole day for this Bath shopping tour with some stops along the way for a reviving coffee and some lunch.