Retirementmove City Guides: Retiring in Bath

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Where to go

Bath is an exciting city to retire to. Its the largest city in Somerset and is a fine historic place with lots to see and do. It’s probably best known as a spa town due to its Roman baths and hot natural springs. Bath’s a romantic city steeped in history and has some fantastic retirement homes. Read on if you are thinking of retiring in Bath.

Some of the more famous historic sites and places of interest to visit in Bath include: The Roman Baths where the Romans used the baths as early as the first century. It hosts a museum and restaurant where for a small charge you can sample the hot spa water fresh from the fountain.

There’s also Bath Abbey – a magnificent building, founded in the 7th century and located in the city centre. The best time to view the Abbey is at night when the outside of the Abbey is beautifully illuminated.

There’s also the well-known Royal Crescent which is a curved row of 30 historic Georgian town houses and a popular location for many famous films. And lastly, there’s The Holbourne Museum – a Grade I listed building that hosts an art gallery and café.

Top tip! To get around the city whilst taking in the sites, why not take an open top bus tour of the city?

There are lots of green open spaces in and around Bath if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Firstly, there’s Prior Park Landscape Gardens located just South of Bath, the Royal Victoria Park which sits between Walcot and Lower Weston or there’s Sydney Gardens which was a favourite of Jane Austen. This is just a short walk from the town centre. And lastly, there’s the Parade gardens where you can relax on the grass and enjoy a picnic in the summer whilst enjoying the magnificent flower beds.

There are a few good shopping places in Bath. These include SouthGate – the leading shopping centre in Bath, Milsom Place which boasts independent boutiques and artisan shops. And lastly, there’s Bath Guildhall market which is the oldest shopping place in the city and just a stone’s throw away from the Abbey.

How to get around Bath

The best way to get around Bath is by foot, however, if you are less able, the Council offer a mobility scooter hire service where you can hire a mobility scooter from around £1.00 per hour.

The Council also provide a Diamond Travel Card. This offers concessionary free off-peak bus travel for older people who live in Bath. Visit the Councils’ website to find out more and how to apply.

Top tip! Visit the Council’s website to apply for a concessionary bus pass

Clubs and associations for older people in Bath
Bath Age UK and the Royal Voluntary service both other lunch clubs for older people to get together and share a hot meal. Housingcare.org provide more information about these clubs on their website.

University of the Third Age is a great club in Bath that helps retired people to meet up and get involved in lots of activities. These activities include lectures, tours and theatre trips.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities in Bath
There are two main hospitals in Bath – the Royal United Hospital in Combe Park and St Martins Hospital located on Milford Road in Bath. The Royal United Hospital has an older people’s Unit which is dedicated to the care of older people and specialises in hip fractures in its hip fracture unit.

Where to Live in Bath
Bath is a great city to retire to and there are several wonderful retirement developments dotted around the city. These include: New Pooles Lodge designed by Churchill Retirement Living. Or there’s Lambrook Court and Bath Gate Place both built by leading house builder McCarthy and Stone. View all retirement homes for sale in Bath and the surrounding area.

Retirement Homes for sale in Bath

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New Pooles Lodge designed by Churchill Retirement Living.

Do you still like the idea of retiring to a city, but decided that retiring to bath is not for you? Why not read another article in the series. These include: Liverpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Sheffield, Bristol or Leeds.

6 Best Discounts for the over 60’s

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Whether you’re out and about shopping, travelling or taking a break from it all and enjoying some leisure time during your retirement, here are some of the best discounts for the over 60’s.

Leisure Discounts

National Trust Membership
With over 300 historic buildings across the country, there’s lots to explore with the National Trust. If you’re over 60, there’s some good news because this can be done at a discounted price.

The National Trust offers seniors 25% off the annual membership price. In addition, under 5’s go free – so it’s a great way to get the grandchildren outside to explore the great outdoors. Its also good for getting them interested in historic buildings and parklands.

If you or your partner have mobility issues, the National Trust have a useful access guide on their website which shows if the venue is suitable for people with restricted mobility.

English Heritage Membership
Similarly, English Heritage have over 400 sites to visit across the county and they also offer seniors around 14% off the price of an adult’s annual membership ticket. Kids go free, so there’s always somewhere to take the grandchildren during the holidays.

Senior Cinema Tickets
Many cinemas such as Vue, Odeon and Cineworld all offer films at discounted prices to seniors on specific days. So check your local cinema to see what discounts they offer for over 60’s. Some even offer tea and coffee before each screening!

Shopping Discounts

B&Q Loyalty Card
B&Q offer the over 60’s a Diamond Card which provides money off vouchers and exclusive membership benefits.

Boots Over 60’s Rewards Card
Boots the chemists have an ‘Over 60’s Rewards Card’ that offers more points per pound when shopping than the standard card. Plus discounts on a range of relevant products and services.

Travel Discounts

Senior Coach Card
National Express offer anyone over the age of 60 a Senior Coach Card and for a small fee the card provides 1/3 off coach fares.

Senior Rail Card

If you’re over 60 you may be eligible to apply for a senior rail card. For a small fee you receive 1/3 off the cost of a rail ticket. Check out your relevant rail website to see what discounts for the over 60’s they offer.

Concessionary Bus Pass
If you’re of pensionable age you may be entitled to a free bus pass which allows free bus travel during off-peak times. Visit your Council’s website to learn more and find out how to apply.

There are quite a few discounts for the over 60’s to be found. It’s just a case of hunting around websites and magazines for them. If you find any good ones we haven’t mentioned, why not let us know on our Facebook page!