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Retirementmove City Guides: Retiring in Bath

Published: 04 April 2019

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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. 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

new pooles lodge

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.