Three Abbey Green http://www.threeabbeygreen.com Bed and Breakfast in the Centre of Bath Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 After a good dinner… http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/good-dinner/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/good-dinner/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:57:46 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=638 …one can forgive anybody – even one’s own relations” – Oscar Wilde.

Mr. Wilde had the right idea, I think – and I’d wager the organisers of the Great Bath Feast would agree. If you follow us on Twitter – @3AbbeyGreen – you will know that the Great Bath Feast has been well under way since the start of October. But while the central pavilion is gone, the feast itself, with all its tasty temptations, is still going strong. Here’s a sample of what’s in store, to whet your appetite for the final week:

  • Saturday 25th October: Partake in an authentic Persian Feast at Simi’s Kitchen. Regular readers and return visitors to Three Abbey Green may recognise the name, as Simi makes all the delicious jams we serve at breakfast. As part of the Great Bath Feast, Simi invites you to an informal cookery workshop where you will prepare and enjoy a delicious array of traditional Persian foods. Two sessions are available to book, 10am-2pm for the early birds and 5pm-9pm for the night owls. Tickets cost £60.
  • Sunday 26th October: High Tea with the Thoughtful Bread Company. From midday to 5.30pm the shopfront and bakery school at the Thoughtful Bread Co. will be transformed for one final time into “a laid back tea room offering a High Tea to remember!” With a sumptuous menu covering everything from rarebits to gravlax to mini Bath Buns, along with a selection of tempting teas and coffees, it’s advised that you book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out.
  • Monday 27th October: Social Cinema at Yammo! Come along from 7pm to enjoy some “light-hearted, fun Italian films” in a sociable, relaxed setting at Yammo! Sip a delicious cocktail or two, nibble on a selection of delicious stuzzichini (Italian appetizers and canapes), and see where the evening takes you. Tickets cost £15 and must be booked in advance.
  • Friday 31st October: Hot Dog Hurdles at The Cork. If trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, experience a different kind of mayhem in this hot dog eating relay race! First heat begins at 6pm, tickets cost £8 for a team of up to eight, and the victors will win a £100 bar tab to wash down all those tasty sausages. It sure beats bobbing for apples!

There are a host of other delicious events to come between now and the end of the Feast, so don’t hang about! Snap up one of our few remaining rooms and get ready to eat hearty. I’ll see you at the table!

 

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Keep the home fires burning… http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/home-fires-burning/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/home-fires-burning/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:14:00 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=631 “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

So British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey is said to have observed, on the eve of Britains entry into the Great War of 1914 to 1918. This year sees the centenary of the commencement of that conflict. On the night of 4th August 2014, a candlelit vigil service was held in Bath Abbey, inspired by Grey’s famous remark. With candles extinguished one by one during the service, until the last was put out at 11pm – the exact moment of Britain’s ultimatum to Germany – it was a moving commemoration. As the choir filed out of the abbey in darkness, singing ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, it was no great stretch of the imagination to picture the procession of brave boys who set out to serve their country and never came home again.

Throughout the rest of the year, venues all over Bath will continue to pay tribute to those who served, with a variety of concerts and events of remembrance. Here are some highlights:

WW1 Remembered is a free exhibition at the Bath Central Library. Described as “a collection of memories and artifacts from Bath and North East Somerset, that brings to light some of the unique histories of the residents who served in uniform and on the home front”, this is a unique opportunity to view a global event through its effect on a single community, and explore the ways in which it shaped the city and its people. The collection includes a digital portrait of ‘the last fighting Tommy’ – Bath resident Harry Patch, the longest surviving British veteran of the trenches of the First World War, who passed away in 2009 aged 111. The exhibition is open daily from 9.30am (1pm on Sundays) and admission is free to all.

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is hosting a symposium anLATEST-great war symposium 2014d exhibition on the 17th – 19th October, entitled The Great War: Responses and Reactions – The Cultural, Artistic and Social Legacy. This promises to be a fascinating and in-depth discussion of the impact of the Great War on all aspects of British life – a great opportunity for discussion whether your interest in the subject is general or academic.

As mentioned in our previous post, Thursday 30th October sees the World Premiere of The Cool Web: a Robert Graves Oratorio, at Bath Abbey. Graves’ poetry, and his wartime memoir Goodbye to All That, have remained in print since their original publication – such is the impact and relevance of his writing. Graves enlisted early in the war, serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and taking a grievous wound at the Battle of the Somme. He was also instrumental in the meeting of renowned fellow war poets Siegfried Sassoon (Graves’ friend and fellow officer) and Wilfred Owen. Tickets for the concert cost between £10 and £30 and can be obtained from the Bath Box Office.

My last pick ties together the First World War centenary and a familiar cultural highlight of the season, the Bath Mozart Fest.  Amelia Freedman, Mozart Fest artistic director, explains: “An innovative strand in this year’s programming marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with poetry from the period, read by the esteemed actor Samuel West, and an Armistice Day recital of songs on the general subject of war.”

Both events are part of the festival’s Lunchtime Series. Taking place at 1pm on Sunday 9th November at the Assembly Rooms, In Pale Battalions is a poetry reading by Samual West, featuring the works of poets who served in and were otherwise affected by the ‘war to end all wars’. And at 1pm on Armistice Day itself, 11th November, the Myrthen Ensemble – a vocal quartet with piano accompaniment – perform a program of Anthems for a Doomed Youth. Songs by diverse composers from across Europe and Russia, ranging from Schuber to Mussorgsky to Britten, explore the theme of war and its victims.Tickets for both concerts are £10.00-£18.00 from the Bath Box Office.

The 24th annual Bath Mozart Fest will run from the 7th – 15th November this year, with a packed calendar of musical performances by leading soloists and ensembles. Though Mozart is of course the main attraction, his work is not the only music on offer. The festival aims to provide a greater depth of appreciation for Mozart’s music by placing it in context.

Beginning with performances incorporating Mozart’s friend and contemporary Haydn, and Haydn’s famous pupil, Beethoven, through the course of the festival many of Mozart’s beloved works will be presented alongside those of other heavy hitters of the Viennese Classical, Romantic and 20th Century periods. Mozart Fest 2014 promises to be a sumptuous musical tapestry patterned with the music of Schubert and Schumann, Dvořák and Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, Debussy and Shostakovich; and of course, the man himself. I can’t wait! Book yourself a room at Three Abbey Green and I’ll see you there!

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Save 20% off your stay! http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/save-20-stay/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/save-20-stay/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:09:52 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=628 Book a stay (minimum two nights with standard occupancy) in the accommodation of your choice at Three Abbey Green during the autumn or winter (Sunday – Thursday) and receive a discount of 20% on the cost of your stay. Quote ‘20% off’ when booking. To take advantage of this offer, click here or follow the ‘Book Now’ link at the top of the page.

 

Applicable to new bookings only, and must be requested at time of booking.

Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other deal.

Booking can include Friday and Saturday, but no discount will be applied to these days and they cannot be part of the minimum stay calculation.

Offer can be used on all our accommodation.

Offer available for from November 2nd through to March 5th, excluding the Christmas market, 27th Dec – 1st January inclusive and February half term.

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Extend your weekend! http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/extend-weekend/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/extend-weekend/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:09:00 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=626 Ever thought you would like your weekend to start early? Or having such a good time you don’t want it to end? This autumn and winter you can make this happen with our help. Book a weekend break at Three Abbey Green for three nights and have the third night half price! Quote ‘Winter Weekend’ when booking. To take advantage of this offer, click here or follow the ‘Book Now’ link at the top of the page.

 

Applicable to new bookings only, and must be requested at time of booking.

Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other deal.

Third night must be a Thursday or a Sunday, booked with a full price Friday and Saturday night stay.

Offer can be used on all our accommodation.

Offer available for any weekend from November 6th through to March 1st, excluding the Christmas market and the Sunday/Thursday of February half term.

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The Lantern of the West… http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/lantern-west/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/lantern-west/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:02:25 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=622 No visit to Bath would be complete without at least a brief glimpse inside the beautiful Bath Abbey, dubbed ‘the lantern of the West’ for its masses of clear glazed windows, from which blazes forth a warm and inviting light as the evenings start to draw in.

The Abbey is open to visitors daily until 6pm. Admission is free of charge, though donations are encouraged and are used to fund a variety of aspects of the Abbey’s upkeep and ministry. If you’re feeling fit, you can climb 212 spiral steps and treat yourself to a unique view of the city of Bath by taking a tour of the tower. Tower tours operate every hour on the hour, from 10am to 4pm, and take around 45 minutes, in which time you will get to visit the bell-ringing chamber and see the bells themselves, and take a seat behind the great clock face to catch your breath.

With three resident choirs and links to others all over Europe, music is a crucial part of life at Bath Abbey, and visitors are always welcome to attend regular choral services. There is also a full and varied calendar of concerts and recitals featuring local and visiting choirs and musicians, the next of which is this Saturday 27th September, in which Bath Male Choir and Treorchy Male choir join forces under the leadership of local choirmaster Grenville Jones. Tickets are available from Bath Box Office.

Upcoming concerts will include the world première of The Cool Web : A Robert Graves Oratorio and The Edith Cavell Story on 30th October, a major event in the Abbey’s year-long program of events to mark the Centenary of the Commencement of the First World War. The Cool Web is an original work by local composer and librettist Jools Scott and Sue Curtis, using the wartime poems of Robert Graves; and the Edith Cavell Story tells the life of the heroic WWI nurse, adapted from Diana Souhami’s biography.

Keep an eye on the Bath Abbey website or Bath Box Office for details of other concerts and events – indulge your eyes and ears! And make the most of your visit by booking a room at Three Abbey Green.

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When the autumn weather turns leaves to flame…  http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/autumn-weather-turns-leaves-flame/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/autumn-weather-turns-leaves-flame/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:45:43 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=617 We haven’t time for the waiting game – there’s just too much to do!

If the kids are grumbling about going back to school, bring them along to the Bath Childrens Literature Festival and kindle a love of reading that should make homework-related struggles a thing of the past. Run in partnership with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the festival has been a going strong since it was established in 2007 by Bath-based childrens publishers Gill and John McLay. The largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, with over 80 ticketed events, the Telegraph Bath Childrens Literature Festival is sure to offer something to fire the imaginations of kids big and small.

For the second year running, this year the festival welcomes acclaimed childrens author David Almond as guest Artistic Director. Almond says: “This great festival celebrates the fact that children’s literature sits right at the heart of our culture. It’s a real thrill and honour to be asked to be guest artistic director”.

The festival opens on Friday 26th September at 5pm with The Big, Big, Bath Book Quiz at the Guildhall. For ages 7-and-up, kids can enter in teams of one to three and show off their book smarts. Tickets cost just £6 each.  Throughout its ten day run the festival hosts a range of talks, workshops and readings for all age groups, each of which aims “to entertain children and to enthuse them about reading”. Click here for a full schedule of events.

When the school holidays end, those who aren’t absorbed in the ‘back to school’ rush will likely be sighing with relief as peace begins to reign once more. With at least a few weeks of good weather still on the cards, this is a great time to treat yourself to a quiet few days away. End of season bargains in all of Baths lovely shops, autumn colour rioting across our beautiful parks and gardens, afternoon tea and early evening cocktails – if these are a few of your favourite things then make the most of them and grab yourself a grown-up getaway!

If you consider shopping to be a recreational activity it its own right, take a breather between pounding the pavements with a little civility in the form of afternoon tea.

Grab a cream tea at The Boston Tea Party. A homemade scone (baked onsite daily) with cornish clotted cream & strawberry jam, with loose leaf English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Darjeeling tea will cost you just £4.50. And you should see the size of those scones!

Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms offer a traditional Afternoon Tea served on a tiered cake stand, with a selection of finger sandwiches, a buttermilk scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream, homemade cake and loose leaf English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea for £14.95; or High Tea, also £14.95, which includes any dish from the lunch menu, plus a cheese scone, a slice of fruit cake and loose leaf English Breakfast tea. Delicious!

The Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre has a full menu of Austen-themed afternoon tea options, from The Dashwood’s Tea at £5.90 – a toasted tea cake served with butter and strawberry jam, plus a tea of your choice – right up to Champagne Tea with Mr. Darcy:  £26.50 per person (or £49.95 for two), gives you a selection of finger sandwiches, a warm scone served with Dorset clotted cream, locally sourced seasonal and strawberry jam, a selection of cakes, tea or coffee of your choice and your own 20cl bottle of Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne for one or a 37.5cl bottle for 2. Go on, treat yourself…

When the day is done and all you want to do is kick back and relax (and admire all your lovely new purchases, am I right ladies?), why not do it with a glass of something special in your hand? ArtBar at the Abbey Hotel (just around the corner from Three Abbey Green!) boasts an amazing range of cocktails as well and speciality whiskies and gins – just the ticket for a little grown up indulgence. And if you want to try whipping up your own alcoholic masterpiece, you can take a Cocktail Masterclass!

Lots of the speciality liquors served at the ArtBar can also be purchased at Independent Spirit of Bath, “Bath’s finest purveyor of all things booze related”. If you’re looking to try something new, Indie Spirit offer tasting sessions for everything from single malt Scotch to micro-brewery beers. Their next event is a tequila tasting on 26th September, promising a taste of the best Mexican spirits on the market – tickets cost £20. We have some great last minute ‘hot deals’ on our website to help you make the most of a little time away – so don’t delay, book a room and indulge yourself – you deserve it!

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And now, the news… http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/now-news/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/now-news/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:34:13 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=608 Summer is always a busy time in Bath and at Three Abbey Green – and this year is no exception! With all sorts of happenings, from new arrivals to a look ahead at September, here are the news headlines:

Welcome Flora! Those of you who follow us on Twitter, @3abbeygreen, may have spotted a very brief welcome message announcing the appointment of our new Assistant Manager, Flora. Since she joined us in June, Flora has become an invaluable part of the Three Abbey Green family, so we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about her.

floraFlora moved to Bath 8 years ago from Budapest, Hungary, to study at Bath Spa University and to pursue a career in the tourism and cultural industry. Having excelled in her studies, she went on to work in a number of different organisations, including the National Trust, the S.S. Great Britain in Bristol and Bath & North-East Somerset Council. Flora says “both my boyfriend, who also works in a local hotel, and I have always worked hard towards the goals we have set in our careers as well as in our personal lives.”

Flora came to Three Abbey Green from the Windsor guest house, where she enjoyed her work as a Duty Manager. “However,” she explains, “I felt that the career pathway offered to me by Three Abbey Green was an excellent opportunity. I have been working here for almost three months now and I truly enjoy being part of a lovely team and working place. I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to my future and the challenges it will bring.” As are we, Flora. Welcome to the team!

New Leaflet – next time you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to pick up a copy! Designed to our specifications by local graphic designer Dermot Rushe, we think it really represents what Three Abbey Green is all about: elegance, comfort and a warm welcome.

Dermot is an experienced graphic designer/art director with a rich history of working for some of the biggest magazine publishing companies in the UK. Keen to work with new people on exciting projects large or small, we think Dermot has done a wonderful job on our new leaflet – so if you have a project in mind, drop him an email at dermot.rushe@yahoo.co.uk or contact us for a reference. Thanks Dermot!

Jane Austen Festival. Since it looks like this good ol’ British weather may well wash away what’s left of August, let’s lift our spirits with a look ahead to next month and one of the highlights of September in Bath, the Jane Austen Festival. This year’s festival commences at noon on Friday 12th September, with a talk at the Theatre Royal by Jo Baker, author of Longbourn, the story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as seen through the eyes and lives of the Bennet family household servants.

The ten-day festival boasts a full and varied programme of events, including the famous Grand Regency Costumed Promenade through the streets of Bath on Saturday 13th September. Whether you’re stepping out to be seen in your Georgian finery or watching from the sidelines, it’s a true spectacle. The Promenade will begin at 10am at the Assembly Rooms with an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency Costumes. Don’t miss it!

And Finally... Our brochure isn’t the only thing getting a makeover this season – we have decided to give our beautiful Grade 2 Listed guest house a little extra TLC. So if you’re coming to stay with us in September please be aware that there will be scaffolding in place throughout the month to allow our decorators to repaint window frames and surrounds.

The comfort of our guests is always our primary concern, so we want to assure you that disturbances will be kept to an absolute minimum – work will be undertaken only between 9am and 5pm and our decorators, who have done lots of work for us in the past, are both quiet and discreet – you will barely know they’re there! That said, we know that our lovely Georgian building is a large part of what draws many of you to stay with us, and we know it will not be looking its very best externally while festooned with scaffolding. So we are offering all guests who book to stay with us during September a 10% discount on their stay – just quote ‘Autumn Special’ when you make your booking. We can’t wait to see you!

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Picnic in the Park… http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/picnic-park/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/picnic-park/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:13:39 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=593 The Great British weather may not be playing ball at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t! There are loads of lovely green outdoor spaces in Bath; whether you want a kickabout with the kids or to soak up some exquisite Georgian landscaping, I can help you find the perfect place. And you needn’t worry about those pesky rainclouds ruining the day – there’s always a cafe or tea room to shelter in until the sun shines again!

I’ve mentioned Prior Park Landscape Garden before – just a short bus ride from the city centre, this National Trust property is a haven of rolling hills, babbling brooks and hidden botanical treasures. Open from 10am to 5.30pm with last entry one hour before closing, you’ll have plenty of time to wander to your heart’s content. If it rains, take shelter at the Tea Shed. Open from 11am to 4.30pm and serving a range of hot and cold drinks, cakes and ice creams, the Tea Shed has a beautiful view of the lakes and lots of outdoor seating for when the sun comes out again.

Admission is £6 for adults and £3.30 for children, with family tickets also available. And remember, if you’re a National Trust member, you can get in for free!

Parade Gardens are the most central park in Bath, just a stones throw from Three Abbey Green, and are a riot of colourful and whimsical floral displays. Concerts are held at the bandstand throughout the summer and the floral bedding displays, which change every year, won a Gold award in last years Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom competition. The kids will love this years theme! There is a small refreshment stand within the gardens open from 11am to 5pm, and the central location means there are plenty of other tea shops and cafes within easy reach if you need to get out of the rain.

Admission is £1.20 for adults and £0.80 for children, students and senior citizens and the gardens are open from 10am to 7pm daily.

The Royal Victoria Park was opened by the eleven year old Queen Victoria in 1830, making it one of the earlies public parks in the country. The parks 57 acres include the beautiful Botanical Garden, which is not to be missed – the Magnolia trees are stunning! The park also incorporates a large children’s play area and skateboard park, and if the grown-ups want to play too there’s a putting green, bowling green, tennis courts and model boating lake to choose from!

The Pavilion cafe is situated in the heart of the park with a lovely view, and is open from 8am to 5pm. The park is open daily until dusk and entry is free to all.

Beautiful and tranquil examples of Victorian and Georgian landscaping, Henrietta Park and Sydney Gardens are located near either end of the iconic Great Pulteney Street, close to Pulteney Bridge and Weir. Whether you wish to take a moment to reflect beside the fountain at the King George V memorial in Henrietta park, or lose yourself in Austen or Thackeray and escape from the bustle of the city for a few quiet moments, these are the perfect places to do it. Sydney Gardens is directly adjacent to the Holburne Museum, whose Garden Cafe is open from 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays). Admission to the museum and both parks is free to all.

If you want to venture a little further out of the city centre, these smaller gems are well worth the walk:

Hedgemead Park is located between Walcott Street and London Road, in an area known as Baths ‘artisan quarter’. The park was formally opened in 1889, after the land had lain derelict for many years following a landslide that tragically destroyed the houses originally located on the site. The parks layout and construction were engineered to prevent future landslides – please note that this park is unsuitable for wheelchair users due to steep slopes and steps. Don’t worry if you get caught by one of those pesky unseasonable rainshowers – Made By Ben on Walcott Street serves some truly delicious quiches and pies, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes.

St Stephens Millennium Green is in the Lansdown area, just off Richmond Road. The green is maintained by a community trust and was created in 1999 with the help of a grant from the Millennium Commission and contributions from local businesses and community members. Entry is free though donations toward the upkeep of the park will be gratefully received.

Alexandra Park is located just off Shakespeare Avenue in the Bear Flat area, and boasts some magnificent panoramic views of the city of Bath – amateur photographers take note! With public toilets and a childrens play area, the park is the perfect spot for a picnic – or you can pop down the road for a tasty pub lunch at The Bear.

So there you have it folks – Bath may well be a contender for the greenest and pleasantest city ‘in Englands green and pleasant land’. So what are you waiting for? Pack your sunscreen (and your umbrella) – we can’t wait to see you!

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Freedom of the City… http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/freedom-city/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/freedom-city/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:17:43 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=581 As we all know, going on holiday can be an expensive business. But thankfully, if you know where to look, there are all sorts of great things to do and see in Bath, for free and gratis. Behold…

The Holburne Museum. Situated in its own beautiful garden grounds at the end of the iconic Great Pulteney Street, the Holburne is an ever-changing treasure trove of art and history, and it won’t cost you a penny to visit! Bath’s self-proclaimed ‘Museum for Everyone’ currently plays host to an eclectic range of exhibits, the scope of which is guaranteed to offer something for everyone – from the modern works of Julian Opie, displayed alongside pieces from his own extensive art collection, to the macabre skeleton-fairies of Tessa Farmer’s ‘Unwelcome Visitors’, an installation that finds the aforementioned beasties wreaking miniature havoc throughout the museum.

Bath Abbey. With a rich history spanning more than a millenium, Bath Abbey stands on a site that has been a place of worship since the year 757AD. The building itself has grown and evolved throughout that time, even being resurrected after standing derelict for over seventy years following King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. Visitors are welcome to attend church services if they so choose, and the Abbey is open daily; a testament to the marvels of architecture and human ingenuity, worth a visit as a beautiful building in its own right. No admission is charged, though donations are encouraged.

Prior Park Lanscape Garden. Owned and operated by the National Trust, Prior Park is a stunning 18th Century landscape garden, the work of local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen. The park was designed by poet Alexander Pope and renowned landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and encompasses 28 acres of land, four lakes, a Gothic temple and grotto, and one of only four Palladian bridges still standing worldwide. Admission is free to National Trust members – find out how to join and support the Trust in preserving and restoring this and other sites of historical and natural beauty, here.

Many readers will no doubt be return visitors to Bath – perhaps you have friends or family in the city? If you’re a Bath resident with guests coming to visit,  make sure you’re set up with a residents’ Discovery Card. The card allows every Bath resident free entry to a number of local attractions including the Roman Baths, the Fashion Museum and Parade Gardens, and cardholders are also entitled to discounts at other sites such as No.1 The Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Centre. A full list can be found here. This is a great way for visitors to get a ‘local’s eye view’ of the city – and for us locals to see what all the fuss is about!

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Bath on a Budget… http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/bath-budget/ http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/bath-budget/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:00:21 +0000 http://www.threeabbeygreen.com/?p=577 The city of Bath has many claims to fame – countless mentions in classic literature, Hollywood connections as recent as 2012′s Les Miserables, not to mention Word Heritage status – and among the most enduring is this: it ain’t cheap. From silver service afternoon tea at the Pump Room to guided boat tours on the river Avon, Bath is the very quintessence of genteel Englishness. Worth paying for, yes? I rather think so. But what happens when you’ve bought your air fare, train tickets, petrol and the all-important accommodation? If you’re anything like me, you start wondering if there might not be a few unfortunate holes in your wallet…

But worry not! As they say in showbiz, it’s not so much what you know as who you know. Stick with me and I’ll make sure you get the best out of Bath, without breaking the bank.

Repeat visitors to Three Abbey Green will already be in the know about my first tip: the BIGHA ‘Big Ben’ discount card. A full listing of participating retailers can be found on the BIGHA website and I guarantee you will find a way to save on something you were planning to do already! Here are a few of my favourites:

The Roman Baths: 10% off all tickets. This offer includes family tickets and combined entry with the Fashion Museum, so you can make an extra saving! The Roman Baths are open by atmospheric torchlight until 9pm throughout July and August, giving you all the time in the world to take in the history of Bath where it all began.

Bizarre Bath comedy walk: £1 off adult tickets. A great evening’s entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, with a little discount to sweeten the deal.

Thermae Bath Spa: three hours for the price of two (Monday to Friday). Go on: spoil yourself. Spend that extra hour floating in the rooftop pool and you’ll be so blissed-out, nothing else will matter.

If it rains during your visit, stay dry and soak up a movie instead, with 2 for 1 on tickets and popcorn at the Little Theatre Cinema on Sundays and Mondays.

A host of Cafes and Restaurants offer discounts and freebies to Big Ben cardholders, from free tea or coffee when you buy cake at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, to a free glass of prosecco and nibbles at Aio Sardinia, and even buy one get one free on pizzas at The Real Italian Pizza Company. I doubt you’d be able to get through them all in one visit, but I dare you to try!

On the subject of food, readers of my previous post will know I very recently discovered the joys of pizza at the Stable – if you want to try it for yourself and you’re trying not to overspend, pop in for ‘Tuck in Tuesday’ and bag a pizza, salad and drink for the princely sum of just £10.

Gascoyne Place is a lively and inviting gastro-pub serving proper British grub with a fresh, modern twist. Capitalising on their location a stone’s throw from the Theatre Royal, they offer a tempting pre-theatre set menu. At £14.50 for two courses or £19.00 for three, this is a great way to stop the dinner bill from escalating and perfect for families who want to eat early in the evening.

Bath’s many museums have something to offer every visitor, whether you’re an astronomy buff or literature lover, art history fanatic or fashionista, so the ‘George-dropping Museums’ initiative is a must for everyone. With a range of really worthwhile discounts of up to 30%, you could save a sizeable sum while enriching your cultural and historical knowledge. Just pick up a flyer at check-in  for details of how much you can save and where.

Let’s not forget the easiest and best way to make sure your trip to Bath doesn’t put too much strain on your wallet: take a look at our Book Now page and snap up a last minute ‘Hot Deal’ – you’ll be surprised at just how hot they are! With all these great money-saving tips to choose from, there’s never been a better time to get your skates on and roll into Bath – we can’t wait to see you.

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