Local Visitor Information

If you are planning to take a visit, there are plenty of sights to take in whilst staying. From paid attractions to long country walks, Southwood House is in the perfect location, ideally situated between bath and bristol to offer you access to so many of the local visitor attractions.


Visitor Information - The Circus in Bath, John Wood

If you have time to relax in Bath, one of your first stops should be the Thermae Bath Spa, Britains original and only natural thermal spa. Treat yourself to thermal pools, steam rooms, massages and various therapies.

The Bath Tourist Information office in bath provides visitors information about places to visit and things to do, as well as Theatre and event ticket sales. They also sell Great British Heritage Passes which offer discounts to over 600 attractions (available to overseas visitors only).

One of the most popular attractions for visitors is The Roman Baths, one of the finest thermal spas of the ancient world and is a must for many visitors to the city.

The Ghost Walks of Bath offers visitors to Bath something different with their experienced guides around the magnificant georgian city. The tour takes in famous places, strange events and is available most evenings.

Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal Bath is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain. Comprising three auditoria, the Main House, Ustinov and the egg theatre for children and young people, a wonderfully varied programme of top quality entertainment is on offer all year round.

For those with an interest in the fashion of Bath over the years, The Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume offers a world class collection of costumes with over 150 dressed figures, and Jane Austin Film and Fashion.

During late November and early December, Bath is becoming well known for the Bath Christmas Market which arrives into the city for two weeks with a range of themed stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items.


Visitor Information - SS Great Britain in Dry Dock

As one of the most famous attractions in Bristol, and as one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s most well known construction projects, a visit to The SS Great Britain is a chance to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board a Victorian ocean liner.

Another of Brunel’s projects is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. A visit to Bristol isn’t complete without a trip over the 150 year old bridge and symbol of the city of Bristol

At the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts. Take in Exhibitions, film, live art, dance, music and literature.

If you’re down with the kids and enjoy a bit of science then Explore-At-Bristol is one of the UK’s most exciting hands-on science centres! Discover interactive exhibits and special exhibitions, take in a Planetarium show or join live and fun experiments and activities.

The South West

Visitor Information - Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn

For those wishing to venture further afield, the famous ancient stone circles at Stonehenge are an interesting view on South West England’s history.

Cheddar Caves and Gorge is situated in the Mendips and offer a variety of activities and adventures for people of all ages with enough above and below ground to keep you entertained all day.

With one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world only a few miles away, a trip to Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is a must on the activities list. With over 3500 species of trees and shrubs spread over 600 acres, there is plenty of space to relax and indulge your senses.

A little bit further afield, and situated near Chippenham, Lacock Abbey, Village and Museum offers visitors a fascinating look at the 13th Century village, medieval closters, monastic rooms and photographic and art exhibitions.

Directory Links

Bed & Breakfast, B&B Directory – Bed and breakfast cottages and B&B hotel accommodation.

Stayinbath.org – website for the Bath Guest House Association