The first letter sent with a stamp was sent from Bath. The Bath Postal Museum illustrates how Bath influenced and developed the 18th Century Postal System. It’s not just the story of the Penny Post that’s on offer though – you can find out about written communication across the ages.Features span from Egyptian clay tablets carved thousands of years ago through to 1912 and the story of the first Bath to London airmail flight. There’s a Victorian Post Office to see, along with videos which bring the history to life. Add in a gift shop and you have a delight for any philatelist.
Bath’s internationally acclaimed Museum of Costume is now re-branded as The Fashion Museum. With contemporary selections including the work of designers like Alexander McQueen, Mary Quant, Giorgio Armani and John Galliano the new name reflects the fact that the museum details costume and fashion from the late 16th Century right up to the present day.
Considered the acme of Palladian architecture in Bath, The houses of The Royal Crescent were individually designed for wealthy clients in the latter half of the 18th Century. The first of these flagship constructions to be built was Number 1.
While the current building of Bath Abbey dates from 1499, it’s built over earlier Christian churches that date back over a thousand years. Impressive as that may be, the story of Christianity in Bath dates back even further.