BATH BALLOON RIDES
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER BATH!
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER BATH!
To take flight in a hot air balloon in the skies near Bath we recommend Virgin Balloon’s South West regional vouchers. Covering all launch locations across the South West, these luxury gift vouchers include flexible booking options, champagne toasts, return transport and more!
Take a hot air balloon ride over Bath and see this living museum from a whole new perspective. Launching from Royal Victoria Park in the city centre, the country’s only city listed as a World Heritage Site will soon come into view, as will its world-famous landmarks. With epic 360 degree views, your balloon basket’s vantage point expect to see the Roman Baths, which date back to circa 70AD and for which the city is renowned. But there’s be other impressive points of interest, such as The Royal Crescent, which is located right next to the launch site. And just a stone’s throw from that lies the unmistakable circular design of The Circus – a masterpiece of Georgian architecture built in the mid-18th century. Maybe you’ll drift over Great Pulteney Street, the widest and grandest thoroughfare in Bath is flanked by more fine Georgian buildings. Or look for the ornate, slender spire of St Michael’s Without on the corner of Broad Street and Walcot Street, close to the River Avon – it might be old, but religious worship has been carried out on the site before its claiming of the spot.
Keep your eyes on the river at that point for the chance to see Pulteney Bridge, one of only four bridges in the world that have shops across their full width on both sides. Let your eyes trace a path south of the bridge, past the East Gate and the Guildhall to the splendour of Bath Abbey, with its magnificent stained-glass windows and dominant tower, it’s a sight to behold. But the city isn’t the only thing that can captivate the eye. If you drift westward, expect the skyline of Bristol to reveal itself, and beyond that the shimmering of the Bristol Channel. If you head more southwest, then the Mendip Hills frame the views. Indeed, all around the city is a collage of fields, woodlands, villages, meandering rivers and historic and natural points of interest, that make a hot air balloon ride over Bath one of life most memorable experiences.
As you will have seen from your balloon flight overhead, Bath is awash with historic and truly stunning architecture. So where better to spend some time back on the ground, than at the Museum of Bath Architecture. Whilst it has many interesting galleries and exhibits to explore, you can’t help but be impressed by the 1:500 scale model of the city, which took 10,000 hours to build! For a different take on Bath’s history, consider a visit to the Museum of Bath at Work on Julian Road. Here you can explore 2,000 years of the city’s working heritage that covers everything from Roman tourism to Victorian engineering and beyond. Bath has many more museums and galleries, as is befitting of such an important part of England’s history.
With all of the things to see in Bath, you’d think a walking tour would take weeks! In fact, as a relatively compact city it’s incredibly easy to explore on foot. There are a range of guided tours that include traditional ones as well as quirky approaches, such as one dedicated to Frankenstein and another where you get to engage in an interactive escape room type mystery detective tour! But of course, no visit to Bath would be complete without a visit to it’s raison d’être – the Roman Baths – which you can locate at Abbey Church Yard. Discover more about the history of the baths on a guided or audio guide, as you take in the awe of being in a building dripping with millenniums of history. And at the end, sample some of the natural spa water which contains 43 minerals and been drunk for its curative properties for hundreds of years. If you’d like to relax in the city’s spa waters, you’ll need to head over to Thermae Bath Spa, where the water quality is appropriate for bathing. No matter how you spend your time in Bath, you’ll know that you not only explored at ground level, but that you also took in views from your hot air balloon ride, that you will simply never forget.
• A luxury gift voucher valid for 12 months
• A 60 minute flight over Bath
• Passenger insurance
• Traditional champagne toast
• Presentation of flight certificate
• Return transport to the launch site
• Magical memories you’ll treasure forever
The main departure point is from Royal Victoria Park in Bath city centre. There are also always other sites nearby in Somerset that can be used to get you aloft though if you need them. Always make sure that you check your voucher details and again when you book in, for the latest launch site details, as they can change depending on weather and site suitability. The good news is, that your voucher is valid for all launch locations in the South West and you can leave your car at the launch site as this is where your ballooning experience will also finish.
Your unforgettable balloon ride will start with a full safety briefing, after which you you can help the team with the the inflating of the balloon if you wish – or kick back, soak up the atmosphere and let others do the hard work. But when it’s time, there is no escaping the collective excitement as the burners fire up and the balloon starts to prepare itself for taking you up, up and away on a ballooning adventure over the Bath, Somerset & South West region!
As you drift gently over the Somerset countryside near Bath, there will be ample opportunity to take photographs from this unique vantage point. During your flight you are free to discuss how the balloon works with the pilot, who will also be pointing out the many points of interest that drift below you or rest gently on the horizon.
No two flights are the same, and as such any number of towns, villages and important landmarks could come into view – all of which create talking points for years to come.
After an unforgettable hour ballooning your pilot will begin your descent towards a gentle landing. Once back on the ground, and should you wish, you can help in packing away the envelope (that’s the official name for the fabric canopy).
With the balloon all packed away, you will be transferred back to your launch site where you can sip on the fine stuff and raise a toast to an unforgettable adventure hot air ballooning over Somerset.