Join the Bath Box Office mailing list to get regular updates about the arts in Bath.


WT3 Walking Tour: Bath Blitz - A Story Of Destruction And Rebuilding

The Bath Festival 2024

Meet at Orange Grove

Start: Orange Grove, by the obelisk (BA1 1LP) 
Finish: Bath War Memorial, entrance to Royal Victoria Park, Queen’s Parade (BA1 2NJ) 

Saturday 18 May 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Sunday 19 May 2pm - 2pm - EXTRA TOUR ADDED
Monday 20 May 2pm - 2pm - EXTRA TOUR ADDED
Tuesday 21 May 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 23 May 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Saturday 25 May 10am - 12pm

  • Distance: around two miles 
  • Gentle-paced walking, on pavements, with frequent stops 
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

This walk will be repeated several times throughout the festival. When booking you will be asked to select the date and time of the walk you wish to book, click Book Now and use the dropdown to select your preferred date.

Bath suffered from devastating air raids in World War Two. On two moonlit nights in April 1942, Luftwaffe bombers attacked the city in reprisal for Allied bombing of the German cultural city of Lubeck. The historic cities of Canterbury, Exeter, Norwich and York were also targeted. The Luftwaffe reputedly used a well-known guide book from the period, Baedeker’s Guide to Great Britain, to identify their targets. 

Bath residents were very used to bombers passing overhead, as Bath was on the route to Bristol. But on those two fateful nights in 1942, Bath was in the Luftwaffe’s sights. Over 400 people lost their lives and more than 19,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed. 

This tour is an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to understand more about the Bath Blitz. Expert Blue Badge-qualified tour guide will lead you on a revelatory walking tour.

Fred Mawer Tours offers entertaining and informative guided tours of Bath and the South West of England, for individuals and groups. The tours are led by Fred, a Bath resident and award-winning, professional Blue Badge-qualified tour guide, or by another expert local guide. In Bath, tours range from introductory explorations that are ideal for first-timers to the city, to off-the-beaten-track itineraries, and thematic tours such as looking at the city’s all-important spa history, its royal links and TV and film locations. 

More information:

Contact: +44(0)7941 371439 / [email protected] 



WT3 Walking Tour: Bath Blitz - A Story Of Destruction And Rebuilding