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WT4 Walking Tour: Bath’s Remarkable Women

The Bath Festival 2024

Meet at Orange Grove

Start: Orange Grove near the Alkmaar Garden sign (BA1 1LP)
Finish: Alfred Street

Sunday 19 May 10am - 12pm
Tuesday 21 May 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 May 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 23 May 10am - 12pm
Saturday 25 May 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Sunday 26 May 10am - 12pm

  • Distance: Around 1.75 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.


There are over 80 plaques on buildings in Bath commemorating illustrious past residents, yet only a small fraction of them denote women. This flies in the face of the fact that many remarkable Bath women have made their mark across all walks of life, often overcoming considerable prejudice to do so.

This walk led by qualified Blue Badge tour guides will include talented women already firmly entrenched in the story of Bath, from novelist Jane Austen to trailblazing astronomer Caroline Herschel. It will also highlight women who deserve to be better known. Many worked to change attitudes of the day, such as social reformer Hannah More, Victorian philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts, suffragette Mary Blathwayt and surgeon Maud Forrester-Brown, who excelled in a role previously dominated by men. Women in Bath also played key roles in business and innovation. Elizabeth Cambridge combined a career as a successful artist with helping her husband William Harbutt invent the recipe for Plasticine. Henrietta Laura Pulteney, Countess of Bath, developed the Pulteney Estate. 

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] 



WT4 Walking Tour: Bath’s Remarkable Women