Caroline Herschel

Walking Tour: Bath’s Remarkable Women

Tuesday 21 May 2024
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Meet at Orange Grove
£20 (excl. fees)
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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. 

Find out more about these remarkable women and the part Bath played in their achievements on this walking tour. Organised by Fred Mawer Tours

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

Finish: Alfred Street


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.

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: www.fredmawertours.co.uk 

Contact: +44(0)7941 371439 ; fred.mawer@btinternet.com