Bath City Centre Murder Mystery Trail

The Bath Encounters (beta)


Only one purchase required for a group of
up to 6 people


Would you like to explore the elegant streets of Bath whilst solving a murder mystery that is out-of-this-world?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, detective! The Bath Encounters is an imaginative treasure hunt with a whodunit twist. This self-guided city tour experience leads you on a thrilling journey past the ancient Roman baths and remarkable Georgian architecture straight from a Jane Austen novel. Along the way, you’ll discover historical landmarks and hidden gems, solve cryptic puzzles and find hidden clues to ultimately deduce whodunit. Available for instant download. So, what are you waiting for?!

Notice June 2022: One of the clues is within Parade Gardens and there is now a small entrance fee for access to the park (£2 for adults, £1 for students and kids). We will update the trail in due course to replace this clue. In the meantime, you can use the discount code 3parade for £3 off the Bath trail to compensate for this. Thanks for your understanding. See more info on Parade Gardens entrance fees.

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About this awesome trail

This Bath Murder Mystery Trail has the perfect route plotted out to ensure you see all the highlights in the city centre!

The Bath Encounters – Murder Mystery Trail is a novel self-guided walking tour that navigates you past the best historical landmarks and points of interest that Bath has to offer, including:

  • Bath Abbey
  • The Roman baths
  • Pulteney Weir
  • Pulteney Bridge
  • The Royal Crescent
  • The Circus
  • & much more.

The route for this Bath treasure hunt is relatively flat, about 4km long and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. There are plenty of refreshment stops and photo opportunities along the way!

Bath trail statistics:

  • Start location: Outside Bath Abbey on Abbey Churchyard, BA1 1LT (view on Google Maps)
  • End location: This trail route is a loop and finishes on Stall Street (perpendicular to Abbey Churchyard), BA1 1QH
  • Clue difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Distance: 4km
  • Terrain: Easy
  • Wheelchair/buggy accessible: No*

The case synopsis:

UFO sightings, poultry abductions, and now, an extraordinary murder! Never have your powers of deduction been so mystified, as in this, your most cosmic case yet! Along this trail of deception, you’ll encounter conspiracy theorists, organised thieves and powerful Freemasons. But who is behind these supernatural events? Can you piece together this intergalactic-enigma, and figure out who murderer is before the aliens strike again?

Trail overview:

  • A murder mystery themed self-guided walking tour around Bath City Centre.
  • Discover historical landmarks and hidden gems as you follow the trail.
  • Solve clues to discover evidence, eliminate suspected characters and weapons, and ultimately deduce whodunit.
  • Instantly downloadable trail.
  • Print onto A4 paper or follow the trail using any smartphone or tablet device (see below).
  • Ideal for groups of 2-6 people. Only one purchase required per group, so makes for an affordable day out!
  • Self-guided tour – do whenever you like and at your own pace.
  • Whether a local or visiting somewhere new, our trails are the best way to explore and learn about your surroundings.
  • Solve correctly, and you'll receive a certificate and a voucher towards your next trail!
Discover landmarks
& hidden gems
Find clues &
solve puzzles
Deduce whodunit
to crack the case!
  • Discover landmarks & hidden gems
  • Find clues & solve puzzles
  • Deduce whodunit to crack the case!

How does it work?

Our trails are self-guided walking tours. This means you can conquer them at your own pace, taking as many detours and pit-stops as you desire. We’ve investigated all the highlights each location has to offer which have been carefully crafted into our Killer Trails, so there’s plenty of selfie opportunities along each route. Before you know it, you’ll have walked a mile and already be dying to solve your next case!

Simply download and print the trail onto A4 paper and you’re ready to go. No access to a printer? No worries. Alternatively, you can follow the trail using any tablet or smartphone device. Just make sure to note down your answers as you go to complete the Cryptic Crossword or Wordsearch when back at home with a warm cuppa. Learn more...

Who is the trail aimed at?

Killer Trails are challenging adventures full of riddles, cryptic puzzles and gripping stories for anyone who loves to explore, socialise and learn. Our creative team has devised compelling narratives for each trail that are full of pop culture parodies for the eagle-eyed detective. You’ll get a kick out of our trails if you enjoy escape rooms, puzzles, scavenger hunts, ghost and historical tours, murder mysteries and board games.

Our Murder Mystery style treasure hunts are ideal for a thrilling day out with family, friends, spouses or colleagues. Highly addictive for adults and the whole family, you’ll be gutted you didn’t find out about us sooner. Our trails work best for small groups of two to six people. Purchasing and printing just one copy of the trail is required per group. Everyone will work better as a team and this also makes for an affordable day out! More than six people in your group?

Plot a killer day out in Bath

Considered Britain’s most attractive small city, Bath’s elegant streets carry more archeological wonders than you’d believe.

A city with 2,000-year-old Roman baths (from which the city takes its name), and perfectly preserved honey-coloured Georgian houses, Bath is the perfect place for an adventure. Every corner you turn will start with a ‘gasp’ or a ‘wow’, it’s no wonder Bath was granted World Heritage Site status in 1987. This elegant city is full of traditional heritage, contemporary culture, green spaces and plenty of hidden gems.

Whether you want to relax in the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa, browse the finest independent shops, discover Bath’s spectacular museums and galleries, or explore the streets with our Murder Mystery Trail, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this visitor-friendly city built for pleasure and relaxation.

If you’re searching for the best things to do in Bath, this murder mystery style treasure hunt is a whole lot of fun. It captures the essence of the city, leaving you with a clear understanding of what the area has to offer, and a smile on your face.

Top tip: Fuel up with a Sally Lunn Bun along the trail route. Sally Lunn’s historic eating house is part restaurant, part museum and is well worth a look. You can buy these buns from the shop, but the restaurant does make for a great pit stop.

Inspect all of our murder mystery themed trails in Somerset and the South West of England.

*Route passes up and down steps. Some road crossing points may not have dropped kerbs. Some of the route has cobbled streets. Head to Visit Bath’s – Accessible Bath and Euan’s Guide for more local information.

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Affordable, fun, and something different”

The murder mystery trail was so fun and such a unique and engaging way to look at things you wouldn’t normally see, and learn things about York you might miss at other attractions. It’s affordable, fun, and something different. Easy to follow, simple instructions and the perfect level of clue difficulty for all!

Review of York's Murder Mystery Trail, by paranormalpagan via Tripadvisor

Fun times for all the family”

Friends and I completed this at the weekend. I’ve lived in Manchester for 8 years now and I still found new things. Great story, would say it’s a medium level in terms of how challenging it was. Highly recommended. Even better with adults having a couple of drinks at key locations.

the perfect birthday outing”

This turned out to be the perfect birthday outing for my husband during the lockdown restrictions. It was a really fun experience. And my husband wants to check out other trails in different cities soon. It was so cool finding clues while spotting things we had never noticed in the city. We stopped half way through to have lunch outdoor with food we took along as all restaurants are closed due to the lockdown. Thank you so much. This is a brilliant concept.

A great cheap day out”

I was in charge of planning a trip for my family, as a day out. They said to me that there were all money conscious and that I had to make it cheap. I stumbled across Killer Trails murder mystery and thought perfect! Around £13 in total for a mystery that all six of us could play, which worked out to be a few pound each between us! I printed the PDF file that was sent to me three times, and we split into three groups of two. This made us highly competitive and so much fun! We raved from start to finish to see who could complete it first, we were so competitive and the game was so good that every minute flew by, we were laughing and giggling bumping into each other, hiding our secrets and trying not to look obvious when we found something the entire way around! It was actually so much fun. I don’t usually write long reviews but I thought this company well deserved one. What a great, cheap day out for my entire family. And also if we wanted to stick together we could have, and taken it slow and enjoyed the walk. Either way would work. 10/10

Review of London's West End Murder Mystery Trail, by Inspiration776588 via Tripadvisor

A brilliant way to see the city”

We only had one day in Liverpool so this mystery trail was a great way to see all the highlights in just a few hours. Plus the trail was fun to complete along the way.

Exploring the monuments”

Exploring the monuments in London and the fact there were lots of smaller clues so each one didn’t take ages to solve

Review of London's West End Murder Mystery Trail, by Elinor Y. via Killer Trails website review

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