With bundles of history, quaint streets, sophisticated boutiques and market places, Bath is a place that is not to be missed. It’s the land of Jane Austen, home of the Roman Baths and famous for the beautiful Bath Stone. It’s a place I could return to again and again, making my way through the city one coffee shop at a time. Whether you are staying for a long weekend or just going for a day trip, Bath has plenty to offer and there are lots of different things to do and see depending on your interests.
How to get there
Located in the south west of England, Bath is easily reachable by car, train or bus. It is conveniently just a stone’s throw away from the trendy, bustling city of Bristol and less than a two hour train journey from London Paddington, making it a popular spot to visit in the south of England!
Where to stay
For somewhere cheap and cheerful try the Bath YMCA which is located right in the heart of Bath and offers a variety of different rooms for low to mid-range budgets. If you’re looking for somewhere with a bit more charm and history, then you can’t go far wrong with Abbey Bath Hotel. Personally, I am a big fan of Airbnb which has some real treasures at very affordable price tags. If you’ve got a bigger budget then the Artist Residence is a superb option – they don’t have anywhere in Bath at the moment but they have a new residence coming to Bristol for summer 2019. Check their website here for more details!
Top things to do and see
Stop for a bevvy at Jacobs Coffee House
Tucked away just in front of Bath Abbey is Jacobs Coffee House, which is possibly one of my all time favourite cafes. It offers a warm, homely retreat from the hustle and bustle of the streets, an absolute must-visit in the wet winter months. Their specialty coffees and variety of bakery treats (many of them gluten free) is something I just can’t resist. It is the perfect place to lose yourself in a book, write that next page of your journal or simply take in the historic surroundings over a steamy pot of tea.
Step back in time and explore the Roman Baths
One of the top things to see in Bath are of course the Roman Baths which are shrouded in history. The waters were once known for their healing properties, but over the years have became a real focal point for the city’s development and growth. It’s well worth the money to explore these ancient, fascinating ruins which are partially hidden underground, check out the artifacts and witness the modern retelling of Bath’s story. Pumping and tasting some of the Roman Bath water at the end is a particular experience not to be missed!
(Admission: Adults £14.00)
Go on a FREE walking tour of Bath
This is possibly the best way of familiarising yourself with the city! The free walking tours of Bath are informative and show all the key sights. They generally run twice a day but are more frequent in peak summer. You can also download the Jane Austen audio walking guide and explore the city by yourself via the app on your phone!
Soak up the best of Bath’s architecture
Visit The Royal Crescent
A trip to this world-famous street is an absolute must. To live on this beautiful, crescent shaped street during Georgian times was the ultimate fashion statement and indication of good standing. Today, the stunning stone architecture still remains and you can wander around the crescent and imagine what it was like to be a lady in waiting back in the day. If you fancy having a nosy into one of the houses be sure to check out No.1 Royal Crescent, which has been transformed into a interesting museum.
(Admission: £10.30 for adults, £8.80 for students/seniors and £5.10 for children)
Discover The Circle and Bath’s Abbey
For more curved buildings of dreams, take a walk to The Circle and then head onto Bath’s Gothic Abbey. It’s free to pop inside but there is also the option of taking a guided tower tour for £8 which will take you up 212 spiral steps to the abbey roof for a breath-taking, panoramic views of the city.
(Admission: £8 for adults (guided tour only))
Take a couple of snaps of Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge has to be up there with one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in England. The views are stunning – it can get a little crowded however so be sure to go there early in peak season to avoid the crowds.
Sweet tooth? Pop into the Bath Fudge Kitchen Shop
A shout out has to go to Bath Fudge Kitchen Shop– worth a quick visit to see the bakers making fudge in action and also for the free samples. Soft, fresh and delicious- pop in for a sweet pick-me-up.
There is so much to do and see in Bath, making it a wonderful day trip or couple of days stay. You’re bound to leave with a whole load of memories and a camera full to the brim with photos if you’re anything like me! Where are your favourite places to visit in Bath? Where would you recommend?