This adorable city in Somerset is easily reachable from London and most other UK cities – so whether you’re a resident or an international visitor, you’ve got no excuse for not visiting Bath.
With buildings dating back to the 7th century and tons of quirky English charm you’ll get a real feel of the best of Blighty – and with my guide you’ll find all the top spots, too.
Here are my 10 things not to miss during your visit:
1. The Royal Crescent
You have to go and get a few shots of some of the country’s most lavish homes. There are 30 of them displayed in a stunning crescent with a grassy park to admire them from.
2. The Roman Baths
Bath’s best-known attraction isn’t overrated. You can spend a good few hours listening to the free audio tape and learning about the history of England’s only natural hot springs. They’re one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world and have been around since 70 AD.
The Baths are open 9am-9pm and entrance is £17 before 5pm or £15.50 after.
3. Bath Abbey
Did you know the first ever king of England was crowned on this spot? You won’t find many places with more history than Bath Abbey – it’s one of the buildings that’s made the city a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It’s right by the Baths so it’s an easy one to add to your itinerary.
It’s free to go inside but a £4 donation is recommended.
4. The shops
I don’t mean the shopping mall – the traditional Bath shop fronts are some of the cutest around. I was more excited by the outsides than what they sold, but you can also pick up loads of pretty trinkets, clothes and accessories to take home.
5. The Circus
A bit like the Royal Crescent, these houses are jaw-dropping. This set are arranged in three segments making up a large circle shape with a grassy area in the middle. One of these beauts would set you back a casual £3 million – but wandering around as a tourist is free and you’ll even spy some of the spots where Oliver! was filmed.
Also, check how pretty and detailed the stone carvings on them are!
6. The umbrellas at Southgate Shopping Centre
Slightly more contemporary than many of the city’s attractions, this pretty display may not be a classic but I loved it! There are 1,000 umbrellas hanging above the street and a couple of pretty red phone boxes cascading flowers at either end.
7. The skyline
Take a skyline walk – the National Trust offer three-mile or six-mile routes with lots to see on the way. If you have less time, walk 20-minutes from the city centre up to Alexander Park (at the top of Beechen Cliff) where you’ll be able to snap all the stunning pano shots you like.
8. Pulteney Bridge
This pretty bridge on the River Avon is one of the only in the world to have shops built into either side. Lots of them have clear views of the river so it’s the perfect place to curl up with a coffee OR hit the shops. I like Brigit’s Bakery down the steps by the waterfront or the Bridge Coffee Shop on the bridge itself (top tip – bag a window seat for the best views).
9. The famous Bath buns
The only disappointment of my Bath trip was not getting to try a Bath bun. It was Sunday afternoon and everywhere had sold out for the day. Whether we should have been more organised or the buns should have been more plentiful remains a mystery – but I’ve heard they’re delicious. Try one at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House, their place of invention and one of Bath’s oldest buildings.
10. The doorways
The doorway lover in me was in her element in Bath. So many of the colourful doors had detailed knockers and pretty flower boxes – Insta heaven.
Now you’re set for activities, where will you eat, drink, stay and travel to? I got you…
There’s loads of good food in Bath. We ate tasty paninis and cupcakes at Cake Cafe on Quiet Street but I also heard rave reviews about Yak Yeti Yak, a well-priced Nepalese eatery on Pierrepont Street. For afternoon tea and all things cute and English – including the best teapots I’ve ever seen – check out Brigit’s Bakery by Pulteney Bridge.
If you have a sweet tooth and for goodies to take away, don’t miss the Fudge Factory which also serves tasty ice creams.
Hotels in Bath can be pricey – weekends over the summer can see even rooms at the Holiday Inn going for £180 per night. Booking in advance or visiting midweek will save you some cash!
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