Bath is the perfect destination if you're looking for a spot of indulgence. You can do this city on a budget or spend a few extra pounds to feel like royalty. Soak up all the minerals and heat from the natural hot springs and get a massage or two while you’re at it.
There’s plenty of music, comedy, art and theatre to enjoy here too. Just keep reminding yourself that you’re here to treat yourself!
Hit the ground running and take in all the must-see sites early on in your trip. The Roman Baths are the perfect starting point. Here, you can marvel at the ancient structures while learning a bit about Bath’s ancient past. Make sure you get there early in the morning to beat the crowds. Head to Bath Abbey, and the elegant Pulteney Bridge for more architectural wonders.
Admire more impressive Georgian buildings at Circus (a large circle of townhouses), the Assembly Rooms (where you'll also find the Fashion Museum) and the Pump Rooms. Another must-see spot is Royal Crescent, a curved row of grand Georgian terraced houses.
Don’t forget the most important Bath activity – getting yourself a relaxing spa treatment. Go for a dip at Thermae Spa which has a naturally heated rooftop pool. The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, The Bath Priory and The Royal Crescent Hotel are also good options for indulgent spa treatments.
Out and about
Somerset is one of Britain’s serious cider-making regions, so grab a pint of the best at The Raven, The Old Green Tree and The Stable. If beer is more your tipple, there’s plenty of craft beers for you to try too.
Sally Lunn’s is located in one of the oldest houses in Bath. The little tea room and restaurant is the home of the ‘not quite a cake, not quite a bun’ Sally Lunn Bun that’s delicious with sweet or savoury toppings. For a more traditional afternoon tea, tuck into finger sandwiches, scones and tea at The Pump Room where you can sample the mineral rich, natural spring water too.
For a lively night out in Bath, get down to Komedia. With live music, cabaret, poetry and of course comedy, there’s something for everyone. For bigger acts check out The Forum or the Rondo Theatre for more alternative shows.
If you’re looking for luxury, book a room at The Gainsborough – one of the few hotels in Britain with a natural thermal spa. Set within a gorgeous 18th century building, unwind in the warm natural thermal pools, or one of the 11 treatment rooms. For a stay that’s kinder on your wallet, lay your head at the Griffin Inn. The rooms are light, spacious and comfy. Feast on the complimentary continental breakfast before taking a short walk into town.
Dates for the diary
The Bath Festival, May
Bath comes alive with the arts in May as the city hosts the Bath Festival: 17 days of music, theatre and literature events. From topical quiz nights to talks with local and international authors, there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Try to catch the Party in the City, a night of free concerts and events held throughout Bath.
The Jane Austen Festival, September
Take a step back in time at the quirky, 10-day Jane Austen Festival in September. Fans of the Jane Austen dress in Regency-style attire and promenade through the city. The festival includes concerts, food stalls and workshops dedicated to the celebrating the author who conjured up the dashing 'Mr Darcy'.
Bath is situated in south-west England, only 90 minutes west of London by train. The nearest airport is Bristol and buses run between the airport and Dorchester Street regularly.
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