Bath is somewhere that I have wanted to visit for some time. With its famous Georgian Terraces, hot springs and Roman Baths, it’s somewhere with so much charisma and charm that I just wanted to pay it a visit. Back in July, I was fortunate enough to visit this beautiful city with Jonatan to celebrate my 19th Birthday! I had such a lovely time there, so here is my guide on how to spend a weekend away in Bath.
We travelled down to Bath in the morning which meant we arrived in the early afternoon. But that still meant there was loads of time to explore. When travelling around in Bath, the best option would be to walk. A lot of areas can be reached really easily by foot. But be prepared to do a lot of walking. During the weekend me and Jonatan managed to walk a whopping 45 miles in just 2 days! So comfy shoes are essential. But if you are travelling further distances catching a bus is the best option, it’s cheap and gets you from A to B really efficiently.
Our Bnb was short walk 10 minute into town which took us past the Holburne Museum. The Grade 1 listed building is home to some wonderful exhibitions that might be worth checking out.
As you walk further into the city one place that is definitely worth a visit is Pulteney Bridge. Above the River are a few shops that have a wonderful view of the river. Then just past them is a great photo stop where you can get part of the city in the background, the lovely Bridge as well as the weir in the foreground.
Since the weather has been so HOT in the UK the River Avon was running a bit low but the weir was still lovely. If you wanted to get a better perspective of the weir then a Boat Trip can let you see the city from a whole new angle.
The next place to visit is the top rated thing to do in Bath, it is also what Bath is most famous for. That is, of course, The Roman Baths. Since the Roman Baths are a popular destination, it can be hard to find a time when there aren’t too many people. One of the most obvious things to do is go first thing in the morning as they open at 9am. But plenty of other people have that same idea. You could be waiting in quite a lengthy queue depending on what time you get there.
Visiting the Baths first thing in the morning was something I was contemplating doing. But after the heavy rain on Friday afternoon, the city became a bit quieter. I and Jonatan decided to wander into the Roman Baths to find there was nobody waiting to purchase tickets. To our delight, the Baths were particularly quiet this late Friday afternoon which meant we could walk straight in, explore, and get a few photos without too many people in the pictures.
If you want a less crowded time at this location, then visiting the Roman Baths in the late afternoon (6pm onwards) might be the perfect time to visit. Most people would have the idea of going in the morning. So it can be particularly busy then. If you go on Google Maps you can actually see when the Roman Baths get busy. Which makes it easy to plan what time you decide to visit this historic location to get the most out of it!
Bath Abbey is can be seen in the backdrop of many pictures of the Roman Baths (as seen in the picture I’ve taken above). So if you have the time it might be worth making your way over to the Medieval building. The architecture of this building is absolutely stunning especially as the sun is setting during the evening. The golden light from the setting sun really brings this building alive.
If the evening is nice and the sky is clear, a walk around the city as the sun is setting is one of the most beautiful things you can do. The buildings light up with a warm glow and delicate shadows form in ways that are not possible during the day. Just bring a light jacket as it gets cold once the sun sets.
For me and Jonatan we started off the day with a Skyline Walk around Bath. This 6-mile walk allowed us to see the city from a whole new perspective and took us out to the skyline hills and into more rural areas which also included a castle. Yes, there was a small castle along our walk!
Some of the viewpoints were amazing and you can see over the city. If you have the time then this walk is really worth it. You can take shortcuts if you don’t want to complete the full route whilst enjoying the scenery around you. We picked up a map at Point 1 which guided us through the walk and it was fairly easy to navigate. There is also direction online which tells you more about each stop. Some sections are quite steep and there’s a few steps in some areas but these can be avoided by taking a different route.
Make sure you bring water if it is a hot day! I was absolutely boiling on this walk with temperatures in the high 20’s. I was just thankful that I brought plenty of water as it was definitely needed.
This walk eventually took us to Priory Park Landscape Garden which is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever been to. This National Trust offers beautiful views over the city as well as some of the most beautiful garden landscapes. With a large lake and the stunning Palladian Bridges overlooking it is so peaceful just exploring the area.
The entry cost to get in is £7.40 (£8.20 with Gift Aid) which is worth every single penny. Me and Jonatan spent a few hours here walking around the area. As well as watching some really adorable baby swans eating and swimming around. It was incredibly cute! As well as taking plenty of photographs, of course! This also gave us some time to rest us after a morning of walking around everywhere in very hot weather.
After a morning filled with walking, there is nothing better than to head back into the city centre and tuck into a hearty lunch. Me and Jonatan decided to go for Pizza to help fill us up. In the afternoon we decided to have a nice leisurely stroll around the shops and pick up some souvenirs along the way.
One perfect way to end a day filled with a lot of walking is to relax at the Thermae Bath Spa. This was a Birthday treat for me as this is something I typically wouldn’t do and it is quite expensive. The Spa was opened back in 2006 and has a whole host of different pools and steam rooms with each offering different things. But the main attraction with this Spa is the rooftop pool which was my favourite part. As we went in the evening we were able to watch the sunset over Bath whilst relaxing in the warm waters.
The entry costs for this spa is £40 for a two-hour session during the weekends. This was quite expensive but it was worth every penny especially for a special occasion since it was my Birthday! But the price includes a towel, robe as well as slippers. They also provide lockers to put your stuff in so its all safe as well as showers with Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash to make sure you leave the spa refreshed and cleansed. You can spend more time there if you want but that does come at a cost. Or head to the restaurant in the Spa if you find yourself getting a bit hungry. In total, I spent about 3 hours at the Spa exploring the different pools and steam rooms. With the extra hour costing £10. But it was so nice to see the sunset in the rooftop pool.
Let me just tell you now, my skin was so refreshed when I left the Spa. My face was actually GLOWING! The spring water that flows into the ground floor Minerva pool as well as the different temperate steam rooms just left my skin feeling amazing. My favourite thing to do was to go into one of the hot steam rooms for a few minutes before heading towards the Ice Chamber to help cleanse my pores. It definitely worked.
They have 5 distinct experiences all offering something different and each has a unique scent associated with them. The Ice Chamber had a peppermint scent which made that room feel particularly cooling. It is worth trying each one out to find your favourite. It really is a great way to end the day especially if your muscles are a bit achy.
This day is always more relaxed. In the morning it’s time to pack bags ready to go home and then it’s time for checkout. If you have a large suitcase or lots of bags then there a Luggage Storage Shop right by the bus station with prices a little as £3.50. It is the perfect place to safely store your bags whilst you can go off and explore.
One of the final things you can do whilst you are in Bath is explore the Royal Crescent. This is one of Bath’s most famous landmarks and for good reason. It features a curved terrace of Georgian Townhouses that looks over well-kept lawn in front of it.
If you want to have a look inside then Number 1 Royal Crescent has been turned into as a museum. It takes you back to the 18th century and lets you see how the Georgians lived. It also features authentic furniture and decoration. The Royal Crescent represents many of the buildings in Bath. It features the honey-coloured Bath Stone which comes from the hills that surrounding the city. The stone was first used by the Romans and it can be seen everywhere from bridges to homes.
It is hard to capture all of the Royal Crescent in one photo so make sure you have your camera set up for a Panorama to capture grand curvature of the building in one photograph. Once all of the exploring is done it’s time to collect the bags then make your way back home.
So this concludes my weekend guide to Bath. I had such a lovely time there and I look forward to going back. Bath is such a beautiful city. Let me know if you have ever been to Bath, if so what part was your favourite. I would love to know!