It’s been just over a week since Jordan and I got back from Bath, and I wanted to share some of the places we visited, plus some of the ones that we didn’t have time to make it to.
But let’s start with the obvious – Bath is bloody GORGEOUS and one of the loveliest places I’ve ever been to in the UK. It’s been recommended to me by a couple of different people as I’m a big fan of York and Edinburgh and I’m already planning our next trip back. We were only there for a couple of nights so didn’t visit all of the places that we wanted to but that’s the best excuse to visit again.
I’ve decided to split our trip into three different parts – where to go, where to eat and drink and where to stay, so make sure you come back to check out the rest.
This bridge crosses the River Avon and is just outside the city centre, less than 5 minutes from the main shopping streets. We stumbled onto it by chance, and it reminded me of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence with shops on either side. There was also a park by the banks of the river which I think would be lovely to visit in summer, but this time it was beautiful and a really peaceful part of the city and I enjoyed walking down it at sunset – a definite (and free!) must-see.
Before I visited Bath, the Royal Crescent was the first thing that sprung to mind, so I knew it was one of the places I wanted to visit whilst we were there. It’s a very grand array of houses in a crescent shape and is pretty spectacular. If you’re feeling extra fancy, there are a couple of hotels and spas along the row – perfect for a special occasion!
You definitely can’t go to Bath without visiting the Roman Baths – the clue is in the name! They are located right in the centre of the city and are one of the main attractions to visit. You may have to queue a while for tickets, so my advice would be to book ahead of time if possible or get there early. The baths themselves are steeped in history too, so make sure you take your audio guide.
This is one of the attractions that we didn’t get chance to visit, and one of the main reasons I’d love to go back. The Thermae Spa is a naturally heated spa and rooftop pool and is Britain’s only one – pretty cool right? From looking at the pictures, it looks like absolute heaven and a tranquil paradise about the hustle and bustle down below.
You could see the Abbey (located next to the Roman Baths) from our hotel room as it is one of the tallest buildings in the centre of Bath. We first walked past the Abbey on the first evening we were there, and it was absolutely stunning lit up by the moonlight. An attraction that is definitely worth a visit.
Jane Austen Centre
As a bit of a literature geek, I knew I wanted to visit the Jane Austen centre whilst we were in Bath. The museum was only small, but if you’re a fan of her works, then I would highly recommend it. It’s located about a 5-minute walk away from the main streets, but really easy to find.
Unfortunately, when we visited Bath, it was the down season of the boat trips, which is a shame, because I think it’s a great way to see a city. The boats run from April to October, so hopefully, it will be something we can do next time we go – another excuse to get another trip in the diary!
Going to a city that has shops that we don’t have in Manchester always excites me far more than it should – I’m mainly talking about Anthropologie and Tiger. I was really impressed by the shopping in Bath as it ranged from Primark, all the way up to Jo Malone, and everything in between. I’m also a huge fan of shops being outside, which Bath has many of and they’re all beautifully laid out so it never felt too crowded.
Although I’m going to do a separate post on where to eat in Bath, I wanted to mention Milsom Place as it was such a lovely little square, and we stumbled across it by chance. It had restaurants such as Cau and Jamie’s Italian, but also a couple of independent places, and it was such a cute space, tucked away from the main streets. The other square which was really quaint was Abbey Green which had its own fudge shop and a lovely pub.
I hope you have enjoyed the first of my Bath City Guides – make sure you come back to read the rest! I’ll also be sharing where to eat and drink and our experience at SACO Apartments.
If you have any questions on where to go in Bath, you can always go to the Visit Bath website which has all the information of the tourist attractions.
Have you ever been to Bath? Where would you recommend?