In a Nutshell
The city of Bath is so unique and steeped in history that it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additionally, Bath is the only place in the whole of the UK where you can enjoy the naturally hot spa water at Thermae Bath Spa and visit the 2,000 year old Roman baths. You can enjoy the variety of sights like Stonehenge and Longleat Safari Park in under an hour and a half from London Paddington by train.This breaks.com guide helps you find the best sights for you to see, nicest places to eat and drink and right hotel for you.
Things to see and do:
- The first sight on the list has to be the Great Bath that the city is named after! Have your breath taken away as you look over the Roman bath as steam rises from the natural thermal pool. Steeped in history, the Great Bath attracts tourists from around the world and be sure to take your camera to capture this iconic sight. Although there are tours available, you are able to easily make your own way around the venue and still learn about the history from the information boards. Save the money for lunch (suggestions are coming later in this guide)!
- If you want to get closer to the thermal springs then head to Thermae Bath Spa with your swimwear to take a dip! Enjoy the steamy hot water while taking in a view of the city skyline and cool off with a glass of wine or beer from the on-site bar and cafe. At £40 per ticket, this is not a cheap experience but is worth splashing out on if your budget allows.
- There is more to Bath than baths though and for something a bit racier, you can enjoy horse racing at Bath Racecourse while taking in the sweeping views of the city. Visitors interested in literature can take in the Jane Austen Centre which is dedicated to the lady whose name it bears. Head to one of the oldest houses in the city to get a famous and original Sally Lunn Bun and then decide where you want to visit in this impressive city next!
- Bath Comedy Festival. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Bath Comedy Festival and is set to be the biggest yet. Take in established comedians and young guns on their way up at this 20 day festival in Bath. Visitors in Bath between March 27th – 15th April 2018 should add this festival to the schedule!
- Theatre Royal, Bath. Bath is home to one of the oldest theatres in the UK, the Theatre Royal. Built in 1805, the theatre puts on superb shows in this historic building all year round. Once you have decided on the dates you would like to visit Bath then check out the What’s On page to see if anything takes your fancy!
Where to stay:
If you are looking for a hotel in Bath then start your search below to find amazing deals and discounts, or see some Bath hotels tips below to help you choose where to stay on your city trip to this beautiful part of England.
- Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. If you are looking for luxury then look no further than this Georgian mansion set in seven acres and surrounded by landscaped gardens. Just a short walk from the heart of Bath, this spectacular hotel offers fine dining, a comprehensive modern spa and suites to make royalty envious! The staff will ensure your stay is memorable for all the right reasons. Check availability, prices and deals here.
- Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel. This is the only hotel in the country where you can plunge in to the natural thermal waters that Bath is so famous for from the comfort of your guest room! The 5-star Gainsborough hotel is a short walk from Bath Spa train station and houses a natural thermal pool along with a full complement of traditional and modern spa treatments. The restaurant serves exclusively fresh and local food for breakfast, lunch and dinner so guests are in for a culinary delight. Find out more about this magnificent hotel here.
- Landsdown Grove Hotel. Situated in Bath city centre, the Landsdown Grove hotel is an ideal base for a Bath city break, Close to the main sights of the city, including the Theatre Royal, you can easily explore historic Bath without the need for transport. Guests at the hotel have views over the city and can relax in the bar or restaurant while receiving superb service in a picturesque setting. Prices, discounts and free room upgrades can be found here.
Where to eat and drink:
- A Bath city break is a foodies paradise. It can be hard to know where to go but thankfully there is a helping hand on offer to guide your tastebuds through the city. Join one of the Savouring Bath artisanal food and drink tours to experience the best the markets and local restaurants have to offer. Find out more about the tours here.
- Families who are visiting Bath should pop to Dough, a family-run Italian restaurant serves up the best pizza in town to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. A crowd-pleaser of a choice, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Dough, Bath!
- Couples on a romantic retreat may want to experience fine dining at the Michelin Star restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park. Set in 500 acres of parkland and serving up some of the finest food in the country, make sure you dress for the occasion! Find out more about this restaurant and book a table here.
You can find more inspiration for your Bath city break on our dedicated section to this magnificent city.