Make sure to spend some time just wandering the city on foot, marvelling at the handsome sandstone buildings and cobbled streets.
A visit to the Roman Baths is a must-do, of course – the central colonnaded pool is incredible (it’s easy to imagine Roman gents, swathed in togas, wandering about) and the artefacts, statues and source of the spa is fascinating. It is also open until 9pm and once dusk falls the site is lit up and incredibly atmospheric, and a little spooky too. Make sure to try the water whilst you’re there – it doesn’t taste very nice but the list of apparent health benefits make it worth a go!
For literary lovers a trip to the Jane Austen Centre is a must. Immerse yourself in the life, loves and losses of one of Britain’s best loved authors. You can even dress up in the costumes on display, if you feel inclined.
Make sure to spend some time just wandering the city on foot. It is actually pretty small, so easy to spend time marvelling at the handsome sandstone houses which line the cobbled streets. A walk along the iconic Royal Crescent and the Circus is a must do, ending at Pulteney Bridge overlooking the weir. A stop off at the very beautiful Bath Abbey is a must as well – take part in a tower tour and you’ll have spectacular views over the rooftops and spires of Bath.
If you’re in the mood for some pampering, do as the Romans did over 2,000 years ago and book yourself into the Thermae Bath Spa – with naturally warm, mineral-rich waters, open-air rooftop pool and the ability to book anything from a 2 hour pass to an all day full on pamper session.
Bath is tip-top for eating out too – for a true taste of authenticity, head to Sally Lunn’s
House, one of the oldest houses in bath which dates back to 1482. Try a Sally Lunn bun with jam and cream with a pot of tea, but be prepared to wait as this favourite gets very busy! For restaurants there’s a plethora available to suit every taste. My personal favourite find is Yak Yeti Yak, a fantastic Nepalese, specialising in momos (dumplings), but honestly you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you’re after goodies to take back to your retreat, visit The Bath Farmers’ Market which runs every Saturday with everything sold being sourced within a 40 mile radius. If you’re about in October, check out the Great Bath Feast – a month long food festival.
Bath is also great for shopping – you’ll find all the usual shops but head down the narrow passageways and alleys and there’s a wealth of independent, more unusual shops too.
All in all, Bath is fabulous for a day out. In fact, there’s so much to do you’ll probably want to go back.
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