Bath City Break Guide


Bath is a perfect destination for a weekend or short break. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it has impressive Roman remains and many beautiful Georgian buildings. Read my Bath city break guide for the best places to eat, visit and stay and check out my Somerset guide for more tips on places to see in Bath and the surrounding area.

DAY 1 – THERMAE SPA AND ROMAN BATHS
If you are looking to take in the spa waters, Bath has a fantastic attraction, the Thermae Bath Spa. It has a lovely open air rooftop spa which you can access in all weathers.

Thermae Spa - www.luxurycolumnist.com
The spa also has 4 large steam rooms, each with a different aroma – eucalyptus was my favourite. There’s a cafe-restaurant and an indoor pool, the Minerva Bath, with a massage jet and whirlpool. There are flotation aids for those who don’t swim although it’s not deep and you always have your footing. I was a little surprised by the communal changing rooms but there are plenty of changing cubicles so your modesty will remain intact! Children under 16 are not admitted. The spa is quieter on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Thermae Spa also has a separate open air thermal bath, the Cross Bath. It’s an official sacred site as the Celts revered their goddess Sul here.

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Of course no visit to Bath would be complete without seeing the Roman Baths. They are unique in Great Britain – our only hot thermal springs. These days you cannot bathe there but you can have afternoon tea or a drink of the mineral water in the Pump Room.

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The water is hot and a bit of an acquired taste. Apparently it contains 42 age-defying minerals so it’s worth trying!

bath-water-somersetMy top tip for the Roman Baths is to go in the evening for the Twilight tour and dinner, which you can do from September to June, Thursdays to Sundays. You get to see the baths when there are hardly any visitors and the torch lights are so atmospheric.

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The Reception Hall to the Roman Baths is beautifully lit at night.

Reception Hall
DAY 2 – BATH ABBEY, COCKTAILS AND MORE

Bath Abbey is an impressive sight – the West Front has two unique ladders with angels ascending and descending into Heaven. There have been 3 churches on this site, and the current Abbey is largely the work of the famous architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

bath-cathedral-somersetPulteney Bridge, designed by famous architect Robert Adam, has shops on both sides and is a Grade I listed building.

pulteney-bridge-bath
Bath is a great shopping centre with many pedestrianized streets. The Christmas market is not to be missed if you’re visiting from late November to mid December.

bath-city-breakBath’s Fashion museum, set within the Assembly Rooms, is well worth a visit. There are some stunning outfits on display and some reproduction pieces that children and adults will have fun dressing up in.

bath-fashion-museum
The Assembly Rooms are also impressive – designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769, they were at the heart of Georgian society.

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Bath has some delicious local produce. Why not take part in a cookery class to make the most of it. I learnt how to make Turkish fatayer pastries with 3 different fillings at Demuth’s vegetarian cookery school.

Demuth's - www.luxurycolumnist.com
Circo is a great spot for cocktails and they do really good cocktail classes too. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore with comfortable Chesterfield sofas.

Circo - www.luxurycolumnist.com
For dinner, I’d recommend Green Park restaurant. It’s housed in an old railway station and they have regular jazz evenings.

Green Park restaurant - www.luxurycolumnist.comWHERE TO STAY
If you’re looking for a country retreat near Bath, then Ston Easton Park is the perfect choice. In town, the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is a hidden gem. It’s so discreet that there isn’t even a sign outside. Located in the centre of possibly the world’s finest crescent, it’s a 5 star Relais & Chateaux property. You can walk into the town but it’s a lovely quiet spot.

Royal Crescent Hotel - www.luxurycolumnist.com
It has several cosy reception rooms where you can have a tea or coffee and a bar where you might spot a few celebrities. A well-known actor/tv presenter was there when I stayed, and someone who looked a lot like a famous rock star. There’s also a lovely meeting room with its own terrace.

Royal Crescent Hotel - www.luxurycolumnist.com
The bedrooms are full of character but they do have all mod-cons like flat screen TVs.

Royal Crescent Hotel - www.luxurycolumnist.com
The spa and fitness rooms are set in a beautiful old building.

Royal Crescent spa - www.luxurycolumnist.com
I loved the garden, you can even play croquet.

Royal Crescent garden - www.luxurycolumnist.com
My breakfast overlooking the garden was relaxing and delicious.

Breakfast - www.luxurycolumnist.com
The Royal Crescent is pet friendly and there are a couple of cats living in the hotel – I spotted Toby in the hallway. For a grand old place, it’s remarkably relaxed.

Royal Crescent cat - www.luxurycolumnist.com
I stayed as a guest of Meet Bath and The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Oooh this is really useful, I have a voucher to stay at the Royal Crescent. I’m really looking forward to it!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    • You will have a great time, it’s very cosy and you can walk into town. Are you going for the Christmas markets?

      • Angie SilverSpoon

        Probably not as we’re really busy at the moment, our voucher is available until May so we might make a little spring weekend away. xx

  • Lucy

    Bath is a favourite quick get away from London. I love the history and the shopping is wonderful too. You have picked out some great spots I normally hire a flat right in the heart of the city but this hotel looks nice and peaceful Lucy x

    • Yes it was very cosy and Toby the cat was cute! I really enjoyed the spa so would definitely go back there

  • love&limoncello

    I absolutely love Bath!! It’s such a fab city. xx

  • Taylor Hearts Travel

    Such a great city – it always reminds me of one of my favourites, Oxford. The twilight spa package is always a good experience.

    I need to go back soon! x

    • I love Oxford too, we are blessed with some great places to visit!

  • Laura

    I’ve never been to bath, but wow does it look beautiful! I think you’ve inspired my staycation! x Heroine In Heels

    • Hi Laura, you would love it I think – the spa is just amazing

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