When it comes to finding a city to capture the essence of quintessential Britain, Bath is one of the best to experience.
From the architecture and culture to the shopping and spas, Bath has something for everyone to enjoy. The Georgian gem, located in Somerset, is filled with things to do, see and eat, making the charming city one of the best places for a weekend escape. Here are just a few of the best!
History and Culture
The Roman Baths, being the oldest and most famous historic attraction that bath has to offer, the natural hot springs is a must for all those historians. You could take a wander around the museum of fashion or if you’re an art enthusiast, take a visit to the Victoria art gallery. If interested in all three, you can purchase an online saver ticket, which gives you access to all three. Another great experience is the sweet, 25-minute river cruise is the most scenic way to learn some of Baths History. The small and personal tour is conducted on a 1960’s riverboat, on the river Pulteney, which you can book through Trip Advisor. If you love learning about history and culture, at a reasonable price too, there’s no way you can say no to this little gem!
Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Art Gallery: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/tickets-prices
Boat Tour: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/AttractionProductReview
If shopping is more your style, Bath has plenty to offer! From everyone’s Highstreet favourites to the independent artesian shops, shopping in Bath is a delightful experience. If its high-street favourites that you’re after, then head to Southgate, Baths open-air shopping centre, located opposite the train station. For something a little different, head to Walcot street, also known as the artesian quarter. Here lie independent shops, offering everything from vintage clothing and antiques to everything bespoke, such as the Fine Cheese Company, that sells over 100 types of cheeses. Don’t forget to check out Jolly’s, which is the oldest department store in the UK, restored and located on Milson street and if you happen to be in Bath on a Saturday morning, take time to check out Baths Farmer’s Market, at Green Park Station which is also supposedly one of the oldest in the UK!
Southgate shopping: https://www.southgatebath.com/
Walcot Street: https://visitbath.co.uk/
Fine Cheese Company: https://www.finecheeseshops.co.uk/bath
Baths Farmers Market: http://www.bathfarmersmarket.co.uk/
You could make your trip to Bath a relaxing one by taking a minute at of Baths beautiful spas! The popular Thermae Bath Spa uses the same natural hot springs as the original Roman baths while offering a beautiful 360-degree view over the city! As well as this, they have multiple suites, including their new wellness suite, which includes an infrared room and an ice chamber to name a couple! Alternatively, stay at the beautiful spa hotel No. 15 Great Pulteney Street. Sat beneath the pavements of Bath, with a vintage-inspired decor and bespoke art installation give the overall experience a home from home experience. Spa 15 has four rooms which include features such as a cedar wood hot tub and a barrel-shaped sauna!
Food and Drink
The Canary Gin Company
This is the bar worth venturing too in Bath! Spread over several floors and with over 200 types of gin to suit you, it being a cocktail or a classic G and T, it’s popular. With the professional mixologists, and the bar serving more than just gin, including non-alcoholic drinks, it’s the bar to go to for a special evening out.
Set in the old wine cellars, this stunning Italian has the food to match. Between the amazing cuisine and the most attentive service, Sotto Sotto makes for the most romantic nights.
Menu Gordon Jones
This highly awarded restaurant is a must-do experience for all foodies out there! With no set menu and only having a surprise tasting menu consisting of contrast flavours and textures, all beautifully presented. With only 10 tables, make sure to book in advance.
Scallop Shell Bath
For those fish lovers, this is the restaurant in Bath for you. Between the nautical interior spread across two floors, and with the daily menu changes there’s no way you could miss out on the fresh and seasonal seafood.
Sally Lunns House
Sally Lunn’s tearoom is one of the oldest houses in Bath. Here they serve a gorgeous lunch and dinner menu, not to mention the original Sally Lunns buns, one of Bath’s most famous delicacies! For a spot of afternoon tea, this is the place to be.
Thoughtful Bread Company
One of the UK’s leading artesian bakeries, this place boasts a wide variety of options. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite in the cafe, that being breakfast, brunch or lunch, treating yourself to a coffee and cake or even attending a lesson in their bakery school!
Bath Soft Cheese Company
Although in the outskirts of Bath, you can take a tour around and learn how their make their cheese, which is concluded with a delicious cheese tasting! However, if you’re just looking for a spot of lunch, you can book a table in their café.