The historic city of Bath in Somerset, England is a treasure trove of ancient Roman-era natural hot springs and grand Georgian buildings. This former home to Jane Austin is like an open-air museum and its historic centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located just 15 miles from the major city of Bristol, Bath is one of UK’s oldest tourist towns and attracts millions of tourists each year. What started as a Thermal Spa for the Romans became an important centre for the wool trade in the middle ages. During the 18th century, this town was transformed under George III with several Neoclassical buildings blending in with the ancient baths. With a wide range of attractions to choose from, Bath is a must in every itinerary for England. Here is a complete guide to all the things this city has to offer.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Bath, like the rest of the United Kingdom, is in the summer months from June to August. The summer months provide relief with plenty of sunshine and milder temperatures compared to the rest of the year. The peak season also brings in droves of tourists. Another great time to visit bath is during the Christmas season starting late November to New Year. It is host to one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the UK. Come Advent and the historic town is decked up in all the Christmas glitter.
Read More: The 10 Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe.
Being close to the major city of Bristol, Bath is well connected with London, the South Coast, and the midlands of England. It also provides easy connectivity with Cardiff and other destinations in Southern Wales.
By Bus (Coach)
National Express offers multiple daily Coach services connecting London’s Victoria Coach Station with Bath’s Bus Station. Coaches are simply the British name for intercity buses which usually offer more comfort and convenience than buses which operator within cities. This route also calls at Heathrow Airport providing direct connectivity to visitor’s flying into this popular London Airport. The journey time for this direct route is around 3 hours. Ticket prices start at 12 GBP (~ 15.71 USD, 1178 INR) one way per seat for the Restricted Fare type which offers no cancellation, refund, or change of dates.
The London to Penzance direct once a day service connects London’s Victoria Coach Station with Penzance Bus Station. This service calls at Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth giving Bath direct access to the South West Coast. The journey time from Bath all the way up to Penzance is around 7 hours 30 minutes for the direct route. Ticket prices start at 57 GBP (~ 75.75 USD, 5548 INR) one way per seat for the Restricted Fare type.
From/to Poole, Birmingham
Finally, there is the Poole to Birmingham direct once a day service connecting Poole Seldown Coach Park with Birmingham Bus Station which goes via Bath. The journey time from Birmingham to Bath is around 3 hours. Ticket prices start at 10 GBP (~ 13.22 USD, 991 INR) one way per seat for the Restricted Fare type. The journey time from Poole to Bath is around 3 hours and ticket prices start at 16 GBP (~ 20.94 USD, 1569 INR) one way per seat for the Restricted Fare type.
All National Express buses are air-conditioned and offer reclining seats, charging sockets and onboard toilet. National Express offers Coach Cards which are paid discount cards for the youth, the disabled, and the elderly. These offer discounts on fares for all bookings for as long as they are valid. There is an additional booking fee of 1 GBP (~ 1.32 USD, 99 INR) for tickets booked online. Tickets delivered via SMS or Mail are charged extra for delivery. However, no delivery fee is charged for eTickets. Check the website linked above for the latest schedule and fares.
Trains in the United Kingdom are operated by over 20 different private operators. While this might seem confusing at first, they are all co-branded together under National Rail with a uniform ticketing system. This also ensures that train journeys with multiple legs under different operators can be done with a single ticket. The same is true for passes and travel cards. Bath in Somerset is primarily served by the Great Western Railway.
Great Western Railway connects London’s Paddington Station with Bath Spa Station en route to Bristol with several train services every day. Journey time is around 1 hour 20 minutes. Advance tickets on this route from London to Bath start at 21.4 GBP (~ 28.44 USD, 2083 INR) one way for the Standard Class. However, no changes or rescheduling is allowed and this ticket is restricted to a specific train.
Great Western Railway also connects Weymouth in the Jurassic Coast of Dorset to Bath en route to Bristol. Journey time is around 2 hour 15 minutes. Advance tickets on this route start at 19.4 GBP (~ 25.78 USD, 1888 INR) one way for the Standard Class.
For most of these above routes, you may also book a ticket for the journey between Bristol and Bath. Journey time is usually under 15 minutes. Advance tickets on this route start at 8 GBP (~ 10.45 USD, 775 INR) one way for the Standard Class.
Finally, the Great Western Railway service connecting Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central calls at Southampton, Salisbury, Bath, Briston, among others. The journey from Southampton Central Station to Bath Spa Station takes around 1 hour 30 minutes in time. Advance tickets on this route start at 19.4 GBP (~ 25.78 USD, 1888 INR) one way for the Standard Class.
Tickets can be booked online directly via the National Rail website, via the individual train company websites, or via Trainline.com. Trainline applies a booking fee usually under 1 GBP (~ 1.32 USD, 99 INR) per ticket. National Rail or the private operators charge no booking fee when you book tickets using their websites. You can either chose to print your tickets or show it on the apps of the various operators or Trainline. Links to all websites provided against names above.
Note that all fares mentioned here are the cheapest ones at the time of writing and will increase for tickets on the First Class, flexible open tickets, and tickets booked close to the date of travel. National Rail’s Map is a map of the complete train network in the United Kingdom. TravelLine is another great resource for train and bus travel planning in the UK.
For more information, including multi-day tourist passes in the UK, refer to Seat61, my favourite website for travel travel information in the UK and across the world.
The M4 motorway which connects London to Southern Wales goes around 10 miles north of Bath. Get off at junction 18 and follow the signs to the city centre. On the other hand, the road A4 connects London to Avonmouth via Heathrow Airport, Reading, Bath, and Bristol providing a great direct route for those driving in from the capital city of UK. From Salisbury, take the A36 into Bath. Getting a parking spot in the city centre might be difficult. Check the Park and Ride Facility for free parking and public transport combined ticket option.
The city centre of Bath, where most of the sights are located, is fairly compact. It’s best to walk these narrow historic streets and take in the sights at a slow pace. For locations beyond the centre, Bath has a well connected public bus network and taxis are easily available.
If you stay outside the city centre or are travelling from a neighbouring town, it makes sense to get a taxi, especially if you are part of a group. There are taxi ranks near the Railway Station and outside the Abbey in Bath. Recommended taxi services in Bath are Abbey Taxis and Bath Spa Taxi. Both provide reliable service and their rates are reasonable enough.
By Public Bus
First Bus connects Bath, Bristol, and most of the West of England with regular scheduled public bus service. For the Bath Zone, tickets bought via the First Bus app start at 2.2 GBP (~ 2.92 USD, 214 INR) for a single ride and 4.3 GBP (~ 5.71 USD, 418 INR) for unlimited rides in 1 day. For West of England Zone, tickets bought via the First Bus App start at 3.85 GBP (~ 5.12 USD, 375 INR) for a single ride and 6.4 GBP (~ 8.51 USD, 6230 INR) for unlimited rides in 1 day. However, tickets bought on board from the driver, in cash or by contactless cards, are priced higher. The West of England Zone tickets allows travel in Bath, Bristol, and all neighbouring regions in the West of England with a single ticket.
Tickets can be bought using the First Bus App, online, or on the bus. All bus schedules, fares, and online booking options available on the First Bus website.
Things to see in Bath
Bath offers plenty of sights and things to do which can be crammed into a single day trip or spread out over an entire week. No matter the kind of traveller you are, Bath has something in offer for everyone. Having said that, here is my list of the top things to see in Bath.
The Roman Baths
One of the finest thermal baths from ancient England, the remains of the Roman baths lie underneath the present-day city of Bath. This is Bath’s prime attraction and draws millions of tourists to one of the world’s westernmost example of Roman architecture. This 2000 year religious spa from the Roman era is fed by England’s only mineral hot spring.
You can visit the rooms of the bath, the open-air pool called the Great Bath, marvel at the Roman architecture on display, and even taste the bath-water at the in-house restaurant. However, the baths do not allow people to get into the water.
- Location: Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LZ England
- Hours: March to June, September to October: Monday to Friday – 10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday – 9:30 AM to 6 PM,
July & August: Daily – 09:00 AM to 9:00 PM, November to February: Daily – 09:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Check the website below for the latest opening hours.
- Ticket: Regularly entry tickets on weekdays are priced at 21 GBP (~ 27.91 USD, 2044 INR) for an adult. Tickets on weekends are priced at 23 GBP (~ 30.57 USD, 2239 INR) for an adult. Check the website linked above for more ticketing options and online reservation. The ticket price includes a multi-lingual audio guide.
The Abbey of Bath started as a Medieval Church and was begun in 1499 by Bishop King. This is the last Gothic Cathedral built in England and was founded on the ruins of a former Norman Cathedral. It currently serves as a parish church and is located in the city centre close to the Roman Baths.
The impressive Gothic Architecture and the splendid views from the top of the tower (accessible via a flight of 212 stairs) make the Bath Abbey a must-visit. Also, check out The Great East Window which tells the story of Jesus in 56 scenes and the magnificent fan-vaulted ceiling.
- Location: Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT England
- Hours: Monday to Friday – 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday – 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday – Noon to 4 PM
Guided tower tours – 10 AM to 4 PM every hour on weekdays, 10 AM to 4 PM every half hour on Saturdays, closed on Sundays. Check the website below for the latest schedule.
- Ticket: Free to enter. Guided tower tours are priced at 8 GBP (~ 10.58 USD, 773.39 INR).
No. 1 Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent in Bath, built in the late 18th century by John Wood II, epitomizes Georgian Architecture. The Royal Crescent comprises of 30 townhouses and is shaped like a half colosseum. Many of these houses are privately owned. The No. 1 Royal Crescent, however, has been turned into a museum and is accessible to the general public. Facing the building is a large grassy lawn perfect for picnics on a sunny day while admiring the beauty of this grand edifice.
The No. 1 Royal Crescent has around 10 display rooms showcasing life as it was in the 18th century. On display are historic furniture, art, and objects portraying Georgian life at its fashionable best. Each room has its own guide and there are activities for kids as well. Also on site is a Georgian themed store.
- Location: 1 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LR England
- Hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Check the website below for the latest schedule. Most sections of the townhouse are accessible.
- Ticket: Adults – 10 GBP (~ 13.22 USD, 991 INR). Families upto 6 people – 30 GBP (~ 39.69 USD, 2900 INR).
Pulteney Bridge is one of Bath’s most photographed examples of Georgian architecture. It is one of the only four bridges in the world which have shops on them across their entire span. A narrow road passes between the two rows of shops on either side of the bridge. Worth checking out are the many restaurants and shops catering to tourists on it. This 18th-century bridge designed by Robert Adam was the location for a scene from the 2012 film – Les Miserables. The Parade Gardens nearby offers the best spot for photographing the bridge.
Fashion Museum Bath
The Fashion Museum is an iconic gallery displaying fashion from the times of Shakespeare to modern contemporary fashion. It is one of Bath’s prime attractions with over 100,000 objects on display and is a must-visit if you are into fashion. On display are dresses, shoes, gloves, hats, scarves, and jewellery. It has an onsite restaurant as well as a museum shop. Most areas in the museum are accessible to wheelchair users.
- Location: Marlborough Lane, Bath, BA1 2NQ England
- Hours: March to October: Daily 10:30 AM to 6 PM, November to February: Daily 10:30 AM to 5 PM
- Ticket: Adults – 9.5 GBP (~ 12.51 USD, 919 INR), Children (18 and under) – 7.25 GBP (~ 9.55 USD, 701 INR). The ticket includes a multi-lingual audio guide.
Royal Victoria Park
Opened in 1830 by then future Queen Victoria at the age of 11, Royal Victoria Park is a green parkland spread over 57 acres. With the Royal Crescent as its backdrop, the park is lined with shady avenues and is home to botanical gardens and woodlands. Also present in the park are a tennis court, an 18 hole mini-golf course, a skatepark, a restaurant, and several options for adventure activities. Check out The Great Dell Aerial Walkway towards the northern end of the park.
- Location: Bennett Street Assembly Rooms, Bath BA1 2QH England
- Hours: Open 24*7
- Ticket: Free to enter for all
Prior Park Landscape Gardens
The Prior Park Landscape Gardens surround the Prior Park estate and are located south of the city centre of Bath. This was a former deer park and was transformed into a landscaped garden by Ralph Allen who bought it in the 1720s. Designed by poet Alexander Pope, the Prior Park is a beautiful landscape garden featuring manicured lawns and the famous Palladian Bridge on a lake. The park offers sweeping views of the city of Bath.
The park is around 35 minutes uphill walk from the city centre. Note that presently, due to an ongoing renovation, there is no onsite parking available. However, should you not chose to walk uphill all the way, you may avail First Bus No. 2 which goes all the way from the City Centre to Prior Park. Recommended for people who are in Bath for more than a day.
- Location: Landscape Gardens (NT) Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH England
- Hours: Open 10 AM to 5 PM during summers, spring, and autumn and from 10 AM to 4 PM during winters. Check the website below for the latest hours.
- Ticket: Adults – 5 GBP (~ 6.58 USD, 483.62 INR), Children (18 and under) – 2.5 GBP (~ 3.29 USD, 241.81 INR).
The Holburne Museum in Bath is a gallery dedicated to both fine and decorative art. Located in a Georgian house and set amidst beautiful grounds, the Holburne Museum is Bath’s first public art gallery. It was built around the collection of Sir William Holburne. Artists on display in the museum include Gainsborough, Ramsay, Guardi, and Zoffany. The gallery also hosts several exhibitions by prominent artists throughout the year. It has a garden cafe and a museum shop onsite.
- Location: Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB England
- Hours: Daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, Sundays and Bank holidays from 11 AM to 5 PM
- Ticket: 11 GBP (~ 14.49 USD, 1064 INR) per adult without any concession.
Other things to see in Bath
While the things to see listed above are my top choices in Bath, I can additionally recommend the following sights. Each one of these is worth visiting if you can afford to spare time beyond the usual.
Located on the summit of Beechen Cliff, Alexandra Park offers excellent views over the city of Bath and makes for a popular place for relaxing and picnicking. You may choose to climb up or walk down Jacob’s Ladder, which is a set of stairs connecting the foothills to the park. You may also drive via Shakespeare Avenue up to the car park near Alexandra Park. It is free to enter and is always open.
American Museum & Gardens
The American Museum & Gardens on the outskirts of Bath is the only museum in the world dedicated to American Folk Art outside the United States. Nestled amidst beautiful gardens, this museum located in the Claverton Manor showcases American arts and culture. It makes for a great day trip for people on an extended visit to Bath. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is priced at 10 GBP (~ 13.22 USD, 991 INR) for an adult including entrance to the Manor, Gardens, Folk Art Gallery, and special exhibitions. Check the website linked above for the latest opening hours and other ticketing options.
Herschel Museum of Astronomy
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy was the former home of astronomer and musician William Herschel, famous for the discovery of Uranus. This 18th-century Georgian townhouse turned museum houses William Herschel’s workshop, his music room, and a garden where he discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 with a self-made telescope. Apart from the exhibits, one can also participate in solar and stargazing events held in the museum’s garden. Open from 1 PM to 5 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 5 PM on weekends and bank holidays. Admission is priced at 6.70 GBP (~ 8.78 USD, 647 INR) for an adult. The museum is located in the centre of Bath and is highly recommended for anyone interested in Astronomy or in the life of William Herschel.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Around 9 miles outside the city of Bath lies the ruins of the Farleigh Hungerford Castle. This 14th-century castle located in the beautiful valley of river Frome makes for a great day trip out of Bath. Worth seeing are the chapel, the towers, the priest’s house, the crypts and the coffins. The Castle ruins along with all its attractions are open Friday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is priced at 5.9 GBP (~ 7.7 USD, 568 INR) for an adult and includes an audio guide.
Things to do in Bath
Apart from the sights listed above, Bath offers plenty of things to do – from Concerts to farm visits to guided walking tours of the city centre. Below is a list of my recommended top things to do in Bath.
If you are in Bath for a short duration, perhaps on a day trip, joining a guided walking tour might turn out to be the best and most efficient way to see the highlights of the city in a short duration of time. Additionally, the fact that the city centre is compact with narrow medieval streets make walking the best way to experience Bath. The city of Bath offers both free and paid walking tours. There’s even a truly free walking tour – one which doesn’t even accept tips. Read on to find out more.
Mayor’s Honorary Guides
Mayor’s Honorary Guides is undoubtedly Bath’s best free tour company. Unlike other free walking tours where you are expected to tip the guide at the end of the tour, Mayor’s Honorary Guides are forbidden from accepting any tips, making these walking tours truly free and one of a kind. The tours offered by these guides are one of the highest-rated on Trip Advisor and is a great way to experience the city in a couple of hours.
Tours take place daily at 10:30 AM and 2 PM except for Saturdays when only the 10:30 AM tour takes place. From May to August, additional evening tours take place at 6 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All tours are led by English speaking guides. Tours usually last 2 hours and cover the main sights including the Abbey Church Yard, Queen Square, Royal Crescent, Circus, etc. Tours start from outside the Roman Baths and no pre-booking is required unless you are part of a large group.
Wild Swim Bike Run
Wild Swim Bike Run offers guided group walking tours in the city centre and the countryside surrounding Bath. The tours are well-reviewed and offer small group experiences.
The Skyline Tour covers the hills and meadows surrounding the city and follows the Avon river into town where you get to see famous sights like the Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, among others. The tour lasts around 2 to 3 hours and is priced at 25 GBP (~ 32.83 USD, 2413 INR) per person. It starts at 10 AM from Bath Narrow Boats near Sydney Wharf.
The Bath Ancient Hills Walk is an extended version of the tour which ventures further out into the countryside and includes sights like Solsbury Hill, Swainswick Valley, Wooley Village, Beckford’s Tower and Kelston Roundhill. The tour is 5 hours long and is priced at 55 GBP (~ 72.23 USD, 5308 INR) per person. It starts at 9:30 AM from Bath Narrow Boats near Sydney Wharf. Additionally, private customised walking tours are offered as well. Check the website linked above for further information, including the latest schedule for walks.
Bath Walking Tours
Bath Walking Tours offer highly rated walking tours of Bath twice daily at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Both the tours run for around 1 hour 30 minutes and are priced at 10 GBP (~ 13.22 USD, 991 INR) per person. Additionally, they also offer special themed tours, private customised tours, and tours into neighbouring cities like Bradford on Avon and Bristol.
Cycling Tours/ Bike Hires
Cycling can be a great means to explore the narrow alleyways of the historic centre as well as the rolling hills of the neighbouring countryside. Below are my top recommendations for cycling tours and bike rentals in Bath.
Wild Swim Bike Run / Bath Cycle Tours
Apart from walking tours, Wild Swim Bike Run also offers several guided cycle tours in and around Bath. The same tours are also available under the sister brand Bath Cycle Tours.
The Bath City Cycle Tour is the shortest of the tours on offer and it covers the historical sights in the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as well as the canals and wildlife in and around the city. The tour lasts for around 2 hours and is priced at 30 GBP (~ 39.43 USD, 2897 INR) per person including the bike and a helmet. It starts at 2 PM and is recommended for people who prefer to get a glimpse of all the city has to offer within a short period of time.
The Bath City & Countryside Tour covers the sights in the former tour and goes beyond into the Bath countryside. The tour lasts for around 3.5 hours and starts at 10:30 AM. It is priced at 30 GBP (~ 39.43 USD, 2897 INR) per person including the bike and a helmet.
The Bath City & Countryside Full Day Tour is an extended full-day tour lasting for around 6 hours. It covers the historic town of Bradford on Avon apart from all that is included in the half-day tours. The tour starts at 10 AM and is priced at 75 GBP (~ 98.58 USD, 7241 INR) per person including the bike and a helmet. Check either of the websites linked above for further information, including the latest schedule for the cycle tours.
Bath Bike Hire – Bath Narrowboats
Bath Bike Hire by Bath Narrowboats is the highest-rated bike rental service in Bath. You get to hire one of their bikes for free if you stay in their boat B&Bs or take a ride in the Lady Victoria day boat. They also deliver the bikes to addresses in Bath. Prices are 18 GBP (~ 23.59 USD, 1738 INR) for full day hire for an adult and 15 GBP (~ 19.66 USD, 1448 INR) for a child.
River and Canal Tours
Boat tours on the Avon and Kennet Canal are a great alternate way of exploring Bath and its countryside. Tours usually run between Bath and Bradford upon Avon. Boats are available both for private hire as well as part of join in tours. Below are my top recommendations.
Lady Lena is known as being the oldest electric river launch boat in existence. It is available for private charter for tours anywhere between Bath and Bradford upon Avon. Tours usually last 2 to 6 hours in length and the boat can accommodate anywhere between 2 to 10 people. Prices start at 120 GBP (~ 156.67, 11560 INR) for 2 guests and the tours are fully customisable with champagne and tea party add-ons. Check the website linked above for booking options and availability. I would recommend this highly rated boat tour for large groups looking for an experience in Bath away from the crowds.
Bath Adventures offer several boat tours in and around Bath. The most popular among them is the Short City Boat Trip to Pulteney Weir which is a 25-minute river cruise starting from Pulteney Bridge and heading back downriver. This is a great way to see some of the highlights of Bath in a short 25-minute boat ride. Tickets start at 8 GBP (~ 10.45 USD, 775 INR) per adult. Check the Bath Adventures website for the latest schedule and other tour options.
Theatres and Concerts
Krowd Keepers: Magic Theatre
Krowd Keepers: Magic Theatre is a small intimate theatre hosting magic shows in Bath every Friday and Saturday. Its highly rated shows are performed by some of the top magicians in the world and have won several magic awards. Shows start at 8 PM and are usually 1.5 hours in length. Tickets are 12.5 GBP (~ 16.27 USD, 1198 INR) per person.
Bizarre Bath is a comedy walk through the streets of Bath. This is a unique street theatre which focuses on stories and surprises in the city with a comic twist. The walk is conducted every evening at 8 PM from the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage and is 1.5 hours in length. It takes place only in the months of April to October. Tickets are 10 GBP (~ 13.22 USD, 991 INR) for an adult.
Theatre Royal Bath
Theatre Royal Bath is a prestigious theatre located centrally in Bath and hosts plays from all over the world. Check out the theatre’s website linked above for the latest schedule for shows.
While traditional British food has at times been infamous for being bland, it has also been open to influences of regional cuisine from across the world. This has led to a melange of flavours and the UK turning into one of the top food destinations in the world. And Bath is no outlier to this trend. With a host of trendy restaurants and a variety of gastronomical options to choose from – both British and International – Bath has transformed itself into an epicurean’s paradise. For visitors wishing to leave the effort of deciding what to eat and where to eat to the pros, here are my top recommendations for food tours.
Savouring Bath offers several food and drinks tours in Bath based around local cuisine as well as artisanal foods.
The Culinary Comforts tour focusses on sampling food & drink by local artisan chefs. It includes tasting of up to 8 different food and drinks as well as telling of stories around Bath’s and British culinary history. The tour duration is 3 hours and runs from Wednesday to Saturday at 2 PM. It is priced at 55 GBP (~ 71.78 USD, 5297 INR) per person. While the tour accommodates vegetarians, it is not particularly recommended for vegans and people who abstain from gluten/dairy products.
The Food Heroes tour, on the other hand, focuses on legends of the city’s food scene as well as individuals who are driving the current culinary landscape. It includes tasting of up to 7 different food and drinks from the individuals discussed above. This tour too is 3 hours long and runs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:45 AM. It is priced at 55 GBP (~ 71.78 USD, 5297 INR) per person.
Unique things to do in Bath
Bath Soft Cheese
The Bath Soft Cheese Co. at Park Farm is known for its award-winning organic cheese. These include the Bath Soft Cheese, Wyfe of Bath, and Bath Blue Cheese. The farm has its own onsite cheese shop and cafe. It regularly conducts tours of the farm and cheese-making process. The price for the tour includes a tasting of the farm’s famous cheeses. Check the website of Bath Soft Cheese Co. for further details including the schedule for tours. There are farm walks for kids and it makes for a great day out with the entire family.
West of England Falconry
West of England Falconry near Bath is a rehabilitation and rescue centre for birds of prey including hawks and owls. One of the best experiences on offer is the Hawk Walks where you can practice the ancient art of falconry (the art of hunting using birds of prey). The experience lasts for an hour and includes demonstrations on how to stand, interact, and engage with the hawks. You also are given a tour of the centre with a variety of other resident birds in it. This private experience starts at 65 GBP (~ 84.13 USD, 6191 INR) for one person and takes place at 12 PM and 2 PM throughout the year. Additionally, they also offer Owl Encounters which can be booked separately or as part of a combined ticket at a discounted rate. Check their website for further details.
Bath Aqua Glass
Bath Aqua Glass is an Artisan Centre for glassblowers in Bath. Here you can buy unique pieces of glass in various shapes and sizes and watch glassblowing demonstrations. You can have your own baubles made in the colours of your choice. This 5-minute demonstration takes place every Saturday between 10 AM to 4 PM. Prices start at 20.95 GBP (~ 27.17 USD, 2002 INR) for one person and include the demonstration and a bauble in colours of your choice. The longer 15-minute bauble making session costs 62.50 GBP (~ 81.04 USD, 5972 INR) for one person and additionally allows you to take part in the bauble making process. This activity takes place between 10 AM and 12:15 PM and from 1:45 PM to 3 PM every Saturday. Bath Aqua Glass also offers longer glass making courses. Check their website for further information.
Bath Balloons offer scenic balloon flights over the West Country of England. A weekday flight starting from Bath or Bristol is priced at 125 GBP (~ 162.14 USD, 11928 INR) per person. This includes a non-refundable voucher for the flight, champagne post the flight, a personalised flight certificate, as well as the option to purchase in-flight photos. Flights depart either early in the morning for sunrise or in the evening before sunset. Check Bath Balloons website for the latest published schedule and other booking options.
Where to eat and drink?
Bath has an extremely diverse food scene catering to cuisines from the world over and to all kinds of taste buds. It also has a great pub culture with a wide range of bars. My recommendations below are more focused towards the local culinary and pub scene – traditional British restaurants and bars.
The Circus Restaurant
The Circus is one of Bath’s highest-rated restaurant. The menu includes traditional British food combined with International cuisine. Must-tries are the English Fish Soup, Pork rib eye of Hampshire Pork, and Aberdeen Angus Ribeye Steak. Also worth trying are the Fish of the Day and their Creme Brulee. The quality is top-notch and the service is impeccable. They offer an excellent wine pairing to go with the food. Highly recommended!
- Location: 34 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LN England
- Hours: Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM until late. Closed on Sundays.
- Price: Entrees from 7 GBP (~ 9.05 USD, 667 INR), Mains from 17 GBP (~ 21.98 USD, 1619 INR).
Menu Gordon Jones
Menu Gordon Jones is a fine dining establishment in Bath which takes the culinary experience to another level. The quality of service, the decor, the food, and the wine – everything is of the highest standard in this award-winning restaurant. The menu is personally curated by chef Gordon Jones and the effort put in shows in the quality of food and the overall experience. They only do a surprise tasting menu and you do not know what you are being served until it is laid out on the table in front o you. A wonderful experience in Bath if you can afford to spend on this gastronomical experience.
- Location: 2 Wellsway, Bath BA2 3AQ England
- Hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 PM to 2 PM and from 7 PM to 9 PM. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
- Price: Tasting menu is priced around 65 GBP (~ 84.13 USD, 6191 INR) per person.
Having listed a few excellent fining dining options above, Lj Hugs comes in as a welcome relief as an award-winning street food joint in the centre of Bath. Lj Hugs serves on-the-go packed meals for cheap. They cook the food fresh to order and make for a great option to grab a quick lunch while you go about exploring the city. Check out their wraps and chicken boxed meals.
- Location: Southgate Street between Krispy Kremes and Mc Donalds, Bath BA1 1AQ England
- Hours: Monday to Friday from Noon to 4 PM, Saturdays from Noon to 5 PM, closed on Sundays.
- Price: Meals starting from 4 GBP (~ 5.18 USD, 381 INR).
The Bathwick Boatman Riverside Restaurant
Overlooking the River Avon, the Bathwick Boatman Riverside restaurant is an old rowing clubhouse turned into a charming little restaurant. Located at 10 minutes walk from the city centre of Bath, this is a family-run establishment offering fresh seasonal menus and serving traditional British as well as international cuisine. You may either choose to opt for a set menu or pick from a long list of dishes cooked using the freshest of produce and meat. They also offer excellent wine pairing. Try Today’s Catch which is a fresh fish dish served with seasonal vegetables and time from catch to your plate is claimed to be less than 12 hours.
- Location: Forester Road Bathwick, Bath BA2 6QE England
- Hours: Tuesday to Saturday Noon to 2 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM, Sundays from 12 PM to 3 PM, closed on Mondays.
- Price: Lunch on Sunday – 2 Courses at 22 GBP (~ 28.61 USD, 2099 INR), 3 Courses at 28 GBP (~ 36.41 USD, 2671.59 INR) for an adult.
Ring’O’Bells is an excellent Restro-pub in Bath serving a wide range of foods and freshly brewed ales. They specialise in gluten-free and vegetarian cuisine and have an upstairs venue for live comedy and music. Must-tries include the Beer battered Haddock with Chips and the Monkfish Goujons.
- Location: 10 Widcombe Parade, Bath BA2 4JT England
- Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM, Sunday from Noon to 10:30 PM
- Price: Beer-battered Haddock with chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce at 10 GBP (~ 13.22 USD, 991 INR).
Where to stay?
Bath has on offer a wide range of accommodations to choose from – from 18th-century Georgian Mansions turned luxury hotels to boutique B&Bs and backpacker hostels. Below are my top recommendations for stays in Bath.
The Roseate Villa Bath
Overlooking the Henrietta Park, The Roseate Villa Bath is a Victorian Mansion turned boutique hotel and is one of Bath’s finest. It is known for the quality of service it offers and the attention to details. Plus the tastefully appointed rooms and the Victorian charm are unmissable. The hotel has a restaurant/bar, a concierge desk, and an outdoor terrace. All rooms offer free wifi, flat-screen TVs, and a coffee/tea maker.
- Address: Henrietta Road, Bath BA2 6LX England
- Phone: +44 1225 437486
- Website / Hotels.com
- Rate: Classic Double Rooms with garden view start at 125 GBP (~ 162.14 USD, 11928 INR) per night. Breakfast additionally available for purchase.
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is one of the highest rated hotels in Bath and is located in the grand Georgian building – The Royal Crescent. Known for its impeccable service and set amidst a beautiful one acre landscaped garden, this 5 star hotel is one of the finest places to stay when in town. The hotel also houses the award winning Dower House restaurant and The Spa, which has its own fitness facilites and massage rooms. All rooms offer free wifi, flat-screen TVs, 24 hour room service, and a privacy safe.
- Address: 16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS England
- Phone: +44 12258 23333
- Website / Hotels.com
- Rate: Deluxe Double Rooms inclusive of buffet breakfast start at 225 GBP (~ 292.30 USD, 21439 INR).
The Z Hotel Bath
Z Hotel in Bath is a centrally located affordable luxury hotel offering rooms with complimentary wifi, flat-screen TVs, and a coffee/tea maker. The Bath Spa station is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel and so is the Bath Abbey. They have a 24 front desk as well as an inhouse restaurant and bar.
- Address: 7 Sawclose, Bath BA1 1EY England
- Phone: +44 12256 13160
- Website / Booking.com
- Rate: Deluxe Double Rooms start at 68 GBP (~ 88.37 USD, 6482 INR).
Located in the heart of town, Bath YMCA is a 3-star hostel offering both dorm and private rooms. The hostel has a 24 hours front desk and free wifi for all guests. It also has a restaurant and conference facilities on site. Highly recommended for backpackers and travellers on a frugal budget.
- Address: International House, Broad Street Place, Bath, BA1 5LH England
- Phone: +44 12253 25900
- Website / HostelWorld.com
- Rate: Single Private Rooms with a shared bathroom is priced at 22 GBP (~ 28.61 USD, 2099 INR). Twin Private Rooms with a shared bathroom is priced at 44 GBP (~ 57.22 USD, 4195 INR).
Below is a map with pins for all the sights discussed above in this article.
The oldest tourist town in the UK, Bath fits well into every itinerary for the island of Great Britain. With a history spanning over 2000 years and so much to see and do, this city stands out as one of my favourites in the whole of Europe. I hope that with this guide, I have been able to provide you readers a glimpse of all the city has to offer.
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