Is Bath on your UK travel list? When I realized I only had a few more weeks left as a resident of the UK, there was one place in England I knew I HAD to visit before I left. Bath! Even though I only had a day in Bath, one day in Bath was just long enough to explore this incredible city. If you have longer Bath weekend breaks would be perfect!
There are so many reasons why Bath should be on your UK must-see list. I think one of the big pulls for a lot of people though is its proximity to London. It’s one a few hours on the train or coach from London and if you book in advance you can get really cheap fairs (I paid only £7!) so it’s great for a day trip from London, you could easily make it there and back in a day and not feel too rushed.
5 Facts About Bath
- Bath is the only city in the UK to be designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. That the whole city! Not just a part of it.
- The City is the only place in the UK that has natural hot springs.
- There are around 5,000 listed buildings in Bath
- Stonehenge is just an hour’s drive from Bath
- One of Bath’s most famous residents was Jane Austen
There is a lot to do and see in Bath. Including the Thermae Spa you can bathe in the hot spring water. It does look incredible and they have lots of great packages so do take a look and go if you have the time. If you have time also look at going from Bath to Stonehenge on a tour. It is an amazing experience and an amazing part of history.
How to spend A Day in Bath
Fill up on an English Breakfast
Rosario’s is a great spot for a break. The coffee is good and the veggie breakfast choice is excellent! The cost was around £5-8 for food and £2-3 for coffee.
Take a Free Walking Tour
At 10:30 every day there is a free walking tour that goes from just outside the Roman Baths. This tour is run by the
Mayor of Bath and it is completely FREE they do not accept any tips at all. The tour lasts for 2 hours, you don’t need to book and your guide will be a local volunteer. The tour was brilliant, informative and just the right amount of time. You will get to visit all of the important buildings in Bath and have plenty of time for pictures etc. On your tour make a note of anywhere you want to return to later.
If you decide not to do this walking tour and would rather do a self-guided one, then check out this great tour I created on Walkli .
Sadly the weather wasn’t on my side and I was without my DSLR so here is a stock image of two of The Royal Crescent. It’s one of those places you really do have to see as pictures just can’t capture it.
Visit the Roman Baths
The tour finishes back where you start outside the Roman Baths and this really is the main attraction! Cost is £15.00 for adults and you get a free audio guide. It took me around 1.5 hours to wander around.
At the end, you can even take a drink of the water…It was an interesting taste!
Visit Bath Abbey
Explore the shops
This may not be your thing, but I would recommend taking a wander around the city center and through the market.
When you come out of the market you will see the river. Follow it around and then turn back into town.
Visit the Jane Austen Museum
If you are a fan of Jane Austen then take a walk up to the Jane Austen museum. There are fixed times you can go as it starts with an introductory talk and then you are free to look round. If you aren’t a big fan or pushed for time then I’d recommend going there for an afternoon or high tea. Well, you are in Bath and it would be rude not to!
Afternoon tea is a big thing in the UK and something you really must do while visiting Bath. The Jane Austin Museum had an ok afternoon tea, but if you really want to go to town on this British tradition check out this list of the best places to take afternoon tea in Bath.
Explore the Assembly rooms
The Assembly Rooms are made up of four rooms, the Great Octagon, Tea Room, Ball Room, and Card Room as well as a Fashion Museum. After the morning tour, you will have a good idea of the history of Bath and its place in high society during the 18th Century.
These rooms really reflect that and the clothes in the fashion museum give you a closer look at some of the popular styles worn during this time and others.
Take a ride on the Bath Big Bus Tour
Bath also has a bus tour. If you miss the free walking tour, or you have mobility difficulties then this is a good option. Or if it’s raining, this would be the dryer option!
It is also a good way to finish off the day if you still have the time and energy! If you want tickets to the bus tours then I recommend checking out Viator, they always have great discounts so it will save you some money!
There are two routes and both are included in the price. If you have done the walking tour you may not want to do the city center loop. As well as the city center loop there is the Skyline Tour. This is the one I would recommend to finish off your day. It takes you out of the city center and up to Prior Park. On this route, you can get a great view of the city from the high ground.
Finish off with dinner somewhere nice! I decided to eat close to the train station as I was on the 6:30 train home.
Getting to Bath
Plane – The closest airport is Bristol which is just 20 miles away. The airport is well connected to Bath by public transport. Search for your flight on Skyscanner.
Train – If you are traveling from London it’s on a direct route and takes just 90 minutes from Paddington station. Making rail the fastest and easiest way to get to Bath on public transport. Search for tickets on Red Spotted Hanky.
Road – It’s a short drive from both the M4 and M5 motorways and parking is ok in the city center. If you need to hire a car then search for the best deals on Skyscanner.
Hotels in Bath City Centre
It really depends on your budget. I always like to search Skyscanner and Booking.com I wrote a whole post on finding the best deals on accommodation.
I was on a tight budget and stayed at St Christopher’s Inn which is a Hostel. It cost me £18 and was great value for money. There are plenty of cheap hotels in Bath City Centre here are a few other places I would recommend staying:
Boutique Hotels Bath
Oh and don’t forget your insurance!
My visit to Bath was made possible by Visit Bath so a big thank you to them. If you are planning to visit Bath then make sure to check out their website which is packed with information including events and recommendations.
This post was proofread by Grammarly
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.