A perfect day in Bath
Here are our ideas for you, how to create an unforgettable day in Bath.
Explore Bath’s Roman heritage at the Roman Baths
Start your day with a visit to the epicentre (and raison d’être) of the World Heritage City of Bath. Immerse yourself in history and see how Bath’s former residents relaxed all those centuries ago. Interactive exhibits and CGI reconstructions bring this unique ancient site back to life, showing how important the baths were to our Roman ancestors.
Take a walk across Pulteney Bridge to the Holburne Museum
Passing the majestic façade of Bath Abbey, head across the iconic Pulteney Bridge, lined with independent shops and restaurants. The grand Great Pulteney Street will take you to The Holburne Museum. On the impressive, the building’s grand façade and gardens provide an inkling of its grandeur and history. The Grade I listed building was originally designed and constructed as a hotel but is now home to a collection of fine and decorative art.
Discover the Bath Skyline Walk
This walk brings to life Bath’s panoramic ‘countryside in the city’ views. It is designed to be really rewarding and highly accessible: easy to find, easy to follow and doable in only one-and-a-half hours. You can follow in the footsteps of the Georgians – through grand streets, public gardens, along the canal and on to the meadows of Bathwick Fields where you will be rewarded with a stunning view back to the city.
Indulge in a Bath delicacy at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House
Sally Lunn's is one of the oldest houses in Bath (c.1482) and serves one of the most famous local delicacies – the original Sally Lunn bun. According to legend, Sally Lunn, a French refugee, arrived in 1680 and established her bakery. Today, Sally Lunn's serve a menu based on the world-famous Sally Lunn bun. Afterwards, head downstairs to the Sally Lunn’s Kitchen Museum, showing the original kitchen Sally used.
Sample Bath’s fashion scene
Next, why not indulge in some retail therapy and hit Bath’s shops? You’ll find a mixture of well-known high street stores and unique independent boutiques, great for picking up a memento or two of your visit. Wind your way up Milsom Street to Bath Fashion Museum, set in the magnificent Assembly Rooms, to browse their world-class collection of contemporary and modern dress.
Marvel at Bath’s exquisite architecture
Take in the Georgian marvel of The Circus, a 360-degree masterclass in design. Inspired by ancient pagan sites like Stonehenge and classical Roman architecture, it has long been one of Bath’s most sought-after addresses. Then head to the famous Royal Crescent, a sweeping arc of Georgian townhouses made from warm, honey-coloured stone and fronted by expansive green lawns.
Watch the sunset from the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa
You can’t take a dip at the Roman Baths these days, but you can still enjoy the same natural hot spring water at Thermae Bath Spa. This one-of-a-kind complex brings the spa into the twenty-first century, with lovely treatments, relaxation spaces and a spectacular rooftop pool offering 360-degree views of the city. The ideal place to watch the sun go down!
Enjoy Bath’s vibrant nightlife
Spend your evening enjoying the performing arts. There are many live entertainment venues in Bath, including comedy at Komedia, live music fix at Chapel Arts, or watch the latest plays at the historic Theatre Royal Bath. Alternatively, feast at one of Bath’s many independent restaurants and bars, an indulgent end to the perfect day in Bath.