Why Plan a Weekend Getaway in Bath:
Five Top Sights in Bath:
- The Roman Baths and Pump Room
- Thermae Bath Spa
- Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum A magnificent Late Medieval abbey on a site that has been occupied as a place of Christian worship for 1200 years.
- No. 1 Royal Crescent The first house built on Bath's iconic, 18th century Royal Crescent is now open as a museum. Restored and authentically furnished, it offers a glimpse into fashionable 18th century life.
- The Building of Bath Museum Over 70 years, Bath changed from a provincial spa town to the most fashionable city outside of London. Find out how and why.
More Things to Do in Bath:
- The Jane Austen Centre Exhibition, shop, Regency tea room, in celebration of Bath's most famous resident.
- American Museum The only museum of Americana outside of the United States charts American culture and decorative arts from colonial times to the mid-19th century.
- The Sally Lunn's Refreshment House & Museum A tea house and kitchen museum in Bath's oldest house, home of the Bath Bun, created by Hugenot baker Sally Lunn. The secret recipe is passed on with the deeds of the house.
- The Fashion Museum and The Assembly Rooms
- Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass
Annual Events Worth Catching in Bath:
Where to Stay in Bath:
Walton's Guest House Pleasant, basic, family run B&B on the west side of Bath.
The Bath House Nicely equipped, centrally located, romantic luxury B&B.
University of Bath Beds at Bath at the University of Bath offers about 50 3-star, ensuite, hotel-style rooms with good Green credentials.
What Me Worry?
The Priory at Bath If the sky's the limit, this luxury hotel near Victoria Park with its Michelin-starred restaurant is the place.
Best Romantic Hideaway:
- luxury rooms and suites
- an excellent restaurant overlooking beautiful gardens
- The Bath House, a coach house converted to an atmospheric spa.
Where to Eat in Bath:
The Kindling Coffee Company Independent serving fair trade coffee, sandwiches and cakes.
The Hole in the Wall Famous, popular and good value specials. Modern British cuisine on George Street, near The Circus.
The Big Blowout
Lucknam Park Bath's other Michelin-starred establishment (see the Bath Priory Hotel, above). Six miles out of town but worth the cab fare-or stay overnight.
Romantic Dinner for Two
The Bathwick Boatman Simple, rustic food, great setting on the River Avon.
Demuth's Vegetarian Restaurant
Unique Shopping in Bath on Pulteney Bridge:
One of the most unusual shopping areas in Bath is Pulteney Bridge, built by Robert Adam in 1773. The 18th century bridge, along with the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, is one of only two bridges in the world with shops incorporated into the original design. Stroll along the bridge for antiques, souvenirs, fashions and, of course, the experience itself. The Pulteney Bridge Gift Shop has exquisite dolls house miniatures.
- Green Park Station A former Victorian railway station that now houses a variety of markets from antiques and collectables to farm products and general market goods.
- The Guildhall Market Bath's most famous covered market has 30 stalls and has been trading for about 100 years. Find art galleries, delicatessens, book shops, cheese shops and the old fashioned Bath Humbug Shop for sweeties.
And More Great Shopping in Bath:
The key areas for dedicated shop hounds-
The Milsom Quarter
On Milsom Street, New Bond Street and Broad Street look for designer boutiques, shoes and the better fashion chains. New to the quarter, Milsom Place fills existing Georgian buildings with linked pedestrian streets lined with exclusive designers like Nicole Farhi, Armani and MaxMara. The area is continuing to be developed and changes all the time. Jamie Oliver has just opened the first of his chain of Italian restaurants, Jamie's Italian in Milsom Place.
Around the Abbey
Shop Abbey Church Yard, Abbey Green and Cheap Street for gifts, sweets, gold and silver jewelry. Look for classic and contemporary jewelry at Jody Cory Goldsmiths in Abbey Church Yard.
The Upper Town Between Bath's Georgian masterpieces, the Royal Crescent and The Circus, art galleries, antiques dealers and independent fashion boutiques are tucked into a network of small lanes. Check out Bartlett Street, George Street and Margaret's Buildings. I like local designer Liz Cox in Margaret's Buildings, for delicious handbags and luggage - including custom made designs.
Also known as the Artisan's Quarter, this area near the River Avon is Bath's most bohemian shopping district, with the small shops of artisans and crafts people. There is a small flea market on Saturdays.
Entertainment and Nightlife
- Theatre Royal Bath Original and touring productions on the main stage as well as more cutting edge theatre, comedy music and performance art at The Ustinov and children's theatre at the egg
- Komedia Comedy and cabaret
- Moles Club A membership only (easy to join on the night), live music club at Porters Pub, also home to a Sunday night Comedy club. This is the place to catch up and coming bands before they arrive. Late night DJs until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Best Bar in BathThe Porter Bar Live music and comedy venues plus a good pint and a lively crowd.
Getting to BathBath is on the A46, 10 miles from exit 18 of the M4, 115 miles west of London. It's easy to find by car and even easier by:
- Rail Regular service from London Waterloo and Paddington. Check National Rail Enquiries. Cheaper tickets may be available from Megatrain.
- Coach Regular express bus services from London and other UK cities. Check National Express schedules and fares.