Despite living in London for almost 8 years I have to admit I very rarely get out and explore more of the UK. I recently spent a weekend in Bath for my flatmate’s birthday, and it was the perfect weekend break!
Bath is without a doubt one of the most beautiful English towns, and a must-see. Especially coming from the busy city life of London, doing a Bath weekend break will reinvigorate you.
In this post I have outlined everything you need to know about spending a weekend in Bath; including the best things to do in Bath, where to stay, where to eat and more.
So let’s dive in, and start planning that perfect Bath weekend!
- 1 How to get to Bath
- 2 Bath weekend break itinerary – Day 1
- 3 Bath weekend itinerary – Day 2
- 4 Where to stay for a weekend in Bath
How to get to Bath
We took the coach on Friday evening just after work (we were recent graduates at the time and the coach was considerably cheaper than the train) and arrived in Bath just in time for a late dinner and a little night out.
Bath weekend break itinerary – Day 1
Explore the Bath town centre
Start your Bath weekend simply by wandering around the town centre. Bath has a beautiful town centre, with quaint cobbled pedestrian streets and gorgeous Victorian architecture.
It also had a bit of a Roman influence, which makes it all the more interesting. Walk around the cute streets and soak in the atmosphere of this lovely British town.
Visit the Circus & Royal Crescent
As you walk around Bath city centre head over towards the Circus and Royal Crescent. These are some of the most recognisable landmarks in Bath.
The Circus and Royal Crescent are two historic streets in Bath, lined with large Georgian townhouses. They’re beautiful streets where you can just wander around and admire the architecture.
There is a little garden area where you can chill if you’re visiting Bath on a sunny weekend.
The Royal Crescent has become famous lately since it’s one of the filming locations of Bridgerton, the Netflix TV show.
Visit the Roman Baths
One of the main highlights of Bath is, without a doubt, the Roman Baths. These are the ancient historical baths, not the thermal ones you can go for a dip in.
We were given audio guides on entrance so that we could learn a bit more about the history of the place. The self guided tour starts with a few rooms of Roman relics and history.
You have to follow the set route before arriving at the actual baths. The architecture is undeniably beautiful and it’s a pretty interesting place to explore, even if you’re not a history or museum fan (like me).
The baths are quite extraordinary from an architectural point of view, and it’s really interesting to listen to the history.
Especially when you think that they’ve been there for thousands of years and are still almost perfectly preserved!
Visit Bath Abbey
We didn’t get to do this as we opted for some early pub drinks instead (we were spending the weekend in Bath for my friend’s birthday after all) but another Bath highlight is the cathedral.
They do organised tours of Bath Abbey, which allow you also to access the roofs.
Whenever I’ve done similar tours in Milan and Seville I’ve loved them. The spires and rooftops of the cathedral always have extremely interesting architecture and details, as well as epic views over the city.
You can also visit the inside of the cathedral and learn about its history.
Bath weekend itinerary – Day 2
Visit the Thermal Spa
Wake up bright and early on your second day in Bath and head straight to the Thermal Spa. You can book your ticket online beforehand to ensure you have a time slot booked and don’t have to queue or wait for too long.
I’m not usually a fan of thermal spas but considering it’s the only natural hot spring in the UK, I decided to make an exception. They also have a very cool heated roof top pool with view over the rooftops of Bath.
You have an awesome 360 view and you can just about see the tops of the Roman Baths and of Bath Cathedral.
Relaxing in the hot thermal water while enjoying the view over the rooftops of Bath is a great way to start your Sunday.
Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit! You’ll be given slippers, a bath robe and towel at the spa but definitely don’t forget your swimsuit.
Have lunch at Sally Lunn
After a relaxing morning spa, head to Sally Lunn for lunch. It’s famous for being the oldest house in Bath, and they serve some pretty amazing buns.
I’d never had buns that big and it was an interesting experience. It’s known as one of the best places to have lunch in Bath, so make sure to book beforehand or you’ll have to queue!
Explore the markets
Depending on the time of year you visit, you might find some lovely markets dotted around Bath city centre.
We were there around Christmas time and spent quite a while on Sunday wandering around the cute Christmas markets.
Even if it’s not around Christmas you can often find weekend markets around Bath cathedral and some of the other central streets.
Enjoy the sunset view from Alexandra Park
Just outside the main town centre you will find Alexandra Park. Alexandra Park is a lovely park perched on top of a hill, with an epic view over Bath.
We wandered around the park for a bit, enjoying the greenery and relaxing atmosphere, and then made our way to the top of the hill just in time for sunset. The hill is quite steep and the walk up can be tiring, but the view is worth it.
We saw a beautiful pink sunset, made all the more stunning by the pink reflections on the pale cream houses, which gave everything an even more pink hue.
Where to stay for a weekend in Bath
Bath is a fairly small town so as long as you’re somewhere close to the town centre you’ll be fine, and you’ll be able to easily walk everywhere. I’ve listed below some options for every budget.
Budget: Bath Backpackers Hostel – We stayed at Bath Backpackers Hostel. It’s a simple hostel with fairly spacious dorms and perfectly located in the centre of Bath.
Mid-range: The Griffin Inn – This is the perfect place for those who don’t want to stay in a hostel dorm, but also don’t want to break the bank. Great central location, spacious rooms and a cosy atmosphere.
Luxury: Francis Hotel Bath – If you’re looking to treat yourself for a fancy Bath weekend break this is the place to do so. Francis Hotel is well located in the centre of Bath, and offers a luxury experience for all.
Final thoughts on doing a Bath weekend break
I really enjoyed visiting Bath. It’s one of the prettiest British towns and it was the perfect city weekend getaway, even more so because it’s easy to reach from London.
You can visit Bath also on a day trip from London, however I would recommend spending a weekend there to really soak in the atmosphere and make the most of this lovely town.
Travelling while having a 9-5 office job can be hard, which is why I always say weekends away are one of the best ways to do so. If you’re looking for more city guides check out these alternative European city breaks.
This Bath weekend guide is based on the activities we did while in Bath. I hope you find it useful in planning your Bath weekend break!
Have you been to Bath? Did you love it as much as me? Let me know in the comments below!
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