Bath In A Day

Bath, named after the famous Roman Bath Houses that were built there (original, I know) is a picturesque little English town that is about a 3-hour drive from London, or 2.5 hours by train. Lovely husband and I headed there after a visit to Castle Combe and from there it’s only a half hour drive.

In a lot of ways, Bath reminds me of Edinburgh. It’s hilly, a lot greener than London and has its fair share of cobbled roads. It couldn’t be more different to London. It has a lovely small town feel to it – no glistening skyscrapers just loads of independent little shops and cafes and that’s one of the best things about it. I think this is the kind of town that the word “charming” was invented to describe. 

So, here is a day in Bath.

1. Royal Crescent 

We started out at the Royal Crescent. We actually ended up here because we were looking for parking! You might see a lot of sites tell you to visit this spot because the flats in this area are worth millions. Being from London where a shoe cupboard will cost you millions means this place isn’t a tourist spot for me. It really is just a block of flats.

However, it’s not completely without merit. Opposite these flats are some sheep….hanging out in the city. Some seriously high-class sheep.

2. Fashion Museum 

From Royal Crescent, we walked to the Bath Fashion Museum which is only a short 10-minute walk. The Museum has a great collection with a handy audio guide to walk you through it. There were some surprising fashion trends that I hadn't come across and at the end of the exhibition, there is a fancy dress section where you can try on some Victorian outfits.

Turns out, no matter how old you are, dress up is always fun. But I also found out bonnets don't really suit me so it's a good thing they aren't in fashion.

Tickets cost £9 for adults and the museum is open from 10.30am to 5 or 6 pm depending on the day of the week. 

3. New Bond Street and Union Passage

The next stop for me was the historical Roman Bath houses. I couldn't go to Bath and not see the bath. We took a walk from the Fashion Museum down New Bond Street and Union Passage. It's a lovely walk, there are tonnes of little independent shops along the way which are worth stopping off at. The area is full of cafe's, cake, and pastry shops so it's a great place to stop for a cup of tea.

Topping & Company Booksellers 

Along the way, I came across Topping & Company Booksellers which is a book lover's fantasy. It has floor to ceiling book shelves and every genre under the sun. It kind of looks like the type of shop I'd expect to see in Diagon Alley (that was a Potter joke for the fans out there).

Maison Georges Larnicol

This chocolate shop is definitely worth a visit. I mean, just look at it. I decided it was the perfect pick n Mix for the drive back to London.

4. The Roman Baths

The Roman Bath Houses themselves take at least 2 hours to go through. The place was absolutely packed when we went and that was on a Sunday. You can still see the steamy water flowing in from the hot springs into the Baths. As well as the historical baths themselves, there is an exhibition showcasing remains of the temple that sat next to the bath houses. When you enter, you are given an audio description device making the whole thing great fun and easy to follow. You really get an insight into Roman life.

The Roman Bath Houses are open most days from 9 am to 5 pm. Adult tickets are £17.

5. Bath Abbey 

Bath Abbey is right next door to the Roman Bath Houses so you can't miss it and if you really want, you can go up the bell tower for a view of the city.

6. Pulteney Bridge

This has to be one of my favorite spots in Bath (only second to the book shop). The view from Pulteney Bridge is beautiful. I finished the day off by having a nice relaxing walk by the water and enjoying the view of the city.

I hope this gives you some ideas for your next trip!

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