UK Travels: Guide to Visiting Bath In A Day

Bath is named after the famous Roman Bath Houses that were built there and is a picturesque little English. I headed over to spend the day in Bath after visiting Castle Combe which is only a half hour away, so its worth stopping off at this little town. 

Visiting Bath: Key Planning Points

Location: England. Bath is approximately a 3 hour drive from London, or 2.5 hours away by train.

Best Time to Visit: All year round. There is plenty of indoor activities in Bath including seeing the Roman baths so you won't get caught in the rain. 

Type of Holiday: City break

Ideal Length of Stay: 1 day. Best for a short weekend trip.

Why Visit: For the historical Roman baths and for spending time in cute little cafes in a charming little town.

What to Pack: Walking shoes. The best way to get around Bath is on foot and its a great place to go exploring. But don't worry, it's a small town so everything is only ever 10 minutes away!

Spending The Day In Bath

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, and it has loads of independent little shops and cafes which is one of the best things about it. This is the kind of town that the word “charming” was invented to describe.

Here is your guide to spending the day in Bath. 

1. Royal Crescent 

I started out at the Royal Crescent. I actually ended up there because I was 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's just a reminder of how expensive adulting is.

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 

Bath fashion museum

Bath fashion museum

Bath fashion museum

From Royal Crescent, I 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.

100% babe
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

Cafes in Bath
The next stop for me was the historical Roman Bath house. I couldn't go to Bath and not see the bath. I 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.

Cafes in Bath

Me facing the difficult decision that is choosing cake

Topping & Company Booksellers 

Topping and Company Booksellers
Along the way, I also came across Topping & Company Booksellers which is a book lover's fantasy. It has floor to ceiling bookshelves 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).

Topping and Company Booksellers

Topping and Company Booksellers

Maison Georges Larnicol

Maison Georges Larnicol

This chocolate shop is definitely worth a visit. I mean, just look at it. It's obviously the perfect pick n Mix for the drive back to London. If you are a chocolate lover like me you will love this place. There are so many exotic and classic options here.

4. The Roman Baths

Roman Bath House

Roman Bath House exhibition

Roman Bath House exhibition

Roman bath house exhibition

Roman Bath house exhibition
The Roman Baths themselves take at least 2 hours to get through. The place was absolutely packed when I went and that was on a Sunday.

The Roman baths are connected to natural hot water springs and you can still see the steamy water flowing 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 house. When you enter, you are given an audio description device making the whole thing easy to follow.

The Roman Bath House are open from 9 am to 5 pm most days of the week. Adult tickets are £17.

5. Bath Abbey 

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey is right next door to the Roman Baths 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

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

This has to be one of my favourite 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.

Bath is a lovely little town and i'd definitely visit it again. I hope this gives you some ideas for your next trip!


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