So your thinking of heading to Bath, well this blog post will point you to all the best places to visit on your trip. Bath is a stunning city located in Somerset, it is about 2.5 hour drive from London and a 2.5 hour drive from where I live in Plymouth.
Where to stay?
Bath is not short on gorgeous hotels you can stay in some beautiful hotels in around the city centre for a more indulgent weekend or if your on a bit of a budget there are some cheaper options like the Premier Inn. Here are some options for hotels that are in the city centre.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa
This 5 star hotel is based in the centre of Bath close to some of the main attractions such as the Thermae Bath Spa. The hotel is decadent in design and will most certainly make you feel like royalty. When you book to stay in this hotel you get full access to spa facilities and yoga classes!
This 4 star hotel is also based in the city centre close to all the attractions I will be mentioning in this blog post. It is cheaper than the Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel but doesn’t offer the same spa facilities.
Premier Inn City Centre
Or if you on a budget like we were definitely take a look at the Premier Inn in the city centre we got a room for £33.oo for the night and it was so close to everything we wanted to do.
I have also stayed in the Premier inn in Trowbridge and drove into the City Centre as its not too far away and can be cheaper than the city centre version.
What to do
Whether your after pretty Instagram pictures or there for the history there is plenty to do in Bath. I went to get some cute photos but also to explore the city so here are a few things that I recommend doing on your visit.
Now are you even on Instagram if you have not seen pictures of people in front of The Crescent! This has to be an iconic place in Bath for Instagram photos and of course I obliged it would have been rude not to. Here are a few snaps I took, when we went it was empty but we were the crazy people taking photos in the pouring down rain.
The Crescent is now home to a 5 star hotel, private housing and there is a museum in Number One showing what it would have been like in the Georgian era. So if you want a bit of history with your Instagram shot definitely check out Number One.
The Roman Baths
Have you even been to Bath if you don’t check out the Roman Baths. If you are planning on going to Bath I would purchase your tickets online as you can save yourself £2.00 on each ticket. It is cheaper to go to most things in Bath on a weekday which is what we did to save ourselves some extra money. The Roman Baths were so interesting and we spent around an hour walking around. When you have bought your ticket you get a free audio guide to help with some of the explaining around the Baths which I found so good. It was so good to hear about the history of Bath without having a tour guide rush you around.
The Thermae Bath Spa
This was by far the best bit of the trip, I was kindly gifted the access to the Spa to take photos but was not obliged to post any blog posts so this is all my opinion. The Spa is stunning from the moment I stepped in, it was so tranquil, we were greeted with towels, robes and flip flops for our two hour slot . I headed straight for the iconic spot the rooftop pool, the views were incredible I got there before opening time so were able to see the sun rise. As for the pool itself I was so surprised by how warm it was I knew it was going to be but yet still didn’t expect it to be as warm as it was due to it being outside. I had the whole pool to myself and got to watch the sunrise and shine on the Abbey! It was perfect. I then headed down to the steam rooms, they all had their own unique designs and were so relaxing. For the last part of the tour I headed down to the pool on the bottom floor, again it was lovely and warm but this time it had a lazy river in which was so cool. I was able to grab a pool noodle and just float around the pool in complete tranquility. As it was a press tour I was able to take my camera to capture some photos of the Spa but normally they have a no phone and camera rule which I love because it means for two hours you can zone out from the outside world and just soak up the minerals from the Bath water and enjoy the moment. I can’t recommend this place enough it has to be a must on your to do list in Bath!! Like most things its cheaper to go in the week £37 for two hours but if you do go on the weekend its not that much more £42 for two hours. If you think two hours is not enough you can add an extra hour for just £10. We went early in the morning but I will say we were so relaxed after we didn’t really feel like doing much else.
One of the most beautiful places in Bath, you can either take a photo outside or pay a donation and take a look inside the beautiful abbey. I did take a little trip into the abbey to see the architecture from inside and it did not disappoint. The donation is optional but they do suggestion a donation of around £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
Now if you are after a cute Instagram cafe which food looks as good as it tastes then head to the little cafe Sweet little Things. It has the perfect backdrop for all those Instagram shots that give you Bali vibes and the most amazing food. I opted for an afternoon tea which had a variety of sandwiches, a scone and cream and some little cakes to top it off. I couldn’t finish it all because of how big the portions were so I was able to take the left over cake in a box to save for the car journey. I was kindly gifted my afternoon tea and will be definitely coming back on my next trip to Bath! Make sure to check out their Instagram for food and location envy.