48 hours in Bath: What to do in the city

If you’re planning a trip to one of the UK’s most beautiful towns and cities, look no further than the city of Bath in Somerset.

With an intriguing history dating back thousands of years, it’s easy to see why Bath becomes host to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Crammed with striking limestone buildings, natural thermal springs and plenty of quirky foodie spots, here’s why your next UK destination needs to be Bath.

Day One

Morning

The best way to get to know a new destination straight away is to take a city tour. Bath has plenty to see so hop on a City Sightseeing bus, which if it’s a nice day, offers a different perspective to the city than travelling on foot.

The three must-see attractions on the tour are The Royal Crescent, Terrace Walk and Abbey Cemetery, and the freedom of the hop-on-hop-off buses means you can visit all the locations on your list whenever you feel like it.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, then pop into the world-famous tea and eating house, Sally Lunn’s, for some regional English food with somewhat legendary status. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a vast menu of tasty treats.

Be sure to try the famous Sally Lunn Bunn – the original Bath bun. It’s part bun, part bread, part cake, and it’s great with both sweet or savoury toppings.

Tuck in at Sally Lunn’s

Afternoon

Once you’ve completed the full tour of the city on the bus, choose your favourite locations and find out more about their intriguing history. Take a walk along the River Avon to soak in the scenery or hire some wheels with NextBike if you’d rather speed things up.

The whole city of Bath is considered a World Heritage Site, so there’s an incredible amount to see. Spend the afternoon soaking in the sights, such as the main monuments and museums in the city.

These include the Jane Austen Centre, the Thermae Bath Spa, the Royal Crescent, the Bath Preservation Trust Museums, the Fashion Museum and the Museum of Bath Architecture.

The River Avon

Day Two

Morning

The Romans came to Britain more than 2,000 years ago and changed our country. They certainly left their mark and to see just how advanced they were in the UK, pay a visit to The Roman Baths, one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe.

The site is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Council, where 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water, reaching 46°C, still fills the bathing site every day.

On the site you’ll see extensive ruins and the interactive museum is filled with all kinds of treasures and visual snippets that take you back to the good ol’ Roman times.

Do as the Romans did and walk on the ancient pavements which were laid over 2,000 years ago and explore ancient chambers that used to be changing rooms and plunge pools. It really is quite the spectacle.

If you want to personalise your experience, there’s an option to rent an audio-guide so you know exactly what’s going on at each point.

The Roman Baths

Afternoon

After grabbing lunch in one of the many eateries in the city, we recommend experiencing the special, holy atmosphere and rich history of Bath Abbey.

Stop, stare and appreciate how the stunning stained-glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world, create an extraordinary ambience, full of light and space.

But there’s more to it than that. There has apparently been a place of Christian worship on this site for more than 1,200 years and the Abbey remains a living church with services taking place throughout the entire week.

If you’ve been on your feet all day, we recommend a refreshing beverage at The Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street – the creator of the famed Bath Gin. It’s a one-of-a-kind tipple made with a special blend of 10 botanicals to give it a unique taste.

Skyline at Bath Abbey

How to get to Bath

From London, head west for 2.5 hours in the car to the county of Somerset (south west England).

Or jump on a train from London Paddington – a journey on GWR that takes 90 minutes.

If you’re flying, the nearest airport is Bristol, which has direct links to 25 European countries. Shuttle buses also run from the airport to Bath’s city centre.

And if you’re looking for a place to stay in the heart of the UNESCO world heritage city, Apex City of Bath Hotel is a mere 10-minute walk from Bath Spa train station.

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