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An Insider’s Weekend Guide to Bath

Posted by Zayra Raza on 21/12/2015
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Georgian buildings, quaint, cobbled streets and a UNESCO world heritage city, make Bath a beautiful historic gem. Situated in the rolling green countryside of southwest England, Bath is a beloved destination for a weekend away. We’ve scoured the city to find all of the best spots for the perfect weekend in Bath.

History Buffs Will Love…

Bath Abbey towers high above the city and will capture the imagination of any history or architecture lover. You don’t have to be religious to marvel at the sheer beauty and presence of this building. Once you head inside, take a seat and take pleasure in the detail in the stain glass windows, breathe in the smell of incense and feel relaxed in this calming and spectacular environment.

Don’t Miss the Thermae Bath Spa!

The Thermae Bath Spa is Bath’s most famous attraction. Britain’s original thermal spa is located in the heart of Bath. The bath uses natural spring water at a delightful 33.5 degrees — it really does sooth your body. The rooftop pool is the real highlight as you are able to look across the city from above and feel the tranquility away from the streets below. You pay for two hours, but can purchase additional time and spa treatments as needed.

Thermae Bath Spa  Photographer Philip Edwards
Thermae Bath Spa Photographer Philip Edwards

Indulge with a Traditional Afternoon Tea

It wouldn’t be a true weekend away in England without afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is on offer in various locations and restaurants in the city. However, what better place to have afternoon tea than in the Roman Baths? After relaxing in the baths you can head to the pump room (make sure you reserve a table as it gets very busy) and enjoy tea and scones – there is a champagne option for those that enjoy a bit of bubbly too!

Spend a Little Time Outdoors

Prior Park lies outside the city centre and up a hill. You can get some brilliant views of the city, so don’t forget to bring your camera along. Enjoy the countryside air and walk amongst the lush green grass, greeting regular dog walkers and locals with a friendly hello.

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Learn a Local Craft

There are a whole array of fabulous local handicrafts in Bath, with everything from woodwork to glass sculptures. There are lots of opportunities to try your hand at making traditional crafts in the city. Learn the basics of glassblowing with Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass, join a sewing workshop with The Makery and learn to sew your own cushion, or take a cocktail making masterclass at Circo Bar.

Bath Aqua Glass Glassblowing Course
image source: bath aqua theatre of glass

Tuck into Woodfired Pizza and West Country Cider

For the best pizza and West country cider in town, The Stable is the place to be. Mood lighting, quirky art adorning the walls and lots of laughter around you make it a buzzing place to eat. With Bath and Southwest themed names for the pizza, real style and thought have gone into the creative menu. Have a cider tasting board with your pizza, and delight in being in the West Country.

The Stable Pizza
image source: the stable

Have a Little Tipple Before Bed

If you fancy a nightcap, then the Canary Gin Bar is the perfect place. The expert staff and trained mixologists will help you find a drink of your choice in this cosy but unusual bar that even serves up gin cocktails from a teapot.

Enjoy a Luxurious Rest at the End of the Day

After exploring the city, you’ll be glad to put your feet up in one of Bath’s beautiful hidden gems. Harington’s Hotel is an independently run, boutique hotel tucked down a quiet side street in the centre of Bath. They even have a hot tub to relax in after a busy day in the city! If you prefer to escape the city for some real peace and tranquility and don’t mind splashing out on a countryside stay, head to Lucknam Park Hotel, located six miles outside Bath. They even have a cookery school where you can learn to make exquisite dishes with locally sourced ingredients.

Haringtons Hotel  sign
image source: harington’s hotel