The last time I visited Bath was when I was around 15 years old, so it was definitely time to go back to this UNESCO World Heritage city in England. But this time, rather than just seeing the highlights, Visit Bath gave me a mission to discover the more unique and quirky side of the city.
On their website, you can see lots of ideas for a unexpected trip to Bath: visitbath.co.uk/unexpected
In this guide, I’ll show you a city guide to one day in Bath, including a wonderful mix of the old and the new, the relaxing and the more adventurous! While you can visit the city in one day, I can really recommend coming over for longer, as there are so many unique things to see and do here! Here are my best tips on Things to do Bath England:
What we'll cover in this article
- ONE DAY IN BATH ENGLAND ITINERARY
- How to Spend Your Morning in Bath
- How to Spend Your Afternoon in Bath
- How to Spend Your Evening in Bath
- Day Trips from Bath
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ONE DAY IN BATH ENGLAND ITINERARY
How to Spend Your Morning in Bath
ARRIVAL IN BATH
If you arrive to Bath by either train or bus, you’re in for a treat, because both stations (right next to each other) are just a couple minute’s walk to the city center. From London, I arrived on the National Express bus, which was super comfortable, air-conditioned and really quite a relaxing way to travel! There were even USB-sockets on my way to Bath and power sockets on my way back to London and you can bring two medium sized suitcases + a small piece of hand luggage, which I think is quite a lot!
National Express is the largest operator of scheduled coach services in the UK and they link more than 900 destinations together with their services. I hadn’t travelled with them before as I always think train first, but it’s definitely something I’m adding to my research for future trips in the UK!
The awkward smile is only because people were staring, haha :)
BREAKFAST IN BATH
For me personally, there is nothing better than starting the day with a good breakfast. As we were invited to stay at the University of Bath campus, who rent our their rooms over the Summer break for a very affordable price, we got spoiled at the campus cafe with a gorgeous breakfast spread.
Ready to explore all the things to do in Bath England!
In the center of Bath, I spotted two other cute looking coffee places that you might want to check out:
SEE THE ROMAN BATHS
While this time, I didn’t visit the Roman Baths England, I did as a kid and it left a huge impression on me! It’s one of those must-sees when you’re coming to Bath for the first time, but I would make sure to get here as early as possible, because the lines outside looked serious.
Take some time to visit the baths, as there are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the museum. Your ticket includes an audio guide in one of twelve languages, a public guided tour on the hour, every hour and the opportunity to try the natural Spa water at the end of your visit.
The Baths are open every day, except 25 and 26 December. Opening times vary throughout the year, in Summer they open at 9 AM and close at 9 PM.
Stall St, Bath Somerset England BA1 1LZ
Of course you can also actually go to a day spa in Bath England! Here is more information on that: visitbath.co.uk/…/thermae-bath-spa
Iconic view of Bath city in England
The glorious looking roman bath in Bath England
Roman Bath England with a lovely backdrop
Me at the Bath Roman Baths in England… a LONG time ago :)
The Pump Room Bath England
CLIMB BATH ABBEY
They Abbey in Bath England was founded in the 7th century and is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. And did you know you can climb the tower? I didn’t either until one of the girls on my trip, a Bath local, told me!
Apparently you have amazing views from the tower and it’s only 8 pounds for adults (4 pounds for kids) to visit, so really something I (and perhaps you as well) should do on the next visit. The fully guided tour takes 45-50 minutes and you can get tickets from the Abbey shop on the day only.
On your way up to the tower, you will get to visit the ringing chamber and bell chamber, stand on top of the Abbey’s fan vaulted ceiling and even sit behind the clock face. There are 212 steps to the top of the Tower arranged in two spiral staircases with an opportunity to rest in between.
Bath Abbey, City of Bath England
How to Spend Your Afternoon in Bath
LUNCH IN BATH
For lunch, we headed over to the lovely beer garden of The Locksbrook Inn. This casual canal side gastro pub is a bit out of the city center (so if you just have one day, you might not get here, a bus takes about 15-20 minutes, or you can walk there in about 30 minutes), if if you do have the time when you are visiting Bath England, I would definitely go here if the weather is good like it was when we visited! They have lots of sharing plates and tasty pizza’s, so you can’t go wrong here. Also enjoyed their homemade lemonade and iced tea!
103 Locksbrook Rd, Bath BA1 3EN
Another cute place I walked past in the city center, was called Acorn and it’s a modern vegetarian restaurant that use seasonal ingredients, served in one of Bath’s oldest buildings. It looked really cute, and I expect it to get busy here, so you might want to make a reservation!
2 North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX
ICE CREAM IN BATH
To top off your lunch, there are plenty of places for a sweet fix in Bath, but whatever you do, don’t skip a visit to Swoon Gelato! With incredible tasting artisan gelato, you really can’t go wrong here. Their gelato chefs create everything from scratch and even have their own Gelato Lab, where they come up with crazy flavours, such as the CHARCOAL (& vanilla, the second scoop was passionfruit) that I have in the picture below. Actually really nice! Their so-called ‘Swoonatics’ vote on Twitter for the new flavours, so they are changing regularly. As if you need a reason to come back, anyhow!
15 Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AE
CRAFT BEER IN BATH
Not a fan of ice cream, but a lover of beer? No worries! Right next to The Locksbrook Inn pub, you can find the guys from the Electric Bear Brewing Co, who brew the craziest craft beers that you’ve heard of.
This microbrewery creates ‘eclectic, modern, flavourful and award winning beers for the bold and the curious’. And that shows in the names of their beers, ranging from ‘Inspector Remorese‘ and ‘Lizard People‘ to my personal favourite: ‘Look Mum, I Made a Beer!‘. You can visit their little taproom on Friday from 12PM to 10PM and on Saturday from 12PM to 6PM. Cheers!
Unit 12, The Maltings Industrial Estate, 7 Brassmill Ln, Bath BA1 3JL
PARKS AND GARDENS IN BATH
After all those meals, ice creams and beers, it’s time to walk off the extra calories. In Bath, you can pretty much go anywhere for that, as there is a lot of green around. You can pay to get into the Parade Gardens (£1.50 for adults, £0.80 for kids 5 years and older), or walk over to the free Royal Crescent Park and hang out there, your choice! Everything in Bath is so close together, you really cannot get lost.
Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4DF
Royal Crescent Bath England, BA1 2LS
Royal Crescent Park
STROLLING AROUND IN BATH
As I keep saying, historic Bath England is so compact, that it’s really easy to walk around, so put on your comfortable shoes and spot some the highlights that I show you in the photos below. Shopping in Bath England is lovely to do, there are many options and the center really is one big shopping center.
We started walking through the Guildhall Market, which had a cute vintage sweet shop (see below). Walk all the way through the markets to get to Framptons (see dinner tip) and you’ll get to…
…you’ll get to Pulteney Bridge!
At the back of Pulteney Bridge, there is a nice riverside walkway
Stunning Car at The Circus Bath England (Amazing Georgian architecture in Bath!)
Discovered this cute street called ‘Margaret’s Buildings’
AFTERNOON TEA IN BATH
One of my favourite things to do in the UK is to have an Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches or wraps, scones and lots of sweet treats. In Bath, I didn’t have time for this, but I did walk past some spots that definitely require me to come back and try them, haha. You can find the tips below:
Located in Bath’s oldest house (circa 1483), Sally Lunn’s is a lovely tearoom where you can have morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. They are famous for their ‘Sally Lunn Bun’, a semi-sweet bread and also offer regional English food.
4 North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX
This brand new teahouse looks like a great addition to the hotspots in Bath and I would love to come back and enjoy an afternoon tea here! They also serve vegan options and specialize in scones, homemade cakes, breakfast and lunch.
6 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR
How to Spend Your Evening in Bath
WINE IN BATH
Thirsty after all that walking again? A great place to rest is at Milsom Place, set within a series of beautiful Georgian buildings, terraces and open courtyards. Here you can find Le Vignoble (which means ‘the vineyard’ in French), a heaven for wine-lovers where you can relax and taste some wine!
The Le Vignoble philosophy is to provide wines with a good balance between quality and price, focusing on small producers and unusual wines – all with real people and a real story behind them. And I personally loved that they have automatic wine dispensers, where you get a pre-loaded ‘credit card’ that you can use to pour your own wine from a chilled fridge. Pretty Futuristic!
Le Vignoble, 12-13 Milsom Place, Bath, BA1 1BZ
You can see the wine dispensers in black in the back!
PADDLE BOARDING IN BATH
One of my favourite -and definitely unexpected- activities in Bath was paddle boarding with the guys from Original Wild. Now, I had a go at paddle boarding a while ago in Austria and didn’t really enjoy it (my balance is SO off), but this time, they explained that you can actually also sit down or sit on your knees, which I did, and that made a huge difference!
Private tours are only £35 per person, which I think is super great value, and you paddle out over the river Avon all the way to Pulteney Bridge for a great view. Can highly recommend it!
DINNER IN BATH
We had dinner before the paddle boarding, but I would recommend to get changed and do it after. Our dinner at Framptons was delicious! This independent café, bar and kitchen is located in the beautiful historic Empire Building and they serve a fresh and seasonal menu using locally sourced produce.
The Empire, Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4DF
WALKING TOUR IN BATH
So, I have to be honest and say that after our paddle boarding, we didn’t make it back in time to get the 8PM Comedy walking tour run by Bizarre Bath. While I was exhausted and liked to have a rest, I was actually looking forward to this, as I LOVE walking tours! So here is my recommendation, as I heard it’s pretty good, but I have to go back and try it myself another time!
Meeting Point: Outside of The Huntsman, 1 Terrace Walk, Bath, BA1 1LY (Runs from March 28th-October 27th, £10 per ticket)
As I said, one day is really too short to see Bath, so here is another great site to see more suggestions on some unexpected things to see and do in this city: visitbath.co.uk/unexpected
Day Trips from Bath
If you have more than just a weekend or one day Bath, then there are of course plenty of things in the area to discover. Here are some of the top tours as listed in the Visit Britain official shop.
Do keep in mind that a day trip to Bath from London (and visiting more locations) take all day and it’s quite a lot of driving compared to the time you’re actually in the destinations, so I would only do these activities on one day if you really don’t have more time and this is at the top of your bucket list.
DAY TRIPS FROM BATH / TO BATH & STONEHENGE
- London Bath Day Trip – Medieval, Marvels & Movies Tour
- Day Trip London to Bath and Private Viewing of Stonehenge (Golden Tours)
- Day Trip Bath, Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge (Evan Evans Tours)
- London Day Trip to Bath, Windsor, Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge (Golden Tours)
- Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge (Golden Tours)
- Day Trip to Stonehenge and Bath and Windsor (Premium Tours)
- Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford (Evan Evans Tours)
- Stonehenge Half-Day Bus Trip from London (Golden Tours)
- Stonehenge Tour from London (Premium Tours)
- For more London to Bath England & Stonehenge tours, please check getyourguide.com (they have MANY options for day trip from London to Bath)
- Downton Abbey Village Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds Tour 1 Day
- Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle (Golden Tours)
- Cardiff Sightseeing Card
- Cardiff Castle
- City Sightseeing Cardiff
- Tour of Tintern Abbey Caerleon Raglan Castle and the Welsh Countryside
- Tour of the Wye Valley Roam Wales
Here are some great tours to take in the city of Bath in England and beyond!
Here is all the information you need to plan your own trip to Bath:
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TRANSPORT TO BATH
- Great Western Rail – www.gwr.com
- National Express – www.nationalexpress.com
- Park & Ride – www.bathnes.gov.uk/…/park-and-ride
- Bath Parking Map – www.visitbath.co.uk/…/Bath_Parking_Map.pdf
- City Sightseeing Bath Open Top Bus Tour
MONEY-SAVING BRITRAIL PASSES
Spending more time in England, Wales or the rest of the UK? Then you might want to look into these affordable railpasses. PLEASE NOTE: You cannot buy a BritRail Pass if you have a UK passport, this is only for overseas visitors!
- BritRail England Pass (Unlimited Travel in England for 3/4/8/15/22 days or 1 month)
- BritRail GB Pass (Unlimited Travel in England, Scotland and Wales for 3/4/8/15/22 days or 1 month)
- BritRail London Plus Pass (Unlimited Travel in Southern England for 3/4/8 days)
- BritRail South West Pass (Unlimited Travel in South-West England for 3//4/8/15/22 days or 1 month)
MONEY-SAVING ATTRACTION PASSES
There are so many great attraction passes out there for the UK, here are the best for England and Wales (only for overseas visitors!):
WHERE TO STAY IN BATH
Looking for affordable & unique accommodation Bath England? I’ve got the right place for you:
During my time in Bath, I stayed overnight at a very special place, which was the campus of Bath University England!
Did you know that over the Summer (between June and September), they open their campus to visitors and offer affordable accommodation in Bath England -close to the city center? The rooms were quite comfortable, we did morning yoga, had an amazing breakfast and lunch spread and got to use the Olympic swimming pool. Plus, walking around the 200 acres of landscaped grounds (including a fake castle with stunning views over the city) was definitely a nice bonus.
This place is perfect for budget-minded travellers, or if you’re visiting Bath with a family or a group of friends. They offer a range of single and double en-suite rooms and group accommodation, starting at £36 pounds a night (en-suite quads like we had from £50 a night).
From the campus, it is about 30 minutes walking to the city centre, or 10 minutes on one of the regular buses that stop right out front.
Find out more on: bathsummeraccommodation.co.uk
Always wanted to stay on campus – these students are spoiled with a TV and such a funky room!
We got spoiled a little too!
We had a lovely lunch on the University campus, but of course you can also use their kitchens.
During your stay at the campus, you can also use their sports facilities. It’s £10 to pay as you go or £30 for a weekly pass. Classes and swimming are open to all too!
And are you wondering if there are any castles near Bath England? Well, you’d be surprised that on the Bath University Campus grounds, there is one! Ok, Ok, it’s a fake castle, called ‘Sham Castle’ (it’s only the facade). But from here, you have a great view over the city, so it’s worth to walk up here :)
BATH ENGLAND MAP
Below, you can find The Travel Tester practical map of Bath England with top things to do in Bath one day tips. Make your travel planning complete and get the best out of your trip! Make sure to click on the icon on the top left of the map to see the full directory:
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Disclaimer: My trip to England Bath was on invitation of Visit Bath and Bath England University. My bus was sponsored by National Express. All photos and opinions are my own, as always.