If you’re looking for a little inspo on things to do in Bath, hopefully this blog post will give you a few ideas!
A couple of weeks ago Ian’s mum was celebrating a big birthday, so Ian and his brothers sat down and planned a lovely surprise for their mum… an overnight stay in Bath! Even in the car on the way down, she had no idea where she was staying for the night, it was so fun.
Where we stayed…
We booked an Airbnb (the first one we’ve ever booked actually!) and you can view the beautiful Pierrepont Street apartment we stayed in by *clicking here* (hello kitchen goals!). It’s really central and great for walking straight into town and exploring.
We parked in the nearby Manvers car park, but be wary that parking is at a premium in Bath – we were lucky to get parked there. Personally, I wouldn’t have liked to park my sports car in that car park (I’m very cautious where I park it) as I felt that some of the spaces were a little small, but we were in a little run around at the time so it wasn’t a problem. Just keep a few parking options in mind when you arrive if you decide to drive to Bath.
If you’re looking for a hotel, my friends have recommended Abbey Hotel, which is practically next door to this apartment.
Where we ate…
Once settled into our apartment, we headed straight out to enjoy Bath. Our first stop was Sally Lunn’s, one of the oldest houses in Bath and famous for the “Bath bunn”. You can find out more about them and view the menus on their website *here*. There’s a huge choice of food available here. If you fancy a famous bunn, you can choose between sweet and savoury options. The most popular choice amongst us was the one I went for too. The World Famous Sally Lunn Cream Tea, which is half a toasted and buttered Sally Lunn Bunn served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was sooo good!
For dinner, we made a reservation at The Ivy Brasserie. The decor inside of this place was stunning. I wish I could have taken more photographs, but it was a little dark in there for my camera and I was too busy enjoying myself to be honest! Food wise, I opted for the zucchini fritti to start and had the wild mushroom risotto for my main. Both were absolutely delicious. This was all washed down with a glass of the peach and elderflower iced tea, which was equally as lovely and a nice break between all the wine I was drinking that evening… We then headed back to the apartment for more wine and birthday cake!
For breakfast the next day, we simply popped downstairs below our apartment to The Green Rocket Cafe, which is owned by the guy who owns the Airbnb we rented for the night.
The Green Rocket Cafe is a vegetarian and vegan cafe and we were all really pleased with our breakfasts there. I went for the vegan version of the Monster Veggie Brekky, because I was so intrigued to try scrambled tofu. I had never heard of it before. I am actually a meat eater (well, a meat reducer I would say, most of my meals are veggie), but I was so impressed with the scrambled tofu! It does have a slightly different taste and is slightly darker in colour, but as a substitute for scrambled eggs, it was pretty incredible. I’d happily choose this over eggs again if I see it somewhere in the future. And yes, to the skeptical few, the sausages were great too. Who said eating vegan food is boring?
On the second day, we also had a quick drink (and some had a bite to eat) at the cafe in Waterstones. A quiet little hideaway for a moment of calm in-between shopping.
Where we visited…
Bath is so beautiful to walk round, I’m sure you could spend days on end just pottering around the streets walking in and out of cute shops, bakeries and cafes. The architecture makes the most boring of shops look pretty darn lovely!
However, there were a few things we just had to do when in Bath. First up, was a visit to The Roman Baths. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I hadn’t read up on them a lot before going, but I was really impressed. I think we all peacefully immersed ourselves into taking a trip back in time as we walked around, imagining how it was back then. Besides viewing the stunning main bathing area in all its architectural beauty, there’s room after room to explore and learn more, and really fascinating artifacts to see too. I was particularly intrigued by the notes to the gods and curses that were on display. Ones which people had thrown into the water all those years ago. We booked tickets on their website *here* before we went.
We also went inside the Bath Abbey, which is architecturally beautiful both inside and out. It’s definitely worth popping in to appreciate its design. There is a sign asking for donations rather than an entrance fee, which is optional.
There’s a real mix of shops in Bath, from high street faves (the Lush store is nice!), through to pretty little shopping arcades such as The Corridor and the Guildhall Market (as pictured with the bunting below). Do make time to go and have a wonder around those. We stumbled across a brilliant second hand book stall in the Guildhall Market.
We also visited the Royal Crescent. A world famous crescent of Georgian houses. To be quite honest, I found this to be a little bit of an anticlimax. I can appreciate it to an extent, but I just wasn’t as wowed as I expected. I wasn’t alone in this thought either. Don’t get me wrong, it is impressive and the view from the houses is rather special (I bet it costs a bomb to live there too!). However, the buildings themselves didn’t blow me away. They were a bit plainer in style compared to some around Bath and looked a bit tired. I was actually more impressed by the circle of houses named The Circus, which we had just walked through to get to it. Still. You’ve got to visit these places and make up your own mind!
It was such a lovely stay. Even though we only took two days off work, it really felt like a little holiday. With everything being in such a walk-able distance from each other, we were able to fit in everything we really wanted to do, but at a really nice easy going pace. I’d happily re-visit one day.
Bath is certainly a place to add to your travel bucket list!
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my 72 Hours in Barcelona blog post too.