As you may already know if you checked one of my last blog posts ( -> 25 Places To Visit Before 25) it was my 24th birthday last Saturday. For the occasion I went on a day trip to Bath with one of my classmate!
So now, I already been to Bath back in May (read here) and to be honest this city is my absolute crush of the year.
Last time I didn’t get the chance to visit the Roman bath, but this time I did it!
We took the train around 10:30 am at Bristol Temple Meads to get to Bath. It’s literally is a few minutes away. 12 to be more precise.
The anytime return ticket cost £8,60. If you take an off-peak return it’s around £7.
But the train isn’t the only way to go to Bath, a cheaper option would be to take either 39 or X39 bus. It takes around 35-40min. One way is £1,90.
Once you get off the train station it takes only around 3 min of walk to join the centre of the city. Where you can find a lot of shops/ Bakery to do some souvenirs/clothing shopping or simply enjoy a nice meal and/or snack.
The atmosphere of the city is very relaxed, it feels perfect to walk around and enjoy yourself. Especially when you come from a bigger city such as Bristol or London. I’d say the perfect plus would be to treat yourself to a massage, but sadly I did not have the budget, but oh boy I’d have loved to ahah.
Most of the famous locations in Bath are really close to each other so you can organise yourself to build yourself your own walking tour around the city.
Although if you rather have a real guide there’s some organised walk around the city.
DAY TRIP TO BATH, WHAT TO DO ➳
The Roman Bath
Fees: General £15 | Student £13,75
It takes around 1h30/2h to visit completely The Roman Bath, the visit itself wouldn’t be that long if it wasn’t for the audio guide. Which provide every piece of information about each room (purpose, architecture, history…) and object displayed, it’s very interesting, to be honest. The audio guide is also free and available in several languages.
It’s definitely worth to visit if you’re in town for a day (or even more!) even though the queue might be a little off-putting at first.
Side note: At the end of the visit you can taste the water from the Roman bath which is said to cure you of all kind of diseases – but, obviously it’s lukewarm, and it tastes absolutely horrible. You’ve been warned.
Located right next to The Roman Bath, the Gothic style Abbey of Bath.
On one side of the Abbey, you can spot Temperance fountain, which would encourage people to drink water instead of alcohol in the past.
Several kinds of street artists are often around the Abbey performing and entertaining people.
Queen Square is surrounded by Georgian houses. Also in the middle of the square, you can find an obelisk to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales.
Unfortunately, I didn’t go there this time because I totally forgot about it – oops! But it must be really pretty with the autumn leaves on the Georgian houses!
You can see it in my other Bath Blog Post.
The Royal Crescent is composed of 30 residential houses with a vast patch of grass designed by John Wood le Jeune during the 17th century. This is a landmark of Bath.
Royal Victoria Park
The Royal Victoria Park is a few minutes away from the Royal Crescent so visiting it right after you saw the Royal Crescent is only fair. The park is quite big, with a lake (although it was more like a pond to me, but well it was written as a lake).
There’s a lot of adorable grey squirrels everywhere, but sadly they were way too fast for me to have time to focus properly ahah. It’s a nice place to visit with kids (feeding the ducks, playgrounds etc..)
If you fancy a little shopping you can find plenty of shops and brands in Bath from Primark to luxury brands.
Fees: £1,50 adult.
You can either visit it or admire from above it’s up to you! As we are in autumn I thought just admiring from above was enough since they isn’t really any flowers on at the moment ahah.
This is probably one of the most iconic photographed place in Bath centre. The architecture of the bridge and the nature surrounding makes the Pulteney Bridge a pleasant landscape to look at. You can also take a walk down to see another perspective of it.
And thanks, god this time no gulls decided to relieve themselves on me.
Very close to the Pulteney Bridge you can find one of the entrances of Bath Market. It’s a quite small but you can find several shops inside.
Alongside the Royal Crescent the Circus is another landmark of Bath. Achieved by the same architect of the Royal Crescent. In opposite to the Royal Crescent, the Circus is completely rounded and offers three segments. With a big tree in the middle of it.
Jane Austen Centre
Jane Austen is a famous author who lived in Bath, the Jane Austen Centre is retracing her story. We did not visit the Centre though since we were tired as the day was stretching out. But it’s a pretty famous place to visit in Bath.
Food-wise , there’s plenty of adorable bakeries in Bath. But we had a lunch/brunch with an absolutely divine avocado smoked salmon toast at Boston Tea Party chain café.
Last but not least, we have been seeing Cornish Pasty shop everywhere and were very curious about it. We went for a traditional Cornish Pasty, I must say it was much yummier than thought it’d be! So if you’re in England you must try them!
I may not have seen everything but it’s pretty much impossible to see everything in a day anyway.
Plus I think taking your time while you visit, not just rush around to check off everything on your list is more enjoyable. I still think I’ve seen/visited a lot – and walked almost 20km so definitely a nice day trip to Bath! So I really recommend you to visit Bath if you can, definitely worth it! 🙂