Bath is a quaint city in the South West of England and a UNESCO world heritage, a cultural town filled with fantastic cultural activities, walking tours and things to do the time of a day trip or for a weekend.
It was my birthday this very Saturday, so, for the occasion, I went on a day trip to Bath with one of my classmate!
Now, I have already been to Bath back in May and to be honest, this city is my absolute crush of the year if not total crush ever actually.
Last time I didn’t get the chance to visit the Roman Bath, and I said I would come back to do so and I did! I thought I’d walk you by and list for you all the things you can do in one day in Bath for those who wonder what to do in Bath in one day.
HOW TO GET TO BATH?
Table Of Contents
- 0.1 HOW TO GET TO BATH?
- 1 What To Do In Bath In One Day
- 2 The Top Things To Do On A Day Trip➳
- 2.1 The Roman Bath
- 2.2 Bath Abbey
- 2.3 Queen Square
- 2.4 Royal Crescent
- 2.5 Royal Victoria Park
- 2.6 Shopping
- 2.7 Parade Garden
- 2.8 Pulteney Bridge
- 2.9 Bath Markets
- 2.10 The Circus
- 2.11 WHERE TO EAT IN BATH?
- 2.12 LIKE IT? PIN IT!
Journey From Bristol Temple Meads To Bath Spa
We took the train around 10:30 am at Bristol Temple Meads to get to Bath. It’s 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.
Journey From London Paddington To Bath Spa
Bath is one hour and a half away from London by train, so not too bad for a day trip! An off-peak ticket return cost £79, however, if you do buy them in advance on a cheap train it can cost you around £53.
Arriving at Bath Spa
Once you get off the train station, it takes only around 3 min walk to join the centre of the city. Where you can find a lot of shops/ Bakery to do some souvenirs/clothing shopping or enjoy a nice meal and a snack. You will also notice the famous Bath Stone which the city has been built with and gives the city this quaint charm (it’s even more beautiful during the Christmas market, the stone glows with the lights!)
The atmosphere of the town 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. Not that Bath is a small city, but, it definitely carries a more chill atmosphere. I’d say the ideal plus would be to treat yourself to a massage/spa, but sadly I did not have the budget, but oh boy, I’d have loved to!
Most of the famous locations in Bath are close to each other, so you can organise yourself to build yourself your walking tour around the city.
Although if you want to have a real guide, there’s some organised walk around the city.
What To Do In Bath In One Day
The Top Things To Do On A Day Trip➳
The Roman Bath
Fees: General £15 | Student £13,75
You can book tickets in advance either on The Roman Bath official website or TripAdvisor!
It takes around 1h30/2h to visit The Roman Bath thoroughly, the visit itself wouldn’t be that long if it weren’t for the audio guide. Which provide every piece of information about each room (purpose, architecture, history…) and object displayed, it’s fascinating, to be honest. The audio guide is also free and available in several languages.
It’s worth to visit if you’re in town for a day (or even more!) also though the queue might be a little off-putting at first, especially if you’re short on time, make sure to visit early to avoid the queue!
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, it’s lukewarm, and it tastes horrible. You’ve been warned.
Located right next to The Roman Bath, the gorgeous Gothic-style Abbey of Bath which was built from 675 (foundation) to 1530. You can visit the inside of the Abbey to go at the top, which gives you a bird-view over this charming city.
On one side of the Abbey, you can spot the 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.
Georgian houses surround Queen Square. 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 forgot about it – oops! But it must be 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 and a must see when you visit 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, well it was written as a lake so anyway).
There’s a lot of adorable grey squirrels everywhere, but sadly they were way too fast for me to have time to focus correctly. It’s a beautiful 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 aren’t any flowers on at the moment.
The Pulteney Bridge is probably one of the most iconic photographed place in Bath centre. The architecture of the bridge and nature surrounding makes the Pulteney Bridge a beautiful landscape to look at. You can also take a walk down the banks 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 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 wholly 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.
Psst, if you would like to read some more about the city, check out this weekend guide to Bath!
WHERE TO EAT IN BATH?
BOSTON TEA PARTY
Food-wise, there’s plenty of adorable bakeries in Bath. But we had a lunch/brunch with a divine avocado smoked salmon toast at Boston Tea Party chain café. It was more of a brunch than a proper lunch yet, it was still well filling so we were fuelled to continue our day exploring.
Cornish Pasty shops are everywhere and we were very curious about it. We went for a traditional Cornish Pasty; I must say it was much yummier than thought it’d be!
They’re originally from Cornwall, but you can find quite a lot of shops selling them in both, Bath and Bristol. So if you’re in England you must try them, the small version makes a great snack!
HANDMADE BURGER & CO
More recently in February, I took another day trip to Bath with a friend and we had a delicious burger with sweet potato fries for lunch and with a chocolate milkshake for my friend. As the title state, the burgers are all handmade with fresh products, so if you fancy some burger for lunch it’s definitely the place you need to hit.
SALLY LUNN’S BUNS
Another very famous food to eat in Bath, are the Sally Lunn Buns. They’re made of dough with egg and cream and perfect for afternoon tea. It’s a famous stop for tourists and locals in Bath.
It says they have been brought to England during the 16th by an immigrant named Solange Luyon who was known as Sally Lunn hence the name of those yummy sweet buns.
This is everything on my What To Do In One Day in Bath list! I may not have seen everything, but it’s pretty much impossible to see everything in a day anyway. With this you can get a good idea of much it’s possible to see and then adapt your itinerary for your day trip.
Although, one thing I would have like to do and didn’t have time as it’s entirely away from the centre of the city by foot is Prior Park Landscape Garden – saving it for next time!
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! Every hot spot in the city is from a walkable distance, so you don’t need to use public transportation. So I really recommend you to visit Bath if you can, definitely worth it! 🙂
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