To make the most of the Christmas break from work, I headed to Bath the day after Boxing Day with my family, for time to explore and relax in the gorgeous city. As one of England’s most historical cities, there was more than enough to explore so I’ve complied a quick city guide in-case you need some inspiration of wheres best to head to!
Where to Eat
GOOD DAY CAFE– This is the cutest independent cafe I think I’ve ever seen. Pink interior? Comfy sofas? A photo wall for all the dogs that have visited? I’m in. Luckily there is a huge table to fit 8 (I’m sure it’s gold dust but luckily it was free!!). Good Day cater for pretty much everyone and were SO lovely. As a veggie, I loved the Beetroot and Feta wrap and paired it with a Beetroot Matcha Latte to try something different.
THE COSY CLUB – The perfect pit-stop for a cocktail! In Bath, the Cosy Club is located in SouthGate which is such a good location in the city centre. There’s a huge balcony with outdoor heaters (oh yeaaah) and it was just LOVELY.
SALLY LUNNS – If there is anywhere you want to go to in Bath, it HAS to be Sally Lunns. I’d heard on the grapevine that it was a good one to visit and I loved it. It’s a Historic Eating House and Museum, located just off York Street and around the back of Bath Abbey. The interior is a very traditional English tea room, of course – it is the oldest house in Bath and serves Bath’s original bun, made with the same recipe for centuries. Dietary requirements wise, it’s worth noting that the recipe includes milk and eggs. But the menu has ALL the toppings for a delicious lunch. Savoury? Yep. Sweet? Yep. My choice was pesto and roasted vegetables and I still think about it.
Where to Visit
ROYAL CRESCENT – Bath is known for the Royal Crescent, it’s an iconic landmark. There are thirty Grade I listed terrace houses, formed in a sweeping crescent to overlook Royal Victoria Park. It’s gorgeous, especially with some winter sun.
BOTANICAL GARDENS – Fairly close to the Royal Crescent, it’s worth popping into the Botanical Gardens. Although spring and summer would have been better for this visit, it’s incredibly tranquil in this neck of the woods. Wandering around felt like miles away from the city.
BATH ABBEY – I do love a bit of architecture and right in the centre of Bath you’ve got the gorgeous Bath Abbey. It is stunning, both inside and out.
THE ROMAN BATHS – This is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions as it is steeped in history – there is plenty to learn! The ticket price (£14.50 for students) includes an audio guide which will tell you pretty much everything that you need to know.
PULTENEY BRIDGE – For one last walk around the city, heading down to Pulteney Bridge is a nice one. Slightly out of the centre, there are plenty of independent shops and cafes along the bridge, with extensive views of the River Avon.
Bath is a beautiful city, steeped in gorgeous architecture and history, it’s hard not to learn about this city’s past as you walk through. There’s plenty to see in the city, but I’ll have to be back to visit the Thermae Spa!