Bath is one of those places that should be on everyones bucket list, especially if you live in the UK. Visiting Bath is like being transported to a whole other era, with its beige toned architecture and 19th century history. It's a gorgeous little city thats only a stones throw away from London, so it can be really easy to get too! Even though theres lots of things to do, Bath can be seen in basically a day - there may be a few bits and bobs you miss, but its easy to walk around and see all the main sights in a day trip. Considering I've lived in Bath for two years now, I thought it was time to share some local tips. Here's my local's guide on what to do and see during your time in my city!
The Roman Baths
The obvious must see are the Roman Baths, which the city is infamous for. People from all over come to visit the Bathhouse! The history is fascinating and the actual baths are beautiful but you also get access to the museum bit where there is a tour of the artefacts and redevelopment of the Baths. My advice is to visit on weekdays or in the early morning/late afternoon as any time before that you've got a queue that goes on for miles.
The other top must see is a stunning piece of architecture that makes for the best photo opp! What were once houses are now closed off and have become more of tourist site now. The buildings bend in the shape of a crescent and in front there is also a park where you can chill and have a picnic is the weather is on your side that day. Just off of the crescent is also the Circus where the houses wrap around in a circle - definitely not something you see everyday!
Fun In The Sun
If the weather permits, its always a great idea to grab lunch to go and visit one of Bath's many parks. Alexandra park is great if you want a fantastic view over Bath (disclaimer: the stairs up can be a killer!). Royal Victoria Park, a bit further away from the centre has loads of outdoor activities as well (great for kids).
Since the city is famous for its roman baths, there is also Thermae Bath Spa that boasts natural spring waters! Its super relaxing and makes for a great birthday present for a special someone! Go with a friend or partner and enjoy the rooftop pool and sauna, or get in a cheeky massage.
Enjoy A Magic Show
I didn't even know this was a thing until earlier this year, but the Sleight Bar do weekly magic shows. The magician is no Dynamo but its a fun night out. Grab a drink, sit at the bar and watch them do their signature card tricks and illusions, some even involving handcuffs!
Soak Up The Views
If you take the U1 bus (check stops at the bus station which is right next to the train station) up towards the university and stop off at Bathwick Hill (more directions here) you can follow the skyline walk. Nothing to steep and there's a proper trail to follow which leads you to the most magical views! It gives you a great perspective of the city and the hills that surround it.
Alternatively, Alexandra Park offers amazing views as well!
The Streets of Bath
Broad Street is really great for some window shopping with some really cute finds! Charlie Boots is full of quirky clothes whilst Toppings is a great independent bookshop. Once your wallet crying for mercy and your stomach growling, nip onto Walcot street around the corner for some less touristy eats such as Made by Ben who do yummy sandwiches and pasteries.
The most beautiful structure in the middle of town - it's pretty hard to miss! You can take a 45 minute tour and learn about its history before popping upstairs and catching an awesome view over the city. My top tip is to try and plan your trip to Bath around Christmas time where the Abbey is even more gorgeous and surrounded by the renowned christmas market, I can already smell the roasted chestnuts!