Bath | England : A Quick Guide to Planning Your Adventure

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If you’re looking for a charming small town to add to your London itinerary, look no further than Bath, England. Not only is Bath stunningly gorgeous, but it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (for all you UNESCO chasers out there).

Bath is filled with fantastic Georgian architecture, rich history and natural hot springs. It’s an easy train ride (about 100 miles) from London, so many travelers visit as a day trip. But the town is magical in the evenings. Try to spend at least one night!

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Umbrellas in the sky make shopping much more fun.

Don’t miss it

Throw a swimsuit in your day bag before heading out to explore the town. After a day of sightseeing, pop into the Thermae Bath Spa, which is located in the heart of town. The rooftop bath overlooks the beautiful city below, and the English hillside in the distance is absolutely mesmerizing. Indoors, there are several saunas with therapeutic aromas. Phones and cameras must stay in the lockers — relax and enjoy the moment!

Pretty cool

You can’t visit Bath and not tour the ancient roman baths. Nearly 2,000 years ago, the same bath you see today was used as a place of socialization, therapy and relaxation. According to the Roman Bath Museum, it is one of the most well-preserved Roman sites in the world. It only takes an hour or two to explore the museum and baths.

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The lovely Roman Baths.

Must try food/drink

An afternoon tea or coffee in a café on the Pulteney Bridge overlooking the River Avon. Absolutely beautiful!

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Take a scroll among the River Avon admiring the elegant town of Bath.

Visit the Pump Room Restaurant and ask the host/hostess to try the hot spa water, which contains over 40 minerals. Legend has it, you will live for 100 years if you drink it. You don’t need to dine at the restaurant for a taste of it, so why not?!

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The fountain from which you can taste the hot spa water, located in the Pump Room Restaurant.

Take a Walking Tour

There is an excellent free walking tour through the Mayor’s Guides. A walking tour is a great way to get your bearings of an area, while also learning the history of a city. This particular tour company [made up of volunteers] did a fantastic job explaining the unique architecture in Bath, as well as giving the group plenty of time at the major landmarks (Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, Royal Crescent and the Circus).

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The lovely Georgian architecture.

Wish I had more time for

Not a thing! Two nights in Bath is the perfect amount of time.

Accommodation

 Bath YMCA. This budget-friendly hostel is in the perfect location. I was blown away by the cleanliness and spaciousness of the dorms. The staff were so friendly, as well!

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Coffee and cake overlooking the River Avon from a cafe on the Pulteney Bridge.

Next stop 

Most travelers combine a trip to London with Paris (like we did). It’s so simple using the Eurostar Train between the two capital cities. Be sure to check out my first-timer’s guide to Paris before you go!

And if you aren’t taking a direct train back to London, you can stop at the famous Stonehenge on the way. Like Bath, Stonehenge is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The perfect place to sip wine and gawk at Bath’s marvelous golden-stone facades is the Royal Crescent.

Looking for more small towns to visit in Europe? Check out my five favorite small towns, or take a peek at these travel guides:

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. This is somewhere I want to go. I’m really enjoying your blog

    1. It is such a charming town … and not far from London!

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