Quite possibly one of the most romantic and picturesque cities you’ll visit. Established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the history of Bath extends back to the time of the Romans. During their stay in the British Isles, the Romans established Bath in Somerset, England as their spa and rejuvenation place, centered on the natural thermal hot springs found here. Popularized by Jane Austen, the 19th century writer spent time here, and based many of her plots in this Georgian city in the hills.
Country | United Kingdom
Language | English
Location | 2 hours (185 km) from London
Closest Airport | BRS (32 km)
Currency | GBP
Days Needed | 2-4
Best Time to Visit | May-September
From Gatwick Airport: Take the Gatwick Express (every 15 minutes) to Victoria Underground Station (this will take about 30 minutes), and then from Victoria Station take the tube (every 5 minutes) to Paddington Station (this will take about 15 minutes). Buy your ticket to Bath Spa (every 30 minutes). It is cheaper to buy your tickets to Bath in advance. Journey to Bath from Paddington Station is about 1 1/2 hours.
From Heathrow Airport: Take the tube (every 5 minutes) to Paddington Station (this will take about 15 minutes) . Once at Paddington, you can buy your ticket to Bath Spa (every 30 minutes). Journey to Bath from Paddington Station is about 1 1/2 hours.
From Bristol Airport: Take the Airport Flyer Express to Bristol Temple Meads Train Station (this will take about 30 minutes). From here, board a train to Bath Spa (every 30 minutes). Journey to Bath from Bristol Temple Meads Train Station is about 17 minutes.
We stayed at a charming, family run B&B called Pulteney House, run by Steve who makes a great English breakfast. Walkable to the city center and on a nice, quiet street.
Made famous for its thermal spas, a visit to Bath isn’t complete with a tour of the Roman Baths located in the city center.
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, commonly referred to as the Bath Abbey is located just beside the Roman Baths and worth a visit. Founded in the 7th century, rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries and restored in the 1860s, the Abbey tour can be completed after a visit to the Baths.
The Circus & Royal Crescent
For history lovers and cultural enthusiasts, the Circus and Royal Crescent are classic Georgian architecture. Having been completed between 1754 and 1767, the Circus was a popular stay for many of Jane Austen’s characters, with residents still living there today.
As an avid paper enthusiast (hello Owl and Oak), a stop at Meticulous Ink was a must. A gorgeous paperie with beautiful letterpress and gold foil designs, this print shop had me at its aqua ampersand.
Topping and Company
With Belle’s bookshop in mind, a visit to Topping and Company didn’t disappoint. Complete with rolling library ladders and hot tea, we each picked up a book for our trip here.
Eat & Drink
It was hard to keep me away from this tiny yet delicious bakery. With authentic pain au chocolat and quiche, it’s a great place to pick up a snack or light lunch while ambling the cobblestone streets.
A relaxed yet old English pub in the middle of the city, the Huntsman is perfect for an evening drink. A great selection of beers and a cool vibe, either on the patio or in their two story building, it makes for a perfect spot to spend the night.
Colonna & Hunter
Winning coffee shop, Colonna & Hunter is a great, airy spot to grab a coffee with friends. Camp out here with your laptop to get some work done with their free WiFi, or stop in for a taste of their specialty beers.
I’d highly recommend a visit to Bath when in the UK. Realign your energies, take some quiet time to reflect and appreciate beauty in new places, and indulge yourself!
Check out my travel post for more photos.