Discover the magic of Bath: a unique city of history and heritage with a contemporary vibe.
Down in the South West, hugged by rolling Cotswold hills, you’ll find one of England’s most fashionable cities - complete with classy coffee shops, designer boutiques and one-of-a-kind spas.
Thermae Bath Spa
Start the day with a dip in a rooftop pool - one of the most popular things to do in Bath. Let the mineral-rich waters melt those morning muscles while you drink up epic views. For the more adventurous, there’s also a new Wellness Suite with a Roman Steam Room and Ice Chamber.
Top tip: go mid-week or in the evening when it’s less busy.Find out more
Same Same but Different
Widely loved by its locals - from the spot-on eggs, crispy bacon and creamy avo to wondrous frozen berries with warm white chocolate. The coffee is superb too, oh, and the craft beer - but maybe come back in the evening for that.Find out more
It’s one of the most iconic sites in Bath but still a total must-see. Just imagine you’re Jane Austen or Charles Dickens for a moment and take a leisurely stroll past the golden Georgian townhouses where the city’s high society have lived since the 1700s. Don’t forget that parasol.
Top tip: If you’re feeling fancy you can always stop off at the five-star Royal Crescent Hotel for afternoon tea in their manicured garden.Find out more
You might wonder why everyone in Bath looks so chic. Well, design boutiques like this one have a lot to do with it. If you can’t stretch to that Karen Walker Rodeo dress just yet, treat yourself to something small: even their grocery bags are gorgeous.
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Spice things up with some authentic Indian street food. Wrap your chops around an onion bhaji wrap with a sweet smothering of mango chutney, then chase it down with a cup of hot chai - close your eyes and you’re away to India in a single slurp.
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The Fashion Museum
Find out how fashions have changed through the ages and go googly-eyed over sequined gowns, lace frocks and sweeping satin skirts. You’ll also discover a whole new meaning to ‘vintage’ when you try on one of their Georgian or Victorian outfits - hey, maybe we should bring bonnets back next season?Find out more
Quite possibly the most hipster cafe ever invented: stripped back interiors, fixie bikes on the walls, latte art, succulents, stacks of independent mags... But whether that’s your scene or not, you’ll go wild for the flat whites. A great place to chill while you ponder what to do in Bath next.Find out more
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights
You know a bookshop’s worth visiting when their tent at Glastonbury is packed out while the Saturday night headliner’s playing. Make a beeline for one of their reading spas: retreat into your own cosy ‘bibliotherapy’ room, and enjoy a stack of books - picked to your tastes - over tea and cake.Find out more
If there’s a cool zine or high-end magazine you’re into, you’ll find it among this beautiful collection: from rakesprogress, all about ‘progressive gardening’; to Nourished, a wellness and lifestyle periodical. The perfect souvenir to enjoy on the train ride home.Find out more
Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen
Cepe linguine in a truffle cream? Butternut squash terrine with pine nut risotto? Yes, this place does fine veggie food - so fine in fact that carnivores won’t even think about the fact it’s veggie. Great for vegans, too. In fact for many, surely one of the best restaurants in Bath.Find out more
The Canary Gin Bar
Partial to a refreshing G&T? You’ve come to the right place. You simply must try ‘Gin Austen’s’ Bath Gin - have it in a pretty as a picture Le Vie en Rose cocktail, garnished with rose petals. And make sure you venture upstairs to check out the Martini bar too.Find out more
Court your inner artist with a stay at this imaginative hotel in the centre of the city. Bright, colourful rooms, inspiring paintings on the walls, and a lively ArtBar are sure to get any blocked creativity flowing. And if you’re just looking for restaurants in Bath, the Allium is excellent.
Train: 1hr 30 from London Paddington
Coach: 2hrs 20 from Earls Court, London and 2hrs 35 from London Victoria station
Car: 2hrs 30 from central London
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Depending on your mood, hop on a train to the colourful city of Bristol (just a 15-minute ride), or head out into the countryside to see some of the oh-so-English Cotswolds. You could walk some of the 100-mile Cotswold Way, from the city centre, or drive to one of the villages like Lacock (a 40-minute journey) where Pride & Prejudice was filmed.Find out more
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