By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
The scenic city of Bath offers so many exciting things to see and do, it's difficult to pick just a few. Check out our top picks below.
Bath Skyline Walk
If you want to escape the city crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet, take yourself on the National Trust’s remarkable Bath Skyline walk. Scenic with elevated views over Bath and the Mendips along six miles of way-marked footpaths, through woodland and pretty wildflower meadows. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome on the Bath Skyline walk.
Shop ‘til you drop
The city of Bath is a shopper’s paradise with everything from remarkable big-name stores and one-off independent boutiques to malls and scenic passageways. The city is also great for lovers of vintage shopping. And while it’s often bursting at the seams with tourists and pedestrians, the council’s strategy to make Bath a more walkable city means an increasing number of shopping areas are blissfully car-free.
Live like a Bridgerton
If you’re a fan of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, you can take in the sights with Brit Movie Tours as they show you around the remarkable filming locations on a two-hour promenade through Bath’s beautiful and historic streets. Alternatively, you could book a Bath Adventures ‘Bath & Bridgerton with Music’ tour, where you’ll be given over-ear headphones as a guide takes you through Bath, sharing locations, behind-the-scenes gossip and music from the show.
Bath’s long history as a spa centre, which began as a result of the amazing, natural hot springs here, is as important today as it ever was. If you fancy some serious Roman-style pampering, Thermae Bath Spa is famous for its mineral-rich bathing waters, aromatic steam rooms and pampering treatments. The main spa is the New Royal Bath, which fuses glass, stone, light and water to create a stylish, contemporary space.
Made popular more than 300 years ago, Sally Lunn’s world-famous brioche-like teacakes are a Bath speciality. Housed in one of Bath’s oldest houses, Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum showcases the original kitchen used by the legendary Huguenot baker Sally Lunn to create the very first Bath bun – which you can still enjoy there today.
Admire Georgian architecture
Bath’s gorgeous Georgian buildings and scenic bridges are a legacy of its popularity as a spa town. The Royal Crescent perfectly captures the beauty of the Georgian style. Just take a walk around the city and you’ll be dazzled by its architecture at every turn.
Take a trip to the theatre
For such a small city Bath has a truly huge number of theatres, this includes The Theatre Royal, one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain. It’s also home to comedy great John Cleese and actor Anthony Head, star of BBC series Merlin.
With a plethora of unique eateries, the city of Bath has plenty of remarkable fine dining restaurants, cafés and the best afternoon tea. The Olive Tree is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Bath, with an award-winning wine list and a reasonably priced Mediterranean-influenced menu. Other notable restaurants include Menu Gordon Jones and the 3AA Rosette Montagu’s Mews restaurant.
Relax in gardens & open spaces
Bath is blessed with some wonderful and scenic parks and green spaces including Prior Park Landscape Garden, Sydney Gardens and Royal Victoria Park. The Green Flag Award-winning Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by the 11-year-old Princess Victoria, and, lying right next to the famous Royal Crescent, it gives visitors the chance to appreciate the sweeping architecture from its well-kept lawns.
Celebrate Jane Austen
Jane Austen knew Bath as a thriving spa city, popular with the fashionable set. There are plenty of ways to experience the English novelist’s Bath, including The Jane Austen Centre which is housed within a period building right in the city centre. Fans of the famous writer and her literary classics can learn about her years living in the scenic city and how they influenced her writing.
Outdoor attractions in and around Bath
British and European restaurants in Bath
Independent shops and boutiques in Bath