What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been famous since the time of the Roman Empire for its spas and thermal baths. A day in the city is enough to relax, eat well, discover historical attractions and renew your energy to continue your journey. 

During our UK tour, we left the nearby town of Bristol and we spent a day in Bath to see the region. We've put together all the tips for what to do in Bath in a one or two day trip, check it all out here.

“Bath” doesn’t get its name for nothing, the word that means “bath” in English and is the biggest feature of this British city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located 2 hours from London, Bath is world-renowned for the complex of thermal baths created at the time of the Roman Empire. For over 10 years people have traveled to Bath for the famous baths.

The small town of about 80 inhabitants is a charm and worth a visit. The best thing is that you can do everything on foot, whether on a walk to the thermal baths or on a stroll to see the historic buildings.

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Some facts about Bath

  • Bath was a favorite city for the Romans. Out of all the affection they had for the city, they decided to build a bath complex to take advantage of the city's natural hot springs. These buildings are still well preserved in the city to this day – however, these in particular are closed for visitors to bathe. In addition, they even offer a wonderful view of the city from the rooftop pool.
  • Have you read the book or watched the movie “Pride and Prejudice”? Author Jane Austen lived in Bath for many years. The city greatly influenced her work during the author's stay in the city.
  • The streets of Bath are very charming and sophisticated. They were built by the Georgian people in the 18th century. One of the streets worth visiting in the city is the Royal Crescent, one of the most beautiful in Great Britain.

You can get an idea of ​​the charm and atmosphere of the city in the video below:

How to get to Bath

Just an hour and a half by train from London, Bath is a haven for many locals. Located in Somerset County, the city is a great starting point for exploring the classic English countryside or cities full of history and contemporary art like Bristol (which is half an hour by car or 15 minutes by train from there).

The fastest way to get to the city is by train. We did the trip with GWR. Leaving Bristol in 15 minutes I was already in Bath. The train also has daily departures from London.

>> Read also What to do in Bristol in England.

Things to do in Bath

Roman Thermal Baths

The Roman Baths are an underground hot spring complex. At the time of its construction, it was here that people made offerings to the Roman gods. Unfortunately the hot springs have been closed to bathers since 1978.

But there is a museum that is a must visit for anyone going to Bath. To really get your feet wet, it's worth visiting the Thermae Bath Spa, which has both swimming pools and steam rooms.

Click here to see prices and tickets to visit the Roman Baths and a tour of the city.

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

Photo: Thermae Bath SPA

Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen fans will also find plenty to be excited about during a trip to Bath. The Regency-era author spent years of her life in this city, which celebrates her (and her masterpieces) in Jane Austen Centre.

The Center tells the story of the author and the time she spent in the city, as well as a souvenir shop

Open daily. February-May: 10:30 am to 16:30 pm. June-August: 10 am to 17 pm. September-December: 10:30 am to 16:30 pm.

Click here to buy your ticket to the Jane Austen Center.

No. 1 Royal Crescent

At the. 1 Royal Crescent was the first house to be built on the city's most famous street, Royal Crescent St.

The house, which has now become a museum, was a luxury accommodation for aristocratic visitors who came to enjoy the city's hot springs. Each room is an example of Georgian-era interior design with authentic furniture, paintings, fabrics and rugs.

The Royal Crescent House is considered one of the finest achievements of XNUMXth century urban architecture in the city. It is worth stopping by and taking a walk along the beautiful – and busy – Royal Crescent street.

Open daily from 10 am to 17 pm.


What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

Royal Crescent, Bath
Foto: Visit Bath

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The Circus

In the XNUMXth century, the architect John Wood used the circular shape of Neolithic stones found in England to build the The Circus Bath. This was the first English urban planning circus, which predates London's Oxford Circus and Piccadilly.

The Circus – which, along with the Royal Crescent, is the most famous of Bath's architectural wonders, is worth making your list of things to do in Bath.

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

The Circus – Photo: Publicity

Bath Abbey

Meet Tower of Bath Abbey to see the different and functional side of this city landmark.

Prepare your breath and climb the 212 steps to the top of the Abbey. You will get to know the bell room and still sit behind the clock face. There on the roof, you will still see beautiful views of the city and countryside.

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

Abadia de Bath – Photo: Atatiwa via Flickr

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

Bath Abbey organ

 See Bath from another angle on the Bath Skyline walk

Take a ride on the Bath Skyline Walk. A short drive from the city center, this 10 km route takes you through green fields, secluded valleys and ancient woods. In the middle of the walk, you will still have panoramic views of the city.

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

Sally Lunn's Tea House

Don't miss the city's most famous tea house, the Sally Lunn’s. Have an afternoon snack (or five o'clock tea) with brioche or scones with sweet and savory toppings. The house, dating from 1482, is considered to be one of the oldest in Bath.

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

Sally Lunn's - Photo: Sonya Bean via Flickr

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Where to stay in Bath – Our Hotel Recommendation

Harington’s City Hotel

I stayed at Harington’s City Hotel. The boutique hotel is small but charming and super cozy. The strong point of the hotel is the location, it is in the center of the city, you can walk to all the attractions. It's a great tip for couples and groups of friends who want comfortable and cost-effective accommodation.

Rates from R$ 524 with breakfast included.

">Click here for availability and prices.

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

What to do in Bath – Must-see attractions in the city

Other hotel options in Bath:

  • Holiday Inn Express Bath
  • The Griffin Inn
  • From Hotel Bath

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