UK Breaks: 24 hours in Bath

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.

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Bathe at Thermae Bath Spa

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. 

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Brunch at Same Same but Different

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.

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Behold the Royal Crescent

Royal Crescent

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.

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Cherish FOUND

FOUND

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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Chomp at Chai Walla

Chai Walla

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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Covet the Fashion Museum

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?

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Revive at Society Cafe

Society Cafe

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.

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Read at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

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.

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Redeem at Magalleria

Magalleria

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.

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Savour the Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen

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. 

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Sip at The Canary Gin Bar

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.

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Snooze at the Abbey Hotel

Abbey Hotel

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. 

Get there 

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


Good to know

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.

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19 Dec 2018(last updated)
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    Thermae Bath Spa

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    Same Same but Different

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    Royal Crescent

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    FOUND

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    Chai Walla

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    The Fashion Museum

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    Society Cafe

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    Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

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    Magalleria

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    Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen

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    The Canary Gin Bar

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    Abbey Hotel

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