As some of you may know, one of my resolutions for this year is to travel more, both within the UK and abroad. I can happily say that unlike many other resolutions that I’ve made over the years, I’m working on this one and can already cross part of it off the list. Earlier in the month, my mum and I packed up our car and headed to Bath for a long weekend. It was a fantastic weekend, packed full of adventure, good food and laughter.
I’m going to share plenty with you in this post but it might just be a long one so grab a cuppa and get comfy, ok?
Then let’s get started.
My Mum is from down south and always spoke really fondly about the city. When my best friend visited late last year and added her praise to the mix, I knew I needed to see it. It is also full of Roman history which appears to the Classics nerd in me.
What did we do?
Everything! Although we were only there Saturday to Monday, we managed to fit a lot into our time in Bath.
We arrived in the city a little after lunch on the Saturday. After checking in to our B&B, we took a stroll into the city to get our bearings and explore. We did a little shopping, found our way to Pulteney Bridge and marvelled at the architecture. We also decided to take a look in the Abbey, which was fantastic. Both the Bridge and the Abbey are free (though you can donate at the Abbey) but they are well worth seeing.
A little bit in awe of our surroundings, we decided to grab some food and headed for Tapas (my fave).
Sunday was our ‘major’ day and we headed into the city centre bright and early. The first thing that we did was start queuing for the Thermae Bath Spa. We were there just after it opened and queued for about thirty minutes to get in. By the sounds of it, that wasn’t bad! When we looked on Saturday, the queue was definitely a lot longer. We paid £40 each for 2 hours of access to the new spa, which utilises the hot springs in a more modern environment. There are a couple of pools (including a rooftop one), saunas, ice chambers and other facilities. It is a lot of money but I did enjoy it, even if I’m not sure I would have gone if my mum hadn’t suggested it!
Refreshed, we went for a coffee at the loveliest little place around the corner. I think it was called Lulu’s and the cappucinos were amazing. While we were there, we met up with my friend Sam and plotted the rest of the day. First up: the Roman baths. These were a pretty dramatic contrast from Thermae Bath Spa but well worth a visit. Tickets were £16.50 each, which let you see the traditional baths and visit the accompanying museum. This was the real highlight of the trip for me and somewhere I would definitely return to if I got the chance. It was fascinating finding out a little bit more about Roman Britain and the significance the traditional baths had. There also seemed to be lots of family friendly information and activities on offer.
After that, we were definitely hungry so headed to Sally Lunn’s for a famous Bath Bunn. There was quite a queue to get into the tearoom itself but it wasn’t as long as we thought it would be. Once inside, service was quick and friendly so it wasn’t too long before we could tuck in – but there’s more on that later.
Our final major stop was checking out the Royal Crescent. There is a museum at No 1 that looked good but we decided against it as we arrived not long before closing. Instead, we strolled along and actually got caught in a very brief hail storm! We popped into some shops for cover before finding somewhere for a drink and a Sunday Lunch. We ended up going to Salamander on someone’s recommendation and it was lovely. So lovely that I didn’t even take a minute to take photos…
All too soon, it was Monday morning and we were checking out. With a long drive ahead of us, we decided to get on the road sooner rather than later. However, I am such a nerd that I couldn’t resist Mum’s offer of calling in to Chedworth Roman Villa on the way. She used to visit on school trips and marvelled at the mosaics that were preserved there. It was £11.60 each for entry but it was well worth the stop, especially if you like Classics as much as I do!
Where did we stay?
Getting a place to stay with parking was a challenge but we were lucky enough to find Leighton Townhouse. It’s a B&B that’s a short walk from the town centre and it was the perfect base for our explorations. The staff were super friendly, the rooms were beautiful and the breakfast was lush – what more could you ask for?
What did we eat?
We ate at some amazing places in Bath but I wanted to recommend just a couple of them now. First up was Ole Tapas, which was lovely. The food was packed full of flavour and really affordable too. It might not be the place to go to if you are super hungry but if you want to share a meal, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Secondly, the hype around Sally Lunn’s is very well deserved. It is an adorable tea room, not too expensive and the Bath Bunns are delicious. We actually ended up picking up four to take with us because we loved them so much!
Even though we weren’t in Bath for very long, I feel like we managed to squish a lot in. It was such a lovely trip and definitely proves to me that I don’t need my passport to go on an adventure!
I guess it’s just a case of where to next…