Weekend Trip From London To Bath
An official World Heritage site, Bath is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the UK. The Roman Baths Museum is the first port of call for historical sightseers, with its wide variety of exhibitions it allows you to step back in time and see how the spa town developed. Spas are not a thing of the past though, there are many opportunities to take a dip into a naturally hot spa, either ancient or modern. If you can manage to tear yourself away from all the pampering, take a tower tour at Bath Abbey, for some truly stunning scene of the area, at this great vantage point. The architecture along Bath Street is particularly impressive, as is The Royal Crescent; built by the elite and admired by many. With many independent boutiques and a weekly farmers market on Saturdays, Bath is a great spot for a bit of retail therapy, to enhance a pampered weekend.
Further afield from the city center, children and adults alike will enjoy the fairy-tale world of Wooky Hole Caves and the acclaimed Longleat Safari Park. Somerset has plenty of attractions for all ages so a long drive through the countryside, stopping off at local cider farms and parks then making your way to Cheddar Gorge, would make a perfect day trip.
Did you know that Bath has its own currency? The Bath Oliver is used by local businesses and residents, as a way of promoting buying local and improving community relations. You won’t be able to use them as a tourist but there are plenty of opportunities to spend your money wisely at independent shops and restaurants.
If you eat just one thing in Bath, make sure it is a cream tea from Betty’s, a longstanding tea room full of traditional delights. Of course, there is plenty of great food to be had in Bath, so you will want to eat much more. Restaurant Eleven is great for a quick and tasty breakfast or lunch and Menu Gordon Jones is perfect for a swanky dinner. A trip to the popular Burgers and Barrels offers a more relaxed dining experience, with great music and cocktails to enjoy alongside top notch burgers.
How to Reach Bath
A drive from London should take between 2-2.5 hours, depending on traffic. National Express coaches can be taken from Victoria coach station or you can catch a 1.5 hour train ride from Paddington.
Where to Stay in Bath
For a bit of literary infused luxury why not splash out and stay at Jane Austen‘s Home, where she lived for 5 years, writing Nothanger Abbey and Persuasian there. If you are looking for something more affordable and traditional, a stay at The Duke is a great base for exploring the city. For long stays, Tucking Mill Annexe is a beautifully decorated cottage, with great outside space. If you are looking for budget accommodation, there are plenty of B&Bs in and around the city, including the stylish Henrietta House. Many of the B&Bs and guest houses located in city centre can be found in beautiful listed Georgian or Victorian buildings which offer its own charm and a friendly atmosphere. On the other hand, B&Bs outside of the city center provide a great location for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and horse riding, as well as easy access to popular areas like Stonehenge and Longleat.