We have been wanting to visit Bath, England for years! Of course, the Roman Baths drew our interest the most, but it always looked so charming in pictures and television shows. It did not disappoint.
Itinerary for Bath, England
Plan for at least two nights.
I would recommend staying three nights, using Bath as a home base but doing a few day trips close by. We stayed two nights and wished we would have extended it to three so we could have seen the Cotswolds. It’s a great excuse to schedule a return trip
Bed & Breakfast recommendation
We stayed at the Brocks Guest House. It was located just outside The Circus and The Royal Crescent. It also is walking distance to the Roman Baths and the heart of downtown. They served a great free made to order breakfast. You simply chose from their custom menu the night before. I enjoyed a great English breakfast both mornings. The bathroom and room is small & dated, but it’s charming and the staff is great.
Things to See
The Roman Baths
Luckily during our stay, we walked right up to the ticket counter. It does get busy during peak season so I would recommend reserving your ticket online before your arrival. You’ll start your tour with the museum, which eventually leads you to the ancient Roman Baths. The Roman Baths are considered one of the finest historic sites in the U.K and I was really pleased to see how preserved they have kept the site. Don’t forget to try the natural Spa water at the end of the visit.
Take the Free Walking Tour
We did this on the second morning of our stay. You’ll meet the local, volunteer guides at the Royal Bath House. All the guides share their love of their city with you for about 2.5 hours. They give you the little details about Bath that most tourists miss.
Stroll the City
Picnic at the Parade gardens if it’s warm, shop the stores along the historic Pulteney bridge, visit Bath Abbey & walk to the Royal Crescent & The Circus. If you take the walking tour, you will hit all of these landmarks.
Day Trip to Stonehenge
Since it’s considered one of the wonders of the world, this was a must-see traveling to the U.K. We scheduled a tour to Stonehenge on our second day. Since it left in the early afternoon, we were able to do the free walking tour and grab lunch before the tour left. Although there isn’t a clear explanation of its history, Stonehenge is a remarkable landmark to see.
Things I wish we would have done
Like I mentioned before, I wish we would have extended our stay by one more night to see the Cotswolds. I also wish we would have been able to see a Broadway show at their well-known Theatre Royal Bath. Again, next time!
The Raven Pub – if you like the English meat pies, this place is for you. Their homemade pies are fantastic. This was recommended by a local. Of course, mostly locals were dining here.
The Oven Pizzeria – some of the best Italian pizza I’ve ever had! We split a pizza and ordered a small salad each.
Cafe Lucca – a great spot for lunch. They offered fresh salads, sandwiches and more. I tried their five salad sampler and it was very fresh and delicious!