Bath is a pretty swanky city, set in the beautiful county of Somerset and known for its Roman baths and Georgian architecture. Even if you only have a day this world heritage site is so worth the visit, especially if you’re lucky enough to visit in the sunshine!
Walk around! The streets of Bath are really gorgeous, with the most amazing architecture and its fair share of listed buildings. There’s the Circus, the Royal Crescent and walk by the river to admire the River Avon as it flows under Pulteney Bridge. At the centre of it is the Abbey, originally founded in the 7th century. You certainly can get by in Bath without spending a penny on attractions.
When we were wondering around we happened upon the Bath Assembly rooms. They were some very elegant rooms, designed in 1769, for the purpose of balls, concerts and gambling as Bath had become a very fashionable place. They were totally free to visit so well worth it.
We walked around the Sydney Gardens, a public open space, which are the only 18th century pleasure gardens remaining in the country! Pleasure gardens sounds a bit saucy, right? ‘Oh my lady, can’t believe you’re inviting me into your pleasure gardens!!’ As we were lucky enough to visit when the sun was out it was a really lovely walk around
Of course we couldn’t visit Bath without visiting the Roman Baths! They were very well preserved and I was surprised by how interesting the museum was too. In fact we spent a lot longer getting around the baths than we had anticipated because we were really enjoying ourselves. The entry tickets were £15 and I think it was good value as there was much to see.
We ate in a fab little place called Yammo, a Neapolitan street food restaurant, where I had a delicious platter. What made all the difference was the amazing owner who gave us complimentary limoncello and spoke to us about Italy.
We also made a reservation at the Circus restaurant, which was a very special meal. Their dinner menus change monthly but their food was absolutely amazing and reasonably priced. Their wine list was also interesting, with wines carefully selected from individual growers, so have a try of something new!
We had a lovely time dining at Sally Lunn’s, one of the oldest houses in Bath. It was a lovely building and we decided to eat their famous ‘bun’, which can be eaten with sweet or savoury toppings. I tried both and I can confirm they are delicious eaten both ways.
Having tried unsuccessfully in the past to make a booking here I finally managed to get into Sotto Sotto on our recent visit. The food was delicious, the service exceptional and the restaurant itself is very romantic. For my main I had the scallop risotto and it was so yummy!
I stayed at the Henrietta House which was an absolutely gorgeous Georgian townhouse, right in the centre. It was the perfect mix of modern and historical and offered an amazing breakfast in the morning. We drove and parking was available at £12 a day (or £5 a day if you park on the street) but if you travel by train it is only a 5 minute walk from the station. We stayed in a small double, which cost £140 per night.
On our recent trip we stayed at 66 Bloomfield Avenue, a hotel just 20 minutes walk from the centre. Set inside a beautiful home it offered us a cosy and warm place to stay, with friendly hosts and everything we could possibly need. The parking was free and the hotel cost us £75 for the night (for a large room with en suite) so perfect for a lower budget stay.