Roman Baths
Roman Baths

The best things to do on a day trip in Bath

 

A historic spa town dating back to Roman times, a World Heritage site, and famed for its gorgeous signature Georgian architecture, it’s easy to see why tourists visit Bath in their millions. But aside from spa days and historic architecture, Bath is a vibrant and fun city with a top-notch foodie scene, a sizzling nightlife and plenty to keep you busy on a weekend trip - hop in a Zipcar and be sure not to miss these things to do in Bath.

 

Eat and drink in Bath

There’s no shortage of places to eat in Bath. Whatever time of day hunger (or thirst) strikes, these establishments have you covered.

Green Bird Café

Green Bird Café, Bath

Green Bird Café

Tuck into locally sourced and thoughtfully prepared breakfast, brunch or lunch at this airy and welcoming café. From granola with yoghurt to pancake stacks and fry ups to start the day, to coffee and cake for an afternoon pick-me-up, Green Bird Café has everything a café in Bath needs.

The Scallop Shell

The Scallop Shell, Bath

The Scallop Shell

This nautical-themed restaurant is the place to go for the freshest and most delicious fish and seafood that Bath has to offer – the catch of the day is even kept fresh on a bath (yes, a real bath) of ice! Expect the likes of oysters, scallops and mussels to start or to share, and classic fish and chips cooked to perfection as the main attraction at The Scallop Shell.

The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse, Bath

The Dark Horse

With accolades like Top 10 bars in the world and Top 3 cocktail bars in the UK under their belt, The Dark Horse is well worth a visit. If you’re looking for a deliciously creative cocktail or two on your weekend in Bath, this is the place to go. Book ahead to avoid disappointment, as tables are in high demand!

Places to visit in Bath

When it comes to Bath attractions, there’s more than you could possibly fit into a weekend! From luxuriating in a spa to exploring historic sites, there’s something for everyone.

Visit a museum (or three)

Roman baths in Bath city centre

Visit a museum (or three)

There’s no shortage of museums in Bath, from The Roman Baths which gave the city its name, to the chic Fashion Museum and the architecture-lover’s No.1 Royal Crescent. Artistic types will enjoy wandering through Victoria Art Gallery, while lovers of literature will delight in the Jane Austen museum. There’s even a Postal Museum, if you’re that way inclined. In summary, there’s a museum for just about every interest in Bath, so take your pick!

Have a spa day

Woman at a spa

Have a spa day

The Romans aren’t the only ones who knew how to pamper themselves. Today there are plenty of spas in Bath offering luxurious experiences from massages and treatments to simply relaxing in the thermal pools. Check out Visit Bath’s spa guide and book yourself in for some TLC.

Take a walk

The royal crescent, Bath

Take a walk

When visiting a new city, the best way to get a feel for it is on foot, and Bath is no exception. Meander past the stunning Georgian architectural buildings on the famous streets of Royal Crescent, Circus and Lansdown Crescent – the perfect opportunity for Insta-worthy photos. Another beautiful Bath walk is the Bath Skyline – a scenic trail on the hillside above the city offering panoramas of the skyline and beautiful nature scenery.

Shopping in Bath

Forget predictable souvenirs, shopping in Bath has so much to offer, from unique handcrafted items to eco-friendly stores.

Bibico

Bibico, Bath

Bibico

The place to go in Bath for sustainable fashion. All the garments at Bibico – from dresses and knitwear to denim and socks - are fair trade and made with natural materials. Plus, they’re quite reasonably priced compared to some eco-friendly fashion.

Waller & Wood

Waller & Wood, Bath

Waller & Wood

Want to treat yourself in Bath? Head to Waller & Wood, where you’ll find beautiful contemporary glass, textiles and ceramics hand made by Carole Waller and Gary Wood. Their gallery showroom is a few miles outside of bath, so jump in your Zipcar to get there, it’s well worth a trip.

The Yellow Shop

The Yellow Shop, Bath

The Yellow Shop

The unmistakable bright yellow front leads into a rainbow of colour inside The Yellow Shop. Vintage and retro fashion, accessories, curios and trinkets mostly from the 80s, 90s and 00s. From classic denim to leather, from leisure to workwear by sports and fashion brands from the US and Europe, all served with a smile.

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