It’s the end of January and time for trip 2 of 2019! This time, my boyfriend and I are travelling to Bath for the day. We were really excited to see how much we could fit into our 24 hours in Bath! Bath is one of the most historic cities in the UK and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We live just outside of Cardiff, and it took us around an hour and a half to drive to Bath. We parked outside the city and used a Park&Ride service. This was incredibly cheap and much more affordable than parking in Bath for the day. We used the Lansdown car park as the bus drops you directly to the city centre. It only costs £3.40 per person for a return journey Mon-Fri!
We had hoped to climb the tower of the gothic Bath Abbey but it was shut for renovations. It’s usually free to go inside. It’s also only £8 for a guided tower tour, where you can see a panoramic view of Bath. This is definitely on my bucket list for the next time I visit Bath!
The Roman Baths
I visited the Roman baths years ago with my school, and thought they’d be a lovely place to begin our visit! We pre-booked our tickets online for an early slot, which also allowed us to skip the queues. This was a great way to save money. These tickets gave us an extra hour for free at the Thermae Bath Spa! I absolutely love Roman history, so this was a great site to visit if you want to learn more about Bath. We went in first thing in the morning, so it was practically empty. This gave us more than enough time to explore everything, and I got some great photos of the morning mist rising off the main Roman baths.
Where We Ate
We stopped off at a few places throughout the day and treated ourselves to lunch at Miller and Carter. They had a great February set menu with a good range of starters and mains. This meant I had the biggest food baby to go to the spa but it was SO worth it!
The Royal Crescent
We decided to walk off some of our lunch and explore a bit more. We were almost halfway through our 24 hours in Bath and ready to work off our food! The walk up to the Royal Crescent didn’t take long at all. We had plenty of time to wander around the streets of Bath. I love how beautiful the buildings are there! They’re made of a honey coloured limestone that can be seen all around Bath. It was a little busier in the afternoon, with some tourist groups visiting, but not too bad at all.
We also walked around the famous Pulteney Bridge. It’s one of the only bridges in the world that’s covered, and has shops built into the walls along it. I loved looking in the little flower shops and bakeries, and it felt like going back in time!
Thermae Bath Spa
The clue is in the name – Bath is pretty famous for it’s spas! There are geo-thermal springs all over, supplying spas like the incredible Thermae Bath Spa. Our tickets for the Roman Baths gave us an extra hour free here. I think 3 hours was the perfect amount of time for us. We had more than enough time to explore each floor!
The ground floor is the huge Minerva pool, with a small jacuzzi area and a lazy river. The spa provides towel robes and disposable flip flops (happily, these are recycled after your visit). We then went up a floor to the wellness suite. There’s a range of steam rooms and saunas, and even an Ice-Chamber!
The roof-top pool is definitely the crowning glory of the Spa, and has a stunning view over Bath. We timed this just right and were able to watch the sunset over Bath from the roof-top pool! They don’t allow phones or cameras in the Spa. Don’t worry though – they give you a locker linked to a wristband so all your belongings are safe. We loved having a few hours away from social media and felt so relaxed on our way home!
We had a wonderful 24 hours in Bath, and I can’t wait to return and climb that Abbey tower! Have you been to Bath? I hope you enjoyed reading – if you want to check out more of my travel content, here’s a post about the best things to do in London!
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