7 things to do in Bath, United Kingdom

One of the cities that I have fallen in love with is Bath. Located in the United Kingdom and a two-hour drive from London. things to do in Bath

You can also fly into Bristol and then take a 15 minute train ride into Bath.
Btw If you love Jane Austin you will love Bath!

Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Did you know Bath is one of the World Heritage cities of England . I think it is just beautiful! I would even like to live there in the future!

There are a lot of things to do in Bath but here are my top 7 must do’s!


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1. Free walk

This walk is totally free! That means that they don’t even accept tips! All the guides are well-trained guides. Our guide Terry has been doing the tour for 26 years! You can see he does it with a lot of passion and he has an answer for every question.

They take you through the city of Bath, tell you about the history of Bath, Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and tell you why Bath is a World Heritage City.
You will walk to the Spa’s, Queen Victoria park (who hated Bath), The Royal Crescent and more.
You will go to places that you normally won’t go to. I even think you do, see and hear things you don’t hear and see on the hop on hop off bus.

They do walks every day at 10.30am and 2pm, except on Saturday than it’s only at 10.30am. No walks on Christmas Day.

Tours lasts approximately 2 hours and start in the Abbey Church Yard. You will see a sign indicating ‘free walking tour starts here’.
When I did the walk we walked for about 2,5 hours but the time flew by and I could have kept going.

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2. Hop On Hop Off bus

Other than walking around Bath you can also take a hop on hop off bus when you are there. You will learn a lot about the history of Bath but you will also go into the hills where you wouldn’t normally go.

Tickets: Adult: 14,5 pounds, children: 9 pound

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3. Bath Abbey 

You can visit the beautiful Bath Abbey at a donation of 2 pounds and enjoy the building by yourself.

But you can also do a Tower tour. The tour has 212 steps but with enough breaks in between. The tour takes about 45 minutes and you get all the history about the Bath Abbey. This will cost an adult 6 pounds and children (between 5-15) 3 pounds.

On a clear day you have a beautiful view over Bath and in December you can look over the famous Christmas Market.

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4. Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are a must see. So much history and it is just beautiful.

The Roman Baths are located in the centre of the city and was built for bathing and socializing. Now it is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world.

First you walk through the museum before heading to the Baths. Here there is a free tour. When I arrived with my friend we were the only ones there so we got a private tour 😉

It is not allowed to bathe in the baths but fortunately there are other baths/spas where you can enjoy the water.

The Roman Baths cost 15,5 pounds, incl. audio. You can also combine it with other activities in Bath so make sure to check that out!

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5. Spa’s 

I have not yet done this but it is definitely on my to do list.

Bath has 3 natural hot springs and you can enjoy these in the Thermal Bath Spa.
When you go into the Spa you get a bracelet that records how long you are at the Spa and every treatment or any extra purchases you do will go on the bracelet and at the end you pay what’s on there.

I think this is a bit dangerous because you will do a lot more than you will be planning to but then again just watch out what you are doing 😉

The Thermae Bath Spa has a rooftop pool that you can access any time of the year. Yes even when it is freezing cold!
There are also Aroma Steam Rooms with different smells. When you are done you will smell amazing. Other than that you can also do some Spa treatments.

Prices start at 35 pounds (38 pounds on Saturday and Sunday) for the first two hours. After that it is 10 pounds per hour.

6. Sally Lunn 

You can also visit the Sally Lunn house. This house is one of the oldest houses in Bath and here is where the famous Bath buns started.

Go inside; enjoy a bun, scones or something else. In the basement you have a small museum about the history of Sally Lunn and you can also find the original kitchen here.

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7. Shopping

Believe it or not but there are actually a lot of shops. A couple of examples are; North Face, Urban Outfitters, Timberlands, H&M, etc. things to do in Bath

Other then the 7 things I talk about there are also lot of museums, parks and tours you can do. So don’t just go for one day because you will regret it! 😉

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Also please go eat a pasty at Cornwall Pasty! These pasties are delicious! I wanted to take a pictures of the pasty but before I knew it, it was already gone! things to do in Bath

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I hope you liked my ‘things to do in Bath’.
Is there a city you would love to move to? Tell my which one and why! I would love to hear about it.
This article was originally published in October 2015 and updated in January 2017.

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40 Comments

  1. October 11, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Hele leuke foto’s! Misschien moet ik sommige delen in Engeland toch nog maar eens een extra kansje geven :’)

    • October 11, 2015 / 10:55 am

      Engeland is best mooi! Je mag je inderdaad niet alleen focussen op Londen 🙂 😉 We zullen is samen gaan wanneer we allebei terug zijn!

  2. February 1, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Mooie stad! Ik vind die ‘hop on, hop off’ bussen altijd zo leuk! Ik ben soms eerder aan de luie kant & zie het dan graag vanuit een bus, natuurlijk wel bovenaan!

    • February 1, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Haha snap ik en je moet inderdaad helemaal bovenaan zitten bij zo’n bus 🙂

  3. February 1, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Hier heb ik nog nooit van gehoord, maar lijkt me erg leuk zeg. Deze ga ik in gedachten houden! Liefs.x

    • February 1, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Veel mensen hebben nog nooit van Bath gehoord maar het is daar toch zo gezellig! Laat me weten als je er ooit eens komt 🙂

  4. February 1, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    This is a great guide. I love the photos 🙂

  5. February 1, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Some great tips! I just love that it is called Bath! I would love to visit someday and will be keeping your tips in mind!

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      You are welcome! Happy to hear. I would love to hear how you liked it when you visit it someday 🙂

  6. February 1, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Never considered Bath as a destination to visit in the UK. Thanks for the inspiration, nice and detailed guide.

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      I also never heard of it until my friend told me. Definitely worth a visit! And you are welcome 🙂

  7. February 1, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I’ve never though of going to visit Bath in the UK. Next time I’ll be there I will go there!! Thank you for the inspiration and the Guide!

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      You are welcome! I hope you like it 🙂

  8. February 1, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    This is perfect, thank you for writing it. I really want to get to Bath this year as I only went 9 years ago to look round the University. I’d love to properly explore, and that walking tour looks their perfect way to start.

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      Thank you and you are welcome 🙂 Oh wow 9 years! I hope you get the chance to explore it soon and the walking tour is definitely the perfect wat to start 🙂

  9. February 1, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I visited Bath last year and loved it although didn’t get too much downtime as it was a friends birthday event.

    One thing that we did that was really nice was take some boats up the river and then you have a quick stop at a pub before heading back! 🙂

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Oh I will definitely check that out next time! Thank you for this tip!

  10. February 1, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    This is so awesome! Bath is on the top of my UK bucket list. Loved your photos. Makes me want to hop on a plane.

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you!! Always nice to make someone hop on a plane 🙂

  11. February 1, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I went to bath for half a day a few years ago and it was obviously not enough! Thanks for the tips – I will have to save this for when I go back.

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Oh yeah half a day isn’t enough. You are welcome and I hope you can go back soon. 🙂

  12. February 2, 2017 / 12:19 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bath! The Roman Bathes were so cool to visit. I need to go back soon.

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more 🙂

  13. February 2, 2017 / 1:31 am

    This is the third post I have read on Bath and I can’t wait to visit. Yours just put me over the top and I love your photos. The architecture is beautiful. Thanks for all the tips will need them for a future first time visitor.

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Happy to hear 🙂 I hope you get to go there soon! Let me know how you liked it 🙂

  14. February 2, 2017 / 5:43 am

    I’ve never been to England, but I would love to visit one day. I also love it when cities have a route for a walking tour. Sometimes the best sights are seen on foot. Thanks for sharing!

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I hope you get there one day! I also think it’s a nice day trip from London 🙂

  15. Kiwirugbytravelstories
    February 2, 2017 / 9:55 am

    I wished I went to Bath when I was in England:( Great guide – I hope to go one day!

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you. I hope you get the chance to go back one day!

  16. February 2, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Love all the stunning photos captured & shared here in your post, wish I can travel myself to all these places one day 🙂 cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you and you are welcome. I hope you can get to travel there one day 🙂

  17. February 2, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Never thought about visiting this particular place but from your pics it does look a beautiful place!
    I have never been to England but if I do one day, will consider going as I do love Jane Austen too!

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Then you definitely need to visit Bath! You will love it. It feels like going back to the period of Jane Austen 🙂 They even have a festival of Jane Austen!

  18. February 2, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I’ve always loved that Bath is famous for Baths 😀
    Beautiful architecture as well

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Hahaha and very beautiful 🙂

  19. February 2, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Ik wil vooral naar die spa, en een free walking tour lijkt mij ook erg interessant. Eerst wandelen, dan relaxen in de spa, zoiets 🙂 Ik zou graag in Vancouver willen wonen, waarom hoef ik jou niet te vertellen 😉

    • February 6, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      Heel goed idee! Ik hoop dit in maart eindelijk te kunnen doen 🙂 Haha Inderdaad mij moet jij niet vertellen waarom jij in Vancouver wilt wonen 🙂 😉 Ik zou het ook niet erg vinden!

  20. February 5, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Wauwie! Prachtig 🙂
    Wat een onwijs mooie foto’s heb je gemaakt, leuk dat je daar geweest bent!
    Liefs, Florentine

    • February 6, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Dank je! Ja al een aantal keer. Ik hoop in maar terug te gaan 🙂

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