A visit to Bath is a popular day trip from London but Bath also offers plenty to see and do for those who have a little more time to spend in the historic town. Annabel Purling runs Hedonistic Hiking’s UK office and is a regular visitor to the nearby city of Bath. She recently spent a weekend in Bath with friends and has kindly shared her ‘Insider Secrets’ with us.
- The Roman Baths
- Bath Abbey
- Pulteney Bridge
- Georgian architechture - in particular The Royal Crescent and The Circus
Favourite place/area to stay
- Francis Hotel - 7 Georgian houses refurbished to a boutique hotel
- Queensberry Hotel - quirky but very comfortable with a great restaurant, The Olive Tree
- Bath Priory Hotel - about a mile and a half from the very centre of Bath so maybe best for people with a car, but it's a lovely Spa Hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant - part of the Relais & Chateaux group
Best place to eat
There are tons obviously but these are the ones my friends frequent!
- Hall & Woodhouse Graze
- Microbrewery and Chop House
- Firehouse Rotisserie
- The Olive Tree - see above
- The Pump Room at the Roman Baths for classic afternoon tea
- Milsom Place for a lunch stop whilst sightseeing - a cute collection of brasseries, bistros and delis
- Also two great cocktail bars which have been recommended: Sub 13 in George Street and Circo - in the basement of the Halcyon Hotel
Best way to get around the city
Walk! It's compact enough to do on foot with comfortable shoes and in any case the one-way driving system and lack of street parking make the car a bit of a nuisance in the centre. There is a red open top sightseeing bus!
The Bath Bun, The Sally Lunn bun, Bath Oliver biscuits for cheese, Bath Blue cheese ....
Best way to spend a lazy Sunday?
Visit the Thermae Bath Spa - Bath is of course famous for its naturally warm mineral-rich waters and this place has an indoor and rooftop pool where you can bathe with amazing views over the city. There is even a twilight session plus a huge selection of treatments and massages, etc.
My hidden secret
The Georgian Garden - a little glimpse of how the Georgian gardens would have looked in the time of Jane Austen. Access is from the Gravel Walk behind Number 4 The Circus. No entrance fee!
Annabel recommends a visit to www.visitbath.co.uk
Footnote: I visited Bath in June 2013 and dined at Cafe Martini. The meals were delicious and reasonably priced and the service was excellent. I highly recommend Cafe Martini for (mainly) Italian cuisine in Bath. I stayed at Hilton Bath City. Carolyn