Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

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.


Must-see sights

  • 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

Royal Crescent, Bath

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 Roman Baths in Bath 

Local specialities

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.


Bath Abbey 


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!


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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


Photo credits:

Pulteney Bridge by Michael Maggs from Wikipedia

Bath Abbey by Steve Cadman from Wikipedia