This guide is all about my recent adventure to Bath, as one of the wonderful destinations I explored in the UK over a selection of weekends.
Bath is a remarkable place to visit with its UNESCO city status. It offers loads to visitors, such as a vast history, charming landscapes, and traditional dining experiences.
Bath is a perfect weekend escape destination whilst travelling around the UK.
Here are my top tips on what to do in Bath over a weekend.
Stay at St Christopher’s Inns hostel Bath
Located in the heart of the city and within a short walking distance from the train station, you can’t beat the location of the St Christopher’s Inn hostel in Bath.
I stayed in the shared six-bed dorm and found my bunk to be comfortable, as well as a great spot to meet other travellers visiting Bath.
An affordable place to base yourself while exploring Bath over a weekend.
Travel from London to Bath by Train
Travelling to Bath couldn’t be more accessible with many daily departures from London Paddington station with GWR trains.
The journey time is just under two hours, and the most affordable ticket I could find was an open return off-peak single.
The best value is when travelling with a railcard so you can make the most out of the discount.
You could also easily stay on the train line and continue to Bristol, which is close by – or Cardiff, Wales, along the same line.
There’s loads of options for travellers discovering the West Country part of the UK.
Checkout Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey is a Grade I listed building of a grand age, with impressive architecture that’s well worth checking out. A quiet, peaceful corner of Bath, open to the public to walk around and take a look inside.
Within the walls, you can find war memorials for the local population and monuments to several notable people, in the form of wall and floor plaques and commemorative stained glass.
The church also has two organs and a selection of large musical bells.
At the west of the Abbey, you can find a stone ladder with sculptures of climbing angels on them, which was a highlight for me.
They also have choir evenings that you can sit in on if you wanted to check out the acoustics of the old abbey.
It’s awe-inspiring how the sound travels around the ancient walls, very mystical and special.
The Roman Baths House
A trip to Bath isn’t complete without visiting the Roman Baths House.
This historical monument has since been transformed into a top visitor attraction.
I found the site well preserved and full of great information about the Roman times, and how Bath played its part in being home to one of the most outstanding religious spas of the ancient world.
It’s a self-guided tour with an audio guide full of incredible historical facts as you walk around the Roman baths.
The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site, and the baths still flow with natural hot water to this day. I’d recommend spending a good amount of time here to take it all in – it’s well put together, and you will learn loads.
You even get to try some of the thermal water, walk on old Roman pavements, and see a selection of Roman artefacts.
Vist Jane Austins house for afternoon tea with Darcy
If you plan on visiting Bath, you must find some time to fit in an afternoon tea session.
Usually enjoyed between lunch and dinner – an afternoon tea consists of scones with cream & jam, cakes, a selection of sandwiches and a pot of tea.
It’s a popular pastime to enjoy in Bath with many options available.
My recommendation would be to head to the top floor of The Jane Austen Centre where they offer an afternoon tea service with an excellent selection.
You can even opt for the afternoon tea with Darcy.
Why not treat yourself in this unique setting whilst enjoying Bath.
Check out The Royal Crescent
One big reason Bath was awarded its UNESCO title was for its large selection of Georgian architecture.
One great example is the Royal Crescent, which consists of 30 terraced houses laid out in row formation, all together forming a Grade I listed building.
In recent years it’s become a famous filming location for period dramas such as Bridgeton and The Duchess.
A perfect spot to go back in time and make the most out of this photo opportunity.
But remember to stay off the grass, as this is only accessible to residents.
Start your night at Belushi’s bar
Bath has a fun nightlife with historic watering holes to explore. Start your evening at the Belushi’s bar in Bath with a tasty burger and a pint.
It’s a perfect spot if sports happen to be on such as the rugby, and has a great atmosphere pretty much every night.
See where the rest of the night takes you. Best to book your table in advance at the moment.
Enjoy the views from Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge is an iconic landmark that’s not to be missed on a trip to Bath.
The River Avon crosses under the bridge completed in 1774 and offers picturesque views of the waters.
You can also find a selection of shops and cafes that line the bridge and are built across its entire span on both sides, which also offer excellent views from a selection of cafes and restaurants if you want to make the most of it.
You can also opt for a pleasure boat cruise along the River Avon that departs from the dock nearby.
Head to Sally Lunn’s for a Bath Breakfast Bun
Sally Lunn was famous for her incredible baking skills, and the Bath Bun has become an iconic treat in Bath. Top off your trip to Bath with a takeaway breakfast bun from Sally Lunn’s eating house, the oldest house in Bath.
A perfect location for afternoon tea, but due to limited space, you can always take a piece of Bath home with you to enjoy (and eat) later.
Thank you for reading my weekend guide to Bath
Thank you for reading my guide about Bath. I hope you’ve found the content helpful towards planning your next UK weekend adventure.
This guide was put together in collaboration with St. Christopher’s Inn hostels as part of my UK tour to London, Bath, Newquay and Edinburgh over a few weekends.
If you would like to stay at St Christopher’s Inn hostels across the UK, don’t forget to use my exclusive discount code: DAVE10 for 10% off your next booking (valid until the end of 2021).