A weekend in Bath – what could be more refined? This beautiful Georgian city is a big draw for visitors, and no wonder. With lovely architecture, a rich history, culture galore and a growing food and drink scene, it makes for a great weekend – even in a chilly English Spring! Here are some our B-Sweetie tips on where to stay and what to do.
A weekend in Bath - gainsborough-bath-and-spa
The stylish Georgetown Bath Spa Hotel
has the best location in town. It is just minutes from the Roman Baths and famous Pump Room, and is a good choice for a weekend in Bath. The Spa is set above the thermal hot springs, and guests can take advantage of the plunge pools, saunas and steam room. We loved tasting the mini cups of drinking chocolate – made to an authentic 17th century recipe, with chilli and cardamom.
This was considered to be the height of sophistication in 17th
If cocktails are more your thing then you should head to the bar. Tell the mixologist your spirit of choice and your preference on flavour, and let them create something for you. An alternative for a relaxed stay, is the Villa at Henrietta Park
which is close enough to walk into town. It has comfortable beds, friendly staff and delicious breakfasts.
If you haven’t got breakfast included in your stay, then you should take to the city streets and explore the options. The Blue Quail
on Pulteney Bridge is cute and buzzy and serves everything from a 'full English' to muffins, cereals and homemade pancakes.
A weekend in Bath - Pulteney Bridge
The hipster-cool Colonna and Small’s
is the place we headed to for mid-morning coffee, but be prepared to queue with the locals. For more historic surroundings, visit the Pump Room
. This lovely high-ceilinged room is where you can also drink the famous water, said to be good for rheumatism and gout.
A weekend in Bath - Roman Bath reflections
There is so much to see on a weekend in Bath. But no first time visitor should miss the Roman Baths
. You can marvel at the greenish waters of the main bath, which is lined with lead from Roman times, and is still watertight! There are artefacts galore, including a grand, golden statue head of the goddess Minerva. You should set aside at least a couple of hours to explore thoroughly.
The Austen Effect – The Jane Austen Centre
is where you will find a recent waxwork of one of England’s most famous authors. You can also pick up a book or two. We recommend Northanger Abbey which is set in Bath.
Culture – The Victoria Gallery
has paintings by Turner and Gainsborough to explore. Make sure you see Sir William Holburne’s extensive collection from his travels at the Holburne Museum
. Take a stroll around the Circus and Royal Crescent to admire some of the loveliest architecture in town.
If you can, book tickets for the theatre. Finally, you must not miss Bath Abbey.
The last resting place for many who came to Bath seeking ‘a cure’ in the thermal hot springs. There are numerous dedication plaques lining the walls, but don’t forget to look up too, as the fan ceiling is true work of art.
Famous Bath Buns – Sally Lunns
"Thoughts of Bath in any weather are a comfort to me." So wrote Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra.
is an institution that shouldn’t be missed. It is perfect for a quick
A weekend in Bath - Sally Lunn's
lunch or to linger over afternoon tea. The famous buns may look large, but they are light and delicious. We recommend the Welsh Rarebit topping for a savoury treat. But make sure that you opt for jam and cream at teatime.
At cocktail hour head to the Gin Bar
, tucked off Quiet Street in the centre of town. Here you will find a number of gin based cocktails including good Gin martinis made with Bath Gin of. You can also view the copper still downstairs where the gin is made
Another good place for cockatails is the bar at No 15 Great Pulteney Street
. The glass topped tables are covered with sparkly costume jewellery, and there is a deck of cocktail cards to choose from.
There are a lot of choices for dinner. During our weekend in Bath we tried and enjoyed dinner at Circus
restaurant. If you enjoy good food in relaxed surroundings then you will love this homely, independent run eatery.The menu is short and changes regularly, and all bottles on the wine list are from family growers. Local Bathonians love it, which is recommendation enough
on Pulteney Bridge is a good choice for an excellent Sunday roast. We will also be booking another weekend in Bath to try Corkage
and Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen,
both of which come highly recommended.