UPDATED JULY 2017
With its grand, honey-stone Georgian architecture, Roman bathhouses, burgeoning independent food scene and distinctive continental vibe, Bath ticks all the boxes for the perfect short break. If you’re contemplating a visit, our city guide has everything you need to know. From tourist-worn favourites to under-the-radar discoveries, here’s where to stay, shop and eat in one of England’s most beautiful small cities.
Homely, mellow charm comes as part of the package at The Pig, a 29-bedroomed country house that offers up giant beds, oversized showers, 'larders' stocked with snacks and Nespresso machines in every room.
Hunstrete House, Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath BS39 4NS
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
This luxe hotel and spa is located in Bath’s Royal Crescent and has its very own award-winning restaurant, Dower House inside. During your downtime head to the Spa & Bath House, wander around its acres of secluded gardens, or spoil yourself silly with an Afternoon Tea.
16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS
A boutique B&B smack bang in the city centre, Grays Bath is a family-owned and run, 140-year-old Victorian villa, as is evident in its quiet charm and exceptional service.
9 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath BA2 3JX
Brindley’s is a homely boutique B&B that offers all the comforts you need and then some – think relaxing décor, comfortable beds, immaculate bathrooms, fresh flowers and a hearty breakfast. All that and just five minutes’ walk from the city centre.
14 Pulteney Gardens, Bath BA2 4HG
The Gainsborough Bath Spa
For a touch of old-school glamour, head to The Gainsborough, where you can take a dip in the natural thermal waters of Bath’s infamous spa, before heading to your clean-lined, artfully decorated room, guaranteed to please all travellers.
Beau St, Bath BA1 1QY
No.15 Great Pulteney
A beautiful boutique hotel that’s nothing if not luxurious. The interiors are quirky and eclectic, with chandeliers twinkling on the ceilings and retro accessories scattered around each room – think gramophone horns, kaleidoscopes and pieces of vintage jewellery. Rooms are decorated with quaint, whimsical touches.
No.15 Great Pulteney, 15 Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4BR
This converted B&B is housed inside a Georgian terrace near the centre of Bath. You’ll be given a warm welcome by the friendly owners, with all of Bath’s delights on your doorstep. Inside is tastefully furnished, with a mix of beautiful paintings, photos and antiques, mixed in with a few modern updates to give it a contemporary feel. Smart, homely and arty, this quirky find is a gorgeous retreat where you can curl up beside the fireplace before exploring the city.
Hill House 25 Belvedere, Ainslie's Belvedere, Bath BA1 5ED
The Roman Baths
For a fresh take on the Roman Baths excursion, take part in the Twilight Tour & Dinner - a private guided tour followed by a three-course dinner at the Roman Baths Kitchen, or simply visit the elegant Pump Room restaurant instead for modern-British cuisine.
Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ
Fashion lovers should flock to Bath’s Fashion Museum to see the city flex its stylish credentials. This summer’s line-up includes Bring the Family – a history of Georgian dress; Lace in Fashion – royal and aristocratic garments through the ages; and A History of Fashion in 100 Objects with era-defining outfits and headline pieces that have shaped our wardrobes over the past 400 years.
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Thermae Bath Spa
For a blissed-out spa trip head to Thermae, where you can experience natural, mineral-rich thermal waters as the Romans did, but in a stunning open-air rooftop pool.
The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath St, Bath BA1 1SJ
The Egg - Theatre Royal Bath
36 Monmouth St, Bath BA1 2AN
Visit the 18th Century landscaped gardens created by Bath entrepreneur Ralph Allen, to see the famous Palladian Bridge, explore the woodland paths and relax with a handmade picnic.
Ralph Allen Dr, Bath BA2 5AH
The Holburne Museum
With classic artworks from Lucian Freud and Easter-packed activities for kids, there’s bound to be something to keep you occupied at The Holburne.
Great Pulteney St, Bath BA2 4DB
Green Park Station
Home to flourishing markets, independent shops, restaurants and cafés, Green Park Station should be top of your shopping list – it's free entry too.
Green Park Road, Bath BA1 1JB
The Corridor Bath
This indoor shopping arcade is steeped in history and has the ultimate mix of high street favourites and independent, specialist stores and cafes.
Kilver Court Designer Village
Home to the Mulberry Outlet Store, Kilver Court also stocks pieces from brands like L.K. Bennett, Hawick Cashmere, Penelope Chilvers, Orla Kiely, and JOSEPH. Retail heaven.
Kilver St, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF
Since it opened its doors in 1985, this independent boutique has been keeping Bath’s men and women stylishly dressed. Head there to spy mid-range designers from Velvet and Citizens of Humanity, just don’t blame us if you can’t help but get out the credit card.
19 Green St, Bath BA1 2JZ
Occupying a stylish four-storey Georgian Townhouse in the heart of Bath, The Porter is decidedly different on every level, so take a gander at each floor before you settle for a spot in which to eat drink, work and play.
15A George St, Bath BA1 2EN
Conveniently close to the Roman Baths, Sotto Sotto offers a casual warm atmosphere with sumptuous Italian cuisine.
10 N Parade, Bath BA2 4AL
The Bath Priory
A luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant, The Bath Priory serves up superb modern European cuisine under the direction of Chef Michael Nizzero.
Weston Rd, Bath BA1 2XT
With a no booking policy, you’ll have to be prepared to queue at this wholesome BBQ joint – trust us though, it’s worth the wait.
12 Brunel Square, Bath BA1 1SX
A historic eating house and world famous tea room, Sally Lunn’s is famed for its incredibly tasty creation – the Bath Bun. Too good to miss...
4 N Parade, Bath BA1 1NX
San Francisco Fudge Factory
Lovers of fudge will go gaga for San Francisco Fudge Factory, which uses fresh and natural ingredients to create scrummy (and addictive) handmade fudge, free from preservatives.
6 Church St, Bath BA1 1NL
Sam’s Kitchen Deli
This award-winning deli café has the added bonus of live music as you eat.
8 Stony St, Frome BA11 1BU
Open since 1776, Chequers is one for lovers of classic British pub food, done with a classy twist.
50 Rivers St, Bath BA1 2QA
The Art Bar Bath
A stylish cocktail bar at the hip Abbey Hotel, take time for a tipple in its relaxed lounge that serves inventive drinks and has 64 different combinations of gin and tonics.
10 N Parade, Bath BA2 4AL
Hall & Woodhouse
A tranquil pub restaurant, Hall and Woodhouse is worth bookmarking if you’re visiting as a family or in a big group.
1 Old King St, Bath BA1 2JW
The Canary Gin Bar
Producers of Bath Gin, the Canary Gin bar is split over two floors and has its very own dedicated Martini section – we 'll see you at the bar.
3 Queen St, Bath BA1 1HE