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Unforgettable Things to do on a Bath Day Trip

August 27, 2018|Lena
Unforgettable things to do on a Bath day trip. Visit the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, go shopping in the Guildhall Market and learn about fashion in the Fashion Museum. But first do a free walking tour of Bath. #bathuk #nationaltrust

Of all destinations in England, I think I liked Bath most (closely followed by Oxford maybe). One of the reasons is probably the hospitality of our Servas host, but the city itself has a lot to offer. All in all, we spent a little bit more than 24 hours in Bath, but if you only have one day, I have some recommendations on what to do during your Bath day trip.

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Gregorian architecture in Bath

The first thing I like to do in any city is to get a good overview, and in my opinion, there is nothing better than doing a tour. In some cities, there are food tours (like the ones I did in Taipei by Taipei Eats or Hong Kong by Hong Kong Foodie Tours) in other cities regular walking tours make more sense.

In Bath, you get the best walking tour of them all because it is 100% free. No fee and no tipping whatsoever. The tours are organized by The Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides who even received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016, which is the highest award for a volunteer group in the UK.

 

Two daily walking tours start at 10:30 and 2 (except for Saturday which is only at 10:30) in front of the Roman Baths right in the center of the city. For 2 hours you are guided through the historic streets of Bath and the guide will tell you not only about the history from when Bath was first found by the Romans some 2000 years ago but also the more recent history of the Georgian age, the time where most of Bath’s distinctive architecture was built.

It was a fantastic tour and gave me great impressions and insights into the history of Bath. If you only have a couple of hours in Bath like during a Bath day trip the free walking tour is the one thing I suggest you do. I was so absorbed in the story that I totally forgot to take pictures and revisited the sights the next morning to take some more photos of the amazing buildings.

Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum in Bath

Even though I recommend doing the walking tour first, my first stop in Bath was actually the Fashion Museum which is located in the Assembly Rooms one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings (according to the website of the Fashion Museum).

The Fashion Museum itself houses fashion from the 18th century all the way to the latest styles of the 21st century. The audioguides (which are available in many languages) tell you the story of fashion and how it evolved in the last four centuries. Even if you aren’t into fashion, this museum has a wealth of interesting information and a lot to look at that you might have never seen before.

Until the 28th of April 2019 an exhibition called Royal Women which explores the fashion of women in the British royal family, with beautiful dresses worn by queens and other members of the royal family is on display at the Fashion Museum.

The Assembly Rooms themselves are also worth a short visit. The original three rooms called the Octagon, the Tea Room and the Ball Room were destroyed in the Blitz but have since been restored to their former splendor, and they house the original chandeliers each worth 1 million Pounds. Even if you don’t visit the Fashion Museum, the entrance to the Assembly Rooms is free.

Name: Fashion Museum Bath

Admission: 9 GBP (included in Saver Ticket)

Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Nov. – Feb.) or 5:00 p.m. (Mar. – Oct.)

Address: Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH

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Bath Saver Ticket on a Bath Day Trip

I recommend you get a saver ticket which is a combination ticket for the Fashion Museum, the Roman Baths (see next point) and the Victoria Art Galery (which I didn’t visit, but was highly recommended to me if you like art). It costs 22.50 Pounds where the entrance to the Fashion Museum alone is 9 Pounds.

You can buy the Saver Ticket online, but it will cost you the same if you buy it at any of the three venues in Bath on the day you want to use it. The only difference is the time frame in which you will be able to use it (online 90 days, on the day of use 14 days).

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The absolute highlight of Bath is the Roman Baths, built 2000 years ago and rediscovered after they had been forgotten for 1300 years a mere 300 years ago. Since their rediscovery under the current city of Bath, the old Roman Baths have been excavated, and a museum has been built around and on top of the ruins. Your audio guide will tell you about the Romans who built the baths and the people of lived and worshiped (because the baths were not only a bathing place but also a temple to the Roman god Minerva) in the ancient city.

 

The best time to visit (in my opinion) is at night because it can get very crowded during the high season during the day. From mid-June to the end of August the baths open until 9 p.m. (with the exit at 10 p.m.), and this is the perfect time for a visit. I entered at around 8 and spent 2 hours walking through the museum with only very view other people, which was great for taking pictures but also to take the time to listen to all of the information on the audio guide.

As I mentioned before, the Saver Ticket is your best value option if you are planning to see the Fashion Museum and the Victoria Art Galery also. It will cost you 22.50 Pounds compared to 17.50 by day or 16.50 at night, so it really is a bargain.

Name: The Roman Baths

Admission: 17.50 GBP until 5:00 p.m. or 16.50 GBP after 5:00 (included in Saver Ticket)

Opening hours: 9:00 or 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. (from June 15th to August 31st)

Address: Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ

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Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey in Bath

You might also want to visit the old Bath Abbey, which stands on the site of an even older and grander church than it is today. If you like churches, you will like this one, and if you don’t, you won’t lose much by just setting foot inside and having a look anyway (it’s free).

There are paid tours you can take to the top of the tower called Tower Tours, and this might be of interest because it is one of the only high places in Bath and possibly the only place to see Bath from the top. The tours cost 8 Pounds and leave on the hour from between 10 (or 11) until four except on Sundays.

Name: Bath Abbey

Admission: free (8 GPB for the Tower Tours)

Opening hours: 9:00 or 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. (except Sundays)

Address: Bath BA1 1LT

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Parade Gardens

The parade gardens in Bath

If you are now looking for a beautiful and green place to relax for a little bit, you might want to have a look at Parade Gardens. These gardens are in the center of Bath and offer beautiful views of the river Avon and Pulteney Bridge. You can relax in one of the deck chairs or just lie down on the grass.

The entrance fee is 2 Pounds which is the only reason why we didn’t stop there and just looked at the garden from the street.

Name: Parade Gardens

Admission: 2 GPB

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (May, Jun., Sep.) 7:00 p.m. (Jul. – Aug.) 4:30 p.m. (Oct. – Apr.)

Address: Grand Parade, Bath BA1 1LP

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Bath Guildhall Market

The Guildhall Market in Bath

The Bath Guildhall Market is as the name suggests located at the Guildhall in Bath. It is an indoor market with more than 20 stalls and great for a short stroll through if you are looking for some souvenirs or just a little snack or some authentic English tea.

Name: Bath Guildhall Market

Admission: free

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday

Address: 33 High Street, Bath BA2 4AW

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The Bath Bun

I did not actually eat at The Bath Bun, but it was a recommendation I got from my mom. She was so disappointed that I didn’t pay a visit to The Bath Bun myself that I feel like the least I can do is include it in my blog post so my dear readers can experience what my mom calls a charming and authentic, corny tea room with typical English china.

Name: The Bath Bun

Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday) and 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Sunday and Monday)

Address: 2 Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NW

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Getting To and Around Bath

Where to go on a Bath Day Trip

First of all, the city itself is easily walkable, you do not need a bus if you have two healthy feet, but there are a couple of buses available.

If you are planning on getting to Bath by train for your Bath day trip you won’t have any problems, the station is at the southern end of the city center and a perfect starting point to explore the city.

But if you are coming by car and you are planning on parking somewhere let me give you some helpful information. During the day you will be hard pressed to find a parking spot in the city center, it is basically a no parking zone if you are not a local with a parking permit. At night you can park in the city center for free on single yellow lines, if you are planning on getting into the city at night, I suggest you park at the bus rondel behind Bath Abbey, which isn’t in use at night.

During the day you can park for free for example at Lyncombe Vale or Perrymead and walk from there.

Conclusion about a Bath Day Trip

I have given you enough ideas to have a perfect Bath day trip, but to be honest, there is enough to do in Bath to fill at least 2 or 3 days with activity because of the number of Museum and Art Galeries you can find in Bath. But I didn’t mention most of them because I only spent one day in Bath and also because many places cost a lot of money (some art galleries are free though, but I am not into art myself).

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Unforgettable things to do on a Bath day trip. Visit the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, go shopping in the Guildhall Market and learn about fashion in the Fashion Museum. But first do a free walking tour of Bath. #bathuk #nationaltrust
Unforgettable things to do on a Bath day trip. Visit the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, go shopping in the Guildhall Market and learn about fashion in the Fashion Museum. But first do a free walking tour of Bath. #bathuk #nationaltrust

Lena

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