Bath—that lovely Roman and Georgian spa city in the south of Cotswolds in England! Full of history and mystique and charm with its Roman baths, hot springs and grand Georgian architecture! It’s a postcard-perfect stop in your Great Britain road trip. I, for one, is a fan—I simply adore Bath! So much so that I spent a week getting acquainted with its medieval and Georgian nook and crannies.
Not that you couldn’t spend less the time than I did. Bath, being a city with such compact city center, where most of the important sights are located, can be explored in even just 48 hours. It wouldn’t cover everything, of course, but that’s enough time to see the important landmarks, and then some. Then whatever you missed during those couple of days, you’ll just have to look forward to seeing on your next visit!
So here’s how you can enjoy this Unesco World Heritage Site in 48 hours:
A visit to the Roman Baths
Start off your day with a visit to Bath’s pièce de résistance—the Roman Baths. Fueled by England’s only hot spring, these baths were built by the Romans some 2000 years ago. Enjoy the tour around the baths and the interesting Roman and Georgian architecture all around. Spend about a couple of hours to fully enjoy the place. At the end of the tour, you may pick a souvenir or two, or sample the bath water served at the restaurant.
Off to Bath Abbey
Head on next to Bath Abbey, which sits just next to the Roman Baths. Formally known as “The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath”, it is an Anglican parish cathedral that was built upon the ruins of a former Norman church. Marvel at its impressive Gothic architecture.
Lunch at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum
For lunch, try the original Sally Lunn bun. Sally Lunn is said to be the oldest house in Bath. It’s a popular place and a good one to immerse yourself in Bath’s history. It can get crowded at peak times, however, so be ready to fall in line.
There’s also a museum underneath, which offers free admission if you’ve ordered refreshments at the restaurant.
Pass by Pulteney Bridge
After lunch, walk off those lunchtime calories with a stroll to Pulteney Bridge, Bath’s Palladian-styled bridge that’s quite unique for having shops on both sides of its entire length.
Stroll along Great Pulteney Street
Move along to Great Pulteney Street, the ultimate Georgian thoroughfare. Stroll along this once-the-setting of the movie “Vanity Fair”. Stop by at the Laura Place fountain. Down the road you’ll also find the Holburne Museum of Arts, which houses the treasures collected by Sir William Holburne. If you’re a fan of antiquities and great art, be sure to drop by.
Snack at Fudge Kitchen
If all that walking got you famished, stop for some delicious fudge at the Fudge Kitchen, which is just a few steps from Bath Abbey. This place serves some of the best fudge you’ll ever try. Get a taste of the different flavors before taking your pick.
Marvel at the Museum of Bath Architecture
Afterwards, learn about how this Georgian city was built at the Museum of Bath Architecture. Located in a lovely Georgian part of Bath, you’ll learn about Georgian structures via miniature houses and buildings.
Dinner at Jaime’s Italian
Cap off your day with a delicious dinner at Jaime’s Italian in Milsom street. With lovely rooftop views of the city in a cozy atmosphere, you’ll sure enjoy every bite of that delicious authentic Italian Carbonara (my favorite!)
Start off your second day in Bath with a sumptuous and filling breakfast at the Boston Tea Party. You can opt to stay outdoors for a bit of people-watching as well while enjoying your fare.
Visit the Jane Austen Center
Then make your way to the Jane Austen Center, a museum which pays tribute to Bath’s most famous resident, novelist Jane Austen.
The Royal Crescent
Head on to The Royal Crescent, the fantastic semi-elliptical crescent-shaped row of houses in fine Georgian architecture. You can visit Royal Crescent No. 1, which is newly decorated and furnished in order to recreate how it might have looked in the late 18th century.
Wander around Victoria Park
Victoria Park is the park in front of the Royal Crescent, and is the largest park in Bath. You can spend your lunch hour there via a picnic (if the weather permits). Visit the botanical garden inside, too.
Thermae Bath Spa
Spend your last afternoon in Bath by getting pampered at the Thermae Bath Spa, which is located just a few steps from the Roman Baths. Since dipping into the Roman Baths is a no-no, get your relaxation fix here instead. This modern spa offers warm “healing waters” that rejuvenates and relaxes. For a more fun experience, try their outdoor pool located on top of the building that offers magnificent views of Bath.
If you still have energy left for a night on the town, catch a show at the Theatre Royal in the Sawclose. Shows featured are often test runs before they’re shown in London’s West End.
There you go: Bath in 48 hours! We hope you have a good and enjoyable visit in Bath!
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