Spending the night in Bath
I don’t tend to write a lot of posts about my travels but I’ve been thinking that I should, as I know from my own experience it’s always good to hear about places to go and things to do when away from other people that you wouldn’t necessarily find on Tripadvisor.
Recently I visited Bath for a couple of days, I’ve wanted to for ages so a month ago me and my boyfriend decided to finally book it and it didn’t disappoint. I don’t tend to go away much in England to other cities unless I’m visiting friends at uni, so it was quite refreshing exploring a new area of your own country and I loved Bath. It’s so picturesque and full of history, perfect for the gram I must say! We stayed on one of their main roads in a hotel that looks like an old townhouse on the outside, as you can see below, and was only a few minutes walk away from the centre.
So, below is a few of my favourite places to go in Bath, from being a tourist to having a bite to eat and something to drink. Hopefully, it will give you a taster of what to do if you ever fancy a trip!
Things to do
Bath is well known for it’s thermae spa and you’ll understand why when you go. Unfortunately, we were unable to book a treatment but we paid for a 2 hour slot to use the spa facilities. This included an indoor pool, a rooftop pool and also a number of steam rooms and a sauna. The rooftop pool was incredibly nice but that wasn’t what made the spa, the rooms are amazing! It starts out with a sauna, and then two different steam rooms with either a minty or floral infusion, an ice room to cool down in after or their space/intergalactic room for relaxation. Now you don’t get that many rooms in just a standard spa do you.
All of the buildings in Bath are made up of their own stone which gives it it’s picturesque feel and you can visit the Circus and RoyalCrescent where you will see some it’s oldest townhouses. Bath is also known for the Roman Baths, so ironic. It’s one of it’s main attractions so you can’t really miss it and I’m such a sucker for touristy trips. Unfortunately as it’s such a big attraction, it was very busy with the bustle of tourists at every turn. However, it is really interesting learning about how the romans socialised in the different pools and how it wasn’t that much different to spas nowadays. My only advice is that the museum before the actual pool explanation is a little long winded and it is okay to miss out on a few facts.
The Royal Crescent
Where to eat
Originally, we were going to attempt to eat at a non chain restaurant as there is quite a few nice places around Bath to grab food at. However, I’ve wanted to go to The Ivy for ages and we managed to book a table so I couldn’t really say no. The interior is beautiful in the restaurant and we enjoyed their set menu comfortably without coming out stupidly full. I had their salmon and mustard on toast for starter and then a minute steak and chips for main which was so tasty, first time I’ve had steak and not needed peppercorn sauce! We shared a dessert as well, which was amazing, it was their signature melting chocolate bomb dessert which definitely needed two spoons rather than one. We also decided to go for afternoon tea at The Pump Room which is connected to the Roman Baths. It was such an elegant experience with a ballroom essence and classical music playing in the background whilst you fill up on a three tier full of sweet and savoury treats with a pot of your chosen tea for £26, which I thought was reasonable for such a fancy experience.
The Pump Room
Places to drink
As you will work out from this section, I love going for a good alcoholic beverage over a coffee date. So here are a few bars that we visited that I would recommend having a drink at. The first bar was Sub 13, known as the best cocktails in Bath, which I definitely put to the test when I saw it had a happy hour. We had a few cocktails, which were really good and even better for half price. The service was also brilliant and they constantly clean their tables so you don’t have to deal with peeling your arms off sticky residue…
We then went and enjoyed a second drink at Hall and Woodhouse which was recommended to me. It’s a huge pub with 3 floors including a roof terrace and had a completely different vibe, it’s much better for a chilled drink as Sub 13 becomes quite a busy bar the later it got. It’s also meant to have good reviews for food as I’ve heard but we didn’t try it out, maybe next time. Unfortunately there was no happy hour here but they did have an amazing bar made out of copper.
The final bar we visited, which was my favourite as a gin lover, was The Canary Gin bar. Not worth a visit if you don’t like gin as that’s all they do but if you do then definitely have a drink here. You can choose from a range of different gins which are set at different prices according to how premium they are. I tried a sloe gin whilst Harry had a dry gin from the premium range and they were both amazing! Possibly the best gin drinks I’ve tried…
Hall and woodhouse
Anyway, there is the highlights of my trip that I recommend for a visit and hopefully it gives you some ideas! Have you ever been to Bath? If so, what was your favourite place to go?