HOW TO SEE THE BEST OF BATH IN 24 HOURS
How To Spend A Perfect Day In Bath
Published: 6 October 2020 by Debbie
With the current travel climate, many Brits are skipping trips abroad and opting for staycations instead, exploring the UK's beautiful countryside, discovering it's historic towns and tasting some of it's delicious local dishes. One of our favourite UK destinations is Bath.
If you're visiting from nearby, or are planning to make Bath just a one day stop on a tour of the UK, you'll want to make the most of your time here. In this 1 day in Bath itinerary, we'll be showing you the best this beautiful spa town has to offer. So get ready to see some world famous sights, soak in the incredible architecture, taste some delicious food and discover why Bath is one of the UK's most popular and well-loved destinations.
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Start Your Day With Breakfast At Sally Lunn.
We're going to start our day in Bath with a delicious breakfast at one of the city's most popular eateries.
Located in one of the oldest houses in Bath, Sally Lunn is home to the Sally Lunn Bunn. Is it cake? Is it bread? Nobody really knows how to describe it, but the closest thing we can compare it to is brioche - light and airy with a crisp, golden crust. Sally Lunn serve their bunn as part of savoury and sweet dishes and is a popular breakfast choice to try in Bath.
Location: 4 N Parade, Passage, Bath BA1 1NX
Admire Some Of The City's Gothic Architecture At Bath Abbey.
After breakfast, take a short stroll over to Bath Abbey. This impressive religious building has undergone many restoration projects over the centuries, but is still standing tall as a prominent fixture of Bath.
As you approach the abbey, you can't help but admire the architecture. Take some time to go inside, look up at it's vaulted ceiling, admire the restored stain glass windows and even join a tour to ascend up it's towers.
Location: Bath BA1 1LT
Spend The Morning Exploring The Roman Baths.
Just a stone's throw away from the abbey is the site which gives Bath it's name. The Roman Baths are a must see attraction when in Bath.
This ancient bathhouse was originally built as a religious spa, where people would come together to worship and bathe in it's thermal waters. The Roman remains of the baths were discovered in the late 17th century and since then, extensive renovation work has been carried out to restore this ancient site to it's former glory.
Today, the baths are once again open to the public, where visitors can walk around it's well-preserved "ruins" and learn more of it's history through an interactive museum. A visit to this wonderful piece of history is a must do on your trip to Bath.
Location: Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LZ
Indulge In Afternoon Tea At The Pump Rooms.
If you've yet to sample a traditional English Afternoon Tea, here is your chance to do so in a beautiful setting - The Pump Rooms.
As we've seen, the Romans would bathe in the thermal waters of Bath. But from the late 17th century, people began to flock to Bath to drink from it's springs. The pump rooms were built in the early 18th century to accommodate the crowds as popularity grew for drinking Bath's mineral-rich waters. These rooms became a fashionable meeting place for higher societies to "take the waters" and to socialise. Today, they house the Pump Room Restaurant.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but with only one day in Bath we would recommend opting for afternoon tea and enjoying a more elegant lunch, in beautiful historic surroundings.
Location: 13 Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LZ
Take Some Time To Further Explore Bath.
After lunch, take some time to discover what else Bath has to offer.
Step back in time and learn more about the history of Bath in popular museums such as The Jane Austen Centre, The No. 1 Royal Crescent Museum or The Fashion Museum. If you're visiting Bath in the warmer months, why not enjoy a relaxing walk through The Royal Victoria Park. Or simply take a stroll around the city and search for noticeable landmarks such as Pulteney Bridge, Royal Crescent, The Circus and Parade Gardens.
Spend A Relaxing Afternoon at Bath's Rooftop Spa.
After a full day of seeing what Bath has to offer, take some time to relax at the Thermae Bath Spa. Unwind in the thermal, mineral-rich waters of the Minerva Bath and enjoy the spectacular views across the city from the open air rooftop pool. The Thermae Bath Spa also offers a range of treatments, designed to help you relax and unwind.
Location: The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath St, Bath BA1 1SJ
End The Perfect Day With A Meal At Olive Tree
Our favourite way to end a day in Bath is with a meal at Olive Tree - Bath's only Michelin starred restaurant.
Located under the Queensberry Hotel (A luxury hotel we highly recommend if you're visiting Bath for a special occasion) Olive Tree is one of Bath's longest standing restaurants and boasts 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Star. If you want a truly special meal, we recommend the 6 or 9 course tasting menu, but you can order à la carte if that sounds like too much food. Either way, Olive Tree is our favourite splurge-y restaurant in Bath and one we would highly recommend.
Location: 4-7 Russell St, Bath BA1 2QF