Mini Travel Guide: 48 hours in Bath, UK

Exploring the city of Bath, UK has been on my travel list for years and I was so happy to finally have the opportunity to explore last summer.

Steeped in history, magnificent architecture, beautiful countryside and only a 90 minute train journey from London I’m not sure why it took me so long to visit.  Would I recommend Bath? Definitely! It’s truly a unique city.  Here are some tips and ideas when visiting Bath…

Travel

  • Train just 90 minutes from London Paddington station by train direct to the heart of the city arriving at Bath Spa train station.
  • Car – a short drive from both the M4 and M5 motorways.
  • Airport – just 19 miles from Bristol Airport and well connected by regular bus services.

train ride

Places to visit

  • Wander the city and soak up this city’s unique atmosphere.  Take a free walking tour from Footprints-Tour.
  • Pulteney Bridge, together with the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, is one of the world’s most beautiful bridges. I have a slight obsession with visiting bridges around the world and the Pulteney Bridge is definitely in my top 10 favorite bridge structures.
  • Bath Abbey is one of the most visited places in the South West.  Pilgrims and visitors have been made welcome at Bath Abbey for hundreds of years.  On this occasion, we decided to admire the wonderful architecture from outside.  It was a lovely summer day to sit in the Abbey’s square listening to the delightful acoustic music played by one of the talented street performers, it was just bliss.
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Bath Abbey
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Street Capture
  • Alexandra Park – offers magnificent panoramic views of the city, a perfect spot to watch the sunset over the city. [enter heart shaped emoji here :-)]
    DSC_0262End of a beautiful day in Bath

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    Sunset and rooftops (hot air balloons in the distance)

     

  • Bath Skyline – Take a early morning hike around the Bath Skyline National Trust route and be rewarded with breathtaking picturesque views.  There are archaeological sites of interest along the way including Roman settlements, and 18th-century follies.  The walk route is mixed terrain so I was glad to be wearing sturdy hiking boots.  Along the route are great activities for children to engage with their surroundings and nature.

Eating

  • Sally Lunn’s – Sally Lunn’s is one of the oldest houses in Bath (est.1482).  There were tourist ques but they moved quickly.  Its a super cute tea house and the friendly staff serve the famous local delicacy; the Original ‘Sally Lunn’ Bun. Legend states that Sally Lunn was a French refugee and arrived in 1680, establishing her bakery. There is also a mini museum open daily, showing the original kitchen she used.

 

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