14 Best Things To Do in Bath, United Kingdom

by Seema Nande Updated on 13 Oct 2018

Bath represents the best that England has to offer - an amalgamation of fascinating history, a bit of whimsy and modern sensibilities that blend beautifully with its vintage ambiance. The city has a unique vibe with an interesting mix of people and an exciting event lineup that makes sure you never have a dull day here. A perfect weekend break, honey-colored Bath is equipped to keep you entertained, whatever be your mood.

Here is the list of best things to do in Bath:

1. Beazer Garden Maze

Attraction Type: Gardens & Outdoor

The Beazer Garden Maze is a fun albeit a bit whimsical attraction in Bath. A raging hit with children, this garden is built in the shape of a maze and children can spend hours trying to find the center of the maze. If you’re one with a small little child inside you, you will enjoy it too. Life’s simple treasures!

2. Westonbirt Arboretum

Attraction Type: Gardens & Outdoor

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Westonbirt Arboretum is nature at its very best. A rainbow of colors greets you at this magical place that is a delight to visit in any season. Spread over 600 acres, this gorgeous countryside boasts of over 18,000 trees planted from all over the world. There are beautiful hiking trails within the Arboretum or you can just sit in the shade of one of the many fantastic trees that make this place the fairyland it is.

3. Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Attraction Type: Gardens & Outdoor

The Bristol and Bath Railways Path is an enchanting cycleway that follows the route of Midland Railway Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line which was closed in the 1960s. Flanked by lush green colors of mature trees and grasslands, there are a dozen artworks along the way that make this path even more interesting. You can also spot some beautiful wildlife along the way.

4. Take Riverside Walk 

Attraction Type: Gardens & Outdoor

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To truly experience the glory of Bath, one has to walk along the River Avon that cuts through the city and boasts of some of the most lovely architectural marvels along its banks. You will be able to witness majestic views of the Abbey and the Georgian townhouses that add oodles of charm to the city. A real treat to the eyes!

5. Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Attraction Type: Museum

This eighteenth century home is where Herschel discovered the planet Uranus. The charming living quarters is beautifully preserved and reflects the taste of this talented family that not only aced in astronomy but also had some very talented musicians. This Georgian town house reminds us of how the middle class lived in that era.

6. Sally Lunn’s Museum

Attraction Type: Museum

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Aside of being the place where Sally Lunn created the famous Bath bun, this is also the oldest house in Bath, dating back to 1482. This kitchen museum is a living display of the legendary workspace of Sally Lunn who created one of Bath’s most popular buns that is light and sweet. Sample the daytime menu in one of the three refreshment rooms which is filled with authentic specialties.

7. Building of Bath Collection

Attraction Type: Museum

Now known as the Museum of Bath Architecture, this intriguing collection depicts the history of architecture in Bath. The most interesting thing here is the miniature depiction of Old Bath. Bath being famous for its classic architecture, this museum makes for a delightful visit for all. There are maps, models and paintings describing how a Georgian era house was constructed.

8. Visit Lacock village

Attraction Type: Heritage

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Located at a distance of a mere thirty minutes from Bath, Lacock is a cute wool village that is stuck in the medieval times. Although it looks like a set of a movie, Lacock is a living town that holds secrets from many hundreds of years ago. The houses have been preserved exceedingly well and give us a picture of how a medieval village looked like. A visit to this place is a truly lovely experience that takes you back to simpler times.

9. Sham Castle

Attraction Type: Heritage

This sham is fortunately well worth it! Sham castle, as the name suggests, is a facade with no building behind. It has two towers and a connecting wall that might fool even the most seasoned observer in believing that there is a castle behind it. What you actually find are brilliant views and a pretty golf course that boasts of expertly manicured landscapes. A great place for a picnic too!

10. Take your kids at "The Egg"

Attraction Type: Recreation

The Egg is fantastical place that makes for great entertainment for kids and young adults. It hosts an extravaganza of performances that offer great stimulus for a child’s intellect and thought. Apart from that, there are participatory sessions and workshops that your kids can indulge in. There is also a play area and a family friendly café.

11. Thermae Bath Spa

Attraction Type: Recreation

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Britain’s only natural thermal spring, the thermae spa is a great way to relax and rejuvenate. Naturally warm and mineral rich waters work their magic on your tired body and give you a healthy glow that you can only get after an excellent vacation. There are also aroma steam rooms if you want to refresh your senses.

12. Hot Air Ballooning

Attraction Type: Recreation

The perfect way to romance this historic city, a hot air balloon ride over Bath will definitely be one of the most memorable experiences for you. You will float above iconic sights of the town and get a bird’s eye view of the classic architecture and lush green landscapes. There are a number of tour operators offering hot air balloon rides to choose from. Feel the excitement like a child as you ascend in these dreamy balloons over one of England’s prettiest cities.

13. Bea’s Vintage Tea Room

Attraction Type: Food and Drink

This Tea Room may actually be of a recent vintage but it sure does a great job of making you believe that it dates back to the 1940s. Right from the vibe, the décor and the waitresses, everything participates in this brilliant show that transports you back to vintage times. Great for a posh afternoon tea, the menu combines traditional favorites along with some conventional crowd pleasers.

14. Moles: Live music venue in Bath

Attraction Type: Food and Drink

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Dating back to 1978, Moles is by far the best live music venue in Bath. Legends like The Killers and The Cure grace the walls and the vibe is infectiously electric. There are some awesome DJs here that will make you want to shake a leg even if you are tired with all the sightseeing. A must visit for a great evening out!

Beneath its classic heritage, Bath is a vibrant, young city that offers many exciting opportuinites to visitors. It's welcome vibe and signature warmth will make you feel right at home from the minute you set foot here.

Author: Seema Nande
A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternal...

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    Roman Baths Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, History Museum, Water Body, Historical Site

    Address: Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LZ, United Kingdom

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Rainwater from the nearby Mendip Hills heated up deep in the earth rises to this outlet at a rate of over a million litres every day. The Celts found it first, and built a shrine to Sulis here, but it...Read more

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    Bath Abbey

    Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Landmark

    Address: 12, Kingston Buildings, Bath BA1 1LT, United Kingdom

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A site of religious meditation since the 7th century, the abbey saw it’s grandest times during the 15th. The church seems to reach for the sky, and seems to be ready to take flight any second. V...Read more

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    The Circus And The Royal Crescent

    Tags: Walking Area, Square, Architecture , Neighborhoods

    Address: North of Queen Square, Bath BA1 1EE, England

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This wasn’t an actual circus or anything. Instead, it’s a neighbourhood of really cool Gregorian architecture (perhaps the grandest in the country), a circular facade for viewing delight w...Read more

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    Thermae Bath Spa

    Tags: Leisure, Spa

    Address: The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath St, Bath BA1 1SJ, United Kingdom

    Timings: 09:00 am - 09:30 pm Details

    After a trip to the Roman Bath Museum, many a traveller has succumbed to a desire to be pampered like the ancients were. The waters are at a comfortable 48 degrees Celsius, but you can have so much mo...Read more

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    Sally Lunns Historic Museum And Eating House

    Tags: Museum, Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    Address: 4 North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX, United Kingdom

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:30 pm Details

    History and cuisine have never before come together at such reasonable prices. Housed in the oldest residence in Bath is the most charming and most romantic eatery you can imagine. It’s wonderfu...Read more

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    Pulteney Bridge

    Tags: View Point, Scenic Drive, Bridge, Architecture

    Address: 14 Pulteney Bridge, Bath BA2 4AY, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Two rows of everyday shops across each other wouldn’t seem like something worth commenting about… unless it was on a bridge, and that sort of thing only happened in three other places in ...Read more

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    Prior Park

    Tags: Park, View Point, Architecture , Hill

    Address: Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset BA2 5AH, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The park and house are on a hill, so they give lovely views of the town. The house was supposedly built to demonstrate the use of Bath Stone in architecture, and has a wonderful manor-like atmosphere....Read more

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    Grand Pump Room

    Tags: Historical Site, Food And Drinks

    Address: The Roman Baths, Stall St, Bath, Avon BA1 1LZ, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Another of Bath’s historic buildings, a visit here is usually preceded by a visit to the Roman baths, which is right across the street. Built using bath stone and with Corinthian architecture in...Read more

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    Theatre Royal Bath

    Tags: Art And Culture, Entertainment, Performance, Theatre

    Address: Theatre Royal Bath, Saw Close, Bath BA1 1ET, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This theatre is quite prominent in the British stage scene, and perhaps the most important outside of London. Many West-End productions are given a trial run here before moving on to the big city. Tha...Read more

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    The Star

    Address: 23 Vineyards, Bath, Avon BA1 5NA, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This pub hasn’t changed in 100 years. There are small rooms, wooden benches and old coin games which create an incredible atmosphere in this local pub. Highly recommended. Phone Number :- +44 12...Read more

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    Great Pulteney Street

    Address: 30 Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4BU

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Ideal for relaxed strolling past the Laura Place fountain, then down towards the Holborne Museum, around Sydney Gardens, then back up to Great Pulteney Street, this is a lovely walk and the film locat...Read more

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    Fudge Kitchen

    Address: 10 Abbey Street, City Centre, Bath BA1 1LY, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If you have a sweet tooth put Fudge Kitchen on your to do list while in Bath. This is some of the best fudge you will ever taste. You can watch it being made and taste before you buy. Highly recommend...Read more

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    Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

    Address: Sydney Road Bath, Somerset BA2 6JF, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Macdonald’s combines 5 star luxury with exquisite décor and amenities. It is a favourite amongst celebrities – Felicity Kendall and Joan Collins have been seen here. There is a nice grott...Read more

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    Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House

    Tags: Food And Drinks

    Address: 4 North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX, United Kingdom

    Located in one of the oldest houses in Bath, this typically English tea and eat house is a delight! Complete with a kitchen museum, that showcases the exact kitchen used by the legendary baker Sally L...Read more

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    Roman Baths

    Address: Stall St Bath, BA1 1LZ, United Kingdom +44 1225 477785

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is the must-see tourist attraction in Bath. It was built by the Romans 2000 years ago and is fuelled by the country’s only mineral hot springs. Take a stroll thro...Read more

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