Skip to main content

Top Ten Things to Do in Bath

There are hundreds of things to see and do in Bath. Here’s an easy top ten to get you started. And here’s a top tip: enjoy them at their best by visiting midweek.

1. Visit the Roman Baths

Immerse yourself in history and see how Bath’s former residents relaxed all those centuries ago. Interactive exhibits and CGI reconstructions bring this unique ancient site back to life, showing how important the baths were to our Roman ancestors. 

2. Relax at Thermae Bath Spa

You can’t take a dip at the Roman Baths these days, but you can still enjoy the same natural hot springs at Thermae Bath Spa. This indulgent complex brings the spa into the twenty-first century, with luxurious treatment rooms, relaxation spaces and a spectacular rooftop pool offering 360-degree views of the city.

3. Be a Culture Vulture

Bath is a deep treasure chest of museums and galleries (far too many to list here). Dive into Bath's culture at The Holburne Museum, relive the Georgian era at No.1 Royal Crescent, soak up style at the Fashion Museum and visit Victoria Art Gallery for classic and contemporary art in a splendid Victorian setting. 

4. Climb Bath Abbey’s Tower    

Take the Bath Abbey Tower Tour to see the different, working side of this iconic landmark. Ascend 212 steps to the top, and you will climb past the ringing chamber to the bell chamber, to have the chance to stand above the Abbey’s vaulted ceiling and sit behind the clock face. Once you reach the roof, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views over the city and surrounding countryside.

5. Get Lost in Austen

Visit The Jane Austen Centre to delve into the life of Britain’s favourite author. Exhibits and costumed characters tell the story of Austen’s time spent living here in Bath between 1801 and 1806 and the impact it had on her work.  

6. See Bath from Another Angle

Take a stroll on the Bath Skyline Walk. Just a short distance from the city centre, this six-mile route takes you through lush meadows, secluded valleys and ancient woodlands. Alongside the natural splendour, you’ll also take in some spectacular wide-angle vistas of beautiful Bath. 

7. Take the Waters

Our hot springs aren’t just for bathing. Drinking the mineral-rich waters is said to be a healthy remedy for numerous ailments. Try some for yourself in the elegant Georgian Pump Room Restaurant, where a glass of water from the spa fountain makes a unique accompaniment to a meal or extravagant afternoon tea.

8. Referee the Battle of the Buns

In one corner, the Bath Bun, a sweet roll sprinkled with fruit and crushed sugar. In the other, the Sally Lunn bun, a light brioche-like creation only made at Sally Lunn’s house here in Bath. These two rivals have battled it out for centuries, but which one is best? You’ll have to taste them both and decide for yourself.

9. Take an Architectural Tour

A walk through Bath is a journey through centuries of architectural art. It’s the reason why Bath is the only city in the UK that’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information on Bath’s unmissable landmarks see our list of Top Ten Must Sees.

10. Get that Festive Feeling

Add a little spice to your holiday shopping at Bath Christmas Market. Laid out around Bath's city centre, you’ll find a wonderland of pretty wooden stalls packed with one-of-a-kind festive gifts and tasty seasonal treats (plus warming glasses of mulled wine).

By Claire Styles

Share This Post

Related Posts

Top Ten Must Sees in Bath

Of all the things to do in Bath, sightseeing is one of the most rewarding. Stunning sights crop up around almost every corner of the city, and most of them won’t cost you a penny. Here are a few to get you started.

Bath and Bristol, Stay in Bath, Travel Trade

Beyond Bath Itinerary

Bath provides an ideal base for exploring the best of the West Country, and with so much on offer in the surrounding countryside there are plenty of reasons to add a few extra nights to your stay and experience Bath and beyond. 

Bath and Bristol, Feast in Bath, Feel-Good Bath, Stay in Bath, Travel Trade

Food and Drink Itinerary

Bath is home to a whole host of places to eat, whatever your taste or budget. Head to the city on a foodie break and enjoy a feast in Bath.

Bath and Bristol, Feel-Good Bath, Stay in Bath, Travel Trade, Beyond Bath

Gardens of Bath Itinerary

Bath is a green city with plenty of parks and gardens waiting to be explored.  In fact, part of the reason that the city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status is due to the way that the city’s Palladian crescents, terraces and squares spread out over the surrounding green ...

Bath and Bristol, Remarkable Bath, Stay in Bath, Travel Trade

Highlights of Bath Itinerary

Heading to Bath for a two-day trip? Make sure you cross these must-visits off your list.

Fall in Love with Bath, Feel-Good Bath, Remarkable Bath, Stay in Bath

Three Days in Bath Itinerary

Bath is the perfect destination for short breaks, and there are plenty of things to do to fill a three-day stay. Take a look at this handy itinerary to make sure that you make the most of your visit and don’t miss a thing. And don’t forget to ...

Bath and Bristol, Feel-Good Bath, Stay in Bath, Travel Trade

Wellness and Wellbeing Itinerary

Bath has been the centre of wellbeing in the UK for centuries, dating back to the Roman era when the allure of natural thermal waters drew travellers from all over Europe. The hot springs still bubble away today, and Bath continues to be a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. From ...

Fall in Love with Bath, Feast in Bath, Feel-Good Bath, Stay in Bath

Forty-Eight Hours in Bath

Visiting beautiful Bath for a couple of days? Wondering what to do to get the most out of your trip? Take a look at our suggestions below to help guide you on the best things to do in Bath in 48 hours.