You don't have to spend a fortune on a visit to Bath. It's the ideal place for a holiday closer to home or a stop off for backpackers. Read our budget guide for everything you need for the perfect break.
Before you even set foot in the city, you can download the Official Bath App for Android and iPhone. This handy guide is free and contains everything you need to know during your stay in Bath, plus some money daving deals and vouchers.
Travel to Bath by train and take advantage of 2 for 1 offers at a number of top Bath attractions and restaurants. Enjoy 4 hours for the price of 2 at Thermae Bath Spa, 2 for 1 tower tours at Bath Abbey or 2 for 1 Comedy Club entry at Komedia.
For those on a budget the University of Bath offers campus accommodation (including en-suite accommodation) and there are also a number of hostels in Bath. Alternatively, if you're looking for an outdoor holiday why not stay on a camping or caravanning site.
Sightseeing on a Budget
The Mayor's Honorary Guides offer free walking tours providing an excellent historical and architectural introduction to the city of Bath. Alternatively, you can see the area from a different perspective on a boat trip along the River Avon. Tickets start from around £5.
If you would prefer to see the sights at your own pace, you can download one of our free audio walking tours. Or, download our free Movie Map and explore the sights which double as filming locations in Bath.
Bath Attractions on a Budget
Spend the morning at the Victoria Art Gallery. Entry is free and you can enjoy the work of many leading artists from the 15th century to the present day. Before lunch, explore the striking Bath Abbey, the last of the great medieval churches of England and well-worth a visit. A donation of £2.50 is welcomed to visit the church. Or, for just £5 you can take the new tower tour and climb up to the very top of the Abbey.
Make sure you also the check the What’s On section for the dates of your visit, as there are often free activities and events taking place in Bath.
Located in the heart of the city, Royal Victoria Park is the perfect setting to have a break, relax and enjoy a picnic at lunch time. Treat the kids and pack a hamper with some delicious local food from one of the many superb delicatessens in the city.
Bath is the only city in Britain with natural hot springs, so spend the afternoon surrounded by water. No visit is complete without learning about the Roman Baths and for just £15, you can buy a joint-entry ticket to the Roman Baths and Fashion Museum. Or, you can try a glass of the hot spa water at the Pump Room for just 50p a glass.
Spend part of your afternoon enjoying the beautiful art and scenic gardens of the Holburne Museum, which is open daily with free admission.
Relax with a pampering spa session at the Thermae Bath Spa, the only spa in the country where you can bathe in natural thermal waters. If you're on a budget, the twilight package, available Sunday - Friday after 4pm, offers visitors the chance to purchase a 3-hour spa session for £42.00 (2011 prices). It includes a delicious, light meal in the Springs Cafe & Restaurant, a glass of wine or lager and complimentary use of towel, slippers and robe.
In the evening, be entertained at the Theatre Royal. The year-round programme has 40 standby tickets available to purchase on the day of every performance. Standby tickets are £6 each and once sold, standing places can be purchased for just £4.
Bath Visitor Card
You can make great savings across a number of attractions, restaurants and shops if you buy a Bath Visitor Card for just £3. The Bath Visitor Card can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre or from our online shop.
For further advice and expert suggestions on things to do in Bath on a budget call our Tourist Information Centre on:
UK callers - 0906 711 2000 (50p / min)
Overseas callers - +44 844 847 5257