There are some great places to stay and things for families to do in Bath and the surrounding area. Use our family friendly guide to make the most of your family time in Bath and beyond.
Family Friendly Accommodation
Whether you're looking for a welcoming hotel or guest house with children's facilities or a more flexible self-catering property offering extra space and privacy; Bath and the surrounding area has lots of family friendly accommodation available to meet your needs.
Family Friendly Attractions
If you're looking for ideas for the summer holiday or half-term, take a look at our suggestions for some great days out for the whole family in Bath and the surrounding countryside.
The beautifully preserved Roman Baths is a place for the whole family to enjoy. See the remains of the ancient Roman temple and bathing complex based around Britain’s only natural hot spring. Every afternoon there are Roman costumed characters and the kids can enjoy listening to the children's audio tour during their visit.
The Holburne Museum is free to enter, with fun activities for children such as trails and drawing your silhouette, as well as lots to discover and explore in the display drawers.
Alternatively, enjoy a fun day out at Longleat where you can see giraffes, zebras, lions and many more exciting animals as you drive through the Longleat Safari Park. The fun doesn't stop there with lots more attractions such as an adventure castle, train ride and hedge maze.
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Family Friendly Activities
Spend the day on the river and hire a boat from Bath Boating Station and enjoy a fun day of rowing, punting or canoeing.
If you're looking for fun family activities in the city centre, make sure you check out what's going on at The Egg. This award-winning theatre is especially for children, young people and their families, complete with a family-friendly cafe on the ground floor. Open throughout the year, the egg offers an extravanganza of performances every Saturday with additional shows over half terms and holidays.
For something a little different visit Somerset Lavender where you can wander the lavender fields, purchase plants and oils, and learn more about growing your very own plant. Younger visitors can enjoy getting up close to the small animals at the farm including rabbits and guinea pigs.
Events for Families
Bath has an exciting year-round program of events, many of which are great for families. The Bath Festival of Children's Literature gives you the chance to meet some of the biggest names in children's books, including authors, illustrators, storytellers and poets. The Bath Comedy Festival provides fun for all ages, with performances taking place in different venues across the city. Also make sure you don't miss the Fringe Festival, encompassing the best of contemporary music, art, dance, theatre and performance, with shows and workshops for adults and children.
Eating and Drinking with your Family
Enjoy mouth watering treats during your family holiday, sample Bath’s delicious local produce, relax over lunch or treat the family to fine dining.
For local produce head to Wheelwrights Arms, a country pub just outside Bath where children eat for half price. Or, in the heart of the city centre you will find Sally Lunn’s where you can try the famous Sally Lunn bun and the kids can choose something from the children’s menu.
For families with young children, pop in for a bite to eat at Giraffe, which not only offers popular dishes from around the world but has even won an award for being the most baby friendly restaurant chain.
If you wish to treat the family and enjoy fine dining The Bath Priory Hotel and The Dower House Restaurant at the Royal Crescent Hotel are happy for children to choose from their children's menu. Many other restaurants in Bath offer children's menus and facilities.
Travelling with Young Children?
Minimise the amount of equipment you need to pack on your visit to Bath by hiring items such as travel cots, pushchairs, car seats and highchairs from Babyquip, who will deliver to your door (free to any address within 5 miles of the city centre.) Even if you forget the basics such as changing mats, the everyday essentials pack can also be delivered.