Beyond Bath Itinerary
Located within the valley of seven hills, Bath is surrounded by beautiful and varied countryside, filled with captivating attractions, picturesque towns and charming villages. So, once you’ve explored Bath’s iconic sights and attractions, spread your wings and discover what the rest of the West Country has to offer. With so many things to see and do, we reckon you will need at least three days.
Start your day by exploring a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the stunning city of Bath itself! Join a walking tour or hop aboard the City Sightseeing Bus Tour to tick off Bath’s iconic landmarks including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, The Circus, The Royal Crescent and Assembly Rooms.
Stop for a quick bite to eat at one of Bath’s many cafes. For lunch on the go, try deliciously wholesome sandwiches made from home baked artisan loaves at The Thoughtful Bread Company. Or take a seat inside Rosario’s Café for an enticing fusion of Sicilian inspired recipes and West Country produce. Be sure to take some Sicilian pastries with you, to keep you going in the afternoon.
Soak up some history by visiting The Roman Baths, one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. Or head off the beaten track, to the Museum of Bath Architecture, to learn about Bath’s transformation from a small town to a world famous Georgian city.
For dinner with a difference join Jules from Around and About Bath for a Country Pubs, Mining and Dining Tour. Discover the best of English pub culture, learn about the area’s mining history and uncover classified government secrets! After a quick sample of local real ale in a traditional worker’s pub, feast on a two or three course meal in a Georgian coaching inn before travelling to a rather unique drinking hole for a night cap.
Travelling by Car
For your first visit of the day take the scenic 50-minute drive to the medieval city of Wells. Visit the magnificent Wells Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Gardens and Vicar’s Close to really soak up the atmosphere of England’s smallest city.
Jump back in the car to take the 15-minute journey to the spiritual town of Glastonbury where you can learn more about the legends of King Arthur. Climb to the top of Glastonbury Tor for stunning views across the Somerset levels to the Mendips and beyond.
On your way back to Bath, stop by Kilver Court Designer Village to indulge in some retail therapy or enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation in their tranquil gardens.
After a busy day sightseeing make some time for rest and relaxation with a twilight visit to Thermae Bath Spa. Bathe in the mineral rich thermal waters whilst taking in the sunset views from the rooftop pool before enjoying a tasty and nutritious meal in the Springs Café Restaurant.
Travelling Without a Car
Take the 10-minute train journey to Bristol to explore a modern city with a fascinating maritime history, vibrant social scene and historic harbour. Board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, marvel at Clifton Suspension Bridge or take a sightseeing bus tour. And keep an eye out for works by graffiti artist Banksy.
Or, for a slower paced adventure, take the 20-minute train ride to Bradford-on-Avon, a bustling market town located on the banks of the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal. With an ancient town bridge, Saxon church and medieval tithe barn there are plenty of interesting things to see as well as specialist shops and art galleries to visit too.
After a morning exploring, take the weight off your feet at The Bridge Tea Rooms where you will find all the classics from ploughman’s lunches to traditional afternoon teas.
Work off your lunch by hiring a bike or canoe from Towpath Trail Bike and Canoe Hire. Enjoy a leisurely cycle along the towpath or take to the Kennet and Avon in a canoe for a peaceful jaunt on the water.
Why not make a full day of your adventure in Bradford on Avon? Have dinner at Timbrell’s Yard, a stylish gastropub on the banks of the River Avon, before taking in a concert at Wiltshire Music Centre.
Travelling by Car
For an outdoor adventure visit Cheddar Gorge, one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks, to climb the highest inland cliffs in England and scramble through a subterranean complex of caverns. If that’s a little beyond your comfort zone take in the stunning views from the clifftop path or Lookout Tower, visit Gough’s Cave and learn more about our ancestors at the Museum of Prehistory or stroll through the quaint village where you can indulge in cream teas or sample cave aged Cheddar cheese.
If heritage and conservation is your passion, then take the 15-minute drive to Dyrham Park. Take an energising stroll through seventeenth-century parkland and you will be rewarded with dramatic views across the Severn Estuary to the Black Mountains of Wales, and a peek at the fallow deer herd. Once you’ve blown away the cobwebs pay a visit to the National Trust mansion house or treat yourself to tea and a slice of cake.
Travelling Without a Car
If you’re running short of time, hop aboard the purple Scarper Tour bus for a four-hour round trip to Stonehenge. Enjoy commentary and scenic views along the way before following the audio guide around the visitor centre and stones themselves.
Get more from your day with a Mad Max or Lion Tours; both companies offer tours which includes Stonehenge and other attractions, such as the Cotswold village of Castle Combe, the National Trust village of Lacock and another stone circle, Avebury. And, if you would prefer picturesque villages, thatched cottages and quintessentially English landscape join a tour of The Cotswolds.