Bath on a Budget
Visiting Bath doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some of our handy tips on how to enjoy a great stay in the city whilst keeping a close eye on that all-important budget…
Bath can be very busy at weekends, so if you're more likely to find some good room rates if you’re able to plan a mid-week break. Youth hostels and the university campus offer a great budget option for staying in the city with rooms starting from as little as £20 per night. If you need assistance finding accommodation to suit your budget, speak to the staff at our Visitor Information Centre on 0844 847 5256, who can help to find you some last minute hotel deals too.
As well as the regular special offers on our site, there are some great money saving vouchers to be found in the Official Bath App, which is free to download for iPhone, Android and tablets. You can also purchase a Bath Visitor Card for £3 and gain exclusive access to a range of deals and discounts across the city. If you’re travelling to Bath on a First Great Western train service, keep hold of your ticket and download one the many 2 for 1 offers available at Bath attractions and restaurants.
Walking tours with the Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides are a wonderful way to get to know the city. The tours are free, last around 2 hours and take you around the city’s key points of historical interest. If you prefer to explore the area at your own pace, download one of our free audio guides. Choose from the World Heritage Site Audio Tour, which takes you on a route around Bath’s museums, or Follow in the Footsteps of Jane Austen. You might also be interested in our free Bath Movie Map, which guides you around the different areas of the city that have been used as television and film locations.
Things to do
Soak up the very essence of Bath by enjoying the beautiful architecture and sightseeing hotspots on foot, which won't cost you a penny! The Royal Crescent, Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey are all within a short walk of each other, with many other fascinating stopping-off points on route. Exploring the nearby cycling routes or taking a stroll or a picnic in one of Bath's many beautiful parks and gardens is a relaxing and inexpensive way to spend time in the city. The Victoria Art Gallery and Holburne Museum are two superb art museums that offer free entry to their permanent exhibitions, whilst exploring the inside of the magnificent Bath Abbey only requires a suggested donation of £2.50. You can also purchase a combined saver ticket from the Visitor Information Centre for two of Bath’s most popular museums, the Roman Baths and the Fashion Museum, for £16.25, saving you up to £5.
There’s always something going on in Bath, with art exhibitions, vintage and antiques markets, live music, foodie events and much more, all not costing anything to attend. The Theatre Royal often sells standby tickets for performances on the day. These cost just £6 and once sold out, standing places can often be purchased for £4.
Downloading our free Eating Out Guide and referring to the price categories offers a handy way of finding somewhere to eat that suits your budget. Mission Burrito has been branded as ‘No. 1 Cheap Eat’ by The Guardian and serves delicious Mexican food such as tacos, burritos, fajitas and more. The Cork and The WestGate both offer very reasonably priced pub grub, whilst Sotto Sotto and Nonna’s offer excellent Italian fare at down to earth prices. A traditional fish and chip supper from Seafoods is always a bargain, while many restaurants in Bath offer set lunch, pre-theatre or early diner menus that represent amazing value for money.