Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly city centre is packed with retailers large and small, from one of-a-kind independent boutiques to major high street names. Whatever you’re looking for – antiques, arts and crafts, books, fashion, foodie emporiums, jewellery, vintage clothing and quirky one-offs you won’t find anywhere else – Bath has it all.
Just across the road from the bus and train stations, SouthGate may be your first port of call. This lively retail complex, our newest shopping centre, is home to big brands like Debenhams, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Topshop and many more.
Surrounding Bath Abbey in the heart of the city is a maze of intriguing alleyways and picturesque passages lined with stores selling confectionery, glassware, fashion and accessories. Bath Abbey also provides an atmospheric backdrop for our celebrated annual Christmas Market, always aglow with festive chalets and accompanied by the sounds of carol singers.
For the traditional, go to the Guildhall Market on the High Street, a hub of suppliers selling flowers, cheese, ironmongery, silver and leatherware for over seven centuries. There’s more history in the Upper Town along George Street and the top of Milsom Street, a miniature antiques quarter full of eclectic independent shops. Take your pick from historic maps, first-edition books, antique textiles and vintage jewellery.
Bath’s Georgian past and modern present architecture blend together in the streets around Milsom Place, an area epitomising our shopping scene. You’ll find stores like Cath Kidston alongside inviting boutiques packed with quirky goodies. There’s also Jolly’s, the UK’s oldest department store, home to a huge collection of stylish fashion brands.
For something a bit different, head to Walcot Street and London Road. Known as the Artisan Quarter, this area is packed with vibrant, proudly independent shops offering vintage clothing, art, antiques, designer homeware and bespoke furniture. There’s also a popular flea market every Saturday, brimming with rare and unusual items.