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Blog - The Insider's Guide

Bath’s Most Instagrammable Spots

By Emily McKay

Bath is renowned for its beauty. As the only designated UNESCO World Heritage City in the United Kingdom, it is not surprising that the city has plenty of photogenic spots. Here’s our round up of some of the most Instagrammable places in Bath – don’t forget to tag #VisitBath in your photos so we can see them!

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10 money saving hacks for your trip to Bath this summer

Guest Post By John Wood City Stay

Visiting Bath over the next few months but need to keep an eye on your bank balance? We’re huge fans of all things budget here at John Wood City Stay, so we’re delighted to share some of our insider money saving ideas with you… 

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10 Jane-y Things To Do

By Niamh Noone

We’ve sought out the ten quirkiest ways in which you can remember Jane (Austen) and her legacy in the city this summer.

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Best gin bars in Bath

By Claire Pickup
Bath is a city renowned for its elegant architecture, but there is another remnant of the Georgian era that also demands celebrating – gin!

As World Gin Day approaches, here are some of the best places in Bath to celebrate this spirit over a crisp and refreshing tonic...

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8 ways to spend summer in Bath

By Gemma Hayter
There’s never been a better year to visit Bath, with 2017 seeing citywide celebrations for a number of momentous anniversaries, including 250 years of the Royal Crescent, 30 years since the city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and 200 years since Jane Austen’s death.

We've put together our top 8 tips for having a wonderful summer break in Bath...

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10 things you didn’t know about Green Park Station, Bath

Guest post by Alex Peters
Home today to a thriving weekend market scene, independent shops, cafes, restaurants and eateries, Green Park Station has changed quite a bit since it opened in 1869. However, there’s more than meets the eye at Green Park Station...

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Best Golf Clubs in Bath

By Emily McKay

Beautiful Bath is the perfect backdrop when playing a relaxing game of golf, so grab your clubs and head to the city for a round.

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5 fascinating facts about the Royal Crescent

By Emily McKay

2017 marks 250 years since the Royal Crescent’s foundation stone was laid, on 19th May 1767. Since then, the Royal Crescent has become a world-renowned icon. To celebrate the Royal Crescent's 250th birthday, we’ve put together five fascinating facts about one of the most famous streets in Britain…

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International Museum Day – Museums in Bath Where You Can Discover the City’s Rich History

By Emily McKay

The city of Bath has more museums in just one square mile than most larger cities can boast altogether. Bath houses a great number of museums which offer a wealth of remarkable stories and bring the city’s history to life. For International Museum day on 18th May, we have put together our guide to museums in Bath where you can discover the city’s history…

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Top Picks in Bath for a Meat-Free Meal

By Emily McKay

Whether you’re a seasoned veggie, taking up the challenge of Meatless Mondays, or just looking for a tasty meal, Bath has plenty of options on offer. Here are our top vegetarian picks in Bath…

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Top 5 must taste Bath artisan products

Guest blog post by Sal Godfrey for Taste of Bath
We asked Taste of Bath, a hamper company specialising in the very best local produce, to give us their top five not-to-be-missed recommendations from Bath’s brilliant food & drink scene…

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Summer 2017 Festivals in Bath

By Emily McKay

There’s plenty of entertainment on offer in the city this summer, with a varied schedule of festivals and celebratory events coming up…

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Bath's High Street Shopping Trail

By Niamh Noone
Don your comfy shoes, shoppers, the boutiques of Bath await! Bath is the ideal city for a shopping break due to its compact nature, variety of stores and beautiful surroundings, which promise to transform your shopping spree into something altogether more exciting.

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Shop Bath’s Designer Trail

By Emma Frayling
Bath has always been a show-stopping stylish city and its designer fashion and interiors offering makes for an indulgent day of retail therapy!

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8 reasons to have a shopping spree in Bath

By Gemma Hayter
Bath has been a stylish spa city since the 18th century, where Georgian society would flock to Bath as the place to “see and be seen”.

The city is still a number one shopping destination today and has a very unique and distinctive retail offering. Here are our top eight reasons why shopping Bath is better than shopping anywhere else…

 

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5 of the most beautiful hotels in Bath

By Bonnie at the Good Hotel Guide
Bath is known for many things; for its spas, architecture, history and culture, but chief amongst them all is its beauty. The Good Hotel Guide share 5 of their favourite hotels in Bath to consider for your next trip.

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Shop Bath's Vintage & Artisan Trail

By Claire Pickup
Spend the weekend browsing Bath’s vintage and artisan boutiques and you will be sure to find a special something to wear, the perfect gift for a friend or that finishing touch for your home.

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Shop Independent. Stores you won't find anywhere else.

By Gemma Hayter
If you're bored of bland high street shopping, then a trip to Bath is a refreshing change for any shopaholic. With a wealth of beautifully-individual stores just waiting to be found, Bath is the perfect antidote to your typical urban high street.

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Comedy Festival Fever comes to our beautiful city!

By Nick Steel from Bath Comedy Festival
What to see and where to catch the festival buzz. Bath Comedy Festival rolls into town, bringing seventeen days packed with big names, new faces, old favourites and a whole lot of laughs!

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7 places to stay for a memorable hen party in Bath

By Gemma Hayter
If you’re looking to plan a sophisticated and classy hen party, then Bath is the perfect destination for a memorable hen do that the bride-to-be will love. Here's our top accommodation picks...

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How to spend Easter weekend in Bath

By Gemma Hayter
Whether you’re looking for ways to enjoy a four-day weekend off work, or trying to work out how to keep the kids busy during the Easter school holidays, Bath has lots to offer this Easter...

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How to enjoy Bath when the weather can't make up its mind

Alice Bishop
Unsurprisingly, the weather in Bath is proving to be rather interchangeable of late: intermittent clouds and sun, perhaps a breeze or bluster and, from time-to-time, a drenching springtime shower.

In light of this, we thought it would be handy to put together a few suggestions for spending a day in Bath when the weather just can’t make up its mind. All you need to do is cautiously pack an umbrella, remember that a hot cup of tea is never too far away, and vow to make the absolute most of what Bath has to offer, come rain or shine.

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Where to celebrate British Pie Week in Bath

By Alice Bishop
You can’t beat a good, deep-filled and gravy laden pie. With British Pie Week hitting the country from 6th – 12th March, what better time is there to discover Bath’s stu-pie-ndous offering? After all, a pie a day keeps the belly rumbles away…

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Discovering Wild Bath with Avon Wildlife Trust

By Nicole Daw of Avon Wildlife Trust
In July, I started working for Avon Wildlife Trust as the People and Wildlife Officer, encouraging people to connect with their local wild spaces. As a result, my eyes have been opened to what a fantastic place Bath is for wildlife.

Here are some of my first hand experiences of nature in Bath. I very much hope they inspire you to head out and explore.

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A funny thing is on its way to the Forum!

By Nick Steel from the Bath Comedy Festival
Bath Comedy Festival opens with a bang on April 1st with mega-star Paul Merton at Bath’s fabulous Forum, the town centre art deco masterpiece. Read on to find out more...

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6 ways to feel good at Combe Grove

By Alice Bishop
Nestled amongst peaceful woodlands and overlooking the Limpley Stoke valley, Combe Grove makes a perfect retreat to step out of hectic daily life and into calm. What will be first on your to-do list?

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5 Bath walks to help you reach 10,000 steps

By Alice Bishop
If you’ve taken on the 10,000 step challenge, or just want to get out walking more, we have outlined five walks of varying distance and scenery to help you reach your target, whilst still taking in the very best of Bath.

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11 dreamy places for a great night's sleep

By Gemma Sampson
Enjoy a restorative night’s sleep in a comfy and cosy bed and you’ll be sure to wake up refreshed, rested and ready to explore all of Bath’s historic sights and attractions.
Find out where to stay...

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News: Survey Shows Bath is No.1 Feel Good City

Bath. Feel Good. For enjoying life’s simple pleasures

VisitBath is today revealing results from an in-depth survey that shows the city rejuvenates visitors and takes people away from the stresses and strains of every-day life.

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8 Things you Haven’t Done in Bath

By Niamh Noone
Studies suggest that learning something new can actually make you feel happier, and with that in mind we have uncovered a few of Bath’s hidden gems and secret stories. Discover some of this spa city’s lesser known sights next time you visit Bath, and feeling good will follow. 

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Bath’s Feel-Good Food Trail

By Niamh Noone
We all love good food, right? And fresh air? Well that’s a no-brainer when it comes to feeling good. In Bath we think the best way to fully enjoy both of these feel-good factors is to combine the two in a fantastically fresh food trail with a difference...

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February Exhibitions: Relax & Unwind with a Spot of Art Appreciation

By Alice Bishop
There’s nothing quite like spending a quiet afternoon perusing an exhibition or two, soaking up shape, colour, line and texture in a calm and peaceful surrounding. For such a small city, Bath has a very generous serving of exceptional art galleries and museums, so make Bath your destination this month to step into calm, inspire your senses, and truly feel good.

Here is our round-up of what’s on in Bath this February.

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5 Ways to Catch the Creative Bug in Bath

By Alice Bishop
Expelling a little creative energy is always therapeutic. Whether you’re learning a new creative skill, or browsing the latest exhibition, indulging in the arts in one form or another is a nice satisfying way to spend an afternoon.

There’s plenty of ways for you to connect with art in Bath, to get your creative juices flowing. Here’s our top 5…

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7 of the best views in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
Bath has an abundance of spectacular views, and we know just where you need to go to seek out the very best vantage points. Here's our top 7...

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What kind of Feel Good Mini-Break are You?

By Alice Bishop
We all have different ways of finding our calm, detaching from the stresses and strains of modern life, and ultimately feeling good. Bath and beyond has a little bit of everything, so whether you’re after a calming break, want to get outdoors, or enjoy taking in the arts, Bath makes a fantastic feel good destination.

If you’re not sure what kind of mini-break will make you feel good, take our fun quiz…

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9 Reasons to do your Christmas Shopping in Bath

By Alice Bishop
With the festive season rapidly approaching - a definite hint of autumnal chill in the air and the whiff of mince pies only just around the corner - the streets of Bath will soon be bustling with Christmas shoppers, scouring the city for festive delights, unique gifts and charming novelties.

Here’s our round-up of the top destinations in Bath for Christmas shopping…

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10 ways to celebrate the festive season in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
Bath at Christmas is truly magical. The twinkling lights of the Bath Christmas Market, the carols chiming out of Bath Abbey and all the fun festive things to see and do in the City make it the perfect destination for a Christmas shopping trip, or a short break before the big day.

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5 places to watch the fireworks in Bath

By Gemma Sampson
There's a number of fantastic displays illuminating the night sky this year. Take your pick from 5 of the best, and wrap up warm for a spectacular night.

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What to expect from a visit to Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass

By Alice Bishop
You may have heard of the famous Bath Aqua Glass shop, specialising in hand-blown homewares in the beautifully distinctive, aqua blue hue; stained glass pieces; and fused glass jewelery; but did you know you can also peek behind the scenes and maybe even have a go at their workshop in central Bath?

The team at VisitBath were recently lucky enough to be invited along, see the masters at work and try our own hand at the ancient artform of glass blowing.

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An Autumnal Photo Walk of Bath

By Gemma Sampson
Bath is extremely photogenic at any time of year, but even more so in Autumn. As the leaves turn amber and the honey coloured Bath stone glows, it’s a truly spectacular city for photographing.

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The ultimate guide to Sunday Roasts in Bath

By Gemma Sampson

It's a cherished British tradition and the humble Sunday Roast can come in many delicious shapes and sizes. Bath isn't short of amazing restaurants who create the most mouthwatering Sunday roasts. Here's some of the best in Bath...

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Your guide to Afternoon Tea in Bath

By Gemma Hayter

With so many delightful restaurants, cafes and hotels offering sumptuous afternoon teas, we’ve compiled a quick guide to help you decide where you should have your afternoon tea in Bath...

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Wine not visit Bath?!

By Alice Bishop

If you are a lover of all-things-vino, then Bath (and beyond) really has you sorted. To make your summer that little bit more of a corker, we have rounded up the top 5 destinations for the Bath-bound wine lover…

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Where to watch Euro 2016 in Bath

By Claire Pickup
Euro 2016 kicks off tonight with France v. Romania. But there is no need to hop on the Eurostar for a seat at Stade de France as you can enjoy all the excitement by watching the games in one of Bath’s many pubs...

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Mission to Bath and meet Buzz Aldrin

By Gemma Sampson
Buzz Aldrin is doing a special talk on Friday 3rd June, so we’ve put together an out of this world itinerary for Space buffs visiting Bath…

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5 things to do outside of Bath

By Gemma Sampson
It’s well worth exploring further afield during your trip to Bath. Did you know that the City has some breath taking countryside right on its doorstep as well as quaint towns and villages to meander around too?

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Best views of Bath from a hilltop

By Claire Pickup
Situated within the hollow of the surrounding seven hills, Bath’s Palladian buildings spread through the valleys and out onto the slopes. Here's our best vantage points to see the beautiful city spread out below...

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Where to shop your new Spring wardrobe

By Sarah James
Bath in Fashion, the South West’s week- long, biggest fashion celebration starts next week - surely that’s a good a reason as any for a wardrobe update? To make sure you’re looking your very best when sat on the front row of the catwalk, we’ve put together some suggestions of where to shop to refresh your look in time for the event.

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How to spend 4 hours in Bath

By Sarah James
You’re coming to beautiful Bath, but only for a quick visit… what do you do in half a day? Don’t panic, take a look at our helpful suggestions of what to cram into your few hours whilst here…

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48 Hours in Bath

By Sarah James
Visiting our beautiful city for a couple of days? Wondering what to do to get the most out of your trip? Take a look at our suggestions below to help guide you on the best things to do in Bath in 48 hours.

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Eggscellent Easter Trails

By Sarah James

The Easter weekend is fast approaching, so we’ve put together a roundup of the best egg hunts and trails to keep the kids entertained.

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Top 7 activities you must do in Bath this Spring

By Zaza Banjar, Reception Manager at Homewood Park Hotel & Spa

Whether it’s with friends, family or a loved one, Bath is a magical city to visit in spring. Featuring some of the most iconic buildings in Britain, the stunning city will provide the perfect setting for a mini getaway whilst soaking up some culture.

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6 different ways to treat Mum this Mother's Day

By Gemma Sampson
We’ve got something to suit all kinds of Mum’s in Bath this Mother’s Day. Whether Mum loves a traditional treat or would prefer a more unconventional experience, take a look at our top suggestions for spoiling her…

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Where to watch 6 Nations fixtures in Bath

By Sarah James
Bath is very much a rugby city and a great place to be on match days, whether it’s watching our Premiership team battle it out at The Rec or getting involved in the lively atmosphere at one of Bath’s rugby pubs.

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Top 10 Bath events in 2016

By Sarah James
There’s so much going on in Bath this year, here’s our top 10 events that we can’t wait for…

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What to expect from your spa experience

Laura Johnson, founder of Spa Living, a brand new website for spa furniture, art, products and experiences, talks about why the spa at the Royal Crescent Hotel is perfect for your first spa experience.

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Spot Rudolf this Christmas in the heart of Somerset

Guest post by The Garden Team from Ston Easton Park

With the Christmas holidays upon the horizon, there's sure to be plenty of indulging to done. But with every handful of Celebrations, Quality Streets and After Eights, there's a country walk to be had and plenty of wildlife to be admired...

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7 things you just can't miss in Bath this Christmas

By Gemma Sampson
If you’re planning a break in Bath over the festive period then you’re in luck! Winter is a magical time of year to visit and there’s so much going on. As a Bath local, here’s a roundup of my favourite things in Bath at Christmas time…

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A single girl’s guide to Bath

Guest post by Angela Goldstein

Beautiful Bath is often top choice for couples seeking a romantic break. But don’t be put off if you are visiting alone, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had. Angela, a guest blogger, has the perfect itinerary for a solo traveller.

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Spooky goings on in Bath

By Gemma Sampson

Are you brave enough to seek out Bath’s most haunted venues and locations this Halloween?

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Eating my way through October

By Gemma Sampson

Today is the first day of the fantastic month long Great Bath Feast and I’ve been salivating at all the delicious events on offer!

Here’s a few events that I will definitely be attending. Don’t forget to check out all the Great £10 Feast offers across 39 different restaurants too.

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Bath is for Bibliophiles!

Jackie Law, an avid reader, blogger and book reviewer from just outside Bath tells us why the city is perfect for bookworms.

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Five adventure sports near Bath to get your pulse racing

By Justin Toohig

Move over Austen, spa days and Georgian architecture! If you're less cream tea and more extreme action, then Bath isn't necessarily the first location that springs to mind. Yet there is a variety of adventure sport hot spots in and around the city of Bath that no self-confessed thrillseeker should overlook.

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10 things you didn't know about Prior Park

By Anna Kilcooley

Have you visited beautiful Prior Park Landscape Garden yet? Here's a list of suprising things you never knew about it, from Visitor Experience Co-ordinator, Anna Kilcooley.

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