Bath has been a stylish spa city since the eighteenth 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…
1. Local, Home-Grown and Delicious Produce
Did you know that the first ever Farmers’ Market took place in Bath in 1997? It revolutionised the way that customers bought fresh produce, and allowed them to meet with local farmers and buy direct, rather than from the supermarket.
The Market still takes place every Saturday, underneath the beautiful glass canopy in Green Park Station – a converted Victorian railway station.
2. Independent Shops in Abundance
Bath boasts many quirky, independent stores selling a variety of gorgeous homewares, clothes and food. These small independent shops can’t be found anywhere else but Bath, and you’ll receive exceptional service from the dedicated owners. It’s the perfect antidote to bland high street shopping that’s typical in other cities.
3. Small, but Perfectly Formed
Bath has all the delights of a large city, but on a much smaller scale. This makes it really easy to walk around the entire city in one shopping trip. SouthGate is home to all your high street favourites and just a ten-minute walk north will take you to Bath’s Artisan Quarter, which runs along Walcot Street and up London Road.
4. A Stylish Mix of Shopping and Spa Culture
Enjoy a true slice of retail therapy and pair your shopping spree with a trip to Britain’s only natural thermal day spa, Thermae Bath Spa. After pounding the pavements all day, lie back and relax in the open-air rooftop pool, before experiencing the brand new Wellness Suite, which includes steam rooms, a celestial relaxation room, an infrared sauna and an ice chamber too.
Why not indulge in a stylish break in Bath and stay overnight in one of the city’s many luxurious spa hotels?
5. Delicious Lunchtime Pick-Me-Ups
Everywhere you turn, you’ll find a delightful café, restaurant or tea room in Bath, perfect for a natter over coffee before exploring the rest of the shops. There are a number of wonderful restaurants on the terrace at Milsom Place for alfresco dining, or Café Lucca, situated in concept store The Loft, serves delicious paninis, seasonal salads and cakes.
6. Easily Accessible from London
One of the easiest and hassle-free ways of getting to Bath is by using the Great Western Railway train which runs direct from London Paddington in just ninety minutes. Bath Spa station is conveniently located in SouthGate, close to all the shopping hotspots.
7. Shopping with a Side of Sightseeing
Not only are all of Bath’s shops within close proximity of each other, so are the city’s historic sites. As you stroll along Bath’s wide parades and intriguing passageways you’ll see how steeped in history this UNESCO World Heritage Site city is. With Georgian architecture, romantic bridges, ancient Roman Baths and curving crescents, there’s plenty to admire as you explore the city.
8. Home to the Oldest Department Store in the UK
No shopping spree in Bath is complete without a visit to Jolly’s, the UK’s first-ever department store. The department store on Milsom Street has been styling visitors since 1831, and is now a branch of House of Fraser.