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Forty-Eight Hours in Bath

Visiting beautiful Bath 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.

Day One

Morning

Bath is a small city, best explored on foot. Begin your visit by orientating yourself with a free walking tour from the Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides, which takes about two hours. After you’ve experienced the main sights, head to the 2,000 year old Roman Baths, a must-see attraction at the heart of the city’s history and culture.

Afternoon

You’re probably feeling a bit peckish by now, so time to try a local delicacy for lunch - a Sally Lunn bun. After you’ve had your fill, head down Great Pulteney Street to browse the Holburne, a museum with free admission that’s home to an impressive art collection. Next, why not indulge in some retail therapy and hit Bath’s shops? You’ll find a mixture of well-known high street stores and unique independent boutiques, great for picking up a memento or two of your visit.

Evening

You’ll be spoilt for choice of places to enjoy dinner in Bath, but a favourite with locals is Sotto Sotto, a cosy Italian in the city centre. Make sure you book in advance though, it’s popular! After dinner, check out the latest show at Theatre Royal Bath, a great way to wind down before heading back to your hotel.

Day Two

Morning

Begin the day with a brisk walk along Bath Skyline, six miles of National Trust footpath which offers breathtaking views over the city. Prior Park Landscape Garden is also nearby and certainly worth exploring, especially for the stunning Palladian bridge.

Afternoon

When it’s time for lunch, climb to the top of Bath’s main shopping street to find Café Lucca, a sun-drenched eatery with delicious freshly-made food and cakes. Next, take a stroll along to No.1 Royal Crescent, arguably the most coveted address in Bath and now home to a museum that offers a snapshot of Georgian life. As the day draws to a close, finish off with a soak in the rooftop pool of Thermae Bath Spa, the only day spa in the UK where you can bathe in natural thermal water.

Evening

For dinner, tuck into a melt-in-the-mouth steak at Hudson Steakhouse. If you’re still able to move afterwards, why not try the Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk? It’s great fun, plus you’ll get to see some parts of the city that you’ve probably yet to discover. And if you’re up for a late one, finish off the day with a cocktail at Sub 13, or a Bath Gin at the Canary Gin Bar.

By Sarah James

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