Bath is the perfect destination for short breaks, and there are plenty of things to do to fill a three-day stay. Take a look at this handy itinerary to make sure that you make the most of your visit and don’t miss a thing.

Day One

You’ll want to quickly familiarise yourself with the city, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to join a tour. From hop-on, hop-off bus tours to self-guiding walking tours, there are plenty to pick from that pack in sights of the city and provide you with fascinating historical information. 

Bath City Sightseeing Bus

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Look out for world-famous historic sites including Bath AbbeyPulteney BridgeThe CircusThe Royal Crescent and Assembly Rooms. Check out our guide to ten must-sees in Bath for more on these. 

Now that you’ve walked up an appetite, why not experience the Georgian splendour of the Pump Room for a tasty lunch? With its glittering chandeliers and Corinthian columns, it really is an experience not to be missed. Don’t forget to try the spa water too – it contains 43 minerals, but is a bit of an acquired taste!

After all that sightseeing how about some downtime? You’ll want to dip your toe into Bath’s spa culture at Thermae Bath Spa. This is the only day spa in the UK where you can bathe in natural thermal waters. The open-air rooftop pool offers a unique experience with magnificent views over Bath.

Thermae Bath Spa rooftop pool with Bath Abbey in the background

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With the night still young, head for a pre-dinner cocktail at Circo before dining at Clayton’s Kitchen. The menu is created by Michelin starred chef Rob Clayton, so you’re guaranteed to have a good meal. And for the vegetarians amongst us, look no further than OAK for innovative plant-based cuisine and gluten free options.

Day Two

Did you know that Bath is home to more museums than many cities twice its size? No trip to the city is complete without discovering its ancient history at the Roman Baths, perhaps the most famous of Bath’s attractions. These ruins are some of the most impressive Roman remains in the world, and the Great Bath still flows with thermal water today.

Great Bath at the Roman Baths

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If you’re starting to feel peckish and ready for a light brunch, try grabbing a delicious Sally Lunn bun from one of the oldest houses in the city. Or if you are looking for a healthy snack, visit the fully organic and vegetarian deli at Harvest Natural Foods in Bath’s Artisan Quarter.

Fully fed and watered, you’re ready to delve into more of Bath’s history and culture. Begin your afternoon at the Victoria Art Gallery or Holburne Museum. Fans of Jane Austen will also want to explore the Jane Austen Centre, or further unpick Bath’s Georgian past at No.1 Royal Crescent. If none of these take your fancy, you’ll find plenty more museums to choose from.

Victoria Art Gallery

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Next, it’s time for a bit of retail therapy, and you'll find many well-known high street and designer brands in Bath. Don’t miss a pleasant stroll along Milsom Street where you can gaze upon the beautiful window displays in Bath’s top boutiques. Or walk along Walcot Street to London Road for special and unique independent stores that can only be found in Bath.

Two women looking in shop window

Spend your evening enjoying the performing arts. There are many live entertainment venues in Bath, so if a night of comedy is what you fancy, don’t miss Komedia. Get your live music fix at Chapel Arts or watch the latest plays and pantomimes at the historic Theatre Royal Bath or The Mission Theatre.

Day Three

For a quick but delicious breakfast before your last day of sightseeing, grab a coffee and croissant from the renowned Bertinet Bakery.

Stonehenge

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Although there are plenty of things to do in Bath’s city centre, if you’re travelling by car, you won’t want to miss exploring the surrounding villages, towns and countryside before heading home from your short break. Visit the incredible Bishop’s Palace in nearby Wells, the smallest city in England, or marvel at Neolithic Stonehenge, only an hour away from Bath. 

If you're visiting by train, you can still enjoy a feel of the countryside right here in the city. Head for the Bath Skyline Walk, and along the way, pop into Prior Park Landscape Garden for stunning views of the cityscape.

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