Bath is bursting with family-friendly Easter activities, beautiful gardens, fantastic food and drink, and comfortable places to rest up after days of full of egg-citement. Here’s our guide to planning the perfect family break this Easter…

Where to Stay 

Take your pick from modern and spacious family rooms at city centre hotels such as Apex City of Bath Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Bath City, and the newly opened Hampton by Hilton Bath City.  

For something more luxurious, look to the city’s spa hotels. Based in Bradford-on-Avon, just 15 minutes outside of Bath, Jacobean manor house Woolley Grange Hotel is one option with award-winning children’s facilities.  

Prefer the flexibility of self-catering accommodation? Check in at one of Bath Holiday Rentals’ luxury properties in and around Bath, which make a great base for a family getaway. Venture a little further into the countryside and Sykes Holiday Cottages can put you up in a grand abode with a hot tub. 

Remember to book direct for the best value, with extra perks such as parking and breakfast often included, and check out our spring offers for more great deals on accommodation.  

Image - Woolley Grange Hotel

Easter Events in Bath 

Explore the ancient bathing and socialising complex at the Roman Baths, where they have an Animal Magic activity for the Easter holidays. Investigate how the Romans used animal images in decoration and make an animal fridge magnet.  

The extraordinary Bath Abbey is a beautiful setting for Easter services and you can also view artworks inspired by churches and cathedrals there, as part of the Let There Be Light Exhibition from 18th April.

Further afield, there’s a dinosaur takeover at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park this Easter, with a roarsome collection of animatronic dinosaurs and activities like raptor encounters and fossil excavations. At Westonbirt Arboretum, the focus is on much smaller creatures – the Superworm Trail is dedicated to the world of minibeasts.   

Head down the rabbit hole at Longleat’s Alice in Wonderland Easter Eggstravaganza. Make origami roses, tackle the Love Maze, play crazy golf in Tulgey Wood, and solve riddles on the park’s giant Easter eggs in return for a special prize.  

For an adventurous day out, join the Mendip Activity Centre for everything from an Easter orienteering trail to tobogganing, caving, and axe throwing.  

Image - Bath Abbey

More Springtime Activities in Bath 

Spring in Bath is a glorious time to experience the many gardens and parks in and around the city. Enter the magical Woodland Garden at Bowood House. Only open for six weeks a year, wander among bluebells and rare hybrids of rhododendrons, magnolias, and azaleas.  

National Trust estate Dyrham Park is running guided tours of the seasonal blooms in its garden and of its parkland, covering the site’s history, archaeology, management and significance.  

Turn walking the city into an adventure with treasure trail and mystery-solving games such as Treasure Hunt Bath, Mystery Guides, Bath Spy Mission, Text Quest, and Bath History Hunt.  

If spring showers arrive, take cover in Bath’s museums and galleries. You could step into the world of a Georgian family at No.1 Royal Crescent, or admire the art at Victoria Art Gallery and let kids create some of their own with the free craft activities. Find more free craft activities at the Holburne Museum, along with a family trail.  

Delve into the dark world of Mary Shelley at House of Frankenstein, where you can also have a go at freeing yourself from the Victor’s Lair escape room (suitable for families with older children).  

Where to Eat 

It’s easy to find crowd-pleasing family food in Bath. Find first-rate rustic pizzas at Dough, based in The Corridor and on Kingsmead Square. Seafood restaurant The Scallop Shell offers half-portion versions of main dishes for kids, including classic cod and chips and freshly made fishcakes. Try Indian street food dishes at Bandook Indian Kitchen, which has a special kids menu.  

After a sweet treat? Tuck into a traditional Sally Lunn bun in one of the oldest houses in Bath, or indulge in a chocolate feast at Mrs. Potts Chocolate House. Bath is also the ideal setting to enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea. Try Sweet Little Things, who offer perfectly presented sandwiches, scones and cakes against the backdrop of pretty floral décor. 

Image - Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House

Getting to Bath 

Take the stress out of your journey and travel to Bath by train, admiring the picturesque rural scenery as you speed through the countryside surrounding Bath.  

Bath Spa Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, just a short walk away from Bath’s shops and attractions. One of Bath's many charms is the fact that the city is so easily navigated on foot, making train travel a smart option for a stress-free city break. 

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