Thinking of booking a summer break in Bath? With a buzzing line-up of events, alfresco places to eat and drink, and a host of gardens blooming beautifully under the summer sun, you won’t regret escaping here in the warmer months.

Here are some ideas on how to spend #SummerInBath...

Where to Stay in Bath This Summer

Kick off your summer break in Bath at one of the city’s fine hotels. Book direct to snap up the best deals and perks, like free breakfast and parking, and check out our accommodation offers too.

You can take advantage of deals such as The Queensberry Hotel’s Dashing Summer Flash, which gives you 25% off an August midweek stay. Or leave the car at home and get 10% off with their Going for Green offer.

Bedroom at The Queensberry Hotel

Image - The Queensberry Hotel

For families, the expansive grounds and range of activities at country spa hotels like Lucknam Park and Bowood Hotel make them a great base. Or pick somewhere central, modern and welcoming such as the Apex City of Bath Hotel and Hampton by Hilton Bath City.

It’s not just hotels where you can bed down this summer. Maybe a campsite edged by ancient woodland in the Mendip Hills, a charming Georgian townhouse, or a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal is more your style? Find boltholes like these and many more in our self-catering accommodation listings.

Sunset at Basecamp - Mendip Activity Centre campsite

Image - Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre

Summer Events in Bath

Fancy rocking to live music, catching some alfresco theatre or eating your way around foodie festivals? Then Bath is the place to be. Get deciding what to see when with a look through our what’s on listings and guide to this year’s festival line-up.

A few highlights to be in town for are the all-new Americana Fest at the American Museum; the free, annual city-wide party Bath Carnival; and a series of Edinburgh previews at comedy club Komedia. If you’re bringing the brood along, see which summer holiday activities will keep them entertained.

People on stilts at Bath Carnival

Image - Bath Carnival

Eat and Drink in Bath This Summer

Bath’s food scene caters to all tastes, with plenty of restaurants swapping to seasonal menus fit for the warmer months during summer. At the art deco-style The Ivy Bath Brasserie, they’ve freshened up menus with dishes like Goat’s Cheese and Courgette Tart and Strawberry Eton Mess Sundae as well as Bloodflower Margarita and Mango Colada cocktails.

Bloodflower Margarita from The Ivy Bath Brasserie

Image - The Ivy Bath Brasserie

Summer is also the time to make the most of Bath’s alfresco eating and drinking spots. From pizzas under the glass roof of Green Park Station to creative dinners with a city skyline view at Plate – we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants with outdoor space. When it’s a cold pint in the sun you’re craving, hit up one of the city’s beer gardens.  

People eating pizza at Bath Pizza Co

Image - Bath Pizza Co

Green Spaces Galore

Lush long summer days are made for exploring the green spaces in and around Bath. With idyllic gardens at places like the American Museum and Iford Manor, National Trust estates, and Westonbirt, The National Arboretum all in easy reach, you won’t run out of outdoor attractions to roam around.

You can always while away a lazy day in the city’s beautiful parks too. Pack a picnic and soak up the sunshine!

Kids running at Westonbirt

Image - Westonbirt, credit Johnny Hathaway

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. 

Or arrive by bus and make the most of 1/3 off a West of England FirstDay Group Ticket from 23rd July to 4th September. Up to 5 people (of any age) travelling together can go on unlimited journeys for one day across Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Wells for £10.

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