Here are our recommendations for the perfect day out in the city, including, of course, a trip to the spa! Pick and choose or try to do it all…

Brunch at The Ivy Bath BrasserieImage - The Ivy Bath Brasserie

9am: Breakfast

Start your spa day with a reviving breakfast, perhaps an Eggs Benedict in the stunning surrounds of The Ivy Bath Brasserie, or a Mediterranean-style plate at Boho Marché.

A stone’s throw from the Assembly Rooms and the main thoroughfare of Milsom Street is Café Lucca, a modern café which offers delicious cooked-to-order breakfast, or next door is the light and airy Boston Tea Party, which has a broad range of all-day breakfast options.

Thermae Bath Spa's rooftop pool and view of Bath skylineImage - Thermae Bath Spa

10am: A Trip to the Spa

You can’t come to Bath and not bathe, and while there are many spas in Bath, what better spa to start with than one fed by the very same ancient natural thermal waters that the Georgians, Romans and Celts once bathed in, Thermae Bath Spa? Start in the rooftop pool and enjoy morning views over the surrounding countryside and Bath Abbey. Other excellent spas include the hidden Spa at No.15 by Guesthouse and the Spa Village at The Gainsborough.

Fish and chipsImage - The Scallop Shell

12:30pm: Lunch

If you've worked up an appetite after all that thermal bathing, take your pick from Bath’s many eateries. At not much more than four square miles, the city isn’t short of places to satisfy your hunger, and the variety is often surprising. Head to Yak Yeti Yak for authentic Nepalese food, The Scallop Shell for traditional fish and chips and local seafood, Bandook for modern Indian sharing plates, or Chez Dominique for French dishes in a relaxed setting.

Holburne Museum
Image - The Holburne Museum

2pm: Culture hit

Explore one of Bath's beautiful galleries or world-class museums, whether it be a visit to one of the latest exhibitions at The Holburne Museum or Victoria Art Gallery, exploring the literary side of Bath at the Jane Austen Centre, swotting up on the city's history at Bath World Heritage Centre, or learning more about Georgian life in Bath at No.1 Royal Crescent.

Sally Lunn's lemon curd bun
Image - Swee treats at Sally Lunn's

3pm: Revive with a Coffee Break

Stop off for a coffee in one of Bath’s speciality coffee shops, such as historic tearoom Sally Lunns, picturesque cafe Sweet Little Things, or if you're in need of a serious sugar hit, stop into Heavenly Desserts for some cake or croffles.

Afternoon tea at the Pump Room

Image - The Pump Room Restaurant

4pm: Visit the Pump Room

The Pump Room, which overlooks the original Roman Great Bath, was a lively hub of Georgian social life. Guests used to flock there to drink spa water, gossip and show off their fine clothes. Enjoy an afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings whilst listening to live classical music, or just enjoy the view of the Roman Baths below.

People sat in deckchairs in Parade Gardens

Image - Parade Gardens

5pm: Promenade in the Gardens

Pleasure gardens are very much part of the spa tradition, and when the sun is shining and the band is playing, there are few greater pleasures than Parade Gardens, overlooking the River Avon and with views of Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge.

Green Park Brasserie
Image - Green Park Brasserie

7pm: Dinner

There are so many incredible restaurants in Bath that it’s hard to just choose one. For a treat book in for a tasting menu at the Michelin-starred Olive Tree, or experience a delightful menu based on local and foraged ingredients at The Elder. Enjoy live jazz while you dine at Green Park Brasserie, or try Dough in Kingsmead Square or Bath Pizza Co. in Green Park Station for delicious pizza.

Interior of bar
Image - The Hideout

9pm: Drink and Dance

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Bath’s brilliant cocktail bars. They include CircoThe HideoutArtBar at Abbey Hotel, The Bath Townhouse and more. As raucous a night as you might end up having, you’d do well to match the revelries of the pleasure-seeking Georgians during their so-called ‘curative’ spa retreats!

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