From its ancient Roman Baths to an atmospheric restaurant set in the vaults of the Theatre Royal, Bath is a city awash with history, culture and style. But don’t be fooled by its grandeur, you can get away with doing loads and spending very little - or even nothing at all! So, without further ado, here are ten ways to enjoy Bath on a budget.
1. Get a Museums Saver Ticket
What’s better than visiting one world-class museum? Visiting three! With a Museums Saver Ticket, you can soak up the culture from the city’s magnificent Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery for less. If you buy online, you get 90 days to visit all three once, perfect if you have multiple trips planned or if you need an excuse to come back.
2. Travel with National Express
Thanks to amazingly affordable coach fares from National Express, you can get to Bath for so much less when you travel by coach. Just sit back in your comfy, guaranteed seat and catch your favourite films and hit TV shows with VUER, the free onboard entertainment app. Plus, there's power sockets, so you can charge your phone and go snap happy the moment you arrive in Bath.
3. See a Unique Landmark
When in Bath, a meander around the quintessentially English Royal Crescent is a must. Full of Georgian splendour, the eighteenth-century houses look beautiful when bathed in sunshine and offer a wonderful view of the town centre too. Plus, it’s makes for some seriously Insta-worthy photography!
4. Make the Most of Pre-Theatre Dining
Many of Bath’s restaurants have special early dinner menus and fantastic pre-theatre dining options. We’d recommend the Vaults Restaurant, a truly atmospheric venue located in the original vaults of the Theatre Royal, dating back to (wait for it...) 1805! Enjoy two courses for £16.95 and three courses for £19.95.
5. Do Some Scenic Shopping
As Bath’s smartest shopping destination, Milsom Place is home to all manner of new and established independent shops, as well as flagship stores like Cath Kidston and amazing restaurants. If you get the chance, head up Milsom Street to check out the beautiful independent bookshop, Topping & Company Booksellers.
6. Admire Art in All Its Glory
If you’re keen to cast your eyes over a collection of beautiful and fascinating art, drop in to Bath’s Holburne Museum. From Renaissance treasures to masterpieces by Gainsborough, there’s so much to see and explore in this gorgeous Grade I listed building. Even better yet, it’s completely free to visit!
7. Head to the Pub
Fancy some good old-fashioned pub grub? Then head to Coeur de Lion, which is more than just your average boozer. Dating back to 1749, it is one of the oldest, and the smallest, pub in Bath. At the charming traditional pub, you can enjoy lip-smackingly good food offerings like fish and chips, steak and Bellringer Ale pie and mouthwatering burgers. Yum!
8. Walk the Bath Skyline
For otherworldly views just minutes from the city centre, the Bath Skyline Walk certainly won’t disappoint. This rural heaven is the ideal fitness fix, with the walk being six miles in total. Plus, it’s been said that you burn as much energy on this walk as you would playing 90 minutes of football! So, be sure to bring your trainers and prepare to walk through magnificent meadows, ancient woodland and hidden valleys too.
9. Visit Bath Abbey
Easily one of Bath’s most uplifting locations, Bath Abbey simply has to go on your agenda. Located right by the Roman Baths, its architecture and stained-glass windows are breathtaking. Want to take the experience one step further? Then go on a Tower Tour, where you’ll get to visit the Abbey bell and ringing chamber, sit behind the clock face and stand on top of the Abbey’s vaulted ceiling.
10. Discover the Magic of Bath Christmas Market
It’s a known fact that Bath is beautiful all year round, but there’s no denying it - the city is that bit more magical at Christmas time. At the beautiful Bath Christmas Market, you can take a leisurely stroll through the Georgian streets and you’ll soon be lapping up scents of mulled wine and warming food. Bliss!
With such spectacular sights and elaborate architecture, isn’t you time you pay Bath a visit? It’s only a coach journey away so go on, get booking with National Express.
Guest blog post from National Express.