Itching to do something different? Feeling the call of adventure? Whether you’re a culture vulture, foodie fanatic or history buff, Escape the Everyday with a trip to Bath this summer. With worldly wonders, breathtaking architecture, idyllic countryside and tempting tours on the doorstep, there are plenty of ways to rediscover and explore the city.
However you choose to spend your time in Bath, remember to think, plan and book ahead (and cancel in good time if needed), respect and protect nature and follow social distancing guidelines.
Simply click on the experience that takes your fancy, check availability and book online.
Tours in Bath
Fan of the Netflix series, Bridgerton? Brit Movie Tours bring this phenomenally popular programme to life with their two-hour walking tour of Bridgerton filming locations around Bath, plus behind-the-scenes gossip.
Imagine yourself back in Regency Bath promenading through historic streets, turning up to Lady Danbury’s handsome home and visiting Madame Delacroix’s dress shop. Swooning over dukes optional.
How often do you get to tick off not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day? Discover Bath and its iconic sights with your local guide, who will show you around their beloved home city, regaling you with stories of its past. After lunch, visit the world-famous Stonehenge, learn the history of this astonishing ancient landmark, and hear more about the latest archaeological findings.
Follow highly knowledgeable, gastronomically minded guides around Bath’s best independent food and drink producers to get a real flavour for the city. Taste samples from unusual tea houses, artisanal coffee roasters, breweries, bakeries and farmers' markets, learning top tips about the city’s indie eateries and foodie heritage on the way.
Alternative Ways to See the City
With its Roman archaeology, eighteenth-century town planning and countryside setting, Bath is quite magnificent to look at from all angles – but the view from the air is something else! Take to the skies with Bailey Balloons and soak up the spectacular landscape below as striking Georgian buildings, and rolling hills unfurl like monopoly pieces beneath your feet. Spot iconic landmarks like The Roman Baths, The Circus, Bath Abbey and Royal Crescent as you soar over the city with the wind in your hair – one of the most magical ways to see Bath.
For a fun and unusual way to discover Bath, go on an outdoor treasure hunt around the city, solving text message clues. There are different levels of difficulty, from family quests to the mind-bogglingly fiendish – just reply with the right answer to find your next destination and complete your merry quest.
Travel like a local with Active England Tours
If you’re into energetic holidays, Active England Tours run high-end walking, cycling and multi-activity trips, with the chance to combine a visit to Bath with Oxford and Stratford as well as trek or pedal through beautiful Cotswold countryside.
To make life easy for you, they’ll organise luggage transfers, book all your accommodation, provide maps and GPS instructions, and recommend places to visit along the way. Just choose the route that suits and travel off the beaten track with or without a guide.
Culture Without the Queues
Celebrated British author Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801-06 (see the plaque outside 4 Sydney Place), and mentioned the city in many of her novels. Inside a period-decorated Georgian townhouse, The Jane Austen Centre offers visitors the chance to learn more about her life and works, get up close to a lifelike waxwork of Austen herself (it was created by forensic artists) and sit down to high tea, served by staff in full Regency costume.
Tours Further Afield
As one of the most spiritual sites in England, ancient myths have swirled around Glastonbury for centuries, drawing people to the town in search of legendary ley lines, King Arthur, Avalon, the Holy Grail and Jesus.
Located one hour away from Bath, this private tour will pick you up in Bath, take you to all the key Glastonbury sites, then drop you back to the city.
For visitors after a slice of quintessential England, picture-perfect villages Castle Combe and Lacock have changed little over the centuries, making them popular filming locations for movies and TV series.
On this tour, a local guide will show you around the bucolic pair, pointing out Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and War Horse filming locations, as well as village features and stories from the Cotswold region. Expect impossibly pretty stone buildings, gorgeous countryside and plenty of village charm, all topped off with an end-of-tour cream tea.
Solar temple? Healing ground? Alien landing pad? Cremation site? Stonehenge has been perplexing and enthralling humans for millennia. The most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world lies less than one hour away from Bath and makes a fascinating half-day trip with Bath Insider Tours. Their private guide will accompany you in exploring this ancient landscape, filling you in on new findings and unusual stories behind the stones.
Road Trip Routes
If you have your own campervan, or are thinking about hiring one, make the most of a West Country road trip with a Bath self-drive guide created by Wanderlust Camper Tours. The themed itineraries are packed with top tips for adventures, food and drink options, experiences and days out exploring Bath and the surrounding area. Pack in as many sights as possible or meander at your own pace.
With its chocolate box villages, pastoral landscapes and handsome manor houses, the Cotswolds is immensely pleasing to the eye. There are so many beautiful spots to explore and this private tour, led by the incredibly knowledgeable Paul, helps you home in on some of the highlights.
From your hotel in Bath you’ll be chaperoned to some of the area’s ludicrously beautiful market towns and picturesque villages – some with royal connections, others recognisable stars of the silver screen. Afternoon tea included!
For an exciting getaway, combine your Bath city break with a rural retreat. With its heated outdoor pool and eight acres of gorgeous grounds, this award-winning country house hotel is ideal for hot English summer days, and extra cosy with its roaring open fires on chillier nights.
Located just 30 minutes from the city, Beechfield House makes a perfect base for popping in and out of Bath as well as visiting popular attractions like Stonehenge, Longleat Safari Park and countryside village idylls Castle Combe and Lacock.
Located on one of the city’s most notable spaces (Queen Square), and within strolling distance of Bath’s major attractions, this Regency-style hotel occupies not one, but seven original 18th century townhouses.
Although part of Sofitel's MGallery Collection, the Francis has boutique, rather than chain, hotel vibes. Rooms are individually designed, some have four posters and there are blue plaques on the walls revealing esteemed former residents, including John Wood the Elder, the famous Bath architect who transformed the city with his designs.
For dining onsite, Boho Marché is a Moroccan/Andalusian/French-style café restaurant or you can easily amble to Bath’s cafés, pubs, cocktail bars and restaurants on foot.
Wentworth House Hotel
A grand Victorian mansion set in almost an acre of secluded grounds, Wentworth House comes with a heated outdoor (seasonal) swimming pool, hot tub and valley views. There’s also free parking, buffet breakfasts and Bath city centre is just a 15-minute walk away.