Bath has been the centre of wellbeing in the UK for centuries, dating back to the Roman era when the allure of natural thermal waters drew travellers from all over Europe. The hot springs still bubble away today, and Bath continues to be a place of relaxation. From spa treatments to comedy shows, fine dining to museum exploration, there are plenty of ways to rejuvenate in Bath...
Where to Stay?
For a truly invigorating escape to Bath, book a stay at one of the city’s spa hotels. If you’re looking for luxury and grandeur, head to The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, or The Bath Priory Hotel, or try Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, situated in stunning countryside just a short drive from Bath. Alternatively, Combe Grove offers an idyllic wellbeing escape or choose No.15 Great Pulteney for a spa retreat with an arty twist.
Begin your visit at the historic Roman Baths, a site which has drawn visitors to the city for 2,000 years and where natural thermal waters still flow through the Great Bath. Learn about Roman spa culture in the interactive museum, then move through history to the elegant Georgian restaurant, the Pump Room. Enjoy a delicious lunch or indulgent afternoon tea, before sampling the 'healing' spa waters from the fountain for a more – arguably – unique taste!
Take to the streets and capture the stunning honey-coloured architecture and beautiful surrounds of Bath on a photo tour with Photo Tours in Bath. Get active with Bath By Bike to explore the city and local countryside along stunning cycling routes, or for a light-hearted afternoon of fun head out on a walking tour with Laugh at Bath.
There’s no doubt that the best view of Bath and the surrounding countryside is from the skies. Head up on an early morning flight with Bailey Balloons or Bath Balloons for a truly breathtaking experience.
Once you're back on the ground, head to one of the city's day spas for a relaxing treatment. Enjoy a top-to-toe pamper session at Frontlinestyle, who offer bespoke treatments and massages along with hair treatments in their state-of-the-art salon, or pay a visit to Radiance Wellbeing for a holistic therapy or massage. For something a bit different, head to The Soul Spa, who offer drop-in meditation sessions along with a range of mind-body therapies, including acupuncture, Reiki, Shiatsu, massages, hypnotherapy and aromatherapy.
Start your afternoon with a quintessential Bath experience and enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at a local hotel, such as The Roseate Villa or No.15 Great Pulteney. Historic tearooms like The Bath Bun Tea Shoppe and the Regency Tea Rooms at the Jane Austen Centre offer afternoon tea with a Georgian twist, or for a taste of luxury, tuck into an indulgent afternoon tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.
Walk off that tea and cake with a stroll through Prior Park Landscape Garden, a striking National Trust site. Or choose a unique garden tour with The Hidden Gardens of Bath or take a stroll in Royal Victoria Park's lush Botanical Gardens.
After a day out in the fresh air, take your seat at one of Bath’s impressive theatres or arts venues for an evening of entertainment. Laugh yourself silly at Komedia, or choose from a varied programme of plays, musicals, gigs and concerts at the iconic Theatre Royal Bath, visionary Mission Theatre or Chapel Arts Centre.
Spend a leisurely morning on the picturesque River Avon. Head down to the Victorian Bath Boating Station and take to the waters yourself, or alternatively take a river tour of iconic sites with Bath Adventures.
If you have time to spare in the afternoon, try horse riding at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa and explore their grand estate by horseback. Or, if you’re looking for an exhilarating day out, how about heading to one of the many thrilling race days at Bath Racecourse?
Finish your stay in Bath the Roman way, with a revitalising soak in the natural thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa, today with the welcome addition of cotton robes and slippers! Unwind in the rooftop pool while watching the sunset over Bath Abbey, and kick back in their Wellness Suite – the perfect end to a wellbeing break in Bath.