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 and rejuvenation. From spa treatments to comedy shows, fine dining to museum exploring, there are plenty of ways to feel good in Bath.
Where to Stay?
For a truly rejuvenating 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, Bath Priory Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, 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, the 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 at this iconic site and 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 unique taste.
Take to the streets and capture the stunning honey-coloured architecture and beautiful surrounds of Bath on a photo tour with Bath Photo Tour or Photo Tours in Bath. Get active with Bath Bike Tours 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, or Bizarre Bath in the evening.
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. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the floor, Bath is home to a host of creative workshops to choose from. Try craft classes at The Makery or even glassblowing at Bath Aqua Glass, the perfect way to unwind and unleash your creativity.
Start your afternoon with a quintessential Bath experience and enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at a local hotel, such as The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa or No.15 Great Pulteney. Historic tearooms like Hands Tearoom and the Regency Tea Rooms at the Jane Austen Centre offer afternoon tea with a Georgian twist, or for a truly unique experience take afternoon tea onboard a double-decker bus with Brigit’s Bakery Bus Tour.
Walk off that tea and cake with a stroll through Prior Park Landscape Garden, a striking National Trust property. Or, choose a unique garden tour with Hidden Gardens of Bath or even check out The Bath Priory for their programme of charming garden tours.
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, quaint Mission Theatre or Chapel Arts Centre.
For a leisurely morning in tranquil surroundings, 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?
If you have time to spare in the afternoon, spend it 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.
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.
By Ele Kelaher