3 Days in Bath
Bath is the perfect destination for short breaks, and there’s more than enough things to do on a three day trip. As the Bath experts, we’re here to give you a helping hand, and ensure that you make the most of your visit and don’t miss a thing.
Here’s a handy itinerary for 3 days in Bath to get you inspired. Don’t forget to pop into the Bath Visitor Information Centre whilst in Bath if you want some friendly, local advice.
Day 1: You’ll want to quickly familiarise yourself with Bath, and as it’s such a compact city, the best way to do this is on foot. Take a self-guided walking tour or join a group and see Bath’s world famous historic sites including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, The Circus, The Royal Crescent and Assembly Rooms.
Why not stop for lunch in one of Bath’s many delightful and independent restaurants? Step back in time at 40’s inspired Old Time Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms, enjoy homemade paninis and salads in Café Lucca or head to Chapel Arts Café for made to order flatbreads and vegetarian dishes.
No trip to Bath is complete without discovering its ancient history at the Roman Baths. These ruins are some of the most impressive Roman remains in the world, and the Great Bath still flows with thermal spring water today. Don’t forget to try the spa water too, many believe it has health giving properties due to its high mineral content.
For some down time, you’ll want to dip your toe into Bath’s spa culture at Thermae Bath Spa. This is the only day spa in the UK where you can bathe in the natural thermal waters. The open air rooftop pool offers up magnificent views over Bath’s rooftops and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Save money by combining both attractions and booking a Spas Ancient and Modern package.
With the night still young, head for a pre-dinner cocktail at Circo before dining at Clayton’s Kitchen. The menu is created by Michelin starred chef Rob Clayton, so you’re guaranteed to have a good meal.
Day 2: Did you know that Bath is home to more museums that many cities twice its size? Delve into Bath’s history during your short break at the free to enter Victoria Art Gallery or Holburne Museum. Fans of Jane Austen will also want to explore the Jane Austen Centre, or further unpick Bath’s Georgian past at No.1 Royal Crescent.
If none of these take your fancy, you’ll find more things to do in Bath here.
Next, it’s time for a bit of retail therapy, and many well know high street and designer brands are located in Bath. Don’t miss a pleasant stroll through Bath’s Artisan Quarter, along Walcot Street and onto London Road for special and unique independent stores that can only be found in Bath. Spend your evening enjoying the performing arts. There are many live entertainment venues in Bath, so if a night of comedy is what you fancy, don’t miss Komedia. Get your live music fix at Chapel Arts or watch the latest plays and pantomimes at the historic Theatre Royal Bath or The Mission Theatre.
Day 3: Fill up on a famous Sally Lunn Bun for breakfast, a local delicacy that you can only taste in Bath. The light brioche style bun is extremely versatile and can be enjoyed with scrambled eggs, or if you’re after something sweet, top yours with cinnamon butter or marmalade.
Although there are plenty of things to do in Bath’s city centre, if you’re coming by car, you won’t want to miss exploring the surrounding villages and countryside before heading home from your short break. Walk along the most complete medieval street in nearby Wells, or Lacock should be high on your list if you’re a Harry Potter fan. Why not marvel at prehistoric Stonehenge, or take a walk on the wild side with a visit to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park.
If you're visiting by train instead, you can still enjoy a feel of the countryside right here in the city. Head for the Bath Skyline Walk, and along the way, pop into Prior Park Landscape Garden for breath-taking views of the cityscape.