Bath in 4 Hours
For when you're short on time...
Are you on a quick visit to Bath with only a few hours to spare? Here's how to make full use of your limited time but still leave the city feeling like a local.
Hour 1 – as Bath is such a small city, it’s best explored on foot. Most of the main attractions are all within a short walk of each other, so you’ll be able to take in quite a few sights in a one hour long, gentle stroll. Head up to the Royal Crescent, one of Bath’s most iconic attractions, and take in the magnificent Circus on the way. On your way back into the centre, head over to Pulteney Bridge and spend a few moments enjoying the dramatic weir views and the sight of the imposing Holburne Museum at the end of the supremely elegant Great Pulteney Street. Finish off by heading back over to Bath Abbey, and explore this magnificent church both inside and out. If you have 45 minutes to spare, then we'd fully recommend going on a tower tour too, the views from the top of the Abbey tower are incredible!
Hour 2 – spend an hour exploring the remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world. The Roman Baths lie at the epicentre of the World Heritage City right next to the Abbey. The ancient ruins depict Bath’s spa culture 2,000 years ago when the Romans once bathed in the natural thermal spa water, resulting in an unmissable, memorable experience for visitors today. You'll be given an audio guide for free, and you can also explore the vast interactive museum that really bring the baths to life.
Hour 3 – grabbing a quick grab-and-go bite is a great way to check out some of the lovely eateries in Bath whilst still continuing your exploration of the city. Pick up the ultimate local Bath delicacy that is a Sally Lunn bun and enjoy it in the nearby Parade Gardens, or consider traditional British fish and chips to either take away or enjoy sat in at the Scallop Shell - named Fish & Chip Restaurant of the Year.
Hour 4 - after you’ve refuelled, gain free entry to the fascinating collection at the Victoria Art Gallery or before browsing some of Bath’s fabulous independent shops for a great gift or memento of your visit. You can find plenty of locally made souvenirs and fascinating, informative books at the Bath Visitor Information Centre gift shop, as well as postcards to send to friends and relatives.