One Day in Bath, England Travel Guide

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on RedditShare on LinkedIn

Georgian architecture, Roman & thermal baths, a UNESCO world heritage site, and the home of Jane Austen – the beautiful city of Bath makes for the perfect day trip or weekend city break. Slower paced than the nearby city of Bristol (only 11 miles apart), Bath is a beautiful vibrant city with a vast history, and lots to offer. My guide will cover the top things to do in a day visit to Bath.

Parade Gardens, Bath

Parade Gardens, featuring a book dedicated to Jane Austen

Parade Gardens: My journey to Bath started early morning with a 10 minute train journey from the nearby city of Bristol. A short walk from Bath Spa train station brings you to the Parade Gardens, that runs alongside the River Avon. Sadly, during my visit the gardens were closed but most days they are open from 10am until 7pm (there is a small entrance fee). Although you can still view the beautiful gardens from above, and Jane Austen fans will be happy to spot the book made from flowers dedicated to the author.

View of Pulteney bridge, Bath

The Grande Parade: Next I stopped off on the Grande Parade for a view of Pulteney bridge, and the River Avon. Pulteney Bridge is a popular photo spot in Bath, and the bridge itself is quite unusual as it is one of the few bridges in the world with shops built into it. As you stroll along the bridge you can explore these shops, and follow the signs to the steps that will allow you to get closer to the waters edge and stroll alongside the River Avon. If you are disabled, there is an accessible entrance sign posted as well everyone can explore this beautiful area of Bath.

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

View of The Grande Parade, Bath

Once down by the waters edge I was greeted to the view of the Grande Parade, and its magnificent buildings. Sadly, during my visit there was some scaffolding around one of the buildings due to maintenance work; however the view is still amazing. Thanks to the still water I was able to capture an undisturbed reflection of the buildings, combined with the sunny clear sky this allowed for the perfect photograph of The Grande Parade and River Avon.

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

 

Bath Abbey: Next, I made a quick stop off at The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul aka Bath Abbey. The abbey is open most days to the public as a place of worship, with services scheduled throughout the day. Sadly I had opted to visit Bath on graduation day, so the abbey was closed to the public due to the graduation ceremony taking place. You can check the opening times on the Bath Abbey website here . 

The Royal Crescent: One of the most iconic places in Bath is the Royal Crescent; a row of 30 terraced buildings (originally houses) laid out in a crescent shape. Built in 1774, this is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. If budget allows, you could opt to stay in The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, or visit the hotel’s restaurant for some afternoon tea (staying at £41 per person).

 

Stain Glass in St. Michael's Church, Bath

St Michael’s Church: Built in the mid 1700s, the church is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. The church is open to the public, with free entry; however donations are welcome. There’s a cafe inside, so if you’re feeling peckish this is a good place to get some food while supporting the church. The inside of the church is beautiful with stain glass windows, and red and gold decor.

Bath Assembly Rooms

The Bath Assembly Rooms

The Bath Assembly Rooms: Built in 1779, The Bath Assembly rooms are a collection of elegant rooms that were used for things such as music and dancing. These days, the assembly rooms are partially open to the public, with a fashion museum and cafe. The fashion museum is open daily from 10:30am until 5:00pm. Tickets for the museum can be purchased online for £9 for adults at https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/tickets-prices.

Royal Victoria Park, Bath

Royal Victoria Park, Bath




Royal Victoria Park, Bath


 

Royal Victoria Park: Next I took a stroll through the Royal Victoria Park. The park was opened in 1830 by the then 11 year old Princess Victoria, and was the first park to be opened in her name. The park offers a peaceful tranquility away from the busier areas of the city, and makes a nice area for an afternoon picnic on a summers day.

Shopping in BathBath offers a wide variety of modern and contemporary shops, which makes it the perfect place for shopping. Whether you’re looking for a designer brand, or a smaller local shop, Bath has something for everyone.

Old Bond Street, Bath

Designer fashion stores include Ted Baker, Radley, Harvey Nichols. But if you’re looking for a bargain, there is a Primark. If you are a book lover then be sure to check out “Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath” and “Mr B’s Emporium Of Reading Delights”. For foodies, there’s “Charlotte Brunswick Chocolates”, “The Fine Cheese Co. Bath” and “The Bertinet Bakery”.

How to get to Bath & Parking

Due to limited parking and traffic, I recommend travelling to Bath by public transport. Direct trains from London to Bath Spa train station take about 1 hour 30 minutes. Trains can be expensive but booking trains in advance (up to 3 months before travel) can help save money. For budget travelers, I recommend using the Megabus. Megabus tickets start from £1 plus a 50p booking fee.

If you do decide to drive to Bath, sites such as Parkopedia.com or the Bath & North East Somerset Council website allow you to find information on car parks, on street car parking etc.

Disabled Parking: If you’re disabled and have a disabled parking badge then you’ll be happy to hear that Bath does have some free parking available. Free disabled parking includes; on street parking in pay and display zones, resident and business permitted areas, bath park and ride and by the entrance to Charlotte Street Car park. Free disabled parking is not available in car parks. For more information on disabled parking visit Bath & North East Somerset Council website here

Where to stay in Bath

If you wish to stay in Bath, then it is best to stay central as most attractions are within walking distance. Most accommodation in the centre will set you back about £100 ($135/€115) a night. If you have a high budget, and want somewhere extravagant, while experiencing the historical side of bath then there is The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa with rooms starting at £360 a night. For budget travelers, there are hostels such as The Bath YMCA. Mid priced places at around £100 a night are normally B&Bs and there are a lot of pick from such as Henrietta House, and Brocks Guest house.

Below are some of the most population hotels in Bath. I receive commissions for bookings made using the links below. This helps cover the running costs of Alisonfay.com.

Found this guide helpful? Then why not share on Pinterest

 

 

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on RedditShare on LinkedIn

Share this article

31 Comments
  • acraftymix
    September 19, 2017

    Wow, Alison, that photo of the Grande Parade is postcard worthy. What an amazing shot. I remember going to Bath many. many moons ago and being fascinated by the history of the place. Such a beautiful city

  • Julz
    September 19, 2017

    I had big plans of going to bath when we were in the UK this summer, and was sick and just couldn’t find the energy – I was really gutted. Your pics are just beautiful. I know I need to go!

  • Ithfifi
    September 19, 2017

    Beautiful post! I am in Somerset, I’ve only been to bath a couple of times but it is such a wonderful location for so many sorts of day trips! You’ve captured the bridge perfectly, gorgeous photo’s!

  • Cia Black
    September 19, 2017

    Saint Michael’s church is breathtaking. I love the architecture of the 1700’s so you had me there. As for the Grande Padre is that person in the water ? sorry I must have started at the picture for like 5 minutes debating with it was or not. And of course being a book lover I loved that you included books on you list of place to experience while in Bath, England.

    • Alison
      September 20, 2017

      Thanks 🙂 Yeah Saint Michael’s is such a nice church. I don’t believe it was someone in the water.

  • Whenever I think of Bath, two things come to mind: The band Tears for Fears came from there and the “healing waters.” I know, an odd combination. Your photos are gorgeous. I had no idea there was a fashion museum there. Next time I’m in the UK, I must take a side trip there.

    • Alison
      September 20, 2017

      Thank you, I’m glad you like the photos.

  • Miranda Knudtson
    September 19, 2017

    The churches in Bath are stunning! I love the tall ceilings and the beautiful stained glass windows in St. Michaels. I also thought it was really nice for you to mention disabled parking! Rarely do people mention it, but if a place is handicap accessible it’s totally worth noting 🙂

    • Alison
      September 20, 2017

      Thanks. I am disabled myself so things like disabled parking are always important when going anywhere by car. I can spend hours searching online for the best spots, so I hope that this info will help someone like myself.

  • Kori Evans
    September 19, 2017

    Sorry the gardens were closed on your trip :(. I have always wanted to visit that St. Michaels church! Absolutely stunning!! Fantastic post! Thank you!

  • Courtney Blacher
    September 19, 2017

    Wow, I’ve just realized how little I know about other cities but London there. Thank you for sharing.

    • Alison
      September 20, 2017

      The UK has some amazing places outside London. It’s just getting to them, as our public transport isn’t wonderful.

  • Amber
    September 19, 2017

    II have always wanted to visit Bath. It looks just as beautiful and dreamy as I have imagined! The churches, the cobblestone streets…all oh so lovely.

  • Shell
    September 19, 2017

    Oh my goodness everything is so beautiful and gorgeous!!!’ I would love so very much to visit here one day!!!

  • Kareemah
    September 20, 2017

    I’ve heard of Bath, but I never knew how stunning it was! Thanks for showcasing this city 🙂

  • Josselyn Radillo
    September 20, 2017

    What an amazing shot!! I love the umbrellas hall!! i def want to go there next summer

  • Rachelle Gordon
    September 20, 2017

    I don’t know too much about Bath, so this post was full of new info for me! I think St. Michael’s church is simply breathtaking! I love that there is yet another beautiful city that has a promenade with colorful umbrellas lining the path!

    • Alison
      September 20, 2017

      Thanks, I’m glad you found it informative. I’ve spotted these colorful umbrellas a few places now while on my travels. They do seem to be popping up around the world. Where have you seen them?

  • Queens of Virtue
    September 20, 2017

    Bath, England sounds like its truly rich in experience and exploration. I would love to visit one day!

  • Samantha
    September 20, 2017

    This sounds like a wonderful place for a day trip or quick weekend getaway! There’s so much beautiful scenery. I’d love to visit!

  • Kriti
    September 20, 2017

    i always saw the pics in my school book. at that time i thought that its just a pic.. in reality there is no place like this its shown iIn picture ONLY…

    but now i Realise..yeah its not only a pic.. This place exist in reality as well and its name is – Shopping in Bath

    wonderful post !!

  • Bea
    September 20, 2017

    This is such a beautiful town!! I have never heard oof Bath before and I cannot understand why. This place is lovely. I am super impressed by the Royal Crescent I have never seen anything like it! And the Pulteney Bridge is a stunning piece of architecture! You have just added bath to my European list. I am pinning this to have it handy

  • Jeannine Dippenaar
    September 20, 2017

    Oh my word, everything is just so beautiful and gorgeous you have captured the essence of Bath.

  • Keeping Up With Candy
    September 20, 2017

    II can’t tell you how excited I am to be visiting England next year. I’ve been wanting to do so for about five years now. I’ve added some of your suggestions about Bath to my list. Thank you!

    How to Style All-White for Fall
    http://www.keepingupwithcandy.com

  • Kiwi
    September 20, 2017

    Omg the architecture is amazing! I love the spot with the colorful umbrellas so photo worthy!

  • Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom)
    September 20, 2017

    Loved your post. I lived in England for 2 years and never made it there. It is on my list for the next visit.

    ❥ tanvii.com

  • nicoleflintkontrol
    September 20, 2017

    What a beautiful destination! I love the photos and architecture.

  • Elizabeth O
    September 22, 2017

    Wow!! That picture of Grande Parade and Bath assembly room looks postcard. What a beautiful and awesome places. Would like to try to go in Royal Victoria park, The umbrellas looks so adorable. WIll put this on my bookmark for my future references to my next travel visit.

  • Tiffany Yong
    September 27, 2017

    Can I safely say that Bath, England is know for their architecture? What about their food? What’s local and good over there? Will love to know more!

    • Alison
      September 30, 2017

      Yeah its definitely known for architecture. Food wise, it would definitely be cream teas or high tea. Which you could have as a lunch or part way between lunch and your evening meal. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you can have afternoon tea in The Jane Austen Regency Tea Room – https://www.janeausten.co.uk/regencytearoom/

  • thenafranssen
    September 30, 2017

    Adding to my travel bucket list. Looks beautiful, love the pics!!

    Leave a Reply