I’m very excited to be writing this post sharing our thoughts on Bath. Out of the (bit of – more planned for the rest of 2015) travel that Andy and I have done since arriving in the UK, Bath takes the top spot in the “My Favs” category. Below, I’ll share both Andy and mine’s thoughts on Bath and hopefully, convince you while you should visit too.
Things to know before you go
A city located in South West England (about 100 miles from London), Bath is best known as the place where Jane Austen lived for several years. It has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site which, I think, is pretty cool.
Bath is very easy to get to. Andy and I drove from Central London and arrived in Bath three hours later. If you’re not up for driving, you could also take the National Rail which should get you to Bath in about two hours and set you back about £65 for a round trip.
Bath, being a proper city, offers many places to stay. However, Bath being so close and easy to get to, Andy and I knew we wanted to bring Penny on this trip and instead of looking into booking a traditional hotel room, we opted for a cottage. We stayed at the Friary Coach House which is located in the middle of a beautiful farm run by Richard and Penny.
(Can you believe I took these photos and I’m NOT a professional photographer! Proof of how gorgeous this place naturally is)
Most of you probably already know about my love for travel. Some of you may also know that before starting my life in blogging, I got a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management. Combine the two and the result is someone who knows a thing or two about a good hotel stay. Out of all the hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc I have been to, I can honestly say that the Coach House is in the top three places I’ve ever stayed at (and no, this is NOT a sponsored post). Our cottage not only offered beautiful views but it was equipped with everything one would need for the stay: pots, pans, laundry detergent, hair dryer, snacks, wine bottle opener, books, movies and music – the amount of detail was impressive! I almost don’t want to share too much because then everyone will book this place and I won’t be able to get it when I want (lol) however I think it’s important to recognize the gem that this place is and the role it played in shaping our love of Bath.
Bath offers double-decker bus tours however neither Andy nor I (being huge double-decker bus tour advocates) felt it was necessary to take one. Most of the attractions we wanted to see were located in or around the city center and were easy to walk to. Just be sure to bring your walking shoes! We got first hand recommendations for sight seeing from someone who actually grew up in Bath (thanks Chris!) which included The Abbey, the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent. And, when you get tired from all the walking and sightseeing, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to stop in to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite.
Bath Buns are very popular here. We got ours at Sally Lunn’s as per a recommendation. We had one really good meal at a pub outside of Bath called The George Inn which offered an amazing lamb and mint pie special.
Our friend Chris (the one who grew up in Bath) recommended a few places prior to our trip. Although we didn’t get to actually visit them, I think they are worth noting for your trip, being as how they came from a local and all:
Bath offers all the major/standard stores of England: Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, Topshop, H&M, etc. Whatever you need to get, whether it be food, clothing or a camera, I’m sure you can find it in Bath.
Standard prices for food and drinks (in GBP of course).
I saw a few public buses around the city but, unfortunately, have no idea whether it has a subway/train system.
We didn’t find Bath to be expensive however if you are looking to maximize your money, consider doing what we did and stay at a cottage. You can save on the cost of eating out by preparing your own meals.
I really, really enjoyed my time in Bath. The city was beautiful and the cottage we stayed at was amazing (in case you didn’t get that the first time!). There’s a certain charm about Bath that Andy and I really liked. In fact, we liked it so much that we are already planning our next visit there. Penny can come too – but only if she promises not to scare the ducks at the farm.
Do you have any tips for the Bath area? Any must-sees for our next visit? Share them below!