We’ve just returned from a magical 2 days in Bath celebrating my birthday, so I thought I’d do you guys a total solid and put together a city guide of what we got up to, to help you explore the city.
City breaks are the perfect way to escape the day to day and explore somewhere new. There are so many gorgeous cities on my doorstep that I’m yet to visit, but as you can imagine my travel wish-list is as long as my arm. Ready to explore Bath?
2 days in Bath: Find somewhere cute to stay
I’ve already written an entire post on the lovely Abbey Hotel which you can check out here – and I would definitely recommend staying somewhere central for ease of exploring. Plus the on-site restaurant and bar at the Abbey Hotel are a huge plus!
Unpack and relax
I say unpack, we hung up the things that needed hanging and spritzed ourselves ready to explore. I was gifted a subscription to Scentaddict by The Fragrance Shop ahead of our mini-break which couldn’t have been timed better! The Scentaddict box is effectively a subscription box for smells which only costs £12 a month, allowing you to try lots of new scents without splashing your cash on a full-sized bottle.
Not only were they space saving (which we all know is life-saving) but this allowed me to take three different perfumes away with me… extra AF right!
2 days in Bath: Sweet Little Things
Almost so sweet it makes your teeth hurt – but oh so pretty. How do I describe Sweet Little Things? Think Cafe Elan meets Peggy Porschen, cute cakes which were delish, a banging smashed avo on toast, neon signs, flower walls and a swing. Of course, Dem was thrilled at this little pit stop, even less so when he realised that I’d encouraged him into a pink t-shirt to match the decor… Oh, and they’re pup-friendly!
Hop onto their Facebook page and book a table as they get busy during peak times (Friday and Saturday).
The Royal Crescent is an iconic row of 30 terraced houses in a curved shape. Of course I just wanted to hang out outside and pretend I lived in one of these gorgeous houses. While poor Dem snapped a candid photo or two, I was yelling “can you see the curve of the crescent?” Bear pulled in the opposite direction and 3.5 million other tourists also had the same idea. Effectively Bath’s version of Notting Hill, but check it out anyway, the buildings are stunning!
The Abbey is in the centre of Bath and the architecture is breathtaking. That’s unless you are Dem, who huffed about having a family photo next to it, to quote him – “I don’t even like Abbeys” FFS. They have musicians playing music nearby which adds to the atmosphere and make sure you pop into the fudge shop nearby to choose from the many flavoured fudges.
Visit in the morning if you can as you’re more likely to miss the hoards of tourists.
A little slice of history, the Roman Baths are where the Romans used to publicly bathe, funnily enough the clue is in the title! Although we didn’t visit ourselves (due to the baths not being pup friendly) we got a peek at them from outside The Abbey and they’re worth visiting if you can.
Buy your tickets online as they are cheaper – £22.50 online or £25 on the door.
2 days in Bath: Thermae Spa
Britain’ s only natural thermal spa, has an amazing open-air rooftop pool with the most gorgeous views over the city. The pool inside has a lazy river element to it complete with pool noodles – for optimum relaxation. Make sure you book a massage and come prepared to chill the funk out, we booked a 2 hour ticket and that was the perfect amount of time even for a fidget bum like Dem.
Don’t expect to take your phone or camera up here as they are banned – so will need to be popped into a locker. Strictly chillaxing only here!
Lunch at Locksbrook Inn
How do you get your fiance to walk? Take him to brunch. And what a brunch we had. I was immediately drawn to The Locksbrook Inn as the decor was to die for (think Scandi vibes, an outside bar and you guessed it, dog friendly).
On arrival Bear was presented with a water bowl and a selection of treats which she of course inhaled within 0.5 seconds, while we ummed and ahhed over the extensive lunch menu. I went for the stone bass and Dem opted for the chicken burger – both delicious!
The staff were so friendly, the sun was beaming and it was just so nice to be sat beside the canal, making it almost impossible to drag our butts away from the rattan furniture. Also for great comedy value we watched a very cheeky seagull sneak up to steal some leftovers, who was rapidly chased away and I overheard one of the staff refer to him as “Steven seagull” which totally cracked us up!
Make sure you order a rhubarb G&T – to die for and I can personally recommend the Cornish stone bass with spinach and jersey royals!
2 days in Bath: Bath Skyline
There’s something about being in a new city that causes me to make ridiculous life decisions, like in this instance a 10 K walk in new wedges. Lol, luckily my feet escaped unscathed! We wandered along the canal (in the wrong direction) and then up to the Skyline, which is well worth doing for views across the city (weather permitting).
Tip: It’s mostly an uphill walk so sensible shoes are advisable – don’t be like me basically!
2 days in Bath: Itinerary
Below is our itinerary for the two days we spent in Bath – we chose to do certain things on certain days based on their location. As always I’d suggest putting the stops into Google maps and shifting around until you get your perfect route nailed – such a time saver!
- Thermae Spa
- The Roman Baths
- The Royal Crescent
- Pulteney Bridge
- Dinner @ Abbey Hotel
- Brekkie @ Sweet Little Things
- Southgate shopping
- Bath Skyline
- Bath Abbey
- Lunch @ Locksbrook Inn
Hope you enjoyed my 2 days in Bath city guide – is there anywhere I didn’t include that you’d recommend? xo
*This post includes gifted fragrances from The Fragrance Shop and we were kindly invited to dine at The LocksBrook Inn – where we were gifted a complimentary meal and drinks. But all opinions are my own.