One-time hangout for English high society, the elegant city of Bath is home to Britain’s only natural hot springs. It’s these healing waters, of course, that put the city on the map, and are in part what continue to draw visitors today, both to the original Roman Baths and to the state-of-the art Thermae Bath Spa, where they can test its curative claims themselves. The baths, however, form only the centrepiece of what is arguably the most beautiful city in England. Blanketed in soft, honey-coloured stone, it’s a grand sweep of Georgian terraces and cobbled streets, packed with museums and galleries, antique shops and markets, and it enjoys a range and variety of restaurants that would rival cities twice its size.
Legend has it that Bath was founded in 863 BC by Bladud, the ninth king of the Britons, who was cured of leprosy by bathing in its springs. They were a sacred spot for the Celts, but it was under the Romans, who named it Aquae Sulis after the Celtic goddess of healing, that the city flourished – they built a temple and forum around the springs and added city walls. With the collapse of the Roman Empire, the baths fell into decay, though the city remained a significant settlement – in 760, King Offa founded the abbey in which Edgar, the first king of England, was later crowned. The creation of the Queens Bath in the 16th century revived its popularity as a spa resort and paved the way for Bath’s golden age, a glorious era during which much of today’s harmonious cityscape was defined.
6 Pierrepont Place, Bath BA1 1JX
Stylish self-catering townhouse – in the heart of the town
6 Pierrepont Place, Bath BA1 1JX
Stylish self-catering townhouse – in the heart of the town
13 Pierrepont Street Bath BA1 1LA
Good-value hostel right in the thick of things, just a few minutes’ walk from the Roman Baths and Abbey.
Bath Boutique Stays
11 Queen’s Parade Bath Somerset BA1 2NJ
Rent your own apartment, in the heart of the city.
The Bath Priory
Weston Road Bath BA1 2XT
Award-winning country-house hotel
7 Belmont, Lansdown Road Bath BA1 5DZ
A historic townhouse designed by John Wood the Younger a few minutes’ walk from his famous Royal Crescent.
14 Pulteney Gardens, Bath BA2 4HG
Victorian villa with French flair, right near the river and minutes from the city centre.
1 Upper Oldfield Park Bath BA2 3JX
Beautiful Bath-stone Victorian mansion turned upmarket B&B
5 Edward Street, Bath BA2 4DT
A right regal retreat: stay in Prince Charles's Bath townhouse
2/3 South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AA
Funky launch-pad for forays into Bath
One Three Nine
Leighton House 139 Wells Road Bath BA2 3AL
Boutique B&B with a contemporary style
8–10 North Parade Bath BA2 4AL
Nice option near the Roman Baths
4–7 Russell Street Bath BA1 2QF
Bath’s coolest hotel, spread across four Georgian townhouses
The Royal Crescent Hotel
16 Royal Crescent Bath BA1 2LS
Location, location, location: period splendour in a prime spot
Tolley Cottage, 23 Sydney Buildings, Bath, BA2 6BZ
A rural, waterside retreat less than ten minutes from the city centre
Combe Hay BA2 7EG
Rooms with views, gastro grub, gorgeous gardens, and all just a ten-minute drive from Bath.
White Hart Inn
The White Hart Inn, Widcombe Bath BA2 6AA
Good pub with nice grub, leafy garden and bargain rooms
- Eat & Drink
88 Walcot Street Bath BA1 5BD
The Bath branch of this upmarket West Country chain enjoys a dramatic setting in a fine Arts and Crafts church
The Bath Priory Restaurant
Weston Road Bath BA1 2XT
The Priory Hotel’s restaurant is one of Bath’s swankiest establishments
The Bathwick Boatman
Forester Road, Bathwick, Bath BA2 6QP
Fresh, earthy flavours, served with a fine view of the River Avon.
Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms
68 Saville Row Bath BA1 2QP
Sip posh brews in retro-funky 1940s surounds.
21 Union Passage Bath BA1 1RD
By universal consent, Ben’s do the best cookies in Bath – so good that the locals consider
The Bertinet Bakery
6 New Bond Street, Bath BA1 1BH
Divine artisan baked goods: take away, eat on site or learn to make them yourself
Bistro La Barrique
31 Barton Street Bath BA1 1HG
The unprepossessing exterior belies a cosy (and popular) spot built around the concept of
Boston Tea Party
19 Kingsmead Square Bath Somerset BA1 2AE
Bath outlet of this award-winning West Country mini-chain.
1 John Street, Bath BA1 2JL
A place to feel fabulous and maybe a bit naughty.
18 York Street Bath BA1 1HG
The convenient location, just moments from the Roman Baths and Abbey, means the ground
4 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP
Tucked-away French bistro, with guaranteed Gallic charm and a warm welcome.
50 Rivers St, Bath BA1 2QA
Award-winning gastro pub, a short amble from the Royal Crescent.
Circus Cafe and Restaurant
34 Brock Street, Bath, BA1 2LN
Classy British cuisine, served up without pretention between Bath's two poshest addresses
Colonna & Small's
6 Chapel Row, Bath, BA1 1HN
Coffee at it's most wonderfully nerdy
2 North Parade Passage Bath BA1 1NX
Longstanding veggie and vegan restaurant in a historic Georgian townhouse. The Quick Bites
The Dower House
The Royal Crescent Hotel, 16 Royal Crescent Bath BA1 2LS
Fine dining and classy service in the heart of the Royal Crescent...
2 John Street Bath BA1 2JL
Top Californian eatery, centrally located in an old wool shop on John Street and
The Garricks Head
7 & 8 St Johns Place Bath BA1 1ET
Theatrical pub serving fine local grub – including arguably the best fish-n-chips in Bath
3 Belvedere Landsdown Rd Bath BA1 5ED
Cosy wine bar and pizzeria, worth the uphill walk.
Green Park Brasserie
Green Park Brasserie, Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1JB
Super station-turned-restaurant, good for brunch, lunch, dinner and jazz
The Griffin Inn
Beauford Square Bath Somerset BA1 2AP
Elegant pub serving real ales, tucked away in central Bath.
Hall & Woodhouse
1 Old King St Bath BA1 2JW
Dorset brewers Hall & Woodhouse (of Badger ales fame) took over the old Bonhams auction
The Hole in the Wall
16 George Street Bath BA1 2EN
Housed in the rather glamorous, candle-lit vaults of two Georgian houses, the Hole in the
The Hop Pole
7 Albion Buildings Upper Bristol Road Bath BA1 3AR
Brilliant boozer near the park, with local ales and great grub.
Hudson Bar & Grill
14 London St Bath BA1 5BU
Uber-chic bar and restaurant fashioned from a former pub that is famous locally not only
10 Milsom Place Bath BA1 1BZ
The Bath branch of Jamie Oliver’s ever-expanding restaurant empire is an attractive
4A Princes Buildings George St Bath BA1 2ED
If you are passionate about your coffee, this is the place to have your shopping break.
36 Thomas Street Bath Somerset BA1 5NN
Lauded gastropub, well worth the walk out of the centre of Bath.
22–23 Westgate Street Bath BA1 1EP
Fresh, organic fare served up in one of Bath's best comedy venues
The Mint Room
Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 3EB
Classy take on the curry house, where British ingredients get an Indian twist.
14 George Street Bath BA1 2EN
The best live venue in Bath, Moles has been an essential south-west stop for the biggest
The Olive Tree
Queensberry Hotel Russell Street Bath BA1 2QF
Swanky restaurant in the basement of The Queensberry hotel, serving passionately prepared
The Pump Room
Stall Street Bath BA1 1LZ
The social heart of Georgian Bath, the Pump Room is a classy spot for a leisurely lunch.
7 Queen Street Bath BA1 1HE
Superb little freehouse serving an ever-changing range of real ales (including the
3 John Street Bath BA1 2JL
Attractive Bath Ales pub in an old chop house down an alley near the main Milsom Street
4 North Parade Passage Bath BA1 1NX
Firmly on the tourist trail but worth stopping at to sample their eponymous buns, still
61 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BN
Delightful deli-cum--café, where homemade fresh food is the order of the day.
Same Same but Different
7A Princes Buildings Bath BA1 2ED
Chill out with the Sunday papers over breakfast or brunch at this Spanish-flavoured city
102 Walcot Street Bath BA1 5BG
Schwartz Bros have been doing chargrilled gourmet burgers since the 1980s and this
4 & 5 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AB
Fresh, bright space, with lots of nooks and crannies – and good for kids
The Star Inn
23 The Vineyards The Paragon Bath BA1 5NA
Set into a row of Georgian houses at the western end of George Street, the Star Inn is a
4 Edgar Buildings, George Street Bath BA1 2EE
Bath's best cocktail bar – with a fine terrace too.
10a Queen Street Bath BA1 1HE
On a side street just south of Queen Square (look out for the blue bicycle outside), this
Yak Yeti Yak
12 Pierrepont Street Bath BA1 1LA
An exciting Nepalese restaurant with a number of great vegetarian dishes on its
11–12 Bartlett Street Bath BA1 2QZ
Bath’s best kaiten sushi restaurant (where dishes loop pass diners on a conveyor belt), Yen Sushi is one of the finest places in the West Country...
- See & Do
American Museum In Britain
Claverton Manor Bath BA2 7BD
Housed in a historic manor house, this is the only museum of Americana outside the United
Abbey Churchyard Bath BA1 1LY
A place of worship for over a thousand years, Bath Abbey’s light-filled interior is most
Bath Spa Railway Station Bath Somerset BA1 1SU
Short-term bike hire for buzzing around Bath.
Bath Skyline Walk
Recently voted the best National Trust walk in Britain, the six-mile Bath Skyline follows around the hills surrounding the city.
Bristol–Bath Railway Path
A novel way of nipping between the two cities, the Bristol and Bath Railway Path traces the former Midland
Building of Bath Collection
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel The Vineyards The Paragon Bath BA1 5NA
Tucked away off The Paragon, in the former Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, this
The Circus Bath BA1 2EU
Designed by John Wood the Elder and considered by many to be his finest work, The Circus
Cotswolds National Park, England
The bucolic landscape of the Cotswolds is rural England at its best.
Theatre Royal Bath Sawclose Bath Somerset BA1 1ET
Fun theatre for kids of all ages.
Assembly Rooms Bennett Street Bath BA1 2QH
Housed in the historic Assembly Rooms, this museum charts fashion and its followers from
Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street Bath Somerset BA1 2BL
Dinky museum in a typical Georgian townhouse restored to the time when it was the home of
Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DB
Graceful 18th-century building housing electic art amid glorious grounds
Jane Austen Centre
40 Gay Street Bath BA1 2NT
This homage to Jane Austen explores her numerous connections to the city – she spent five
Lacock near Chippenham SN15 2LG
Picturesque Lacock, 11 miles east of Bath across the border in Wiltshire, is so pristine
Little Theatre Cinema
St Michaels Pl Bath Somerset BA1 1SG
Charming independent cinema with 1930s vibe.
Pulteney Bridge Bath BA2 4AY
Graceful Pulteney Bridge, straddling the Avon above a softly curving weir, is perhaps the
River Avon, Bath
The River Avon cuts right through Bath, and following it as it flows over the weir below
The Roman Baths
Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LZ
Bath’s premier attraction, the source of the city’s name and one of the most visited sights in the country, the Roman Baths are the well-preserved remains of the original spa resort.
The Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent Bath BA1 2LR
Fronted by manicured lawns that run down to Royal Victoria Park, Bath’s most famous street
Royal Victoria Park
Marlborough Lane Bath BA1 2LZ
One of the earliest public parks in the country, Royal Victoria Park is a great place for a picnic or a gentle stroll once you’re done gawping at nearby Royal Crescent.
Theatre Royal Bath
Sawclose Bath BA1 1ET
Bath’s Theatre Royal has a strong programme of drama, music and comedy in its Main House
Thermae Bath Spa
The Hetling Pump Room Hot Bath Street Bath BA1 1SJ
The Romans recognised the healing power of Bath's waters over 2,000 years ago, and you
Victoria Art Gallery
Bridge Street Bath BA2 4AT
Just across Pulteney Bridge, the bulbous Victoria Art Gallery spreads across two impressive floors: the recently refurbished Upper Gallery makes a stellar setting for its permanent collection of oil paintings.
Forestry Commission, Tetbury, GL8 8QS
One of the largest of its kind in the country, the National Arboretum at Westonbirt holds
142 Walcot Street Bath BA1 5BL
A far cry from your average art gallery, this young alternative boutique is carving out a
17 Argyle Street, Bath BA2 4BQ
A shop that has something cool for everyone.
Bath Guildhall Market High Street Bath BA2 4AW
Indoor den of delights in historic Bath-centre building.
4 Bartlett Street Bath BA1 2QZ
Emporium of outdoor gear – with staff who know their onions.
17 Margarets Buildings Bath BA1 2LP
If bags are your bag, stop by the boutique of Bath designer Liz Cox, on fashionable
1 Bartlett Street Bath BA1 2QZ
Fancy shopping and handsome cakes, under one chic roof.
9A Bartklett St Bath BA1 2QZ
Connected through an archway to Mee Boutique, Lux is the best ladies’ shoe and accessory
12 Manvers Street Bath SomersetBA1 1JQ
Delightful den of designer and vintage clothes – at delightful prices.
The Makery Emporium & Workshop
16 Northumberland Place Bath BA1 5AR
Gorgeous haberdashery selling beautiful bits and pieces, plus creative courses too
9A Bartlett St Bath BA1 2QZ
Mee is a one-stop women's fashion, beauty, accessories and lifestyle boutique, with French
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights
14–15 John Street Bath BA1 2JL
Beloved independent bookstore spread over three floors of heaving shelves. It keeps
My Small World
4 The Podium Bath BA1 5AL
Packed full of toys for the under-fives: virtually unbreakable toddler toys, wooden bikes, party goodies, sourced from all over the world.
The Gallery, 5 London Street Bath BA1 5BU
Cudworth has exhibited in London and New York, and his gallery showcases an Interesting and varied selection of oil paintings, pastel drawings and limited-edition prints covering landscape, still life…
Old Bank Antique Centre
14–17, 20 Walcot Buildings London Road Bath BA1 6AD
The largest antiques retailer in Bath, its dozen dealers fill over twenty rooms with a variety of browsable goods.
One Small Step One Giant Leap
6 Cheap Street Bath BA1 1NE
Flagship store for the country’s best children’s shoe retailer. They sell super school
Sassy & Boo
9 Green Street, Bath BA1 2JY
A stylish boutique that provides rich pickings for those after something a bit different
5 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 1HE
A fashion Aladdin's Cave, tucked away behind busy Milson Street
SouthGate Bath BA1 1AQ
The designers of SouthGate, Bath’s new shopping precinct, have tried hard to keep the
Topping & Company
The Paragon Bath BA1 5LS
As much a community book club as a retail outlet, this friendly store stocks over 30,000
6 St Margaret’s Buildings Brock St Bath BA1 2LP
Uber is well worth a stop on your way to the Royal Crescent – a unique and rather special
Vintage & Rare Guitars
11 Queen Street, Bath BA1 1HE
Perhaps more a place for wannabe rock gods than serious shoppers (most guitars start at
Vintage to Vogue
28 Milsom St Bath BA1 1DG
Bath is great for those rare vintage finds, and here you will find everything from vintage