What better time to visit Bath than 2017? This year is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and with her close ties to the historic spa town, 2017 is a great excuse to go.
The city itself is steeped in history and culture, and it’s no wonder that the beautiful place inspired so many aspects of Austen’s writing. But aside from Austen, there’s a lot to see, do, eat and drink in the wonderful city.
On a last minute overnight trip, I had 24 hours to cram in a worthwhile city break. And while I was definitely happy with how we spent our time, we could have done with an extra night to pack it all in.
But alas, with 24 hours to enjoy ourselves… this is what I recommend doing:
WHERE TO STAY IN BATH
You can’t really beat a Premier Inn, and Bath’s city centre location was literally a stone’s throw away from all the action. With rooms from £85.00, it’s one of the more affordable places to stay (and have you heard about their famous Hypnos beds?)The B&B chain promises you the comfiest night’s sleep you’ll ever have, and they’re not wrong… we were really pleased with our location – albeit no parking facilities so we had to leave our car overnight in the shopping centre. But the location is unbeatable for a quick hop and a skip to bars, sightseeing, and the train station.
WHERE TO EAT IN BATH
We tried out Yak Yeti Yak after several recommendations and were NOT disappointed. Sitting cross-legged on the floor added to the Nepalese experience, and the food was to die for. I highly recommend the Pork Momos, Hario Cauli ra Kurilo and the delicious Lamb Tamar.
Alternatively, we’ve heard from reputable sources that Sotto Sotto, Chez Dominguez, Opa, Menu Gordon Jones and Clayton’s Kitchen are all excellent choices.
WHERE TO DRINK IN BATH
In true British style, there is a pub literally every direction you turn. Head to the Crystal Palace for a pint in a cosy pub, Vino Vino for some good wine, and my favourite, The Canary Gin Bar for some of my favourite juniper-based spirit.
The Gin Bar was a particularly good experience, with delicious cocktails made using local Bath Gin. The La Vie En Rose made with Fentiman’s Lemonade was my favourite.If coffee is what you’re after then head to Colonna & Small’s for exceptional speciality coffee, while Jacob’s Coffee House is great for coffee and homemade cake.
WHAT TO DO IN BATH
The Visit Bath team were incredibly helpful in recommending me things to do while I was there. You’re literally spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and could easily fill a few days with sightseeing.However with only a day for exploring, we had to condense down sightseeing to the main things we really didn’t want to miss.
The Roman Baths are of course one of them – you can’t head to Bath without seeing them. The Royal Crescent is also another one for the checklist.
If you have time, I highly recommend going inside No. 1 Royal Crescent. Not only do you get to see how the Georgians would have lived, but the guides were really interesting and had so much to tell us about the period.
The Fashion Museum is also a great shout, as is Bath Abbey. In fact, head to the Visit Bath website for a full list of all the cool, historical things you can see there. Trust me, there’s a lot…
This spring they’re also opening a new Wellness Suite at the spa, so you’re definitely in for a treat if you visit after then.
All in all, it was a beautiful city, and a lovely and relaxing trip. We’ll definitely be heading back again, and think summer will be a beautiful time to visit where we can imagine the pub gardens and the river banks are full of people lounging, drinking and having fun.