First thing’s first. Bath is beautiful; from the honey stoned Georgian buildings to the rolling Somerset countryside surrounding this quaint city.
With the city being compact and visitor friendly it’s the perfect spot for a weekend away; so much history combines with buzzing bars, cafes and a great selection of high street and independent shops.
On a whim, Adam (the boyfriend) and I grabbed a last minute steal on booking.com and jumped in the car to Bath. And I’m glad we did! What a weekend. Here’s how we spent 24hrs in this historic yet iconic British city.
We left the car with the valet parking at The Queensberry Hotel (a beautiful place I’d highly recommend) and headed towards the centre of the city. Whilst taking in the scenery, and after a research on Instagram, we settled on Wild Café for brunch.
Wild about simple food and quality ingredients, Wild Café serves up fresh, organic food made with local produce. I always like to support independent businesses and this little gem didn’t disappoint. Adam had his faggots fix, with a faggots benedict and I got my sweet fix with some light and fluffy fruit pancakes.
FYI, the alcohol here is really cheap! Less than £5 for a Bloody Mary. YAY!
Now fed and watered we made our way around the city. Time to tick off the essentials.
The Circus and The Royal Crescent
The two iconic residential areas in Bath, both boasting gorgeous Georgian architecture, picturesque pavements and the best doors you’ll ever see. An ideal location for a picture or two.
Not only a picture opportunity, but this 18th century bridge is covered in shops and cafes. Culture and indulgence in one. We stopped for a quick drink mid-sightseeing at The Huntsman.
Sally Lunns Tea Room and The Bath Bun
Get yourself a naughty treat in either of these tea rooms. Known for the Bath Bun, a sweet roll made from a milk-based yeast dough with crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking. Sally Lunns is the oldest house in Bath so definitely work a look.
After checking in and settling in the room, we plodded on down to the Fashion Museum, here we purchased the saver ticket. Entry to the museum and Roman Baths for only £22.
After ogling the beautiful gowns donated by the Royal Family (including the Queen Mother’s wedding dress), we HAD to make our way back into town to try the renowned Mokoko Coffee. The cinnamon buns are the one, treat yourself!
We kicked off the night with a glass of Prosecco at Crystal Palace pub (gorgeous little spot with quintessential British interiors), followed by dinner at Tagine Zhor.
The cities only Moroccan restaurant and boy does it provide the goods. Named after the owners Fez born Grandmother, all recipes have been passed down through generations, providing customers with an authentic and delicious experience.
I’d recommend the sardines to start followed by one of their spiced infused tagines. Of course washed down with a nice bottle of wine.
Now time for some drinks…
Just down the road you’ll find a hidden bar (hence the name), head down the stairs into one of the cities underground vaults for speak-easy cocktail bar vibes. The cocktails are perfectly mixed, the atmosphere is electric and the lighting is low. A great combination for cosy drinks.
Calling all Gin loves (basically 75% of the UK), get yourselves to this gin bar which is located opposite the Wild Café. Offering over 230 gins as well as their Gin Austen cocktail menu (see what they did there), you’d be silly to pass by this spot and not want to jump in. The mixologists are experts, tell them what you like and they’ll find something for you.
Being on our way home, we had to stop in and have a few here. Seeing their aesthetically pleasing cocktails plastered all over Instagram, how could we say no? Open to 3am, we let our hair down, had a dance and obviously forgot to take photos…what can I say, we were having too much fun! Oh, and they have a gin bar too.
The Morning After…
We saw the queue for the Roman Baths the day before and decided to get up early the next day and get there for 9am (when they open). Grabbing a coffee from Mokoko (how could we not) we were proud as punch to be the first ones in to explore these epic Roman Baths.
Exploring the baths is a great experience, being one of the best preserved Roman Baths in Europe you can really imagine the Romans wandering around, enjoying their time relaxing and bathing (the interactive projections of Roman characters helps too).
The museum before entering the baths is really informative and holds some magnificent artifacts. Coming so early in the morning also meant the whole place was rather quiet, which I believe made the experience all the more enjoyable (I’m not the biggest fan of large groups of tourists). Out by 10am, we headed off for brunch…
We jumped on the vegan band wagon and tried this little independent. Being absolutely thrilled to see Kombucha on the menu, I guzzled it down before trying the mushrooms on toast…which was a little bland but Adams smoothie bowl looked delicious.
So there you have it…our 24 hours in Bath.