This post has been written by Rosanna Christou in a blog post exchange to celebrate International Friendship Day with The City Girl Network – check out my post on their site here and more details about City Girl Network can been found at the end of of the post!
Nothing beats a weekend away with close friends and luckily in the UK, we have the luxury of choosing from many great destinations right on our doorstep for the ultimate staycation. A city escape with a twist, Bath is sure to revive and inspire those visiting the Roman city nestled among the lush Somerset countryside. So why not grab your weekend bag and your best friends for a weekend full of all that Bath has to offer.
Where to stay
Enjoy a restful sleep at one of Bath’s boutique hotels or many AirBnbs dotted around the city centre. Located right in the heart of Bath, Broad Street Townhouse is a boutique hotel housed in a Grade II listed building. Its pristine rooms and interiors offer an eclectic mix of the old and new that has come to represent much of Bath’s aesthetic.
Staycation In Bath: Day 1
Bath’s compact size means almost everything is within walking distance and you can choose to find your own way around the sights or turn up for a free guided walk starting outside the Abbey. Make sure you wake up early to explore before it gets too crowded and wear comfortable shoes for all the walking you’re bound to do on the city’s cobbled streets.
Admire the architecture of golden coloured facades lining the high street as you make your way to visit Bath’s must-see places. These include the famous Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, the Circus and of course the Royal Crescent. After this, give yourself time to explore the picturesque squares in Bath, the other crescents dotted around the city and the mismatched, historic shop fronts.
Aside from the high street chains, Bath is known for its fantastic independent shops and markets. Every weekend the farmer’s market sees vendors from the surrounding areas sell fresh produce from organic fruit and vegetables to homemade cakes and pies. The antique market is also a popular attraction that takes place in Green Park where you can discover one of a kind treasures.
St Margaret’s Buildings and Walcot Street are both worth a visit even if it is just to admire charming shop fronts home to a unique selection of vintage clothing, antiques, crafts and books.
For an unmissable view of the river stop by Pulteney Weir, also ideal for the perfect group selfie.
After a day of touring the city and soaking up the culture, enjoy the culinary delights that Bath has to offer via its array of restaurants catering to all tastes and diets. Choose from tapas-style dishes, proper Italian pizza or fine dining, the choice of eateries is endless.
There is nothing more magical than sitting outside on the cobbled streets or courtyard gardens enjoying a refreshing glass of wine and of course people watching!
End your evening by sipping on cocktails in one of the many artfully lit, underground bars found in the vaults under Bath. If you’re after live entertainment, book a trip to the Theatre Royal or visit one of the many venues that offer live music such as Komedia, Walcot House or Green Park Brasserie.
Please check in advance if you need to book at these destinations at the moment, as hospitality finds a new normal.
Staycation In Bath: Day 2
Start your second day at one of the many cafés in town for a delicious brunch, there really is one on every corner! Follow this by walking along Pulteney Street, whose famous residents have in the past included Jane Austen. You’ll find The Holburne Museum sitting majestically at the end of Pulteney street which houses a small but interesting collection of artwork that you can spend your afternoon admiring.
When you’re finished at the museum, walk along the Kennet & Avon canal starting from Sydney Gardens (found behind the museum) and finishing in Widcombe. It’s not a long walk but there’s plenty to see including wildlife, quirky barges and dreamy gardens belonging to the Georgian houses lined up on the water’s edge.
Follow your walk with a picnic in Parade Gardens or treat yourselves to a decadent afternoon tea in the grand Pump Rooms. Another place worth visiting is the Italian garden in Henrietta Park, located just off Henrietta Street. Sit on one of the benches and you’ll definitely be greeted by the very tame squirrels waiting for a crumb or two!
Views of the city
As the sun sets on your weekend getaway make your way up to Camden Crescent, a great place to photograph the magnificent wisteria when it’s out and admire the crescent’s architecture. From the crescent you can enjoy some of the best views of Bath, making it the perfect place to get one last photo of the historic city before heading home.
Whatever you choose to do on your staycation in Bath you’re guaranteed a great time when you experience it with your friends. So what are you waiting for? Get planning!
Celebrate Friendship Day on July 30th with The City Girl Network! We are a friendship social enterprise all about bringing women together in their cities, through free to attend events to find flatmates, travel buddies, explore the cities they call home and most importantly- make friends for life!
Copy and photos by: Rosanna Christou.