24 Hours in Bath

Bath ticks all the boxes if you’re planning a UK city break. With its Georgian crescents, great shopping, fascinating history, and a quirky art scene, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

8am Start your day with breakfast at Café Retro, where they serve everything from a croque madame to American-style pancakes.

9am A visit here isn’t complete without a stop at the Roman Baths. It’s the largest tourist attraction in the city and a great way to learn the full history. The site was built in 1894 on a Roman site for public bathing. A unique historic attraction not to be missed.

11am There are only three natural thermal springs in the UK and they are all in Bath. The Thermae Bath Spa, in the centre of city, is set on six fl oors of indulgence and relaxation at its best. Filled with the waters of the natural springs for which Bath is famed, you have the choice of pool, therapeutic steam rooms and the rooftop pool.

1pm The Jane Austen Centre is a small museum chronicling the life and times of the famous writer, who set two of her six famous novels in the area. They also have a tearoom where they serve afternoon tea! Staff dress in full regency regalia, allowing you to step back in time. Why not order the ‘Tea with Mr Darcy’?

3pm Next door to the Roman Baths you’ll see 7th century Bath Abbey towering above the skyline. Inside you’ll find stained glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and spectacular vaulted ceilings. General entry is free (a small donation is expected) but you have to pay for a tour of the tower.

4pm If you’re short on time, an open-top hop-onhop- off bus is a great way to pack in as much as possible. Adult tickets are £15 and the route will take you to many of the main attractions including the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge. A great way to see some of the Georgian architecture in the city.

7pm For fine French cuisine after a full day, head to one of Bath’s oldest restaurants – the Bistro La Barrique – for French-style tapas with a friendly feel.

9pm If you’re a fan of gin you can’t end the trip without a stop at the Canary Gin Bar – home of the famous Bath Gin. Start downstairs in the gin bar and indulge in one their signature cocktails, and later move upstairs to their Martini Bar. The bars are stocked with alternative spirits, beers and wines if gin isn’t for you.