Until recently, Bath was a city I’d never visited. I knew that Bath was filled with history and culture, but I didn’t quite realise how much there was to see in this pretty, compact city. Despite only going for a day trip, I can safely say that Bath is one of my new favourite places. Bath is nestled within the Somerset hills and has a unique city atmosphere. Aside from the very Instagram-able buildings, I was surprised to find such a variety of shops, with high street and high end stores dotted all over the city.
The purpose of our family trip to Bath was mainly for my brother to have a look at the uni, but it soon became a chance for us to explore the city and for me to take lots of photos. The city has an atmosphere which almost makes you feel at home, as it wasn’t overwhelmingly busy when we visited and the pretty stone buildings felt so welcoming. One of the main attractions for tourists is the Roman Baths and, although we didn’t have time to go inside, I’d love to go back and see them for myself another time.
After stopping to take advantage of photo opportunities outside the Roman Baths, we went to take a closer look at Bath Abbey and the River Avon which runs through the city. The Abbey is so impressive both inside and out, and is somewhere I could definitely spend more time exploring given the chance. We then took a few moments to rest, overlooking the river towards Pulteney Bridge and the weir, taking in the lovely view.
In the city centre, we found a huge amount of renowned shops and restaurants, interspersed with bespoke independent shops and little flower stalls. In short, Bath would provide the best shopping spree ever, no matter what your budget, and you wouldn’t be short of places to grab a bite to eat.
Having enjoyed browsing the shops and eaten a much needed meal, we headed out to The Circus, a circle of upmarket townhouses that I could only dream of living in. All with three or four floors, the townhouses were built with the distinctive honey-coloured stone that is evident throughout the city. We were left to imagine how lovely some of these houses must be inside.
Our last stop of the day was Bath’s Royal Crescent, a spectacular curved terrace of townhouses with huge windows and several floors. The houses overlook a pretty park, providing a lovely relaxing space away from the hustle and bustle of the shops and restaurants. By now we felt like we’d done enough walking for one day and we’d managed to explore many of the different parts of the city.
We had an early start and a fair amount of stamina but I’d say that Bath was definitely well worth the day trip and it wasn’t difficult to find our way around the city. There’s so much to see and do in Bath that it would make the ideal place for a weekend away. I’d really like to go back to the city to experience the Roman Baths and to make the most of having every clothes shop I could ever imagine all in one place! All in all, Bath is somewhere I’d recommend paying a visit to, whether it’s just for the day or for a relaxing weekend break.