A Quick Guide to Bath England

  • Brooke Saward
  • Oct 12, 2015
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Bath is like stepping inside a time warp: you’ll feel as if you have warped all the way back to Georgian times in a flash. This historic Roman spa town has an incredible history, but has been kept and preserved so well that it is as close as you might come to feeling as if you have stepped back centuries in England. Here’s a quick guide to Bath England to help you know how to visit, what to see, what to do, and how to make the most of your time here:


Population: 84,000+
City Motto: Aquae Sulis: The Waters of Sul, the Roman name for the city
Climate: Sea Climate; expect the unexpected!

Bath as a Day Trip from London

By train, it is a 1 hour and 40 minutes train journey from London Paddington to Bath. It is therefore not only entirely possible to visit Bath on a day trip from London, but a very popular way to visit Bath. There are day tour companies offering to take you on the journey, but the public transport system is so easy to navigate and it is a much cheaper option to visit on your own, so this would be highly recommended.

“Is one day long enough to visit Bath?”

Yes. Sure, you could spend more time here and enjoy the slow pace of the city, but one day is certainly enough time to see all the main attractions and get a good feel for the city.


The Main Attractions

Bath has a few main attractions that should not go unmissed. These are listed below:

Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent is Bath’s most popular sight to see and certainly the ‘postcard picture’ that you’ve seen before. This row of 30 terraced houses was once used as holiday homes for the affluent and royals of England. If you have the time, step into “No. 1 Royal Crescent” for a look into what life would have been like inside these Georgian period homes.

Roman Baths

The Roman Baths were once open for public bathing many many years ago, but luckily for us, they’re still open for viewing from an historical point of view. This is Bath’s most popular paid attraction and offers a great insight into the city of Bath, so be sure not to miss it. Located in the centre of town.

Bath Abbey

Right next door to the Roman Baths is the gorgeous and indeed opulent Bath Abbey. If you’re visiting on a Sunday the Abbey will be open periodically outside of service hours, so be willing to be flexible!

The Circus

Gorgeous houses in a circular motion. Stand in the centre and spin yourself 360 for a seriously awe-inspiring look into history. Free to visit and see.

Pulteney Bridge

Another great free attraction is to check out the Pulteney Bridge – the most gorgeous bridge in Bath!


The Roman Baths, Bath


Bath Abbey, Bath

How Else to Enjoy Bath

Beyond the few “must see” sights, there are still many other ways to enjoy Bath. If you get good weather, be sure to grab lunch to go from a supermarket or coffee shop and head for one of Bath’s many parks to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Wandering the streets is another great way to enjoy Bath. Forget the map, it isn’t possible to get lost here in Bath. Just wander aimlessly and see where you wind up.

There are also some great gardens to enjoy for green thumb enthusiasts. Perhaps the best of these is the centrally located Royal Victoria Park.

Bath has some great little coffee shops centrally located that aren’t overpriced, so be sure to skip the usual suspect (i.e. Starbucks) and try something local. If you visit during the summer, a lot of cafes also offer al fresco dining so you can enjoy the sunshine.

Bath also hosts many great festivals, like the Jane Austen Festival and many others. Be sure to check the calendar of events or pop into the Tourism Office (next to the Abbey) on arrival to see if there’s anything on during your stay.

Bath England

Thanks to Visit Britain and Visit Bath for arranging my visit to Bath!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!



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    October 21, 2015

    I am so excited to be moving to this fab city on Friday! Never get tired of just wondering around. Bea’s Tearooms is a beautiful, 50’s inspired little tearoom. Some of the best cake and quiche!

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    October 14, 2015

    I loved living there a few years ago. My room overlooked the royal crescent. It was beautiful waking up to that every day. I love the city and all of what it has to offer, I could go on awhile adding to your list. Be sure to see the Christmas Market. It’s my favourite in england.

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    Charlotte Bax

    October 14, 2015

    It’s been a time since I’ve bene in Bath, but very close to the abbey is a cute sweet shop called The Fudge Factory. You should certainly check it out because they have caramel apples and handmade fudge in a large range of flavours <3

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    October 14, 2015

    Bath looks amazing! I’ll have to visit here during my next trip to London!

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    Sydney Vogl

    October 14, 2015

    I thought I had hit all my main spots in Europe, and now I’ve just added another to my list! This place looks absolutely stunning. Thanks for keeping up my motivation to make it back to Europe! 🙂

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    October 13, 2015

    Bath was amazing! Somerset county is known for its cider. I would give my left pinky for another taste of Singing cider!

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    October 13, 2015

    Ohhhh how beautiful. All of your posts about the UK are making me see this country in an entirely new light. I almost wish I had scheduled more time in London just to do heaps of these day trips.

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    Julie Goffredo

    October 13, 2015

    This is where I go to Uni! I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful city!
    In my opinion The Society Cafe does the best coffee in Bath 🙂



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    October 13, 2015

    Beautiful pictures!! Would love to take a trip to Bath one day!


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    Kait Burke

    October 13, 2015

    It’s been ages since I enjoyed my day trip from London to Bath. It really is like stepping into a Jane Austen novel! You have done a wonderful job sharing tips on what to do and see in this beautiful town.

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    Abby Woody @ HumaniTribe

    October 13, 2015

    Bath is high on my England wish list. I didn’t know much about the city until I saw “The Duchess” with Keira Knightley–a good portion of that movie is filmed in Bath, and I absolutely fell in love! Thanks for the insights!

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    Kerjan | Backpack Babe

    October 13, 2015

    Loving the architecture! Beautiful photos as always! 🙂

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    October 13, 2015

    I absolutely adore Bath. The color is lovely and it has a Roman bridge whose twin is in Florence. A great place to eat there is Sally Lunn’s for the most delicious buns.

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    October 12, 2015

    Loving this architecture! Great shots, Brooke!


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    October 12, 2015

    Bath is such a beautiful place!! Your photos are amazing!

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    October 12, 2015

    I visited Bath on a weekend trip two years ago and loved it! The Roman Baths were definitely my favorite part of the trip!

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    October 12, 2015

    Bath is truly one of the cutest cities in England ! I went there several times on my year abroad while studying in Bristol, and definitely loved it. Nice post !

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    October 12, 2015

    I am studying abroad in Wales, so I think Bath would be a great weekend getaway sometime in the near future. Thanks for this guide. You make it sound like a relaxing and manageable vacation. I’ll be saving this for future reference.

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    October 12, 2015

    Loved this post, I had an incredible weekend break in Bath and this has made me really want to go back! It’s so stunning and I loved The Royal Crescent and the Roman Baths, it has such a chilled vibe to the city unlike most. Great post 🙂

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