If you have 5 Hours in The City Of Bath – What are you best to do?
A few months ago we were in desperate need of a mini break, so we loaded up the car and headed off to Bath for a change of scene.
After a pretty relaxed journey down, with several stops to explore various shopping outlets, much to the displeasure of my partner. We stayed in a town nearby, after hitting the gym (followed by huge burgers, it’s called ‘balance’) we had an early night and headed into Bath the following morning.
We only had a short amount of time, so I thought I’d share what we got up to during our 5 Hours in Bath and what I’d do differently next time.
Firstly, I’d recommend choosing your visiting time carefully, we got stuck in early morning traffic which ate into our plans but once we’d parked up the city was our oyster to explore.
We started with The Royal Crescent which is impressive and elegant, I can imagine it would be a fashion Instagrammers dream…
We then continued our exploring by foot and found ourselves exploring the local parks and botanical gardens, which were slightly underwhelming. Whilst this was enjoyable on a sunny day, I wouldn’t recommend you go out of your way to visit if you’re short on time. However, if you wanted a quiet place to enjoy a picnic or read, this is the place I’d recommend heading to.
We then found our way into the town center, I was keen to explore some of the quaint streets filled with boutique shops, cafes, and bars.
Tummies rumbling, we headed off to find the local delicacy which is the ‘Sally Lund Bun’ and let me tell you this, it didn’t disappoint. How can I explain the bun? Its texture is light as a feather and much larger than I anticipated, with an extensive list of toppings. You might wonder why this venue is so popular, well Sally Lund is one of the oldest food venues in Bath, expect a traditional setting and large queue at lunch time.
My only wish is that I’d gone for a savory and sweet bun, our cravings led us to traditional topping which is butter (lashings of butter) and homemade jam. Make sure you take a bun home to enjoy later or as a gift for a foodie friend.
Suitably full, we then headed to the famous Thermae Bath Spa which is naturally warm mineral rich water, with an outdoor roof top pool offering a 360 view of Bath. Now due to the nature of the venue, I do not have any photos, but if you are looking for relaxation and escape for a few hours, this is the place for you.
Due to popularity, it’s worth noting that during good weather days and peak times, you can expect to wait up to two hours for entry. I would suggest going first thing, or booking a treatment package in advance to beat the wait. We were fortunate only to wait 20 minutes but later on, in the day, we noticed the queue had reached a 90-minute wait mark and that’s an awfully long time to wait for a spa.
Whilst I do struggle to relax, I did find that I was thankfully able to unwind a little in some of the relaxation rooms. We had a few childish moments in the ‘Royal Bath‘ as the current allows you to swept along, which is relaxing and rather amusing at the same time.
We are heading back to Bath again soon, so I’ll make sure that we make time to visit ‘The Roman Baths’, the ‘Bath Abbey‘ and perhaps try some of the other local bakeries and ‘The fudge kitchen‘. I’ll be taking a few Sally Lund Buns home with me too, I won’t repeat that mistake twice…
Have you ever been to Bath? What would you recommend?