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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Just walking the streets. Loved the abbey and the assembly rooms, and the Roman baths were well worth seeing. Excellent meals in the pump room and Woods. It is necessary to be able to walk well in Bath as it is quite hilly, and the cobblestones are sometimes difficult.
Glenys
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
8
Very Good
We have visited Bath dozens of times over the past twenty five years and yet there are still things to see and new places to visit
John Paul
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
One of my favourite cities in England! It's simply the best. Historical, elegant, breathtaking scenery. For someone who likes culture and history Bath is heaven.
Catherine
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
8
Very Good
Plenty to do & see. If you like museums, galleries and food in a cultural setting then it is for you
david
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
8
Very Good
Great atmosphere, friendliness and shopping. Great choice of restaurant. Sadly the traffic into and out of the city was a pain.
Catherine
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Bath

Wentworth House

7.1 Good

Score from 348 reviews

$85

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

8.5 Very Good

Score from 2,406 reviews

$137

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Holiday Inn Express Bath

8.2 Very Good

Score from 2,594 reviews

$80

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  • “wonderful staff”
    342 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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Royal Hotel

8.5 Very Good

Score from 1,477 reviews

$101

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  • “wonderful staff”
    347 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Loch Fyne Hotel and Restaurant Bath

8.5 Very Good

Score from 761 reviews

$94

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  • “location was great”
    205 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Bailbrook House Hotel - a Hand Picked Hotel

9 Wonderful

Score from 1,488 reviews

$152

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    363 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
    211 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1,726 reviews

$124

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Villa at Henrietta Park

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 1,083 reviews

$123

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  • “wonderful staff”
    225 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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The Royal Crescent

9.5 Exceptional

Score from 653 reviews

$315

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  • “wonderful staff”
    181 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Discover Bath

Popular Neighborhoods in Bath

Upper Town

23 properties

Upper Town is the essence of novelist Jane Austen’s Bath. Its grand neoclassical façades once looked over the townsfolk that inspired many of her best-loved characters. Adopt a Mr Darcy swagger as you parade round Royal Crescent and The Circus, then retire to the splendid landscape of Royal Victoria Park for a picnic. Jolly good show!

Bath City Centre

19 properties

Bath’s birthplace. Back in Roman times, Bath went by the name of Aquae Sulis, and the town grew up around its thermal springs. Amazingly, the Roman baths are still intact; no trip to Bath is complete without a visit. After the Roman relaxation, pop along to Bath Abbey for an atmospheric evensong, followed by a slap-up meal in Sotto Sotto.

Milsom Quarter

6 properties

Got the urge to splurge? Milsom Quarter’s got you covered. This little district packs a whole lot of retail into a small area. Add a few key pieces to your wardrobe – head to Phase Eight and Grace & Mabel for clothes, and Chanji B and Ezza for bags and shoes. Work up an appetite round the shops, then dine al fresco at Milsom Place’s restaurants.

Artisan Quarter

5 properties

Bath’s artisan quarter does exactly what it says on the tin. The city’s most alternative area is infused with an artsy, Bohemian spirit – especially around Walcot Street. Head to Green Stationery for funky, eco-friendly paper and duck into Fine Grime for modern art. On Saturdays, check out the flea market, which does a roaring trade in miscellanea.

Local Tips for Bath

The American Museum in Britain
Kirsten by Kirsten

Kirsten has roots in the USA, and she's a fan of outdoor activities like climbing and hiking.

Hitch a ride on the free shuttle bus to the outskirts of Bath, where you'll find the American Museum. Not only is there an eclectic collection of American art and handicrafts, but the museum’s gardens have amazing views of Limpley Stoke Valley and the River Avon – a perfect picnic spot.

  • Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD
  • americanmuseum.org
  • Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
The Pig and Fiddle
Ben by Ben

Ben has toured the UK with his band, and knows a thing or two about great live music venues.

This busy pub is great for live music, with all sorts going on, from rock to hip-hop. It's got quirky décor with sporting memorabilia and comic book posters, and it serves a range of tasty local ales. Plus, the beer garden is a great place to relax with a drink.

Vintage to Vogue
Terrie by Terrie

Terrie is often to be found browsing vintage clothes shops looking for original ball gowns.

Tucked down a side alley off of the main shopping street Milsom Street, Vintage to Vogue is like stepping into another era. Crammed full of original vintage garments and accessories. It is a hidden gem especially if you are after unique pieces for a wedding or special event.

Hall and Woodhouse
Olivia by Olivia

When not walking her dog, Olivia likes to live the high life and hang around the coolest bars.

Whenever I'm in Bath, I always go to this unique bar. It's got a really cool vibe. There's a huge glass staircase that winds up towards the roof terrace. They also do a mean Sunday roast. And you can even bring your dog!

  • Hall & Woodhouse Bar & Restaurant, 1 Old King Street, Bath, BA1 2JW
  • hall-woodhousebath.co.uk
  • Open Monday–Thursday 08:00–23:00, Friday 08:00–00:00, Saturday 09:00–00:00, Sunday 09:00-22:30
Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms
Emily by Emily

After a long day travelling and sightseeing, Emily likes nothing better than a good old cup of tea.

Situated next to Bath assembly rooms, Bea’s has a charming homely feel. It's got vintage tea sets, freshly baked homemade cakes and a menu that's full of traditional English favourites. Whenever I'm in Bath, I stop by for a cuppa!

Opa!
Danielle Robins by Danielle Robins

Danielle loves being whisked off her feet, and landing in exotic places. When not romancing over a candlelit dinner, she can be found in undiscovered bars and clubs with her friends.

For a romantic dinner with excellent views of Bath’s River Avon, check out the Greek restaurant Opa! The restaurant is hidden away inside a series of vaults, but opens onto a riverside terrace where you can sip cocktails in the summer, or huddle under blankets and hot drinks in the winter.

  • 12 N Parade, Bath BA2 4AL, UK
  • www.opabath.com
  • Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–02:15

head to the Thermae Spa - you won't be disappointed it's totally worth the money and such an experience! I had a aromatherapy massage, lunch and 2 sessions in the pool and it was wonderful! Roof top pool at sunset was fantastic too. I WILL be returning.

well preserved, Architecture, and great local guides if needed or just chat with the locals they are so friendly and proud of their city.

Granted there are 'tourist shops' but there are a lot of independent retailers too which makes a pleasant change.

Get in early and shop. Then walk round outer places of interest - the circus, Royal Crescent, Park and Gardens.,

The Herschel Astronomy Museum is a hidden gem.

ALL USUAL SHOPS AND LOTS OF DESIGNER CHAINS

The Roman Baths, excellent audio tour.

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Why do you recommend Bath for food?

Wide choice and good value

Scallop Shell Restaurant

Transportation

Bath Transportation

Air - Bristol International Airport

Bristol International Airport is just 20 miles from Bath. The most direct route into town is via taxi, which takes around 40 minutes and costs around GBP 40. Alternatively, you can catch a Flyer bus to Bristol Temple Meads Train Station and get the train to Bath from there. The Flyer costs around GBP 7 one way, and the train also costs around GBP 7. In total the journey should take about an hour.

Train

Bath Spa is a charming train station on the Great Western Railway, which was designed by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It's located in the city centre and has regular inter-city train services to places such as Bristol, London, Reading and Cardiff. The train to London terminates at London Paddington and runs around every 30 minutes, taking 90 minutes in total.

Taxi

Bath is a relatively small city, so much of it is walkable if you have the time. However, if you need to travel across town quickly, then taxi is probably the best bet. You can hail one in the street or book one online or over the phone. Costs depend on distance travelled.

Bus

There are regular bus services covering the city of Bath, as well as buses out to the surrounding area. The company operating the buses is called First. Look out for white buses with a pink and purple trim. Single tickets within Bath cost GBP 2.20, while a day pass costs GBP 4.

Car

Bath is a small city, and traffic can easily become congested around rush hour, on Saturdays or when Bath Rugby Club play home matches. There are quite a few one-way streets, bus lanes and restricted, residents-only areas. However, parking is generally easy enough to find, with plenty of car parks in the city centre. Most short-stay car parks charge GBP 1.60 for the first hour, with the hourly fee gradually going down as the car spends more time in the car park.

Food in Bath

Top Restaurants in Bath

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La Tasca
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Sally Lunn's
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Ben's Cookies
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Mai Thai
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La Perla
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Ciao Ciao
  • Beau Nash House, Saw Close, Bath, Avon BA1 1EU
  • Open Monday-Saturday 12:00-14:30 and 17:30-00:00
  • 0044 1225 330030
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Chandos Deli
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Firehouse Rotisseria
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Las Iguanas
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Jamie's Italian
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Aqua Restaurant
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