I love day trips! You are able to leave your worldly belongs back in your base city, and go explore the surrounding world in just a day. It’s a fun way to see more of an area! And London (or the London area) is such a great base city. There are so many fabulous places to explore that are worthy of a day trip. So, if you happen to be spending time in London, then a day trip to Bath is a great idea!
There is so much history and so many interesting things to see and do around Bath. There is a fascinating mix of modern and ancient throughout the city! And, while some might argue (and rightly so) that Bath is worthy of more than just a day trip, I’d say if you’ve only got time for a day trip, it’s worth it!
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How to Get There
Train – There are several trains a day that go between London and Bath, and it takes approximately an hour and a half to get there. And, of course, it’s cheaper to go at an “off” time. Off time travels means your time is Bath is a bit more limited, so weigh your options and figure out if you want more time or less money! Either way, the train makes this an easy day trip to Bath!
Car – Of course, if you have a rental car, you can drive over for the day!
There are buses and taxis to get you to the outskirts of town, but the way to explore Bath is by walking! I love being in a city where walking is easy! It is so much nicer to be part of it all from ground level and not be speeding by everything. If you have trouble getting around on foot, there is a service that will rent out a scooter for the day (Shopmobility).
What to Do During your Day Trip to Bath
The Roman Baths are a well preserved public bath from Ancient Roman times. Because it is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, it is also one of the top visited. There are four main features to the Bath:
- The Sacred Spring – Lying within the Temple of Sulis Minerva, water from the Sacred Spring feeds into the Roman Baths.
- The Roman Temple – The Temple was once the focal point of worship in the Baths. It was built in later 1st Century AD, and is one of two temples in Britain built in the Classical style.
- The Roman Bath House
- The Museum
To make the best use of your time during your day trip to Bath, do a little planning ahead of time. Figure out what you want to see and check what are the less busy hours.
Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul of Bath, or more commonly known as Bath Abbey, was founded in the 7th century. The Abbey has been refit several times over the centuries, and this latest version is from the 1860s. The church contains war memorials for locals and monuments to notable people in the form of stained glass. On the west front of the Abbey there are two stone ladders with angels climbing to heaven. The Abbey still holds regular church services for locals and visitors alike. The Abbey welcomes almost a half-million visitors each year. It is well worth the time when on your day trip to Bath!
The Jane Austen Centre
Our favorite stop of the day was The Jane Austen Centre! Dedicated to Jane’s time in the city, the Jane Austen Centre shows the influence the city had on her life and literature. The tour through the museum was very interesting, so much I didn’t know about Jane Austen! And the Regency Tea Room was the bomb! We tried a variety of their offerings – including finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, and a variety of sweets! Even my son and husband really enjoyed this! It was a great break at the end of a long day of walking around Bath.
If you are a Jane Austen fan, this is a must on your day trip to Bath!! And, definitely make time for their Tea Room! You’ll be glad you did.
Where to Eat
The Pump Room is one of the more elegant place to go in Bath to eat! It is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea. Reservations are recommended, especially if you are interested in their Afternoon Tea.
Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House
Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House is a must on most visitor’s must-do list! It is one of the oldest houses in Bath. And, home of the world famous Bath bun! Originally baked by Sally Lunn, this sticky bun is now world renowned! Sally Lunn’s is another place where reservations are recommended, especially during high season!
Roman Baths Kitchen
We had lunch at the Roman Baths Kitchen . And because our morning had been so busy at the Roman Baths, we found it to be the perfect place. The location is fantastic, the wait staff were efficient and personable, and the food was fabulous! Between the four of us we wound up trying a bit of everything, I think! Here’s what we had:
Roast cod with a herb crust, served with fondant potatoes , cauliflower and saffron sauce
RBK burger; West Country beef served with fries and black ketchup
English tomato, Grilled aubergine and mozzarella with a salad
Vegetable soup and Bath baked bread
Vanilla Creme Brûlée with cinnamon shortbread biscuit
A Great Day Trip to Bath
All in all, we had a very memorable day in Bath! The train trip home was a lovely time to rest and relax after a long busy day on our feet. By our account, this was an incredibly successful day trip! I would enjoy going again, because there are so many places we missed seeing. As I mentioned early, Bath is certainly worthy of more than just one day. We were not able to visit the outskirts of the city. I would have liked to have seen some of the beautiful gardens or the Thermae Bath Spa….but, those will have to wait until our next trip!
Have you been to Bath? What have your favorite places to visit been? Or, if you haven’t been, is it on your Bucket List?
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