A while back, I took a trip with my mum and my grandma to Bath for a night away. It was for my mum’s birthday so we had a bit of a celebration, and it was really lovely to spend some quality time just the three of us. As we were only there for one night, and we had previously made a day trip there, we didn’t see everything Bath has to offer. However, I’ll try to throw in recommendations where I can!
After checking into our hotel (The Royal Hotel – great location, easy parking, average quality – would recommend), we headed straight down for an early pre-theatre dinner. Brasserie Blanc was the obvious choice, and I have to say it massively lived up to the hype. To start, I had the risotto, which was excellent, and the minute steak for main, which was pretty perfect. The pre-theatre menu was great value for money, and we had no problem at all getting a table at that sort of time.
We had already booked tickets to see A Room With A View, adapted from the E M Forster book, which is one of my favourites. Honestly, it was absolutely hilarious, which I never expect from plays like this. The humour in the book is so subtle that it’s unexpected in the dramatised version, which made it even more amusing. A great production which I’m super glad we got to see.
The night was rounded off with a couple of drinks, and one of the best places we stopped at was undoubtedly The Stable. They’re known for their pizza, which I’d definitely love to go back and try, but we actually went in to try one of the many ciders they have on offer. Cider is definitely a favourite of mine, and there were so many great ones to try. I’d definitely recommend a visit here if you’re in Bath.
The next morning, we actually spent some time just wandering around Bath, taking in the old parts of town and doing a bit of shopping. There are some great boutique-type shops in Bath selling some amazing homeware. There are also total beauty junkie favourites, like Jo Malone and Space NK, and even an Anthropologie, which I was super excited to see!
In terms of tourist stops, I’d definitely recommend the Roman baths. Sure, it’s basically a museum, but being able to see the actual baths where people would have swum nearly 2000 years ago is really something else. The amount of information they have about what different rooms and places were used for, and the people who would have used the baths, is fascinating. The fact that the water source for the baths has remained unchanged is also really amazing. Definitely worth a visit. Right next to the baths is Bath Abbey, which is free to enter, and is really really beautiful. I always find that, even if you’re not that interested in churches, or not at all religious, just taking the time to wander around an amazing church/abbey/cathedral/whatever has a calming and reflective effect. I’ve yet to go, but I’m also looking forward to visiting the Jane Austen museum in Bath. The author lived in the town, and what with Pride and Prejudice being one of my favourite books ever, this is definitely a place that I want to check out in the future!
So that’s all for my little overview of my personal experience in Bath. It’s certainly an excellent place to visit for a night or a long weekend. If anyone has any further recommendations for things to do, places to stay, or places to eat in Bath, I’d love to hear about them! *starts planning next trip*