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What you need to know about Bath

It’s no wonder so many people visit Bath and never want to leave – where else can you bathe in natural hot spring water like the Romans, indulge in independent foodie heaven, shop ‘til you drop surrounded by buskers and street theatre and enjoy some of the world’s finest Georgian architecture, all in one day?


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Food and drink

Bath has been a must-visit destination for socialising and hospitality since Roman times, so it’s no surprise that the city is packed with top restaurants, quality gastro pubs, cool cafés and stylish bars, with plenty for foodies and party-lovers alike.

You can experience Michelin-starred dining at The Priory Hotel, enjoy an ultra-posh afternoon tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel or the historic Pump Rooms, or get stuck into a Bath Bun in Bath’s oldest building, Sally Lunn’s Eating House, which dates from 1483.

For more casual dining, Bath has lots of great restaurants serving top notch cuisine from all over the world, all within easy walking distance of the city centre and your serviced apartment. You’ll definitely be spoiled for choice!


Bath attracts shoppers from all over the UK, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a lovely mix of high street shopping, designer brands, eclectic markets and independent boutiques and delis, lots of which you’ll find tucked away in hidden lanes and passageways off the main shopping thoroughfare, Milsom Street.  

Southgate is the newest shopping centre, where you’ll find all the usual high street brands including labels like Apple, Urban Outfitters and All Saints. For something a little more quirky, take a short walk to Walcot, Bath’s artisan quarter, which is full of gorgeous vintage clothing and unique arts and crafts.

From the end of November, Bath is transformed into a winter wonderland as it hosts one of the most popular Christmas Markets in the UK, featuring over 200 Alpine-style chalets packed with unique handmade gifts and local produce, with plenty of festive food and drink to enjoy as you explore!

Local businesses

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of Bath’s primary industries is tourism, so many of the locals work in the hundreds of shops, hotels, restaurants and attractions that draw so many visitors to the city. Bath is also home to two of the UK’s most popular universities, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, as well as one of the UK’s leading magazine and digital publishers, Future Publishing.

The MOD is another big local employer, with a number of sites based in and around the city. Bath’s compact nature, historic charm and location close to Bristol and the M4 means it’s a popular choice for small businesses too, particularly in retail, property and financial services.

Getting around

Bath is easy to get to by car, train or coach – it’s just ten miles from the M4 and less than 90 minutes from London Paddington or 15 minutes from Bristol by train.

Once you’re here, Bath is definitely a city best explored on foot, particularly when it comes to soaking up all the exquisite Georgian architecture and discovering all the city’s charming nooks and crannies. There are two outstanding hop-on-hop-off open top bus tours, one that covers the city centre and the other that takes in the Bath skyline, with amazing views and great commentary that tells you everything you need to know about Bath’s extraordinary history. 

For non-tourists, buses around the Bath area are regular and plentiful, and metered taxis are easy to find outside Bath Spa station and Bath Abbey. 

Things to watch out for

Bath was a city designed for fancy carriages, and fails daily to cope with the volume of cars, buses, coaches and lorries that pour through the city.

At peak times and during tourist season it’s a traffic and parking nightmare, so if you’re driving to Bath we highly recommend using one of the three Park & Ride sites just outside the city, or leaving your car at your serviced apartment an exploring from there! You’ll thank us, we promise!