SACO Insider Guide to Bath

Wednesday 22 October 2014 by Judy Farrar Planning your next trip to Bath? Read our top tips to discover some of the city's secret gems.

If you’re visiting with children, you won’t be short of things to do. Head to The Royal Victoria Park where you can see the ponds, feed the ducks and have fun running around the play park. Sometimes there is even a circus in town, so check out the website just in case! Many of Baths museums have activities to involve young minds too – they’re not just for adults you know.

The history and beauty of Bath as one of the world’s few Heritage cities just has to be seen to be believed. Experience the history of the city first-hand by visiting the Roman Baths, one of the most historic buildings in the city. Then head over to the world famous Bath Thermae Spa and swim in the 11,000 litres of spa water that flow from the sacred spring every day at 46 degrees Celsius. It’s such a unique and relaxing experience! We recommend visiting the spa in the evening during winter, it will be quieter and you can enjoy the surreal experience of the rooftop pool with it’s warm mist rising around you as the sounds and smells of the Christmas Market with its Gluhwein and roasting nuts fill the air.

The Roman Baths and the beautiful architecture are of course the essence of Bath, with The Royal Crescent a popular favourite, so have your camera at the ready and pack your comfy shoes as there are many great photo opportunities to be had as you walk around the beautiful streets and hidden alleys. One of the most enjoyable walks around Bath is free and has a guide no less. Or for a more hysterical rather than historical tour of Bath - try The Bizarre Bath walk, it's really popular!

Celebrating Bath’s most famous resident and a must-see for all enthusiasts, the Jane Austen Centre is a permanent exhibition in the city that offers a snapshot of the writer’s incredible life. Learn about how the city inspired her writing and relive the magical moments from the famous books. With its impressive architecture and beautiful scenery, it’s no surprise that Bath is a popular setting for many film locations. To celebrate this, you can take a free ‘On Location’ film trail tour – where you can see sights from Les Miserables (2013) The Duchess and Vanity Fair, to name a few. A must for all film buffs!

Bath celebrates so many festivals throughout the year including theatre, dance, comedy, and all types of music and literature with The Great Bath Feast and the Christmas Market to name a couple! Our top recommendation is the Safari Supper, where you are chauffeur driven between some of Baths best Italian eateries for each course of your meal- a truly unique experience and only £45 (including drinks). But there is plenty more to see and do, check out our latest events guide for more information.

Bath is blessed with so many places to eat and with pricing for all ranges. From friendly local atmospheric to gastro pubs, try The Ring  o’Bells, The Marlborough, Gasgoyne Place or Chequers. So many wonderful restaurants from all backgrounds - Casanis, La Barrique Bistro, Soto Soto, Nonna’s, The Circus, and of course who could forget Jamie Oliver!  You can eat your way around the world. If you like a good steak, try Hudson’s Bar and Grill, The Herd or Miller & Carter – they’re all local favourites.  If you’re after a vegetarian meal you must try Demuth’s and finally, if you’re looking for something extra special then try The Bath Priory, The Dower House, or Allium – all of which are Michelin Starred and offer fantastic food.

For the thirsty amongst you, Bath bars serve all number of ales, beers and wines. Bars range from simple watering holes and night clubs through to soft leather seats and stolen romantic glances. For a taste of the local you have to try Bath Ales – head to Graze by the train station where they have their own microbrewery. For a cosy evening drink try Circo, relax in the beautiful Art Deco interior at The Cosy Club, or enjoy a fabulous cocktail at Sub 13. You don’t have to walk far before you see the lights of a Bath inn ready to make you welcome.

Although the city is famous for its beautiful architecture, iconic sights and fascinating history, all of which has attracted visitors for thousands of years, there are plenty of other things to do in Bath too…

If exhilarating activities are right up your street, don’t miss the adrenaline pumping motorsports at Castle Combe Race Circuit, or the chance to tackle the sheer rock face and climb Cheddar Gorge or the thrill of a live horse race at Bath Racecourse. Equally as exciting and oh so beautiful are the Hot Air Balloon rides from Victoria Park over the stunning surrounding countryside. Adventurous types looking for things to do in Bath can take to the water, a slightly different way to get to know the city - hire a canal boat or enjoy a tour along the River Avon seeing the city from a different angle.  Or take to one of the many paths and walks, parks and woods and start exploring.

Looking for somewhere to stay? SACO Bath is perfectly located in the heart of the city, making it ideal for a week or weekend away.

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