Sunday, 21 February 2016

A WEEKEND IN THE CITY OF BATH

So last weekend I went to Bath for a couple of days with my boyfriend for his belated birthday celebrations. His birthday was back in November but we were both so busy around that time that I thought I'd postpone his birthday present from me until now. Instead of buying him an actual gift to open on his birthday, I told him that I was taking him to Bath for the weekend and that I had booked a  spa package for us both too. The time came around so quickly after Christmas and it was such a lovely weekend with the break being well needed! It was also Valentine's weekend too (coincidence I know) and the weather was my favourite kind of Winter weather - bright, sunny and brisk.

I thought it would be useful to let you know about things to do in Bath, places to eat and also places to stay as it's a gorgeous city for a mini break if you're looking to have one.




THINGS TO DO:

Thermae Bath Spa:
One of the best spas I've ever been to with four different steam pods, a huge pool and jacuzzi and the amazing rooftop pool which overlooks the cities beautiful rooftops and the cathedral. There's also a great restaurant which we ate dinner in as it was included in our package deal, and it was lovely and relaxed with complimentary use of the robes, towels and slippers! (Visit: thermaebathspa.com for more details *we went for the Twilight package for two*).


Roman Baths:
You can't really visit Bath without seeing the original Roman Bath's which basically put the city on the map! It's a really interesting tour which takes about 1-2 hours and you can use the complimentary audio guides to gain more information on the tour. You can look around at your own pace and the baths are so gorgeous to look at. It's amazing that the water is naturally that warm!
Royal Crescent and Victoria Park:
This is a gorgeous area to have a lovely stroll around with the crescent overlooking the park. The park is actually a lot bigger that it looks on a map and it would be lovely to have a picnic on in the summer. The crescent itself is just a long row of pretty architecture and is also home to a few hotels and there is a small museum called 'No1' which lets you have a nosy around one of the houses!





Shopping:
I love to shop, and so obviously I couldn't go to a new city and not have a nosy around. Bath is home to all my favourite high street shops such as Topshop, All Saints, Office etc but it also has some higher end shops which are gorgeous to look around such as Anthropologie, SpaceNK, Jo Malone and Whistles. Not only in the centre are there chain shops, but you can find many independent shops which are great for finding little presents and gifts in. They're mostly interior shops or art shops which are my favourite kinds for inspiration.




PLACES TO EAT:

Hall and Woodhouse:
This restaurant has such a warming and cosy vibe to it, even though its across three floors! On the ground floor there is a bar area with lots of armchairs and benches for people to sit and have cocktails and casual drinks and on the second floor is the actual eating area. For my meal I had the Falafel and Halloumi burger which was so so nice (but filling) and Charlie had the duck which was also lovely. The menu is a little bit more on the expensive side but I think that it is definitely worth the money. On the third floor is a rooftop bar which you can take your drinks up to, and there are lots of tables and chairs and cute little lights.
Sotto Sotto:
We didn't actually eat at this restaurant but it has been recommended to me by a few different people (sadly we didn't have time to eat there), but the menu looks gorgeous and the interior makes it feel like you're in an underground cave which is something I've never seen before. It's Italian and I always feel like theres something for everyone on an Italian menu!

Bills:
I know this is a chain restaurant but it is my favourite for breakfast! We don't have one in our local area and so its a real treat to find one. We both had the traditional fry-up which is always amazing and the interior of this restaurant is so colourful and quirky.
(bills-website.co.uk)



Carluccios:
This is probably up there with one of my favourite restaurants ever. It is another chain restaurant but its the best chain Italian around! We actually went here for desert and cocktails (the peach Bellini is amazing by the way). For desert we had tiramisu and chocolate bread and butter pudding and it was the dreaaaam!
(www.carluccios.com)


Adventure Café Bar:
We just stumbled across this little café one morning for breakfast and it doesn't look like much on the outside, but the food is really really good. I had a breakfast bagel which was filled with bacon, egg and mushroom and it was delicious! Charlie went for a basic fry-up but the portions were a really good size. It's a lovely independent cafe which is great for an affordable breakfast or lunch break.

PLACES TO STAY:

Travelodge:
This is where we stayed in Bath because it was quite affordable and suited what we wanted from a hotel. We both like to eat out for breakfast and dinner and so it wasn't essential for there to be breakfast included in our hotel package. We literally just wanted somewhere comfortable to stay for the night time, and this was great for that. It was located right in the centre of the city and everything was within walking distance. The staff were really friendly, the room was clean and there was hardly any noise even though we were next to the road. We were also able to borrow a hairdryer which was good because it meant we didn't need to bring one with us. There was also wifi and a TV in the bedroom. Would definitely stay here again.

Royal Crescent:
If you're looking to go for a special occasion or want to treat yourself, then there is a 5* hotel on the Royal Crescent which looks beautiful. We didn't go in there but I even took a picture of the door because it looked pretty! Definitely one to look into if you're looking for something extra luxury.
Other hotels:
There are many other hotels in the city such as Holiday Inn, Hilton and Premier Inn as well as lots of independent B&B's. We booked through booking.com and it was very straight forward and easy.


I hope this was interesting and helpful to you, and even if you're not looking to go anywhere, I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos anyway!

Love Emily
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  1. It's a beautiful city with so much to see and do. Cathedral is a must see and Jane Austen museum was good too if that's your thing. Your pics brought me right back. Great post ☺

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    1. Yes I agree, such a lovely place to visit! Thank you :)

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