Is 48 hours enough time to experience Bath? Just about, according to Derbyshire based blogger and indie enthusiast Rowena. "I've been visiting Bath for the last ten years; it was the first mini-break I took with my then-boyfriend now-husband and the first stop on our honeymoon. We have seen the city in all seasons, in quiet periods and busy. It is absolutely our favourite place to visit for an overnight break and I think we know the city well enough now to feel like we can ‘live like a local’ even if just for the 48 hours that we're there. Here's what we like to do, see, eat and drink.
There are so many great things to see and do in Bath, too many to mention here, these are a few we try to do each time we visit.
Royal Crescent, The Circle, Bath Abbey ~ a must for any visitor to Bath whether it’s your first visit or the latest in many. Architecturally the most stunning sights.
Thermae Spa ~ the perfect start or finish to a day in Bath. Visit in the week if you can.
The Holburne Museum ~ home to the permanent Holburne collection and temporary exhibitions – a very peaceful place amongst the hustle and bustle of Bath with a fabulous glass extension at the back, a great place for tea, cake and a little contemplation.
The Foodie Bugle ~ an absolute gem, perfectly located in the centre of Bath (Abbey Green). Visit Silvana and John for tea, cakes and the most perfectly curated selection of homewares. Pick up one of their Independent Bath maps while you’re there.
The Greenbird Cafe ~ located between the Royal Crescent and The Circus at Margaret’s Buildings, a peaceful place to stop while exploring the top end of Bath.
Society Cafe ~ buzzy, vibrant cafes with excellent cake and even better coffee. Find them in Kingsmead Square and The Corridor (opposite the Guild Hall).
Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen ~ simply the best vegetarian food I have ever eaten, in the most elegant surroundings.
The Chequers ~ delicious British food served in a truly lovely pub – our favourite place to head for an evening meal.
Thoughtful Bread Company ~ do not let a visit to Bath pass without a visit to the Thoughtful Bread Company, pop in to buy a loaf of their artisan bread, their doughnuts or macarons, all baked on site. I promise you won’t regret it.
Walcot Street ~ just a couple of minutes walk from the high street, Walcot Street is home to some of Bath’s best independent shops and cafes including The Fine Cheese Co, The Fig Store, Katherine Fraser, Graham and Green and Merticulous Ink amongst many others.
Broad Street ~ wander up Broad Street and get lost for hours in mini department store Rossiters, amongst the magazines in Magalleria and the elegant book filled shelves of Topping & Company Booksellers
Bartlett Street and beyond ~ at the top of Broad Street dash across the road and up Bartlett Street. Pop in to Article for flowers and gifts, David Simon Contemporary for art and Loft for homewares. If you have the time stroll along Alfred and Bennett Street towards The Circus, simply to admire the houses.
Pulteney Bridge ~ full of tiny shops built into the bridge selling everything from children’s clothes to maps and perhaps my favourite shop in Bath, Found lies just the other side of the bridge on Argyle Street.
There are so many other wonderful shops in Bath, far too many to list here. Wander through all the little streets and you are certain to come across several hidden gems.
Grays and Brindleys are both lovely, quiet boutique B&B’s just a ten minute walk from the centre of Bath. We have stayed in and loved both of them.
No 15 Great Pulteney has shot to the top of my must stay list in Bath after sampling their delicious afternoon tea and wandering through their eclectically decorated rooms. Perfectly situated in the centre of Bath.
To read more from Rowena visit her blog at www.grainandfeather.com