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The honey-coloured city of Bath is ideal for family days out, cosy couples getaways and weekends with mates - Bath really does have it all. So, what should you add to your list of things to do in Bath? Here at Groupon, we’ve rounded up the best things to do rain, hail or shine, such as exploring ancient baths where the Romans bathed 2,000 years ago and getting up close with gorillas in the UK’s original safari park.

#1 Roman Baths

Historic Roman ruins

Bath’s most popular attraction (and the key clue to the city’s name!), the historic remains of the Roman Baths are built above Bath’s hot springs and are a must-see. Roman characters pop up as you walk around the lively site and kids will also love the child-friendly audio guide. Oh, and you have to try the yucky-but-famous mineral spring water.

Roman Baths

 

#2 Pulteney Bridge

Bath's famed Georgian bridge

One of the most famous images from Bath, Pulteney Bridge was built 1769 and is now a fantastic spot for restaurants to suit all price ranges. You can also hop on one of the boat trips that leave from here. Our top tip? Get your photographs in the late morning, as Pulteney Bridge is in shadows in the afternoon.

Pulteney Bridge

 

#3 Royal Crescent

Iconic Bath landmark

See what life was like for 18th century wealthy residents of Bath and their servants at the Royal Crescent townhouses. No. 1 Royal Crescent is now a museum where you can step back in time to explore ‘The Gentleman’s Retreat’ and the ‘coal hole’. As for the kids? They get free History Detective packs and can try on Georgian costumes.

Royal Crescent

 

#4 Jane Austen Centre

Museum celebrating Jane Austen

The best place to learn all about beloved author Jane Austen, the Jane Austen Centre tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, including the effect that living here had on her and her writing. Costumed guides bring the experience to life while no visit is complete without tea and cream scones in the Regency Tea Room.

liverpool cathedral

 

#5 Royal Victoria Park

Public park in Bath

Just a short stroll from Bath city centre, Royal Victoria Park has beautiful botanical gardens and a popular adventure playground where you can tire out the kids with zip lines, climbing frames and mini-golf. Pop into the Pavilion Café for a coffee and enjoy feeding the ducks in summer and the ice-rink during winter.

Royal Victoria Park

 

#6 Victoria Art Gallery

Free public art gallery

A free art museum in Bath, Victoria Art gallery is a lovely place to wander around and admire British oil paintings and sculptures. Free talks throughout the day bring you behind the scenes of the gallery and your budding artists can get creative with an Art Trolley in the upper gallery packed with arts and crafts materials.

Victoria Art Gallery

 

#7 visit the Holburne museum

Impressive museum on landscaped grounds

Designed as a luxurious hotel and now a museum filled with Renaissance treasures and masterpieces by Gainsborough, Holburne Museum is one of the most majestic buildings in Bath. Drop the little ones off at one of the many children’s art workshops and stroll through the exhibitions before treating yourself in the museum's stylish Garden Café.

Holburne museum

 

#8 Prior Park Landscape Garden

18th century landscaped garden

Prior Park Landscape Garden gives you sweeping views of Bath city from its skyline meadow walk and is full of secret paths to explore and hidden architecture from the park’s Georgian past. A prime spot for family picnics, you can borrow snuggly blankets from the garden’s Tea Shed and stock up on extra goodies too.

Prior Park Landscape Garden

 

#9 Longleat Safari Park

Drive-through animal safari

Hide your sandwiches and wind up the windows because you’re going on an unforgettable safari trip through the African Plains, Jungle Kingdom and Tiger Territory. Longleat Safari Park is just a short drive from Bath and the ultimate kids (and big kids!) day out. Walk among Rothschild giraffes and do a bit of grazing yourself at the safari café.

Longleat Safari Park

 

#10 Wiltshire Museum

Museum with Stonehenge gold

History buff? Wiltshire Museum is home to to the best Bronze Age archaeology collection in Britain. Their award-winning display includes gold from Stonehenge and Roman treasures. Children will be kept busy as they build their own Stonehenge, examine evidence under a microscope and try on Bronze Age costumes.

Wiltshire Museum

 

#11 discover the botanical gardens

Bath City botanical gardens

Hidden in Royal Victoria Park is Bath’s lush botanical garden that feels like discovering Narnia. Beautiful to visit all year-round with free entry, streams bubble under stone bridges and you can play ‘I Spy’ with the birds and butterflies flying past. Pack a picnic to nibble on by the replica Roman Temple.

Bath Botanical Garden

 

#12 Eat out in Walcot

Bohemian suburb in Bath

Want to just wander around Bath at your own leisure? Make sure to swing by the bustling Artisan Quarter area of Walcot where you’ll find local food stores, superb coffee shops and the buzzy Saturday flea market. Known as the “Brooklyn of Bath”, Walcot is the place to go for a relaxing afternoon of browsing.

Walcot

 

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Making the most of BATH with Groupon

You won’t have to look far for things to do in Bath as the city has plenty to keep you busy, plus we’ve got you covered with our top picks.

Bath is a great place to bring the family, has hip restaurants for a date night, thermal spring spas and is loved by history buffs and adventure seekers alike. We have incredible deals every single day on Groupon for Bath’s best attractions, so you know you’ll never get FOMO when visiting here.

Free things to do in Bath

One of the main reasons why Bath is so popular to visit is that it has heaps of things to do and see without dipping into your pockets. You can walk around and admire the Pulteney Bridge and Royal Crescent, check out free family-friendly exhibits at Victoria Art Gallery or Holburne Museum and finish off the day with a sunset view of the city from Prior Park Landscape Garden.

What can I do in Bath this weekend?

A weekend shopping in Bath isn’t complete without an hour spent browsing the Walcot Street Antique & Flea Market, which is a charming old-fashioned experience where you can barter for bric-a-brac and vintage clothing. Be prepared to leave with your arms full of curiosities you never knew you needed in your life!

What can I do in Bath with kids?

Bath is the perfect place to come with your family for fun kids activities no matter what the weather. Enjoy family picnics in Royal Victoria Park, play dress-up at Wiltshire Museum and see some “most agreeable” characters at the Jane Austen Centre.

Thrill seekers can go bananas at the indoor play area in Writhlington Sports Centre and see lions at an outdoor safari.

Things to do in Bath’s Artisan Quarter

The uber-cool “Brooklyn of Bath”, Walcot is the place to be day or night. Caffeine lovers can get their double-filtered-chemex-cold-brew fix and exclusive cocktail bars light up once darkness falls.

Some of the best local joints include:

  • Picnic Coffee (artisan coffee shop)
  • Walcot House (live music venue and bar)
  • Vintage to Vogue (cute second-hand clothes store)
  • Sub 13 (Bath’s premium cocktail bar)
  • Corkage (popular wine bar with small plates menu)

Money saving hacks for Bath

Visiting Bath for the first time? Make the most of it with these budget hacks for Bath:

  • There are free Roman Baths on the grounds of Bath Abbey
  • The Theatre Royal often has cheap last-minute tickets
  • Join a free walking tour with the Mayor of Bath Guides
  • Lots of bars (such as Opa, Sub 13 and Casa Iguanas) have great 2-for-1 drinks deals during Happy Hour

What’s the weather like in Bath?

Summer is comfortable and not too hot while the weather in Bath in winter can get pretty cold and cloudy, so wrap up! Rain falls throughout the year so you might want to pack a parka.

Season

Min. temperature

Max. temperature

Winter

+2°C

+7 °C

Spring

+4°C

+13°C

Summer

+12°C

+21°C

Autumn

+8°C

+14°C

How do I get around Bath?

The city centre is best explored by foot and you can easily see all the sights walking around. Driving can be tricky due to the narrow streets so your best bet is to park your car at one of the city’s four Park and Ride facilities.

If you’re heading to Bath for a night out, your best option is to get around on foot - you’ll be quicker! - but you can easily grab a taxi 24/7 with:

  • Abbey Taxis (a local favourite)
  • Bath Spa Taxi

So, there’s just some of the exciting things to see and do in Bath with Groupon as your local guide. PS: don’t leave without eating a creamy Sally Lunn Bun!