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Things to Do in Bath

Top Five Things to Do in and around Bath

With many of us feeling the pinch financially at the moment, international travel and posh hotels are not realistic options for most of us. But it is still possible to have a minibreak on a budget – we can think of nowhere better to visit than Bath, whether it is for a romantic break or time with friends or family seeing the sights or hitting the town – Bath has it all. Best of all, by choosing to stay at our city centre hostel you can save yourself lots of money on the accommodation and spend it on treats instead. We have a great selection of rooms from double ensuites through to dorms.

Most famous for its… well, baths, Bath is a city of history and wonder, with plenty to do, no matter your budget. In summer months, Bath can be busy with tourists especially at weekends, so why not take a few days off work and come for a visit mid-week? You’ll still see a bustling city but it is easier to get around all that is on offer.

So what are you waiting for? Come to Bath today and experience the best of the South-West! Here is our list of all the must-sees in Bath:

  1. Visit The Roman Baths

A visit to Bath would be incomplete without a visit to the Roman Baths from which the city takes its name. Here, you can imagine yourself swanning around in a toga before your weekly visit to the bath. With each step on the floor of the 2000-year-old construction, you can feel the history of the place come alive. The interactive exhibits are great too!

  1. Take a free walking tour

If you’re on a tight budget, a free walking tour is a fantastic way to learn more about the history of the city without spending a penny. Follow the knowledgeable guides commissioned by the Mayor of Bath and be transported in time. Period drama fans: look out for your favourite spots from films, including Netflix’s much-loved Bridgerton.

  1. Get a bit of culture

Bath is packed with wonderful galleries and museums, many of which host talks and cultural events. We could easily spend a day at The Holborne Museum which was the city’s first public art gallery.

Our absolute favourite museum is the American Museum & Gardens which is truly a hidden gem, set in a gorgeous park, and only a 20-minute drive from the city centre. The museum has an amazing series of events and exhibitions lined up for the summer. Forest of Imagination? Yes please

  1. Take a day at the races

If you are visiting midweek, a trip to Bath Racecourse is essential! Race fixtures are taking place throughout the summer, almost always on a weekday. This is a wonderful opportunity to get dressed up (there’s no formal dress code, but who needs an excuse for a statement hat?) and have a flutter.

  1. Have a Frightful time at Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein

In 1816, Mary Shelley was living in Bath and wrote Frankenstein – arguably one of the first science fiction novels. This visitor attraction takes you on a journey through Mary’s world as well as meeting the 8 foot monster for yourself.  Definitely entertaining – and a little scary in parts. If scary is your thing then you can also opt for the escape room (we weren’t brave enough) or the body in the suitcase game – both charged separately.  Well worth a visit!

This is just the beginning…

Our top five picks of things to do in Bath is just the tip of the iceberg. The city has so much more to offer, whatever you are interested in. Lover of literature? There’s a Jane Austen Centre. Lover of gin? Go and taste Bath’s finest.

Clearly, you will need more than one day here to get the best out of Bath, so why not come and stay with us? We are located right at the heart of this special city, in walking distance to most major tourist attractions. We have a range of rooms available, from family rooms to dorms. Our pricing will suit any budget.