the sunday guide to // bath
You don’t have to get on a plane to have a relaxing weekend away. Our latest installment of The Sunday Guide visits one of England’s most beautiful small cities, famous for its striking limestone architecture and Roman baths.
Britain’s most famous spa town is an obvious choice for a chilled out Sunday. Whilst a visit to the thermal baths is essential, there are plenty of other relaxing activities to partake in, or you can simply wander the cobbled streets and admire the limestone buildings of the World Heritage Site.
Relax in a coffee shop
Whilst Bath is renowned for its exquisite coffee shops, it is Colonna & Smalls that keeps both locals and tourists alike coming back for more cups of freshly brewed coffee. The minimalist interior helps to maintain a calm atmosphere, and you can sit back and read their processing methods whilst waiting for your brew to cool.
Walk the famous Bath Skyline walk
If the weather is fine, there is no better way to admire the view of the city than walking the six mile round Skyline walk that makes its way around the countryside surrounding Bath. The easy to navigate walk takes in valleys, meadows and woodland, with the best views of the city being seen from the ancient fort upon Little Solsbury Hill.
Indulge yourself in a thermal spa
You can’t visit Bath and not take advantage of the city’s naturally warm, mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa. Enjoy bathing in the rooftop pool during the day or in the evening, relax in the aroma steam rooms and enjoy the calming waters and stunning architecture of the Minerva Bath and Cross Bath. The vast variety of luxurious spa treatments on offer includes massages, body wraps and watsu sessions.
photo: thermae bath spa
Explore the markets
Once home to a train station, Green Park Station is now a thriving market place famed for its artisan food, vintage and antiques markets. The iconic iron and glass vaulted roof covers a variety of markets and events, alongside the restaurants, cafes and shops that are in permanent residence. Our favourite Sunday markets include the bi-monthly Vintage and Antiques Market and the Bath Artisan Market on the second Sunday of each month.
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Take in the view from the skies
For those with a head for heights, take to the skies in a hot air balloon to admire Bath from a birds eye view. Launching from Royal Victoria Park, Bailey Balloons offer sunset champagne balloon flights, where passengers can even get involved with assisting to get the balloon up if they so wish.
photo: bailey's balloons
Experience a pop-up dinner party
One of our favourite eateries is Sam’s Kitchen, famed for its locally sourced produce and enticing interiors. Keep your eye on their social media feeds before your visit, as Sam’s is renowned for their regular pop-up supper clubs at a variety of interesting venues around the city, serving bespoke menus to a handful of delighted guests.
photo: sam's kitchen
Stay the night
Extend your trip a little longer and spend the night in a Bath hotel. If it's a traditional boutique you're after, the city has plenty to offer. Or if you fancy something a little more modern, opt for the luxury apartments at Harrington's. Though situated in a Grade II listed building, the interiors are fresh, spacious and contemporary.