I love a UK city break. And though I enjoy exploring new places with the children, I adore having a little getaway with Husband. In January, exhausted from Christmas and winter colds, the two of us were in desperate need of some time alone. So we called in some reinforcements (aka The Grandparents), and off to Bath we drove.
As we only had one night away, Bath is a great destination as it is only 2-2 1/2 hours away from London (by car). And as it isn't a big town, it is quite manageable to walk around in a day. We didn't see everything that Bath had to offer, but we did take in some of the best-known sites. So I thought I would share some of the fun we had during our four hours in Bath.
The Roman Baths
The biggest attraction in Bath is The Roman Baths. And deservedly so. It is spectacular. Husband had fond memories seeing it as a child, and was eager to visit again. The Roman Baths are basically hot springs that the Romans made into a religious area. They constructed a Temple and Bath House around the springs. People would travel from far and wide to see the hot springs in the hope that it would cure their ailments.
Your visit will last one to two hours, depending on how much you stop and listen, look and take photos. At the end of the visit, you will even be able to taste some of the warm water (spoiler alert: it is not that nice, but it is part of the experience). Before you leave The Roman Baths, you will find a fab gift shop (I love a good gift shop). We bought some cool presents for the kids and my in-laws, and I had to force myself not to buy anything for me.
Tickets for The Roman Baths cost between £15.50-17.00 per adult, with a family of four ticket totalling £46.00. The price includes a free audioguide, which is available in 12 languages and a children's edition. To make things really handy for parents of little ones, you can even exchange your buggy for a carrier, to make the stairs more manageable (the Romans did not use elevators).
Lunch at Sotto Sotto
Before our trip to Bath, I asked for advice on my blog Facebook page. We had such a short amount of time, and there were so many places I wanted to visit. I was also overwhelmed at all the dining options in Bath. I got loads of recommendations for Sotto Sotto. So many, in fact, that we had to visit. And we are very glad that we did.
The food was simply delicious - great quality and cooked to perfection. Husband and I shared the burrata with Parma ham and fig, then I had the seafood pasta. We were too full for pudding, so we shared the handmade truffles for dessert (beyond amazing). We were given Limoncello shots to finish our meal, and we left feeling very happy and satisfied. If we ever return to Bath, we will definitely visit Sotto Sotto again.
Bath is such a pretty Georgian town. And as it is small, you can easily walk around without too much trouble. We walked through the shopping area, went to The Roman Baths, walked past Bath Abbey and then down to Priory Park and before walking up and over Pulteney Bridge.
Bath can be reached from London in about 1 1/2 hours on the train. If you're driving to Bath, there are a few city centre car parks. We parked at the Manvers Street car park, which is quite central but small. We parked on the bottom level, and you should know that there were loads of homeless people camped down there. If I was alone, I probably would not have parked down there. But the car park was fine and inexpensive.
After our four hour visit to Bath, we hopped back into the car and headed to our lovely B&B, Wheelbrook Mill, which is a 20-minute drive from the town centre. Bath is such a lovely town - I would love to return. Maybe next time we'll stay in the city centre, and bring the kids. If you've visited Bath, let me know. I want to hear where you've been and what you've seen.
We were given tickets to the Roman Baths for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.