Visiting Bath on a Last Minute Weekend Break?
11 December 2017
Who says you have to spend months planning a weekend break?
Why can’t you just get up and go on a last minute getaway when the fit takes you? If you’ve come to Bath on the spur of the moment and aren’t sure what the must-see sights are in the city, then these are some of the unmissable things to do in Bath on your last minute weekend break.
Visit the Roman Baths
The baths were built over 2,000 years ago, but despite that fact they are in amazing condition and a wealth of artefacts were (and still are being) discovered in and around them.
For example, in 2007 The Beau Street Hoard was found below the streets of central Bath – a hoard that comprised 17, 577 Roman coins!
The Roman Baths are a must when in Bath, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the famous healing waters of Bath at the end of your visit. They contain 43 different minerals, but this does mean the water has a rather ‘distinctive’ taste. Not everyone’s cup of tea!
Get a photo in front of Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge is Grade I listed, and it’s easy to see why. It’s an incredible feat of Georgian architecture and a real rarity – not just a bridge, but also a thoroughfare lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. There are only four other building-lined bridges in the world. The Rialto in Venice being one (though Pulteney Bridge was built later in 1774 while the Rialto was built way back in 1591).
Take a turn around the Royal Crescent
Another iconic landmark in Bath, quite possibly its most iconic, is the impressive sweep of the Royal Crescent. You’ll probably have seen it in a period drama or two. Especially if you’re a Jane Austen fan.
The Royal Crescent is built to look like one great palace façade, but when it was completed in 1774 it was actually 30 separate houses. It has since been divided up even further – with many of the houses now being flats rather than one big townhouse.
Try a Sally Lunn
Not the basis for any cockney rhyming slang, but it would be very appropriate if it was, a Sally Lunn is known by some as the “original” Bath bun. Although it’s not really a bun as such… It’s part bun, part bread and part cake; quite large, and a bit like brioche.
It was the creation of a young Huguenot refugee who came to Bath in 1680 and began to sell her unique brioche-type bun. It became incredibly popular and to this day only the bakers at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House on North Parade Passage in Bath know the original recipe.
It can be eaten with sweet or savoury accompaniment (there are lots of options to choose from), and Sally Lunns itself is, in addition to being a charming café/restaurant and the oldest house in Bath, a mini museum and a trip back in time.
Of course, one of the great things about a getting away for the weekend to a new city is taking the time to wander, explore, and stumble across the unexpected; so do take some time to potter around the streets of Bath, soak up the atmosphere, and see what you can find. (Also, if there’s not a service taking part, have a look in Bath Abbey. The fan-vaulted ceiling alone is a masterpiece!)