Top Things To Do When Visiting Bath After Lockdown
7 June 2020
If lockdown restrictions continue to ease in the way they have been recently, it won’t be long before we can once again go on UK holidays. With that in mind, here are some of the things you can enjoy when visiting Bath after lockdown.
Bath’s Skyline Walk
The skyline walk is a six-mile, circular walk which spans the countryside surrounding the city and takes in meadows, ancient woodlands, secluded valleys, and more. To get to the starting point it’s only a short stroll from the city centre, and the contrast with the city makes this walk even more tranquil and relaxing.
The map from the National Trust which shows the route (which is estimated to take between three and a half and four hours) is free to download and easy to follow. It can be found here.
A self-guided tour of the city
There’s a wealth of different walking tours which you could join to learn more about the city of Bath, not to mention the bus and boat tours. At the moment the majority of guided tours are unavailable, but it’s easy to enjoy a self-guided walking tour with lots of information about the city and stories from its past.
The Visit Bath website has two free audio walking tours you can download, but it’s not your only option. GPSmyCity is great website and app for walking tours of Bath. It has nine separate walking tours you can take; from the Bath Buildings and Architecture Walking Tour, through to the Artisan Quarter Antiques Hunting Walk.
Visit boutiques and small businesses
We know all too well that it’s a tough time for many independent businesses, and more than even it’s the time to shop small and support communities. It’s easy to do that on a visit to Bath because Bath is lucky in having many fabulous boutiques and independent shops to explore.
We’ve previously written blogs about Bath’s independent boutiques here, but there are plenty of others to explore too! Mr B’s Reading Emporium is a must-visit shop for book lovers, while Country Threads is a must for anyone who loves to sew.
Explore Bath’s restaurants and cafes
It’s not just independent shops that make Bath unique. Bath has some amazing restaurants to sample, and while dining in may not be an option right now, dining out is most certainly an option. Two of our top picks are:
The Scallop Shell
An award-winning, family-run seafood restaurant which is offering pre-order takeaways for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Joya Italian Steakhouse
A family-run steakhouse that overlooks Bath’s famous Pulteney Bridge. They offer 28-day matured steaks from a local supplier, pizza, pasta and fish dishes, as well as excellent vegetarian and vegan options.
Now is the season for al fresco dining (we have a gorgeous patio garden for doing just this!), or if the weather is a bit unsettled, ordering in and dining in one of Dukes beautiful rooms.
As well as the food, the walking tours, and the boutique shopping, Bath has gorgeous parks to enjoy, and lots of atmosphere to experience. Hopefully museums and galleries like the Roman Baths and the Thermae Spa will also be open, but even if this isn’t the case, there’s plenty to enjoy on a visit to Bath!