It’s early morning in Bath. I woke up with the sunrise, and now I have the streets to myself. I wander up to The Circus and around the Royal Crescent, taking in the golden stone buildings and relishing the quiet. This fleeting experience is the highlight of my spontaneous weekend getaway to Bath, but it’s not the only thing I’ve come to love.

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

Weekend Getaway to Bath

Which makes sense, because there’s a lot to adore about this town on the edge of England’s Cotswolds. I’ve traveled here on a sponsored trip with Laterooms.com to experience the town and bathe in the natural springs. I spun a wheel the day before I left to determine where I would travel, and I was thrilled to get Bath.

Bath, England

I arrived early on Saturday morning and headed straight to the Thermae Bath Spa. After a 45-minute wait, I reached the front of the queue and entered the spacious complex. My first stop was the rooftop pool, a steamy haven with a view over the rooftops.

Bath, England

From there I made my way down through the saunas and scented steam rooms to the large pool on the lower ground floor. It was crowded, but the experience was enjoyable. How could it not be? This tradition dates back to Roman times.

Bath, England

In fact, the next stop on my itinerary was the Roman Baths themselves.

Roman Baths, Bath, England

This ancient spot in the center of town was where the Romans built their public baths and temple. It’s remarkably well preserved, and the extensive audio tour took me through all of the indoor and outdoor pools and around the artifacts.

Roman Baths, Bath, England

After the Roman Baths I found lunch at a new cafe called Pickled Greens. The food didn’t impress, but the little upstairs room with a view of the secret garden more than made up for a lumpy frittata.

Pickled Greens, Bath, England

After lunch I walked through the city to soak up the atmosphere. From the iconic Pulteney Bridge to Sydney Gardens and the Kennet & Avon Canal, I wandered through town photographing everything in sight.

Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath, England

In the late afternoon I did as Jane Austen heroines do and went to the Pump Room. The cream tea came with some of the most delicious scones I’ve had in a long time, and the live piano and strings added the perfect touch.

Pump Room, Bath, England

Evening in Bath was a good time for admiring the abbey and bridge lit up at night, and I meandered some more as darkness set in.

Tea Shop in Bath, England

When it did, I found myself back at my hotel. The Abbey Hotel is in a great location near Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. The staff was incredibly friendly and my room was cozy and bright. I could have done without the dirty mugs next to the kettle, but other than that I had a great stay.

Abbey Hotel, Bath, England

And now I’m enjoying my aforementioned sunrise walk through Bath, taking in all things Georgian before the town wakes up.

Royal Crescent, Bath, England

It’s peaceful and I wish I could bottle the atmosphere and bring it around with me for the rest of the day.

The Circus, Bath, England

But wake up the town does, and gently so. As the streets fill, I walk to the top of Lansdown Road to take in the views of the city. Afterwards I wander around the pretty streets above The Circus before settling in for lunch at The Green Bird Cafe.

Street in Bath, England

The food is delicious, as is the ambiance (I’ll always love a place with a wine map of California on the wall), and it eases me into the bustle of Sunday in Bath.

Street in Bath, England

After lunch I can’t resist a bit of shopping on and around Milsom Street. I duck down little lanes and into covered markets, finding new nooks to explore everywhere I go.

Milsom Street, Bath, England

And before I know it, my weekend is over and it’s time to travel back to London.

Bath, England

I have a camera full of photos and a mind packed with memories (not to mention a bag full of new clothes), so saying good-bye isn’t as sad as it could be. And it’s even less melancholy when I remember that the town is only an hour and a half from London, making a spontaneous weekend getaway to Bath easy. It won’t be long until I’m back.

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24 Comments on Lady’s Spontaneous Weekend Getaway to Bath

  1. Loved all of those photos – it took me back to our trip there. We stayed at The Pig Near Bath (you do need to take a taxi there from the train station). The MOST charming place I have ever stayed. Have you ever been to one of the Pig hotels?

  2. Beautiful images! I visited Bath for the first time last year and fell in love with it, it’s soo beautiful. I only had 1 night there so I definitely want to go back to explore more.

    Holly x

  3. During my first stay in London, I took a day trip/bus trip to Stonehenge and Bath. Since I didn’t tour the Roman baths (I opted for a nice lunch at Acorn and a sweet dessert at The Huntsman), it was nice to see your photos.

    Next time I go to Bath, I will check it out, but I’ll still go also return for some sticky toffee pudding as well πŸ™‚

  4. I have read many times about Roman Baths, I would like to explore it on my own hand and I would like to explore Stonehenge too. Thanks for sharing this post.

  5. I’ve only been to Bath once, despite living in the UK. I was dropping off some stuff from a friend (travelled from Leeds to near Bath) and decided to call in before the long journey back. Since then (2 years ago… or so…) it’s been somewhere I’ve wanted to return to.

    You’ve captured it so wonderfully.

  6. Hi Julie! πŸ™‚

    I love spontaneous trips!!

    I read the post but I’m confused as to the name of that breathtaking building with all of the pillars???

    I hope you have a great week! πŸ™‚

  7. Love Bath! Did you drive there or took the train? But mire importantly… how did you manage to snap all this beautiful scenary with no one in sight?!

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