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.
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.
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.
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.
In fact, the next stop on my itinerary was the Roman Baths themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And now I’m enjoying my aforementioned sunrise walk through Bath, taking in all things Georgian before the town wakes up.
It’s peaceful and I wish I could bottle the atmosphere and bring it around with me for the rest of the day.
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.
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.
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.
And before I know it, my weekend is over and it’s time to travel back to London.
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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