London To Bath Trip: How To Save Some Money
This post was most recently updated on October 17th, 2019
A Quick Trip From London To Bath
While we only had a short 4 days in London, we decided to use one of those days and do a London to Bath day trip. I’d heard so much about this ancient city, so we were really looking forward to seeing it ourselves. And the city didn’t disappoint. We went in April and had beautiful 20 degree sunny weather.
Cheapest Way To Get From London To Bath
Your most affordable option would be to take the London to Bath bus. We went with the National Express Bus. I’ve seen tickets for less than $3 round trip. Just make sure to book as far in advance as you can. Each direction will take around 3 hours. On the way, you’ll notice Windsor Castle in the distance. Try to grab a seat on the left side of the bus for the best view.
Another option is to take the London to Bath train. You can get to Bath the fastest by taking the train from London Paddington Station any day of the week. The ride is about 1.5 hours one way. So definitely a quicker option if you don’t have a lot of time. And if you buy a ticket for one of the “off peak” times it’ll save you some money.
We fell in love with Bath as soon as we arrived! All of the buildings in the city are a beautiful honey colour. Each built in the Georgian architectural style. While any new buildings built must follow their strict guidelines to keep with Bath’s style.
Once you get into the city, you have the option of walking everywhere, or you could take an open top bus tour. The City Sightseeing company has a hop on hop off tour with a 24 hour ticket.
The mayor of Bath also offers a free 2 hour walking tour called the Major’s Honorary Guides. It’s run by volunteers, and unlike most free tours you aren’t even allowed to tip.
The city is very walkable though. But if you’d like to learn some history, you could always download a free app and go on your own self-guided walking tour.
Or for something a little different, you could join the Bizzare Bath Tour. Just don’t expect to learn any history of Bath on it. Instead they will keep you entertained with their hysterical comedy on this tour.The Bizzare Bath Tour runs from April to November every night of the week starting at 8pm.
Places To Visit In Bath UK
The Circus as it’s called, is a collection of townhouses and flats built in 1754 in a circular fashion. A perfect example of Georgian architecture. You could sit on the grass in the centre of it and just imagine what life would have been like living here in the 1700’s.
The Bath Abbey is a perfectly restored, gothic style, Anglican church with seating for 1200 people. It’s still used for religious services and concerts to this day. One odd and kinda creepy fact about the Abbey is that it’s estimated that around 8000 bodies are buried under the Abbey floors.
Over the Avon River is the Pulteney Bridge. Walking along the bridge you’ll notice elegant shops on both sides. From the outside, you’d never even know the shops existed.
You can take a boat trip on the Avon from here. For any Jane Austin fans, you would have read about this Pulteney Bridge in her novels. And you’ll definitely want to plan a visit to the Jane Austin Centre.
When you’re done looking around, you could go for afternoon tea at the Regency Tea Room right above the exhibition room. The staff at the tea room come to work all dressed in period costumes. A perfect setting for tea and crumpets!
The Roman Bath’s
Probably the main reason most people visit this town is for the Roman Bath’s. Upon entering this famous landmark, you’re given a set of headphones to wear so you’ll be able to listen to the commentator in any language.
Even though it’s a Roman Bath house, you aren’t actually allowed to go for a dip in the water because of the quality of it. But if you’re looking for a spa day, nearby is the Thermae Bath Spa.
At the Roman Bath’s, I’d give yourself at least a couple hours to walk around and see everything. This well-preserved place unbelievably dates back as far as 70AD.
I was surprised to learn, you can even rent out the Roman Bath’s for parties and weddings. Imagine getting married in a setting like this!
What To Eat
Something you need to try in Bath is a Sally Lunn bun. The bun was created at the Sally Lunn house which is considered to be one of the oldest houses in Bath. It is a large bun served hot right out of the oven with butter. The history of making them goes all the way back to 1780. It’s nothing to see a line up right out the door. That’s how popular they are.
The Fudge Kitchen in Bath is well worth a visit. You can watch them making the fudge. Plus there are plenty of free samples to have a taste. The staff here are super friendly and their fudge is delicious.
Museums In Bath
- The Museum of Bath at Work – The museum shows displays of how the people of Bath have made a living over the last 2000 years. Opening time are from April to November 10:30 to 17:00 every day.
- The Fashion Museum – Showcases the history of fashion in Bath. Open every day from 10:30 to 16:00.
- Haynes Motor Museum – A collection of over 400 cars and bikes throughout the years. Open 9:30 to 16:30 every day.
- The Holburne Museum – Home to a collection of fine art. Admission is free and it’s open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.
- The Museum of Bath Architecture – This is for anyone interested in architecture, skills and materials that have resulted in how Bath is today. Open from February to November.
Shopping In Bath UK
If you love to shop, you won’t be disappointed in Bath. There are plenty of independent specialty shops and high end stores to suit everyone.
Make sure to wander down the side streets. Some of the best hidden gems are tucked away off the main square.
If you’ve got more than one day to enjoy Bath, there are some really unique places to stay in and around this city.
- Circus House – Here’s your chance to stay in a piece of history. This is one of the most popular places to stay for the night in Bath, so book ahead. You get a full apartment in the perfect location right in the centre of Bath.
- The Hobbit Hole – A unique glamping type of Bed and Breakfast. If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a hobbit type house, this is your chance. Located 3km from the city centre.
- YHA Bath – Located on the edge of Bath, this hostel offers more of a budget friendly accommodation for the night.
- Fern Cottage Bed & Breakfast – An award winning Bed and Breakfast located in the countryside 15 minutes away from Bath. Known for their delicious breakfast.
If you’re short on time, one of your best options is taking a day trip from London to Bath. Or if you have more time, try a Stonehenge and Bath tour. We jumped on a plane to Dublin and rented a car to tour around Ireland which we highly recommend.