Staying at a boutique bed and breakfast in Bath for a shopping break gives the chance to discover a host of interesting and unusual retailers. These range from designer clothes outlets to independent and quirky shops where you can pick up unique gifts. The city also stages several popular markets, including a Christmas market, which give still more opportunities to find alternatives to the usual high street fare and buy items you are unlikely to find anywhere else.
Dukes is the ideal place for shoppers to stay because of its location in the city centre, within easy walking distance of all the major stores. We have deluxe rooms which will easily accommodate families, as well as guest rooms with canopied four-posters for a touch of romance. And, before you set out shopping, our chef will serve a breakfast of your choice to set you up for the day.
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Dukes boutique bed and breakfast in Bath has compiled a guide to some of the unusual and interesting shopping venues around the city which are well worth visiting.
Top Shopping Areas
Milsom Quarter: This is a great area to visit for designer fashion, with such an array of boutiques and top stores that it has in the past been voted Britain's “best fashion street.” Hobbs, Karen Millen and Reiss are just a few of the top names here, as well as department stores including House of Fraser and the independent Rossiter's of Bath. The shopping centre Milsom Place, created from a group of Georgian buildings, has a good mix of independent shops, with collections from Prada, Alessi and many leading designers, accessories, jewellery and many more luxury items. Alongside the shops are many restaurants and coffee shops.
City Centre: Bath has an enviable mix of high street stores and independent shops which makes it a top destination for shoppers. Set off down one of the many small alleyways, and you are almost bound to discover a hidden gem. The Silver Shop of Bath is full of unusual gifts, while Bijoux Beads offers designer jewellery from around the world. If you are looking for locally handmade quality gifts, Bath Aqua Glassware and Timber Treasures both specialise in this type of product, and Bath Abbey Shop offers a range of heritage souvenirs.
SouthGate: Situated next to Bath Spa railway station, this new shopping centre has more than 60 stores and restaurants, with Debenhams as the anchor department store. Fashion retailers include top names like Superdry and Calvin Klein, while there is also an Apple store complete with Genius bar, jewellers Fabulous and Pandora, and many leading high street names. The centre also boasts an 860-space car park.
Upper Town: Walk towards the top end of Bath, near the world famous Royal Crescent, and you will discover a mix of attractive independent shops, cafés and galleries. Among the cutting-edge fashion shops in Bartlett Street are Mee, a leading boutique stocking many sought after labels, and Lux, which sells top name shoes and handbags.
After a busy day out shopping, you might be feeling tired and ready to enjoy a well earned afternoon tea. Dukes boutique bed and breakfast in Bath offers this as a speciality, with delicious finger sandwiches, scones and cream. Just tell us slightly in advance and we will arrange it all.
Bath Guildhall Market: This historic market has been on its current site since the 16th century and has a famous dome which dates from the 1860s. The market now has a blend of shops and stalls, including many unusual and quirky retailers such as the Bath Humbug Shop, Dream of Olwen, which sells embroidered handbags and silk scarves, and various party and fancy dress shops.
Bath Farmers' Market: If you are looking for locally produced food and deliciously different items then this market, which is held every Saturday at Bath's Green Park, is worth checking out. Venison, wild boar, smoked fish and local fruit juices and vinegars are just some of the items sold here. There are also other markets held at the same venue, including monthly artisan and antiques fairs.
Bath Christmas Market: Running over an 18 day period starting in late November, this is a major event which sees more than 150 wooden chalets put up in the city centre, near the Roman Baths. All the retailers taking part sell unique handmade items, many of which have been produced locally. Items on sale range from chocolates, chillis and cheeses to handcrafted jewellery and Christmas decorations with a difference.
Anyone seeking a boutique bed and breakfast in Bath will find that Dukes is the perfect place to stay. The premises are sumptuously decorated in Georgian style, with period features and antique furniture, and has a wide choice of spacious accommodation.
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