Wednesday, 15 January 2014

5 Family Friendly Activities in Bath

Bath is not just a place to go for a romantic weekend, or a shopping break, but also a great destination for families. Dukes bed and breakfast is right in the heart of Bath city centre, within easy reach of most major attractions –  so you don’t have to travel far to take your youngsters on a fun-filled day out.

At Dukes, we have a selection of elegant rooms for Bath weekend breaks. Here, you and your family can relax in comfortable surroundings with all the extras you can expect from a home from home. These include a flat-screen TV in all the rooms, a daily room service, complimentary toiletries, a hospitality tray, and of course, free Wi-Fi (signal permitting) to keep the young ones amused. Not that they’ll be needing it, though, as Bath has a full range of attractions to suit all ages!

More good news is that the whole family can start the day with a sumptuous breakfast experience. Our breakfasts range from a full English to vegetarian, continental, and even hearty meals that cater for people with special dietary requirements –  so this will give you plenty of energy for the day ahead.

Meanwhile, Dukes bed and breakfast in Bath city centre brings you five family friendly places to visit for a memorable city break. To find out more about Bath weekend breaks, and the location of our guest house, click on the link below.
Dukes Bed and Breakfast in Bath City Centre - contact us today to book your Bath city break.

Top Five Family-Friendly Attractions in Central Bath

The Holburne Museum - Dukes bed and breakfast in Bath city centre is well placed to explore the Holburne Museum, an excellent free attraction at the end of Great Pulteney Street. The museum is very child-friendly as it offers lots of hands-on opportunities that your young ones will enjoy. These include art-related activities, such as drawing your own silhouette, and there are a variety of workshops which you can book for in advance.

Here, you can discover the museum’s amazing art collection – featuring masterpieces from English artists, and stunning Renaissance treasures – or browse the fantastic silver and embroidery displays. The museum also stages a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, although there is a charge for these.

After exploring the museum, you can take a wander in the museum grounds, or treat the family to a delicious lunch, or tea and cakes, in the garden cafĂ©.  

The Roman Baths – Another family-friendly attraction near Dukes guest house – and a must-see on a Bath short city break – is the Roman baths. This fascinating site has a history that dates back to the Roman era and is a designated World Heritage Site.

Budding history enthusiasts will love pacing the ancient pavements around the pool where the Romans once walked. The story of the baths is brought to life by staff dressed in Roman costume and there are lots of superb artefacts to view. Child-friendly audio guides are included in the entrance fee.

You can make a whole day of it by combining a visit to the baths, with a session at the Thermae Bath spa, followed by a three-course lunch. Bookings for this should be made at least 48 hours in advance via Bath Tourist Information Centre.

Bath Aqua Glass – For something completely different, the Bath Aqua Glass is a fascinating experience for children, as they can marvel at the ancient skills of the glassblowers and stained glass artists at first hand.

Taster days in stained glass art are available, and you can also blow your own paper-weight under the watchful eye of a professional glass blower; however, do contact Aqua Glass in advance for age limits and availability.

As well as demonstrations, you can also get the chance to see glasswork from around the world and stained glass exhibits (as seen on TV). You can even show off your skills and blow a glass bubble. Discounted family tickets are available (for a family of four). The centre is closed on Sunday.

Canal Experience – If your children love boats, a canal trip could well be the highlight of their short stay in Bath. You and your family can enjoy a luxurious day out on the water –  just visit the Bath Canal Boat Experience Centre to find out more.

Regardless of the season, it possible to hire a self-drive narrow boat for either a half day, evening (summer only), or full day trip. Narrow boats cater for up to ten people so they can accommodate larger parties for special family occasions. You can even order a gourmet hamper in advance.

Theatre Royal’s Egg Theatre

No matter how young your little ones are, they will love the year long programme of events at The Egg Theatre (so called because it is shaped like an egg!). From story-telling for the youngest family members, to pantomimes, workshops and participatory sessions, there is always something to appeal for youngsters from ages 2 – 18.

Just check the Theatre Royal website to find out what’s on and to book tickets during your long-weekend in Bath.

Visit Dukes bed and breakfast in Bath Centre for the perfect-family break away, or click on the link below to book. 

Dukes guest house Bath - get in touch now to book your family break in Bath.

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