Bath is a beautiful city, and one with just the balance between a relaxed pace of life, and having lots of great things to do. For those reasons Bath is one of the top cities to visit when you need a relaxing weekend away.
The thing is that planning a weekend break can, in itself, be a massive undertaking, and undertaking to do hours of research can somewhat take the therapeutic shine off from your nice break. As such, we at Dukes Hotel in Bath have tried to come up with our top suggestions for what to do in Bath when you need to wind down and chill out. Let us help you to easily plan your ideal relaxing weekend in Bath.
If you need to de-stress one of the things that you definitely have to do when you come to Bath is to visit the incredible Thermae Spa. It has aromatic steam rooms and different pools, offers facials, massages and treatments especially for mums to be, and it provides views across the entire city thanks to its rooftop pool, which is particularly wonderful on mild spring and summer evenings.
Next we suggest taking a tour of Bath’s Royal Victoria Park. It has it’s own small botanical gardens, runs adjacent to the Royal Crescent, and has a pretty neat crazy golf course if you feel so inclined. On a dry day it makes for a wonderful stroll.
If you’d like to see some more of the city but don’t fancy a long walk then, for a change from the big red tourist buses which you can hop-on and hop-off, try booking a horse and carriage tour. The carriage can be open top, or covered in bad weather, and the horses hooves are incredibly relaxing. It reminded us of slower, simpler times when we went and was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
As for a nice cup of tea (because what’s more relaxing than a good cup of tea and a piece of cake) visit Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms on Saville Row near the Assembly Rooms. It has a great range of light lunches, delicious cakes (we particularly recommend the raspberry and coconut cake) and different teas. The atmosphere is perfect for relaxing in; it has lovely big windows and a quaint and homely 1940s feel to it.
When it comes to a good evening atmosphere one of our top recommendations is the Ivy Cocktail Bar and Restaurant. It’s a bit out of the way – down a small stone flight of steps near Pulteney Bridge – but this means that it’s an excellent escape and not overcrowded. It has an outside seating area too, which is great for soaking up the evening sun and watching the weir which it overlooks.
We hope these suggestions might prove helpful, and if you have any queries about Bath or we can help in any way then please do let us know. We at Dukes Hotel hope to welcome you to Bath for a relaxing weekend soon!