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How to Spend 2 Days in Bath

How to Spend 2 Days in Bath

While many people visit Bath as a day trip from London, this beautiful Georgian city merits at least an overnight stay. With two days in Bath, you’ll have plenty of time to visit the city’s top historic sites and museums, soak in thermal hot springs, sample local culinary favorites, and maybe even take in a live theatrical performance. Here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours in Bath.

 

Day 1: History and Hot Springs

**Morning:**Start with a visit to the Roman baths, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to approximately AD 70. Once the center of life in the area, the baths were a popular place to bathe, relax, and socialize. The baths were revived in the 18th century when hot springs became popular for their curative effects.

 

**Afternoon:**After visiting the baths, stop at the adjoining Pump Room restaurant to sample a glass of the mineral-rich waters yourself. Then walk around the corner to Bath Abbey, a beautiful Gothic abbey characterized by intricate carvings of angels and gorgeous stained glass. End your afternoon with a walk up to the Royal Crescent, a fine example of Georgian Palladian architecture.

 

**Night:**While visitors aren’t allowed to take a dip in the Roman baths, they can bathe in the same waters at Thermae Bath Spa. Dating to the early 2000s, this modern complex features multiple pools, steam rooms, and treatment rooms, and an evening soak here makes for a relaxing end to a day in Bath.

 

Day 2: Arts and Culture

**Morning:**Spend your second day visiting Bath's best museums and cultural attractions, starting with the Jane Austen Centre, an interactive museum dedicated to the city's most famous former resident. From here, head to the Georgian-era Assembly Rooms, which house the Fashion Museum and its collection of over 150 apparel items from the last four centuries.

 

**Afternoon:**For lunch, head to Sally Lunn’s House, a charming little café celebrated for its sweet buns—the recipe hasn’t changed for centuries. Then make your way to the Holburne Museum, the city's major fine-arts museum. Housed in an 18th-century hotel turned museum, the large collection includes Dutch and British paintings, sculpture, and decorative pieces.

 

**Night:**Right in the center of Bath stands the Theatre Royal, dating back to 1805 and beautifully restored throughout the years, most recently in 2010. It remains Bath's main performing arts venue to this day, and catching a show here is a great way to end your stay in Bath.

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Bath City Tour - 3 Hour Private Tour with a Local Guide
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Bath City Tour - 3 Hour Private Tour with a Local Guide

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Benefit from the insider knowledge of a local guide on a private tour of Bath, the ideal choice for travelers with limited time in the historic Georgian city. Rather than exploring as a large group, you'll receive undivided attention from a private guide who was born and raised in Bath, meaning that you'll stray from the beaten path and discover parts of the city that tourists usually miss out on. Plus, you can choose from a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule.
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City Sightseeing Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore the breathtaking city of Bath—arguably England’s most beautiful city—from the comfort of an open-top double-decker bus. With your 24-hour pass, witness the city’s grand Georgian architecture and create your own civilized itinerary with multiple stops on two different routes near the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, Georgian Garden and more!
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Welcome to Bath Short Walking Tour

Welcome to Bath Short Walking Tour

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Take an express tour of Bath to see the city’s highlights in less than an hour. The ideal tour for families or those who have limited free time, the experience takes in sights of the Roman Baths, Guildhall, Theatre Royal, and more, along with the lowdown on each one. You’ll hear tips for places to eat and visit on your own as you explore the city with a local guide.
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