11 ways to experience Bath like a local.

Top 11 things to do in Bath.

Named a “wellbeing destination” by Visit Bath, this beautiful city lives up to its name. With its ancient Roman Baths and natural thermal hot springs at Thermae Bath Spa, the city is built for relaxation.

Georgian honey-coloured architecture, independent shops, museums and galleries make it the ideal city break – with highlights including The Holburne Museum and riverside dining at the Bathwick Boatman. There’s plenty to see beyond the city, too, with stunning Somerset countryside to explore, by bike and by boat!

Have you visited Bath before? Experience the city like a local with our top 11 things to do guide. Cruise along the River Thames, hang out in Jane Austen’s favourite parks and have a little sip at Bath’s bespoke cocktail bars!

1) Jump on the Pulteney Princess Boat

Take a boat trip along the River Avon from Baths’ Pulteney Weir to Bathampton. Make a stop at the Bathampton Mill for a spot of pub grub. Then, make your way back along the canal by or take the hour boat trip back through the charming village.

2) Dinner in the Bathwick Boatman

A 10-minute walk from Bath’s city centre brings you to this restaurants terrace overlooking the riverbank trees. Pause in this old rowing clubhouse for a drink or book for a rustic Sunday roast at Bathwick Boatman.

3) Picnic in Sydney Gardens

Check out Sydney Gardens for a great picnic spot, one of Britain’s best remaining Georgian Pleasure Gardens and a known favourite of Jane Austen. For more information on the best picnic locations in Bath and how to create the perfect picnic check out our blog post.

4) Visit the Botanic Gardens

Formed in 1887, these gardens situated in Victoria Park are made up of trees, shrubs, and roses. Take some time out from a busy day and take in the wildlife on one of the gardens many benches.

5) Hire a bike and cycle the canal routes

Explore Bath’s city and towpaths on two wheels. Check out Bath Bike Hire who have a full range of children’s and adult’s bikes to hire for full or half days. Their shop is located at the boating base at the bottom of Bathwick Hill.

6) Take a trip on the Lady Lena

Take this Victorian electric river launch for a romantic or special occasion. Get picked up from Bath top lock, or Bathampton for a return journey, and access the nine mile stretch of canal. Be welcomed aboard the oldest launch by a glass of champagne before a relaxing cruise with stunning views.

7) Have a little sip in the Gin Bar

Share a Bath Gin teapot with your family and friends, or sit at the canary bar to catch the gin mixologists in action. Selling their own Bath Gin range, this bar also stocks over 230 other gins – each paired with their very own unique mixer. Want to take a souvenir home? Head to the Bath Gin shop and purchase some distillery goodies.

8) Visit The Holbourne Museum

One of Bath’s best-loved small museums, and a part of the city’s culture for over 130 years, The Holburne is home to old master paintings and armorial porcelain. To read more about The Holburne Museum and it’s recent successful appeals click here.

9) Visit the Dark Horse for a bespoke cocktail

Sit amongst the antique décor and discover a range of cocktails at this atmospheric bar. The owner, Mr Lewis-Smith, has over 19 years’ experience in the drinks industry and takes pride in compiling his drinks list with local products and ingredients. Don’t fancy spirits? Check out their list of English wines or beers picked from the South-West.

10) Read a book in Henrietta Park

Need a quiet place to relax? Visit this 7-acre preserve with shady trees, reflecting pool and water fountain just a 10-minute walk from the crowds of Bath. Be sure to take a walk in the scented garden.

5) View the Bath skyline at sunrise

Head to Alexander Park, an 11-acre green space that offers panoramic views, where you can sit out and catch the hot air balloons as they drift across Bath. To discover other top parks in Bath click here.

11) Visit the Hideout for an exquisite vintage whisky

Located in the historic Tudor lanes of Bath, this stonewalled watering hole is perfect for whiskey connoisseurs and willing samplers, with over 200 whiskeys up for grabs. Perfect for a special occasion or an experimental after-dinner drink.

How many of our hotspots have you visited? Let us know if we are missing any in the comments, below!