I spent the most awesome day ever in Bath with my brother, Leonard and his wife Ella who were visiting from Chicago. We had such a good time, that I though I should write about our itinerary in case anyone else is going to a pilgrimage to the beautiful Bath sometime soon.
Step 1 – Cream Tea at the Pump Rooms
You won’t regret hanging out in this gigantic, gorgeous, chandelier-y spot. The cream tea is delish (two scones – one fruit and one plain – strawberry jam and clotted cream) and I can also happily recommend the Welsh Rarebit if you’re looking for something savoury. It’s worth it for the atmosphere alone – there was a piano player tickling the ivories when we were there. He did what we came to call The Moon Mash-up – he played Moon River, Fly Me to the Moon and Paper Moon in a single glorious medley. Excellent.
Step 2 – The Roman Baths
Ok. I’m being serious. Go here. Shut down your computer, iPad, or smart phone. Get your coat. Finish reading this later.
The level of history is something that me and my American family-peeps were completely unprepared for. I’ve never said the word ‘awesome’ so many times in 90 minutes.
It’s beautiful, fascinating, and comes with a top-notch free audio tour. Legendary expat, Bill Bryson, has even done a set of audio segments that are priceless – not to be missed.
(check out the Roman Baths website – that is, if you haven’t stopped reading already as per my instructions)
Step 3 – Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights
Leonard, Ella and I are all carnivorous readers and so we couldn’t resist a trip to this gem in Bath’s crown. The shop itself is lovely and has an outstanding selection of books (with all purtiest book covers, too) – but what makes it stand apart is the staff. No question is too small and they make glorious recommendations. They are SO FREAKING LOVELY there.
It’s worth mentioning that their gift wrap is also completely adorbs.
Step 4 – The Royal Crescent
We found our way to the Royal Crescent by asking a passing stranger where it was. The exchange went something like this:
Me: ”Excuse me. I’ve heard there a big pretty row of houses somewhere that we should go and look at – do you know what that is?”
Friendly man: “You must mean the Royal Crescent… [insert directions and laughter here]
You’ll be shocked to know that ‘big pretty row of houses’ doesn’t quite do it justice. It’s definitely worth a look!
Step 5 – Thermae Bath Spa
Ok. You have to go here, too. Don’t go to Bath without coming here, just don’t. It’s thermal. It’s a bath. It’s a spa. For the love of God, what else do you want?
We opted to get in for ‘last orders’ at 7pm and spend two hours watching the sun set from the thermal roof-top pool. We also frequented the scented steam rooms a couple of times (Sandalwood was our fave). But most of our time was spent floating in perfectly heated mineral pools and looking at gorgeous views across Bath.
(Fancy a warm floaty sunset-y Bath extravaganza? What a dumb question, of course you do – here’s the Thermae Bath Spa website)
Step 6 – Eat food and drink wine
This last step is optional, but I highly recommend it. We ended up in Carluccio’s where the happiest waiter on earth served us the tastiest garlic bread I’ve ever laid taste-buds on.
But there are far too many awesome restaurants in Bath to count – if anyone has any suggestions, bring it on!
And that’s the end of the recommended ‘Best day in Bath – EVER’ guide. I’m sure that I’m missing things, but this list made for an awesome, but not too busy day out.
It’s going to be one of those days that ages in my head like a warm tasty whiskey – it’s going to get better and better the more I remember it. And THAT is the sign of a good day. A very good day, indeed.