The Ultimate Bath Day Trip Itinerary

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Bath is a constant favourite for weekend trips and getaways in the southwest of England, but it’s also a great option for a Bath day trip.

With stunning historic architecture, the iconic sandstone facades, historic cobbled streets and plenty of attractions, there are plenty of things to do in Bath which make it perfect for a day trip in the south of England.

If you’re looking for more day trips in the area, check out this Cotswolds day trip itinerary.

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Cobbled street in Bath
Cobbled street in Bath

One Day Tours and Coach trips to Bath

If you’re without a car or travelling as a larger group, you might prefer one of these tour options. This also means less hassle as your entire tour is organised for you and you can see other sights in the surrounding areas.

National Express is the best provider to use for UK coach travel between major cities, use their booking tool to find the route closest to you.

Book the Hop-on Hop-off Bath bus tour here.

If you’d prefer to explore on foot, this walking tour includes entry to the famous Roman Baths in Bath city and it’s super budget friendly!

Or if seeing the city from the water is more your thing, check out this boat trip and walking tour combination.

If you’d prefer to see more of Bath and the surrounding area, this bargain 12-hour day tour covers Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds!

Psst. If you’re a fan of the Netflix Series, Bridgerton, there’s a well-reviewed Bridgerton tour in Bath! Book the Bridgerton Experience here.

Coach day trip to Bath from London

Tearoom on a street corner in Bath
Bath tearoom

If you’re coming from London, you, fortunately, have plenty of options for incredible day trips from London to Bath!

London to Bath and Stonehenge

Combine your trip to Bath with seeing the famous historic landmark, Stonehenge. There are a couple of options for this tour too, depending on your budget and how long you have.

This 10-hour coach trip from London to Bath and Stonehenge has the option to include entry to the Roman Baths in Bath.

This 12-hour day trip from London to Bath day trip also includes Stonehenge and is the highest review Bath day tour on Get Your Guide.

If you prefer to pack in as many sights as possible, this day trip from London to Bath also includes Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Lacock.

Where to stay in Bath

Long cobbled street with historic buildings
Historic buildings in Bath

Bath is known for being a little bit pricey, but as is much of the southwest of England! There are still a few options for each budget which you’ll find below if you do plan to stay overnight.

Budget-friendly place to stay in Bath

For a great price and location, the Parade Park Hotel is the ideal option in a beautiful Georgia Townhouse and just 5 minutes from the Roman Baths.

Book here.

Or the classic Holiday Inn Bath is of course a great budget friendly option in the city.

Book here.

Mid-range accommodation in Bath

For mid-range and incredible location, the Hotel Indigo by IHG is a modern luxury hotel, perfect for a weekend getaway.

Book here.

Alternatively, SACO Bath offers similar modern accommodation but as self-catered apartments so the price is lower but you’re still in an incredible location and it’s a hotel near the Thermae Bath Spa too.

Book here.

Luxury places to stay in Bath

If you really want to treat yourself, Bath has so many beautiful hotels and spas, perfect for a special occasion or romantic weekend away.

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is a 5-star hotel just a short 15 minute walk from the city and offers incredible amenities, 18th-century luxury decor, wonderful spa and restaurants in a stunning countryside setting.

Book here.

Another option is Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel which is just 10-minute walk from Bath city centre and set in stunning gardens with fountains and terraces, a beautiful house and award-winning restaurant.

Book here.

How to get to Bath

Bath Cathedral

Being so well connected to London and other cities in the southwest like Oxford and Bristol means that getting to Bath for the day is very straightforward whether you’re driving or taking public transport.

Getting to Bath by Car

If you’re driving to Bath, parking at a park and ride is probably the best option unless you prefer taking your chances with finding parking in the city centre! There are three park & ride options in Bath to choose from:

  • Lansdown P&R
  • Odd Down P&R
  • Newbridge P&R

All will drop you off at stops in the city centre.

For driving to Bath you’ll mostly likely be arriving on the M5 if you’re coming from the North or South. Or on the M4 if you’re coming from London and the East.

Getting to Bath by train

Bath Spa train station is centrally located in the city and has regular services that link it with the rest of the country. There are direct trains to Bath from:

  • London
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Portsmouth
  • Brighton
  • Gloucester
  • Weymouth

To name a few, with of course many stops along those lines too. Check the GWR or South Western Railway websites for more information and to book your tickets.

The perfect day trip: Bath itinerary

Make the most of your one day in Bath with this guide to the city and the best things to do in Bath if you’re limited on time.

Grab Breakfast at Boston Tea Party

Front of Boston Tea Party building
Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Park is a small chain of cafes founded in the West Country, they have some of the best breakfast dishes and options for a variety of dietary requirements, the portions are great and because you can only find them in a select few cities in the southwest, it would be rude not to grab breakfast here!

There are two locations in the city, Alfred Street and Kingsmead Square, both are great. The West Country Breakfast or The Boss are great for big portions. The Sweetcorn Hash and Smash Avo Toast are favourites too.

They also do burgers and sandwiches if you fancy heading there for lunch instead!

Roman Baths Tour

You can’t visit Bath without visiting the Roman Baths. 

The Roman bathhouse and ancient ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva are incredible to see and you can actually walk on original Roman pavements as you explore this historically significant place.

Your ticket also includes an audio tour and museum entry. Ticket prices also vary depending on if you visit on a weekend or weekday so check the website for more details and booking your ticket.

Generally about 2 hours should be enough to see everything at the baths.

Refuel at Sally Lunn’s for a famous Lunn Bun

Front of Sally Lunn's house
Sally Lunn’s

You can’t spend one day in Bath without visiting the oldest house in Bath. And it’s just around the corner from the Roman Baths.

The house was built in the 1480s and is home to the famous Sally Lunn buns. These sweet bread-like buns are famous in Bath, the UK and beyond. It’s also a great opportunity to treat yourself to afternoon tea at their quaint tearoom.

You’re just around the corner from Bath Abbey and the cute Abbey Green Square. Don’t forget to snap some photos here and off the North Parade Passage where Sally Lunn’s is located – these are some of the most picturesque streets in Bath! 

Walk through Parade Gardens and across Pulteney Bridge

Stone bridge over the river in Bath
Pulteney Bridge

It’s a short 4 minute walk from the Roman Baths and Sally Lunn’s to Parade Gardens which are beautifully situated next to the river, surrounded by the Georgian sandstone buildings of Bath city centre.

Stroll through the park and along the river where you’ll see the famous view of Pulteney Bridge and the weir in the centre of the River Avon.

Pulteney Bridge is a unique sort of covered bridge built in 1774 with quaint shops and businesses on either side which are well worth taking the time to explore, especially if you enjoy antique shops or quirky vintage and restoration spots.

Explore the Markets and Shops, or head to a museum if it’s raining!

Street in Bath
Bath

The Bath Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping area in the city and the vibrant stores here are always fun to explore and make a purchase or two from local businesses and stallholders.

The main shopping area of Bath is also nearby around Cheap Street if you want to enjoy a spot of retail therapy.

If you’re visiting during the festive period, find out more about the Bath Christmas Market.

If you’re not lucky with the weather, there’s also plenty of things to do in Bath in the rain. The city is full of museums to explore:

The Bath Brew House for craft beer, cider and burgers

Finish your day with craft beer and great pub grub at the Bath Brew House. The Brew House is situated in a gorgeous Georgian building and they’ve been brewing there since 2013.

This pub has a brewery on site and you can even book a tour around the brewery too.

Try their house ale or guest ale. They also have other local craft beers available like Tiny Rebel which is brewed in Newport, not too far away across the border into Wales.

The rustic, casual vibe at the Brew House is a great way to end the day and the menu is huge! You’re pretty much guaranteed to find something you like. If you visit on a Sunday, their Roast DInners are great and brilliant value for money.

Summary: Making the most of day trips to Bath

Whether you’re planning a Bath day trip from London, the southwest or coming from up North, there’s no doubt that 1 day in Bath isn’t enough to see it all. But a day in Bath is a great amount of time to get a feel for this city and explore some of the main sites it has to offer.

There’s a lot of history and culture in the city and it’s fantastically walkable, so you can pack a lot into a short space of time. Hopefully this Bath 1 day itinerary has given you some inspiration to help you plan your trip!

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