Think of Bath, and the thought of wellness is probably not far behind. After all, Bath has been a well-being destination since Roman times. But, those lovely thermal waters are just a small piece of the wellness offerings you will find! Dive into this Bath Wellness Travel Guide to find out more about what this World Heritage Site has to offer.
Bath, England is a city and countryside rolled into one.
Which means there are plenty of wellness experiences to enjoy as you explore the famous sites like The Roman Baths, The Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, and Pultney Bridge.
Bath is nestled among rolling hills on the River Avon, making the landscape ideal for walking, active adventures, and mindful contemplation.
It's compact enough to experience as a day trip, yet offers enough to keep you coming back!
Making it perfect for wellness travel.
You don't have to go for to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and take in the bird's-eye views.
Bath is the only place in the UK with thermal waters, making this a must do experience.
History & heritage sit side by side in Georgian elegance. It's a playground for photographers!
My Bath Travel
My first trip to Bath was over 20 years ago as part of a group tour, and it sparked my love affair with Georgian architecture. I went back to visit again. Then I just kept going back. With family. With friends. Solo.
With each trip I explored more and came to realize that Bath had much to offer beyond what first caught my eye, The Georgian elegance. Now I return for scenic walking, photographic opportunities & to experience the quiet corners. Even with all the people, there are plenty of places to let your mind & body rest.
This Bath Wellness Travel Guide includes some of my favorite wellness adventures. These experiences are bound to help you leave Bath feeling better than when you arrived!
Bath is located amongst seven hills & walking is the best way to experience its leisurely feel. Whether you just step out the door, follow a self-guided route or join a tour- stretch your legs to experience all that Bath has to offer!
WALK TO THE VIEW NATIONAL TRUST WALK:
Starting at Bath Abbey, this 3-mile accessible walk takes about 90 minutes. It meanders through grand streets and gardens, then along the canal to Bathwick Fields. This short walk is ideal if you have a packed itinerary..
THE MAYOR'S HONORARY GUIDES:
This long-running, free tour is an engaging way to see you Bath from a local perspective. It's run by volunteer guides and meets outside the Roman Baths, Monday-Saturday.
Paid walking tours are aplenty in Bath. From culinary to photo tours, and Jane Austen to ghost tours. If you are looking for an experience that tucks into the sense of place Bath has to offer, one of these paid tours might be for you.
Enjoy the elevated views along this peaceful 6-mile National Trust footpath trail. Breathe the country air, immerse in nature, & take in the beautiful views.
The city center is a great place for a morning jog. It's the perfect time to get a sense of place without lots of people. Quiet & peaceful, the city seems to belong only to you.
Hire a bike for a full or half-day to explore the city center or venture further to charming towns like Bradford-On-Avon.
Connect With Nature
Nature is woven into the city of Bath, so you don't have to look very far for to connect with the outdoors.
This park sits on a ridge south of the city center and offers the most amazing views of Bath. It's a great place to walk or have a picnic lunch. And, as an uphill walk, you'll get some exercise before you can blissfully relax & take in the views.
VICTORIA PARK BOTANICAL GARDENS:
The NW corner of Victoria Park is home to more than 9 acres of trees, plants, shrubs, ornamental borders, and more. Making it an ideal place to immerse yourself in nature. It can be surprisingly quiet for its city center location..
THE KENNET & AVON CANAL:
The towpath along the canal is a great place green space to walk or jog and magical on a late summer's eve. If you prefer the calm of the water, rent a narrowboat and enjoy the slow pace of river life.
- jane austen
"Who can be ever be tired of
Relax in Quiet Places
Shhh...give your brain some space!
PRIOR PARK LANDSCAPE GARDEN:
This National Trust landscape garden is just a short walk from the city center. The woodland flanked path leads past two small lakes and provides space to walk, wander & reflect. The showpiece is a stunning Palladian footbridge, one of only four in the world!
THE GEORGIAN GARDEN:
This tiny walled garden has been restored to reflect the period complete with period plants. It's a quiet and unexpected space to wander for a few minutes, and easy to find, right off the beaten path in Victoria Park.
BATH ABBEY TOUR:
Take the Bath Abbey Tour and climb to the roof for a contemplative view of the city. You'll get a first-hand look in the inner workings of the bells and clock and get a unique view of Bath.
Seek Out Mindful Spaces
Here are a few of my favorite spaces. These are ideal places to tune into your senses & savor the moment.
Visit at sunset and watch the sun light up the Limestone to a soft yellow glow. It is a wow moment that I want to experience again & again!
PICNIC ON THE ROYAL CRESCENT:
Enjoy the pleasures of being in nature and eating alfresco while you take in one of Bath's most iconic architectural wonders.
Sit on one of the benches located on the east side of the River Avon and take in the atmosphere of the horseshoe weir. Listen to the flowing water, watch the seagulls play in the weir, and take in the stunning architecture before you. You'll find it a little oasis of calm, right in the heart of Bath!
This fascinating museum gives you a look into how the Georgian city was built. The displays dive into the details
If you like science and history, this museum is right up your alley! This home is where the planet Uranus was discovered in 1781 by William Hershel.
Why not take a bread making course to grow your culinary skills? Spend a day learning all about how to make sourdough bread that will make your heart sing!
In my world, every good day must begin with a quality coffee. So, I am avid about researching & finding good cafes when I travel.
In Bath, the specialty cafe Colonna & Smalls definitely fits the bill. It's a wonderful place to explore coffee. The minute you step in the door, you're greeted by the heavenly aroma of coffee. It's bliss.
Centrally located off queen's Square, it’s artisan coffee with a local feel & friendly baristas. Who are always up to sharing their specialty knowledge about coffee with you, which makes this place a keeper in my book.
This award-winning artisan bakery & cafe is a must stop for healthy eating while you are in Bath.
Here you'll find everything from coffee, tea, and cakes to salads & sandwiches. And there are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections.
The sourdough bread is heavenly! Buy sandwiches for a picnic in the park or even stay and eat in their quaint space. But get there early because the tables fill up fast.
England is local cheese heaven. So why not pick some up for a picnic in the park, or even the journey home. There are two fantastic cheese shops located right in the heart of Bath:
The Fine Cheese Company: they have a lovely selection of cheese to include Ewe & a yummy Goat Cheddar from Dorset!
Paxton and Whitfield: This is the oldest cheesemonger in the UK. The Bath store has a selection of hear and soft cheeses, as well as a really charming shop front!
This famous day spa located in the center of Bath offers a wide assortment of spa offerings & treatments. If you are looking for relaxation and rejuvenation this is the place to visit!
You can bathe in mineral waters, relax in a beautiful Georgian steam room or enjoy the open-air rooftop pool with sweeping views over Bath. There's a range of experiences perfect for any length of visit-whether you have a few hours or the day.
The Gainsborough is a luxury hotel & spa in the heart of Bath. It was the 2018 runner-up in The Conde Nast Best UK Hotel Spas category, so you couldn't go wrong with some rest & relaxation here. You can unwind in the thermal waters and feel your cares drift away.
Find Comfort in Hotels
LUXURY AT THE GAINSBOROUGH HOTEL & SPA:
Right in the heart of Bath, The Gainsborough was the 2018 runner-up in The Conde Nast Best UK Hotel Spas category, so you couldn't go wrong with some rest & relaxation here.
CONVENIENCE AT THE ROYAL:
Located directly across from the train station, this is my go-to lodging when I arrive by train with more than a small suitcase. The beds are comfortable and the breakfast is good.
AN EFFICIENCY AT GREEN PARK:
Green Park House accommodation is clean, well-appointed, and centrally located. These student dorms are a great choice for the summertime. I have stayed in student lodging in Dublin, Oxford, and Bath. This is the best by far!
There's still more I am itching to experience in Bath. Here's my list:
Aquatic Body Therapy at The Gainsborough Spa
Gin Making Class at The Bath Botanical Gin Distillery
Stand up Paddleboarding on The Avon River
Done any of these? Are they worthy of the list? If you have, tell me about your experiences!