If you are looking for the most romantic way to spend this Valentine’s Day, how about a weekend away in the beautiful and enchanting city of Bath? Full of history, Bath is regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the UK and is conveniently located just 90 minutes from London Paddington by train.
The city is packed full of exciting attractions, fantastic restaurants and a huge variety of accommodation to suit all needs.
Attractions in Bath
Here are our recommended attractions for a romantic weekend in Bath:
Bath has been famous for its naturally occurring thermal springs since the time of the Celts. The Romans developed the baths in the second century into a popular destination to take the restorative healing waters. The Roman Baths are considered to be one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. The Baths themselves are below the modern street level and there are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from the Roman era. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century.
Find out more at www.romanbaths.co.uk
Thermae Bath Spa
At the Thermae Bath Spa you can relax in two spectacular baths, fed by the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters and refresh yourself in a series of aromatic steam rooms. By day and by night, enjoy spectacular views over the City of Bath and surrounding hills. The naturally warm, mineral-rich waters are enhanced by air seats and bubbling jets.
Try the Thermae Together Spa Package – the perfect way to relax before your romantic evening!
See www.thermaebathspa.com for more details
Tourists have been visiting Bath Abbey for hundreds of years. Built between 1499 and 1616, the magnificent stained glass windows, honey-gold stone columns and fine fan vaulting make the Abbey an essential part of anyone’s visit to Bath. The West facade famously depicts angels climbing up and down stone ladders, representing their journey to and from heaven, in commemoration of a dream by the founder, Bishop Oliver King.
Take a Tower Tour to go behind the scenes and look at the Abbey from a very different perspective!
The Pump Rooms
Learn more at www.romanbaths.co.uk/pump-room-restaurant
The Parade Gardens are a popular oasis of peace and tranquility in the heart of the busy city centre. The gardens today are still laid out in very much the same style as they were in Georgian times. In 2013, the Parade Gardens won the prestigious RHS Britain in Bloom competition.
Find out more about the historic gardens at www.paradegardens.co.uk
The beautiful Pulteney Bridge was built for William Pulteney by Robert Adam and was completed in 1774. It is best viewed from Parade Gardens. You will find popular restaurants and cafes close to the bridge.
Alexandra Park opened in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII and has arguably the best view of Bath. We recommend visiting early evening and watching the sun set over the city.
See www.alexandraparkbath.org for more details.
Royal Victoria Park
The Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by 11 year-old Princess Victoria and was the first park to carry her name. The park is famous for its avenues lined with trees, its lake and botanic garden. There is also a large children’s play area.
Prior Park Landscape Garden
Prior Park Landscape Garden was created in the 18th Century by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen. Now owned by the National Trust, Prior Park Landscape Garden affords visitors magnificent views of Bath and comes complete with a Palladian bridge; one of just four in the world of a similar design.
Find out more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Royal Crescent and The Circus
Marvel at the stunning Georgian architecture of the famous Royal Crescent and Circus; located just a few minutes from each other. These iconic landmarks really demonstrate why Bath won its title of World Heritage City.
Theatre Royal Bath
Built in 1805, the Theatre Royal Bath is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain. Comprising three auditoria, the Main House, Ustinov Studio and the egg theatre for children and young people, the theatre offers a wonderfully varied programme of top quality entertainment.
Find out what’s on at www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Places To Stay In Bath
Whether you are looking to stay in a self-catering apartment, in a guest house in the heart of the city or a hotel in the beautiful countryside surrounding Bath, you will find what you are looking for in our guide to places to stay in Bath.
Restaurants In Bath
To complete your romantic weekend in Bath, take a look at the wide range of fine eateries available in our guide to eating out in Bath.