The great thing about visiting Bath in the UK, well two things really. Firstly, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage so you’re in for some beautiful historic places on your visit. But secondly, all this is in a relatively small area so you can see a lot of Bath in a short time. Whether you’re visiting Bath for the weekend or doing a day trip from London, even in a few hours you won’t be disappointed.
Of course, I would always recommend longer, but if you don’t have long then you can still enjoy your time in Bath.
Here’s my bath itinerary for 24 hours in Bath, you may wish to adjust depending what time you arrive but hopefully, this will help you plan your trip and enjoy as much as Bath City as you want to. Times are approximate to help you plan your day but free to tweak to your own personal itinerary.
So where to start on your Bath visit? If you’re like me then as soon as I arrive in a city I deviate towards the river. This is a great way to orientate yourself and it’s very pretty too! The River Avon runs from its source at Acron Turville in Gloucestershire for 70 miles until Avonmouth, near Bristol. Did you know there were NINE rivers named the ‘River Avon‘ in the UK? Anyway back to your Bath visit!
Table of Contents
- 1 Bath itinerary in 24 hours
- 2 Bath Itinerary for a longer visit?
- 3 Where to stay in Bath?
Bath itinerary in 24 hours
The famous Pulteney Bridge
Time: 20 minutes
This iconic bridge crosses the River Avon in England and is a magnet for tourists so it won’t be hard to miss. The bridge has been standing for many years, completed in 1774, they had some good builders, demonstrating stunning Georgian architecture!
The interesting thing about the bridge is from the other side you’d have no knowledge that it was a bridge at all. Pretty little shops line each side of the road, from flower shops to bakeries and the architecture is gorgeous, well worth a few photos.
Once across the bridge you’ll see Pulteney Bridge in all its splendour, facing the bridge with the river on your right you’re actually quite high above the River Avon and you can walk alongside the wall to capture some pretty shots.
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Relax in the Paradise Gardens
Cost: £1.50 adults/ £0.80 children
Time: 20-45 minutes (depending on how long you want to sit and relax)
As you walk down the road by the river, there’s a beautiful garden you can visit. It only costs £1.50 to enter but it’s a relaxing place to stop by the river and in spring there are some beautiful cherry blossom trees. I arrived later in the day and was eyeing this garden up for some chill time but sadly I didn’t quite make it.
There’s a gorgeous bandstand which would be perfect for a few photos and ironically I found out afterwards that this can be used as a wedding venue (in case you’re planning some special on your Bath trip!)
Admire the beauty of Bath Abbey
Cost: Donation box (Tower tour £8 adults/ £4 children)
Time: 20 – 30 minutes (45 minutes extra if you do the tour)
The Abbey is instantly in your sight as you walk into the city and no visit to Bath would be complete without a visit. From the outside Bath Abbey is stunning but don’t miss out on going inside too, the detail is mesmerizing. You can’t help but spend the entire time walking and looking up at the ceiling and windows.
You can either take the opportunity to go inside and explore now or save for later on in the day (unless you’re visiting on a Sunday*). But make sure you are back in time for the last entry of the day (Monday – Friday 5.15 pm and weekends* 5.45 pm).
*Please check the hours for Sundays as Bath Abbey is a working church. Normal hours on a Sunday are 1-2.30 pm and 4.30-6pm so you might need to change your plans to fit this in.
If you’re feeling energetic then you can also buy a ticket to climb the tower, just 212 steps to the top. I ran out of time for this but if you want to fit into your day then allow an extra hour for this part of the trip. The tours go every hour, check out more details here Tower Tours
Next to Bath Abbey is the Roman Baths, it’s my recommendation to leave this for now and come back a bit later. But at least you know where it is now!
Walk through the streets of Bath
Cost: Free (unless you go shopping)
Time: 30 minutes to an hour (or as long as your legs last)
As a UNESCO World Heritage City, you can enjoy some time exploring the streets of Bath City or popping in the local shops. You’ll notice the pretty architecture as you walk down little alleyways so don’t feel like you need to stick to the main paths through the city.
There’s nothing more satisfying than getting a little bit lost in a new city, then finding something awesome or a cute little coffee shop.
Be sure to include Queen Square and the King’s Circus on your walk, there are both gorgeous squares (or circles) with stunning Georgian architecture. The Circus will also lead you to the next stop on my suggested Bath itinerary, how good is that!
Royal Crescent + No. 1 Royal Crescent Museum
Cost: Free (or museum £10.30 adult/£5.10 child)
Time: 20 – 40 minutes (add an extra hour for the museum)
As you walk up from King’s Circus you’ll reach the Royal Crescent, a spectacular property overlooking a large green space. You can walk, sit or play on the grass in front of the Royal Crescent.
I was surprised how big it was and the detail on every door and window is beautiful. Be sure to stop for a few photos here in this iconic spot. The challenge is where to stand to get you and the entire Royal Crescent in the photo, I’ll tell you now there’s no best place!
The museum at the Royal Crescent is definitely a must-visit place on your Bath visit. The home to Henry Sandford between 1776 and 1796, each room is beautifully set out with a museum guide and information in each room so you have the chance to ask questions. The tour takes you through each room from the parlour, dining room, kitchen and gentleman’s retreat to the lady’s and gentleman’s bedroom upstairs.
I know on a gorgeous sunny day you might not want to go indoors but this is a fascinating museum it really transports yourself back to the 18th century way of life.
stroll around the Georgian Gardens
Time: 10-15 minutes
Once back outside take a different route back via the Georgian Gardens, a small but quaint garden often overlooked. In spring, when I visited the flowers were just starting to peek through the soil so I can imagine it’s a beautiful garden to visit in the summer.
Bathe in History at the Roman Baths Museum
Cost: From £16.50 adults/ £10.25 children
Time: 1 – 2 hours
Now onto one of the biggest museums in Bath, ok well I didn’t visit every museum but I certainly felt this was pretty big. There is so much to see, read and explore (oh and take photos of haha).
To immerse yourself more in the museum remember to pick up the audio guide included in the entry fee. It’s a simple step by step numerical guide so you press the number of the information point you’re at and it tells you all about it. Be prepared, there are a lot of numbers, I think to listen to the entire guide would take several hours!
You can really imagine yourself in Roman times, ok well maybe not with all the cameras and mobile phone selfies going on. But anyway the Roman Baths are stunning. You start by walking around the top section, which also has a great view of Bath Abbey too. Around the outside section of the baths, you can meet Roman characters hanging out or playing games.
Tips for planning your visit to the Roman Baths – I visited the museum late on a Friday and it was very busy inside (it was the end of Easter holidays), I can imagine weekends being pretty busy so if you’re in Bath on a Saturday or Sunday I would aim to do this earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds.
The opening times vary throughout the year, most of the time last entry is 5 pm, however, this is extended from mid-June to August to 9 pm. Check the opening times here.
*Prices vary due to the time of year, see full price list here.
Bath Itinerary for a longer visit?
More time for your Bath trip? Lucky you! Here are a few more things you could add to a weekend itinerary for visiting Bath:
Thermae Bath Spa – In need of some pure indulgence? Why not enjoy the historic city of Bath with a mix of contemporary design as you relax at this gorgeous spa in the heart of the city. Read more here Bath Spa.
Visit some of the many museums in Bath City – Bath Postal Museum for all things postal, Jane Austen Centre, telling the story of Jane’s life in Bath, The Holburne Museum and many more which you can find here museums and galleries in Bath.
Treasure Hunt – Fancy a challenge? Then try one of two fun walks through Bath city, with ‘Curious About’ collecting useful information as you go. Two route options – Bath Abbey to the Circus (1.5 miles/ 2.4 km – 1 hour 30 minutes) or The Circus to Royal Crescent (1 mile/ 1.6 km – 1 hour). Simply click the link to purchase and download the walks.
Day trips from Bath – there are also a couple of great day trips not far from Bath, the mighty Stonehenge, Salisbury and the beautiful Cotswolds villages. Keep following and I will share my top tips for those as well 🙂
Where to stay in Bath?
I stayed at the Rising Sun Inn B&B, located close to Pultney Bridge so an ideal location for your trip and perfect if you’re following my itinerary.
You can read my full review of The Rising Sun Inn B&B here
For more information or help planning your visit then check out visitbath.co.uk
What do you think of my Bath itinerary? Do you want to know anything else before your visit? Feel free to drop me an email or message in the comments below.
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*My visit was in partnership with Visit Bath. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos of me were taken by my lovely travel buddy Toni at Enchanted Serendipity. Thanks for being an awesome road trip buddy 🙂