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Trip to bath... what to do?

Shellywelly Avatar
6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
As christmas is coming quickly!! My partner and I have been discussing what to get each other as our main present.

Last year we paid for a trip to Rome as we don't want for any material items.

This year we have decided on a trip in the UK and we like the idea of bath, can anyone recomend where to stay, what to do? etc etc.
We will be leaving my son with Granny so it will be just the two of us.

Or if anyone can maybe recomend another great city in England to visit? (not London/manchester/liverpool/leeds)

Many thanks
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Not in England, but you can't beat Edinburgh for a short trip away.
#2
York (Bath is very nice though)

Edited By: greg_68 on Aug 11, 2010 14:53: .
#3
Make sure you don't fill it too high and not too warm!...

Ohh..... wrong bath.
banned#4
greg_68
York (Bath is very nice though)


York and Bath both very nice but I think York edges it for me. More to see and do and better nightlife.
#5
Depends what you enjoy doing. I have been to every city in England except Durham & my favourites are places like Liverpool, Bristol, York, Canterbury & Brighton. If you still can't decide http://www.enjoyengland.com is a great website :)
[mod][Moderator]#6
Babbabooey
Not in England, but you can't beat Edinburgh for a short trip away.

Have to agree with this
banned#7
darren9030
Depends what you enjoy doing. I have been to every city in England except Durham & my favourites are places like Liverpool, Bristol, York, Canterbury & Brighton. If you still can't decide http://www.enjoyengland.com is a great website :)


you're a pretty cool dude you know. (no homo)
#8
bykergrove
darren9030
Depends what you enjoy doing. I have been to every city in England except Durham & my favourites are places like Liverpool, Bristol, York, Canterbury & Brighton. If you still can't decide http://www.enjoyengland.com is a great website :)
you're a pretty cool dude you know. (no homo)


lmao
#9
Bath Spa, Roman Baths, Bath Rugby, new shopping centre, Jamie Oliver's restaurant.
banned#10
Save ur money and dont go bath! It rubbish and a rip off. I prob jus think that coz lived there/nr there all my life but wudnt reccomend it
banned#11
mr.potato_head
Bath Spa, Roman Baths, Bath Rugby, new shopping centre, Jamie Oliver's restaurant.


Is that the Italian restaurant? Was nice but wouldn't have it down as a reason to visit to there. Waitress told us Jamie had only visited once when it opened, not that I expected him to be cooking my meal but these are pretty much chain restaurants using his name.
#12
Chester is nice too, maybe a day at the races in with it.
#13
master_chief
mr.potato_head
Bath Spa, Roman Baths, Bath Rugby, new shopping centre, Jamie Oliver's restaurant.


Is that the Italian restaurant? Was nice but wouldn't have it down as a reason to visit to there. Waitress told us Jamie had only visited once when it opened, not that I expected him to be cooking my meal but these are pretty much chain restaurants using his name.


Thought the OP had kinda already decided on Bath so was just suggesting ideas, definitely not a reason to visit but if you are in Bath anyway then it's worth going.
#14
Hey thanks everyone for the other citys, york is rulled out as I am going there in 2 weeks and my mum lives near there so been loads of times, liverpool and brighton we have freinds there and can visit at any time. Scotland is rulled out due to the journey as we are in the midlands.

We love chester and went there yesterday, but again as our friends in liverpool could stop at theres to visit and would seem a waste paying for hotel.

Thanks Mr Potato head - I'll look into the spa and baths - had thought of thoses, whats Jamies restaurant called?
#15
Shellywelly

Thanks Mr Potato head - I'll look into the spa and baths - had thought of thoses, whats Jamies restaurant called?


No worrie.

The link is here http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/bath but you cant book, you just have to turn up. Probably better to go for lunch than evening dinner.
banned#16
mr.potato_head
Shellywelly

Thanks Mr Potato head - I'll look into the spa and baths - had thought of thoses, whats Jamies restaurant called?


No worrie.

The link is here http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/bath but you cant book, you just have to turn up. Probably better to go for lunch than evening dinner.


I'd agree with the lunch or late lunch recommendation, it's not really a place I'd have a nice evening meal at.
#17
How about a coastal getaway then in a secluded cottage. Cornwall etc.
#18
I went to Bath for the night last xmas, well the 23rd December to be precise. It rained all the time we were there so never really got a good feel for the place. We tried to get around the shops but were getting seriously soaked so just decided to go to the pub instead. Quite a few pubs around but nothing that really excited us. We also went into an Indian restaurant for an evening meal but walked out after seeing the prices lol (suppose i am spoilt living in Brum).....
We usually do this type of trip every year, last min xmas shopping and also a nice night away, just the two of us and we also leave little ones with grand parents.

Give Bath a try, we might give it another go as we never got to do much.... What about Oxford.
#19
greg_68
How about a coastal getaway then in a secluded cottage. Cornwall etc.

That does sound lovely...... just we would be going late jan/early feb.....may be a bit cold!

I think what were looking for is a boutique style hotel, unique furnishings etc in a decent location. Ie we love coombe abbey at coventry and fancy going to a hotel like that again. But we don't want the price to be too steep. Ie 200-300 for the 2 nights which already looking at bath I doubt we would get!
[mod][Moderator]#20
friends stayed here last year, can recommend the are, live in Devon http://www.torcottage.co.uk/
#21
Bath is quite nice for a day or two and Bristol isn't far away. If you want to shop there's the large Cribbs shopping mall not very far away http://www.mallcribbs.com/ .

Alternatively, Oxford and Cambridge are both worth a visit. Or the Warwick/Stratford area if you are into a bit of history.

I'd definitely recommend Edinburgh. Lovely city - as others have said.

What part of the country are you in?
#22
Shellywelly
greg_68
How about a coastal getaway then in a secluded cottage. Cornwall etc.
That does sound lovely...... just we would be going late jan/early feb.....may be a bit cold! I think what were looking for is a boutique style hotel, unique furnishings etc in a decent location. Ie we love coombe abbey at coventry and fancy going to a hotel like that again. But we don't want the price to be too steep. Ie 200-300 for the 2 nights which already looking at bath I doubt we would get!



I stayed in a cottage in the Lake District in early feb once. was cold but absolutely loved it. What could be better than cuddling up with a loved one by a log fire :)
#23
If you have a car with you then there are quite a few nice places you can visit near Bath, as I would agree with some of the others that there isn't a massive amount to do in the city itself (but would definitely recommend Thermae Bath Spa). You could try:

Stourhead (National Trust, house and stunning garden)
Glastonbury Tor
Wells (very pretty, Cathedral is beautiful. Also home of Hot Fuzz)
Mulberry factory shop (Shepton Mallet, better than the York one IMO)

Really nice pub the Packhorse very short drive/taxi out of Bath in Southstoke.

Also EXCELLENT restaurant, and you can stay there too, in the Wheatsheaf Inn at Combe Hay (again short drive from city centre, maybe 15 mins at the most). Gets very good reviews

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g887215-d809811-Reviews-The_Wheatsheaf-Combe_Hay_Somerset_England.html

As for Bath, it is nice to wander around, hopefully the weather will be good as the parks are very nice. For shopping it is all right, quite a few interesting shops. Bristol is just down the road though and has lots more to do, including a good museum, quayside, etc.


Edited By: studentessa on Aug 11, 2010 17:28: another typo
banned#24
Babbabooey
Not in England, but you can't beat Edinburgh for a short trip away.

why? serious question.

thought there was just a castle and loads of pubs
#25
Spod
What part of the country are you in?

I'm in Lichfield - west mids, used to live in warwickshire so done the warwick/stratford places and also used to live in yorkshire so done all the areas around there.


darren9030
I stayed in a cottage in the Lake District in early feb once. was cold but absolutely loved it. What could be better than cuddling up with a loved one by a log fire :)

It does sound nice and we will be spending a lot of time in the room i expect ;) but still want cultural things to do too.


studentessa
url=http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g887215-d809811-Reviews-The_Wheatsheaf-Combe_Hay_Somerset_England.html]http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g887215-d809811-Reviews-The_Wheatsheaf-Combe_Hay_Somerset_England.html[/url] Bristol is just down the road though and has lots more to do, including a good museum, quayside, etc.
Thanks i'll check that out, Bristol sounds interesting I'll see what the OH thinks when he gets home.
#26
Sod Bath and come to Bristol, loads to do and a 10 min train ride to Bath as it has nowt to offer really apart from the Baths and walking around Royal Crescent.

Plus we have Jamie Oliver, Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White restaurants in Bristol. Take a boat trip even from Bristol to Bath, getting off and drinking if you want.

I'll be your tour guide :D



Edited By: choc1969 on Aug 11, 2010 18:48: bad spelling lol
#27
Bath is a wonderful city, I had friends over from Australia and they did London, some of the main English cities and trip around Europe for 3 weeks and they say that their favourite place on the month and a half long trip was their weekend in Bath!
They enjoyed the Roman Baths, they said that the open top bus is good (not sure if that's your type of thing but they said it was v good), it's very pretty, nice shops, tea at Sally Lunn's is nice, you could go to the theatre in the evening, there is a nice spa if you fancy some pampering and some great things to see if you are travelling by car around the area. If you are near Dorset the Cerne Abbas is, urrr, a must see lol. Wells and Glastonbury are good to visit for the day.
If you would like the name of the lovely B&B my friends stayed in let me know, and my brother recently stayed in a lovely smart hotel who had package which included a day at the Thermae Spa , if you want the details just let me know.
#28
Had a fantastic trip recently to Bath. One of my highlights was a trip to the comedy club (Komedia)
with a meal included from the River Cottage Canteen . http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/ Also enjoyed the boat trips and Baths. Could not recommend Bath highly enough.
#29
choc1969
Sod Bath and come to Bristol, loads to do and a 10 min train ride to Bath as it has nowt to offer really apart from the Baths and walking around Royal Crescent.Plus we have Jamie Oliver, Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White restaurants in Bristol. Take a boat trip even from Bristol to Bath, getting off and drinking if you want.I'll be your tour guide :D

I'll have a look at Bristol with my OH too then! thanks

sickly sweet
If you would like the name of the lovely B&B my friends stayed in let me know, and my brother recently stayed in a lovely smart hotel who had package which included a day at the Thermae Spa , if you want the details just let me know.

Thanks would be great if you could drop me the details of the b&b and hotel

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