The small town of Bath makes the perfect day out. There’s plenty of culture, museums and galleries, but also plenty more to entertain yourself with.
This is a very mini guide to Bath, because we only managed to get a few hours in on this particular day – by the time we had battled the Saturday traffic and before the heavens opened, but there a few good things to tick off the list.
Bath Abbey is always a gorgeous place to start. Stroll up the highstreet and wander into the Abbey square and marvel at the size and decorative exterior. You can also pop inside to have a look around, always a welcome idea if you’re exploring on a hot day.
Wander over the the Pulteney bridge and pop in and out of the little shops. It’s not dissimilar the the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence – just lacking in the jewellery shops displaying all their diamonds!
Just the other side of the Pulteney bridge is Found, a wonderful independent lifestyle shop offering clothes, homeware, independent magazines and fancy chocolates. Even if you don’t walk away with something then definitely check out their beautiful Instagram.
Magalleria is also an amazing little find if your looking for a unique magazine. They stock anything and everything.
Start the climb up Walcot Street and admire the Georgian architecture along the way. Bath is famed for it after all. Pop into the vintage shops and find yourself a one-off piece.
If the hanger can no longer be kept at bay then I recommend stopping at Sam’s Kitchen for lunch and sit outside if you can and the weather allows. Take your new reading material with you and stop for a while.
Continue your march up Walcot Street, but be sure to stop in at Graham and Green. Snoop around and put together a wishlist for your dream house. I dare you not to want everything.
If that’s not enough homeware for you then head over to HAY when you get a chance. One of the very few stores we have in the UK so well worth making the trip. I mean, look at the ombre cushion display.
Slightly further up the street you’ll find Didi’s Cakes. Didi’s has made quite the reputation for themselves recently and it can only be down to their wonderful display of cakes. Cupcakes in every flavour, loaf cakes, or even a croquembouche!
Your final stop on Walcot Street is slightly further up, and trust me it’s worth all the hill climbing. Meticulous Ink is a traditional printers and stationary shop offering only the finest items. They offer a design service, or just pop in and find yourself something pretty.
I think a well deserved cool down is on the cards after all that climbing, so head downhill to Kingsmead Square. Swoon Gelato is it’s newest resident and having visited the Bristol branch more often than I should be admitting, then I can highly recommend it.
It’s just what you need after a day of exploring.