One of the reasons we moved to London was that it enabled us to travel to nearby European cities on weekends instead of taking a massive European holiday. We have been truly inspired by the Travel Man, Richard Ayoade. Richard hosts a TV show that take him and a guest to a city travelable from London for 48 hours. He maximises some of the world’s most popular destinations in a bite size time frame by fitting as much of the city into 48 hours i.e. a weekend. We love his catch phrase – “We’re here but should we have come!” and have been pronouncing it every time we land in a city just like he does in his show.
Located in Southwest England, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage city that is rich in history dating back to the Roman occupation. The spectacular 18th century Georgian architecture in bath is built with honey-coloured Bath stone that makes the city feel well planned and a part of untouched history. The city has since had significance during the turn of the century as people flocked to the city for the natural hot springs that many believed to cure ailments.
Today, it feels like a “big little city” with store you would expect in major cities but with a host of independent and local stores.
Things to See and do
We decided to join the Free Council Run Walking tour which runs daily 10:30 am & 2pm. During the tour we are taken to the major sights in the city centre. It is always a treat hearing the interesting facts and history of the buildings and the city itself.
- Bath Abbey
- Roman Baths
- The Royal Crescent
- Pulteney Bridge
Foods you just have to try
This was our second time at this Michelin stared restaurant. Although our first experienced was phenomenal, the summer menu did not disappoint as well. It is reasonably priced for a upmarket restaurant and it definitely delivers on its flavours. But for me personally, I would prefer having food that is more hearty and more filling.
Yak Yeti Yak
It was surprising to find an authentic Nepalese restaurant in the centre of Bath. We came across it due to us finding vegan options for dinner. The food was delicious and the portions are massive for the price.
This hole-in-the wall takeaway place was quite a gem in Bath. It was reasonably priced and it had the best Samosas I have ever tasted. The wraps come with either Bhaji (fried onion) or falafel (or you can opt for half half!).
This café served vegan treats so we decided to try them for breakfast. We had a vegan chocolate cupcake and a peanut butter flapjack. The food was delicious. The coffee was a bit unexpected. We never seem to get it right in ordering the “Australian” version of a flat white, so we decided to order a soy latte as that usually does the trick. It was a shock when it came .. just a cup of coffee full of milk with a lack of latte art… nonetheless, it tasted good.
With the cobblestone lined streets and small size of the city, we were able to reach everywhere we wanted to by foot. Although saw local Buses, and a few cyclists about – it seemed most convenient to walk as all places in the city centre are easy to get to.
We had been quite to stay at a garden cottage in Bath. It was recently built and close walking distance to the city centre. It had all the amenities we have wanted and expected and was quite pleased with our experience.
Lovely functional kitchen with a butlers sink.
Another butlers sink in the bathroom.
These two good sizes single beds clip together quite easily.
Finally – “We’re here but should we have come?”
- Clean and visually appealing city
- Convenient supermarkets in the city centre
- Great food options
- Free council run tours
- Prices are comparable to London
Total Cost Breakdown: £251
Food & Drinks: £92