For centuries Bath has been the place where people came to in order to relax. The ancient Romans came here for the hot thermal waters, and the Victorians came here to take the healing waters and to shop. As a result, Bath today is a mix of ancient culture and refined boutiques, beautiful historic Georgian architecture and elegant eateries, with the Roman Baths still a centrepiece of the city. Get the most our of the city with our 1 day itinerary.
For short trips, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore.
Start your journey
The journey from London Paddington to Bath takes around 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Things to do in Bath
One of the most famous images of Bath is those golden stone Georgian terraced houses. There’s the magnificent sweep of them at the Royal Crescent, and also a complete circle at the nearby Circus. After exploring the stylish shopping streets and arcades, the highlights of Bath are best discovered from on board the hop on hop off city sightseeing bus.
One of best preserved ancient sites in Europe, the Roman Baths are a must-see. Admiring the colonnaded pools and immersing oneself in the stories of the Romans at leisure shouldn’t be missed. The Roman Baths are a 5 minute walk from the train station.
Thermae Bath Spa
The natural thermal waters of Thermae Bath Spa offer visitors the modern equivalent of the ancient Roman Baths. There is no better way to experience the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters than by bathing in their rooftop pool overlooking Bath’s city skyline. Thermae is a 5 minute walk from the train station.
No. 1 Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent is a sweeping curve of 30 terraced houses built between 1767 and 1774 and a splendid example of Georgian architecture. No. 1 Royal Crescent is a popular museum and No. 16 is the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa.
Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre celebrates one of Bath’s most famous residents. It offers a glimpse into the Regency period, when Jane Austen lived, the chance to discover how the city of Bath inspired her writing, and the opportunity to dress up in one of the many Regency era costumes available at the centre.
This museum is a must-see for fashionistas and is in the world’s top 10 museums of fashionable dress. The Fashion Museum displays over 400 years of costumes, offering the perfect opportunity to dress up and be photographed against a Victorian background!
For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.