Bath has been on my list of UK cities to visit for many years, and I finally got to visit this year with my 5 year old daughter. There is still apart of me that feels a little apprehensive about visiting new places with my children, just incase they start fighting or get whiny. The biggest fear is that they will keep asking to get picked up, as neither of my children are particularly small to be carried around anymore.
I didn’t have to worry about the fighting so much, as the 3 year old was at home with Daddy. This was a welcome break from their sometimes fierce clashes for all of us! Becoming tired during the trip, losing interest and starting to moan are all very real concerns when you are travelling with children, but I found that my daughter really enjoyed her visit to Bath. As we didn’t experience any issues I thought I’d share the places we visited in Bath, incase you wanted to use this itinerary for your next visit with the family.
Our first stop during our visit to Bath was Bath Abbey. I really wanted to visit here as I find religious buildings fascinating despite not being a particularly religious person. I do, however, appreciate the part religion has played in history and shaping our culture. We both really enjoyed exploring the wonderful architecture, and my daughter was really interested in finding out more about why people visited the Abbey.
The Roman Baths
The Roman Baths are probably the most visited attraction in the city, and it’s a great place to take children to learn more about the history of Bath. There was an audio guide specifically for children, which to be honest we both enjoyed, and lots of artefacts from when the baths were used by the Romans. We were also able to go to the activity room and learn about Eagle Bearers and why they were so important to the Romans when they were going into battle. Indie got the chance to make her own before we left, which she really loved.
Bath City & Skyline Sight Seeing Tours
Going on the Bath sight seeing tours was a perfect way to break up our exploring and take a rest from walking. I think it probably saved my daughter hitting that whining stage when she gets a bit tired.
The city tour focuses on central Bath and lasts about 45 minutes. Our guide shared lots of interesting facts about Bath’s residents including Jayne Austen and Nicholas Cage! We also got to see some places we hadn’t managed to reach on foot, like the famous Promenade. You can hop of and off the bus if there is a particular area you want to explore, but we equally enjoyed staying with the tour and taking the loop.
The next day we took the Skyline tour, again just when I felt those little legs might need a rest, and we went outside of the city to enjoy the countryside and wonderful views. Be careful of low lying branches if you are sitting on the top deck though, as they come mighty close to the bus. It all adds to the adventure, or if you’d rather not dodge the trees, take your seat on the drivers side of the bus!
Explore Bath By Foot!
All that being said, do not be afraid to explore Bath by foot with children as it’s a beautiful place with a lot to offer. The architecture is incredible and is why Bath is the only entire UK city to have been granted UNESCO status. As well as the buildings, Bath make a lot of effort to make the streets interesting for everyone. There were places you could pull up a deck chair and play a game of Connect 4 if it took your fancy.
They also had some stunning umbrella installations which we loved.
The interesting use of red telephone boxes also made for an interesting talking point too.
Victoria Art Gallery
I always hunt out the local art gallery when I visit a new city, and we discovered the Victoria Art Gallery was hosting a family friendly exhibition called Here Be Dragons. The event is running until 8th October so there is still time to visit!
When we arrived there was a family art session taking place, and my daughter was able to create her own dragon inspired by what she had seen at the gallery. There was also a dinosaur egg hunt running, so that children could enjoy the more traditional exhibits at here whilst having fun at the same time. It was a great visit, and one I can completely recommend if you are visiting Bath with kids.
Bath Boat Trip
When I heard there were boat trips in Bath, I knew this would definitely feature in our itinerary. It was another opportunity to change the pace of the trip and was a good thing to do late afternoon. We saw a boat taking passengers just over Pulteney Bridge and made a quick dash to catch it before it left. It was a beautiful blue sky day making for a lovely trip down to Bathamptom.
The boat trip takes about an hour, and drinks and toilets are available during the trip. On the return trip we received a commentary about the history of the river and the local wildlife which helped to keep my daughters interest. We spotted several birds during our trip, but no otters unfortunately.
Sally Lunn’s Museum
Sally Lunn’s is now a thriving tea room in the centre of Bath, but it’s also famous for the bun that Sally baked there in the 1700’s. We didn’t stop for tea unfortunately, but we did pop down to the museum kitchen to see where Sally baked her bun. It is a small exhibition, but it’s fascinating to see Sally’s original kitchen. Sally Lunn’s house is also believed to be one of the oldest in Bath, so it’s a landmark well worth adding to your trip.
Bath is an incredibly beautiful and interesting city, and we found it to be a very child friendly place to visit too. We visited Bath for two days over the summer while staying at the Bath Waterside Hotel. During our stay we also visited Jamie’s Italian and Wagamama’s which we’re also happy to recommend for family friendly dining in the city.
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Visit Bath provided us with a tourist pass for the duration of our visit, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.