If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago we went on a family city break to the wonderful Bath. It’s a truly magnificent city so I’ve put together a guide to visiting Bath with your little ones in tow.
15 Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2A
I’m not a good enough writer to describe how good the gelato is from Swoon. I said to Brett it’s probably the nicest sweet thing I’ve ever eaten which given how much of a sweet tooth I’ve got is high praise indeed. I got two scoops (hazelnut & chocolate and salted caramel) and begrudgingly had to share it with Wren. Next time Wrens getting his own, it’s too good to share.
5 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 1HE
A treasure trove little shop for children and a must visit! Spotty Herberts is packed full of gorgeous clothes, sweet little interiors and more importantly beautiful toys. You’ll be hard pressed to leave this wonderful little store empty handed. If you’ve got children old enough to ask for things then enter at your own risk!
The Circus / Royal Crescent (Number 1 Royal Crescent)
The architecture in Bath is absolutely stunning, no more so than The Circus & Royal Crescent. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll around this area whilst letting Wren stretch his legs. There’s also a fab museum called Number 1 Royal Crescent which showcases what life would have been like back in the 1700s when the buildings were built. Unfortunately this was closed for winter maintenance during our visit but from what I’ve read it’s fab for all ages with lots of interactive elements. A must for families visiting Bath.
Royal Victoria Park (Play Park)
Marlborough Lane, Bath, BA1 2NQ
Once we’d wandered around the Royal Crescent we made our way down to Royal Victoria Park. You could probably spend a whole afternoon here as it’s got everything on offer from a lake to botanical gardens…however with Wren in tow we made a B line for the play park. The below photos do not do it justice but one hell of a play park with areas for all ages. A perfect afternoon pit stop to let boisterous children blow off some steam!
Good Day Cafe
12 Upper Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1RH
If you’re visiting Bath with children make sure Good Day Cafe is on your ‘to visit’ list. It’s a gorgeous cafe, beautifully styled and perfectly accommodating to children. Brett enjoyed a delicious ham, cheese & apple toastie, I opted for a warming butternut squash soup and Wren tucked into a decedent portion of peanut butter on toast. Bonus points if you’ve got a dog as it’s dog friendly too!
Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT
One of the most photogenic areas of Bath, the infamous Pultney Bridge; one of only four bridges in the world to have shops on. Take a wander down this gorgeous street making sure to take a photograph of the lovely Pultney Bridge Florist. Have a mooch in FOUND a fab little curated store full of things you never knew you needed. Pop into Bridge Coffee Shop for a sweet treat and spectacular views over the River Avon.
STAY: Dream Stays Bath
We stayed in a self catering apartment in Bath City Centre by Dream Stays. I can’t recommend the apartment enough! It was spotlessly clean, had everything from Netflix TV to a high chair and travel cot for Wren. It’s very central so everything you could need is in your doorstep yet it’s still nice and quiet in evenings.
Things to note:
The building has three apartments in it and you don’t get to choose which one you’re staying in (they’re all more or less identical). We ended up in apartment 3 on the very top floor which meant lugging the pram and bags up and down the stairs every time we went out.
There is no bath so if you’re little ones rely on a bath before bedtime you may need to rethink this. However the shower is nice and big so Wren has a quick shower with me in the mornings instead of his usual bath.
There is only one bedroom which means sharing if you’ve got children. It wasn’t an issue for us but something to be mindful of if you’ve got particularly light sleepers.
Other Shops & Things To Note
Happyology – One of my favourite children’s clothing brands. Take a look around their gorgeous Bath store.
6 Cheap St, Bath BA1 1NE
Bath Abbey – The Bath Abbey site has been a place of worship for over 1000 years so it’s well worth a visit to marvel at the gorgeous architecture.
Bath BA1 1LT
The Egg – A fabulous family friendly cafe with a great sounding menu and plenty to keep little ones occupied including a ball pit in the middle of the room.
Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET
The Roman Baths – I can’t write a guide to Bath and not mention the famous Roman Baths. This was actually one thing we didn’t do which I wish we had done. I felt Wren was probably a little on the young side and a bit too boisterous to be near water. However there is lots of info on their site if visiting with children, so for slightly older kids this would be a fab family attraction.
Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ
- We visited Wednesday-Friday in February and it was still extremely busy. I can only imagine how busy it would be during peak times so be mindful of this when booking your trip.
- Some of the key attractions such as The Roman Baths can be quite pricey but tickets are generally cheaper if you book online. Plan your visit and book things in advance.
- You can see most of the city on foot as it’s quite small but just be mindful of the old cobbled streets, uneven surfaces and hills!