Before venturing on my solo trip to Bath, England in the U.K., I researched extensively for the best things to do, see and eat well in advance. And while I was able to hit many of the boutiques and Jane Austen spots on my list, I was also able to find time for spontaneity and discovery. And isn’t discovery the best, most memorable part of traveling to new places?
From small boutiques and lush gardens not mentioned online, to local restaurants and charming bookshops, here is my travel guide to the best things to do for fellow bookworms, nature-lovers and Jane Austen fans in Bath, U.K.
This beautiful city has been a leading destination since the Romans constructed their natural baths here in 70 A.D.
While I didn’t visit the famous Gainsborough Bath Spa or Thermal Bath Spa, I did spend a lot of my time strolling, eating, and reading.
And aside from being the center of wellbeing and wellness in the U.K., Bath is filled with eclectic independent vintage and artisan shops.
Bath’s stunning honey-colored Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel.
Society Cafe – for delicious hot cocoa, baked goods, and the best rocky road fudge
The Whole Bagel – the best bagel I’ve ever had in my life. Order “Meg’s Swiss Special” – it’s so delicious I got it twice!
Good Day Bakery – delightful cakes and scrumptious baked goods
Regency Tea Room – high tea…for the Jane Austen lovers
Underwood – elegant, peaceful spot with plenty of hygge character. Located on Argyle Street
Stroll the artisan shops on Walcot Street and Argyle Street
Tour Jane Austen’s Favorite Spots: 4 Sydney Place and Sydney Gardens (watch out for the steam train!)
Visit the Royal Crescent
Stroll the Majestic “Circus”
Get Lost in leafy Royal Victoria Park
I stayed in a lovely private Airbnb near a park with the most wonderful snuggly cat. There are some seriously beautiful Airbnb’s on offer in Bath for reasonable prices. Plus, if you sign up using this link, you can take $30 off your first stay! Yay!
My absolute favorite – and personally, I believe to be the best – thing to do in Bath, England is to stroll peacefully back in time through Royal Victoria Park.
I finished my peaceful, reflective solo stroll through Royal Victoria with some delightful moments tasting the plants from the edible plant garden the city has planted and admiring a massive spider spin his web.
I absolutely recommend making a trip to this local park in Bath!
Visiting Bath was one of those special places I’ve always dreamt of traveling to one day. I had the most wonderful solo trip to Bath, exploring Jane Austen’s history and basking in the most delightful tea and “pleasure gardens” while here. And I even picked up a beautiful set of Jane Austen novels from the 1800s for 20 pounds total! Such a lovely way to end my trip.
If you’d like to follow more of my adventures in England through video, check out my Youtube channel here.
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