A Weekend in the City | Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market

Christmas is just about over for this year, it's flown by and I can't believe 2019 is just a couple of sleeps away. Before we wave a heartfelt goodbye to the festive season, I wanted to share this post all about our weekend away to Bath and the Christmas markets at the end of November...

Where We Stayed...

We had struggled to find accommodation that fitted our dates and budget in Bath itself, with the first weekend of the Christmas markets being just as popular as you would imagine, if not more so. After expanding the search to nearby Bradford-on-Avon, we found ourselves booking a cosy Airbnb called Kemble Cottage.  It was the perfect location, with the train station just a few minutes walk down the hill. The cottage was idyllic; so beautifully decorated with the sweetest of touches. It was little, but just right for the 3 of us. I would wholeheartedly recommend staying there, especially if you are hoping to visit Bath for the Christmas markets next year.  The cottage sleeps 5 (1 sofa bed) but would be perfect for a couple or young family looking for a peaceful weekend away.

What We Did...

Our first day in Bath was intended to be all about the sights, but after a lazy morning we decided to just visit what Pinterest had recommended as the city's main attractions. Our first stop of the day was the Roman Baths, as we had heard it gets a lot busier in the afternoon (which is true if the queue when we left was anything to go by!)

Roman Baths, Bath

At £16.50 a ticket, the baths are well worth a visit. An audioguide is included with your ticket, and throughout the museum and spa, areas are clearly numbered so you can listen to the facts about each part of the exhibition.

Roman Baths, Bath

The baths were so interesting, and architecturally beautiful. They are such a unique part of the country and I can see why they are Bath's top attraction.  (I would not advise trying the spa water; I know it is supposed to have all the health benefits and is part of the "experience", but it tasted awful!)

Bath Abbey

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Bath Abbey interior

Just by the Roman Baths, is Bath Abbey. We had intended to visit as I love a church, but what was even more special was that they were running shoppers carol services in the abbey for those who wanted a little musical break from the market outside! We popped in with our mulled wine and joined in with the singing; 10/10 would recommend for getting in to the festive spirit!

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

Bath is famous for it's Georgian architecture, including the beautiful Pulteney Bridge which crosses the River Avon. I love a good bridge, almost as much as I love a cathedral, so we stopped by Pulteney Bridge en route to the Royal Crescent. It is one of few historic bridges that have shops built in to it; we didn't cross the bridge, but you can see the lights from the shops in my photo above!

Royal Crescent Bath

Widely regarded as one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture, the Royal Crescent is Bath's most famous street. It consists of 30 terraced houses that overlook Royal Victoria Park.

Circus, Bath

Just a couple of minutes walk away from the Royal Crescent, is the Circus (sadly not the Greatest Showman kind), another great example of Georgian architecture. The townhouses on this street form a perfect circle, and are definitely worth seeing whilst you are in Bath!


Timberland

Bath is pretty small, and easily walkable, so if you are unable to book on to a walking tour with a guide, I'd recommend going on a self-guided tour. Just pinpoint the sights you want to see on the map, and go! I would love to go back to Bath in the future and explore a little more of what the city has to offer.

Bath Christmas Market Bath Christmas Market

Sunday was my Mum's birthday, so my brother and his fiancĂ©e drove down to Bath to spend the day with us.  Our only plans for the day were the Christmas market and a little spot of Christmas shopping, and after wandering the stalls, the day became pretty much all about the food! (scroll down for all the festive treats!).  

Bath Christmas Market

I love Christmas markets, and whilst Bath's was lovely and in such a gorgeous setting, I did struggle to part with my money.  When I've visited the German Christmas markets both here in the UK and in Germany itself, I have quite easily spent my pennies on souvenirs and little gifts.  It's not that the stalls weren't selling lovely products, but the majority were far too expensive for a main Christmas present, let alone a stocking filler.  I would recommend Bath Christmas markets for the atmosphere and the food and the city itself being gorgeous, but maybe be prepared to be spending more money on mulled wine and food than anything else! 

Bath Christmas Market

One thing I was really surprised about was how good the fashion shopping is in Bath; they have a fab little shopping district and we are already thinking of planning another weekend there just to shop!

After leaving the cottage on the Monday morning, we had a little wander around Bradford-on-Avon and made a quick stop by Castle Combe for a spot of lunch.  Such a beautiful part of the country, and definitely worth making the detour to if you are visiting Bath. 

Bradford-on-Avon Castle Combe

What We Ate...

Bath Christmas Market

During our day of sightseeing, we stopped by the highly-recommended Sally Lunn's to try their famous Bath buns. With 3 floors, you needn't worry booking a reservation during the day; on one of Bath's busiest weekends, we only waited 5 minutes for a table.

Bath Christmas Market

The interior of the eating house was so lovely, and the buns were delicious! We all went for savoury; I had the Sally Lunn's Open Club and it was so good! If you are just in Bath for a day, this should without a doubt be your lunch spot!

Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market


Bath Christmas Market

Being a family of food lovers, it is no surprise that we ended up navigating the market stalls based on where the food was that we wanted to try. From a delicious hog roast roll with stuffing and apple sauce, to a waffle with chocolate sauce and marshmallows, we had a very calorific day exploring the markets, but it was worth it! The food was amazing, and there was so much choice. You can't go wrong with good food, good company and Christmas lights!

Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market

I loved our little weekend away, and hope to return to Bath in the future and check out a few more of the museums! I think it would be beautiful in summer, but in my heart it will always be festive!

Bath Christmas Market

Would you like to visit Bath? Where's your favourite place for a festive break in the UK?

I hope you all have a fabulous New Years Eve, and I'll be back in 2019!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next year...

14 comments

  1. Your photos look incredible! I wish I'd got the chance to go to the roman baths :( We went on the same weekend and you managed to do so much. We got to Bath around 2? and by that point, it was dark and starting to spit. Deffo going to visit again in the Spring time or something, make the most out of my time and book an Air B'n'B.

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I think Spring would be lush! xN

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  2. These pictures are stunning. Bath is definitely on my wish list glad you had a wonderful time xx

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  3. I love Bath! I went last year for a day and it was a city I could actually see myself living in in the future x

    G

    https://www.teawithgi.com

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  4. I've had a brief visit to Bath but never to really properly explore. I'd love to go because the architecture looks stunning!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. It is beautiful, the architecture is just gorgeous! xN

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  5. OMG Bath looks beautiful...somewhere I would love to visit. You can't beat good Christmas market either, especially when the food looks as yummy as it does in your photos! (Your photos are goregous by the way!)
    Adding Bath onto my list.

    Aimsy xoxo

    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

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  6. I've never visited Bath before, but I'd love to go. I can imagine going at Christmas time is so magical and even better. Your photos are gorgeous and the food looks delicious, especially that waffle xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  7. I would love to go to Bath, something I want to do in 2019 is visit more places and this would definitely be up there on my list. Great photography!

    www.gillianhelen.com

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  8. I went to Bath once but it was just on a day trip so I barely got to see much of it at all. These photos are absolutely beautiful, you really captured kind of that fairytale vibe of the place. This post made me want to go back so much!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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