JC Travels: 48 hours in Bath, England

May 7, 2017

When I found out my sister was getting married, one of the first things I thought of was that it would be time for my first hen do! Not a lot of my close friends are married so despite being to lots of weddings, hen dos are a new concept. As the wedding is soon to be in France, we decided that the hen do should be in the UK so everyone doesn’t have to travel twice.

We had a ponder about where to go and eventually settled on Bath – somewhere nice and new to visit whilst also not being too far from London. And man, did we hit it well with the weather! Remember the random day in April where it was like 21 degrees? Well that was this weekend and it made Bath a delight.

Where we stayed

There were 13 of us off on the hen do, so we needed somewhere big to stay! Connie did an awesome job at finding us a perfect town house just outside the centre. It had about 18 beds across 5 floors and lots of communal space too.

There was a giant open plan kitchen and huge sharing table which we spent a lot of time sitting around. Plus, the view out of the bedroom windows into the back gardens was just stunning. I spent a long whilst staring out of that in the mornings!

What we did

Of course the weekend was full of lots of typical hen do activities and a whole lot of food, but we did manage to do a whole lot of other bits too! With the weather being that glorious, we headed out to wander around the city. The main thing about Bath is the beautiful Georgian architecture – everywhere you look there are stunning buildings all around. We had a wander up to the Circle and the Royal Crescent, both big rows of Georgian houses surrounded by parks. You can only wonder who manages to afford those!

The next best thing to see is the Roman baths themselves! We didn’t go into the Baths as we didn’t have the time but we did get to see them from the restaurant next door. There is so much history in the area and I would love to go back and do a tour.

I also recommend having a wander to the Pulteney Bridge, one built in the Georgian times and surrounded by fountains within the river. We bought some ice creams from the nearby shops and sat on the grass whilst having a look at the view.

What we ate

One of my sister + I’s favourite things to do is, of course, eat!! So we made sure that this would be a key theme of the weekend. On the Friday evening we headed to Opium Bar where we did a cocktail making class. They had a lovely little private room (with quite the karaoke tunes). The drinks themselves were great too – I definitely recommend a trip to try some cocktails!

On Saturday morning we headed to The Pump Rooms for brunch. This is the restaurant attached to the Roman Baths and is quite fancy. As we wandered in a three piece band were playing some great tunes whilst we sat down to eat. We had to preorder as we were a big group but I very much appreciated my previous choice of pancakes, creme fraiche and berries. There were quite a few people having afternoon tea which also looked really good – a nice option for a special occasion!

For dinner that evening we headed to ArtBar at the Abbey Hotel. We again had a private room which was lovely. The food was really good and the staff were very attentive – great for a large group. We weren’t rushed at all and I would definitely head back – they had a nice outside area too which was great in the hot weather.

Overall, my sister had a really great hen do and I’m glad it went through relatively smoothly! We had a heap of good food and it was lovely to be back in Bath and be able to explore the city in the hot weather. Plus, it’s pretty much fed my Instagram for like 3 weeks since so that is always a win!

Have you been to Bath? Where would you have/had your hen do?

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