From the warm glow of the city’s iconic stone beneath the summer sun to the flame-coloured leaves in the surrounding countryside, Bath’s beautiful features change with the seasons, giving it a reputation as a destination with year-round appeal. Even the frosty touch of winter cannot take away from the charm of the city, particularly when there are so many fun things to do in Bath during the colder months. Here are a few of the best Bath attractions for winter:
’Tis the season to warm the cockles of your heart with mulled wine, twinkling lights and the excuse to shop ’til you drop. Fortunately, Bath’s award-winning Christmas market offers the chance to indulge in festive cheer from November 24 through to December 11 right in the heart of the city. Each year, more than 170 chalets crammed with charming gifts and tempting treats attract shoppers from all over the UK. From creamy local cheeses and speciality honey to handcrafted candles and faux fur accessories, this mini winter wonderland is a one-stop shop for all your Christmas gifts – including those you might just buy for yourself.
2. Bath on Ice
Even if the British weather fails to deliver a white Christmas, you can get a little bit of North Pole action at Bath on Ice, the city’s winter ice rink. Situated at the scenic Royal Victoria Park and open from 10am-9pm every day, skaters can book sessions in advance to ensure they don’t miss out on this popular attraction. Penguin and banana shaped skate aids will help little ones get the hang of gliding around on the ice and the rink is wheelchair accessible. Once your session is over, you could play a round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf on site or head to the fully licensed bar for mulled wine, hot chocolate or a delicious pizza. The perfect winter evening out.
If something a little more luxurious appeals, why not book yourself a spa session at the famous Thermae Bath Spa? Make like the ancient Romans who understood the benefits of the mineral-rich springs that fed the city and ease your mind, body and spirit with a relaxing session in the warm, soothing waters. On a crisp, clear day, immerse yourself in the warm baths of the rooftop pool before heading indoors to the Minerva Bath with its invigorating massage jets and whirlpool currents. Treat yourself to a facial, hot stone massage or one of the many other treatments on offer… or maybe drop some hints to Santa this Christmas?
There’s no better time of year than winter to snuggle up in a traditional British pub and tuck into a hearty Sunday lunch with a few lazy glasses of wine. Luckily, Bath offers a charming selection of gastro-pubs, from the rustic and quaint to the elegant and grandiose – just the sort of places to enjoy good food, good company and shelter from the frightful weather outside. Some of our favourites include The King William with its polished, period decor and hearty menu of pub classics; The Cross Keys with its crackling fire and family friendly atmosphere; and The Chequers with its award-winning menu and cosy interior.
Last but not least, the main tourist attraction of Bath makes for an enjoyable visit even in the chilly mid-winter months. Explore the world of the Romans with a guided audio tour of this historical site and marvel at the variety of exhibitions showcasing different parts of this ancient culture and archaeological relics from years gone by. After the baths, pop to the Pump Rooms next door for their trademark afternoon tea in a sumptuous setting. You could almost be transported back to the 18th century when high society visits to Bath were all the rage.
With its world-class shopping, picturesque streets and long, rich history, Bath holds a number of attractions for visitors all year round. In fact, we would wager that whether you are a first-time visitor or have been living here for years, you are bound to find something that captures your attention in this vibrant city.