Bath’s Hidden Gems
Bath is a popular destination for weekend breaks and picturesque stay-cations. Famous for its thermal baths, Roman architecture and cobbled streets, it’s a charming city and the perfect place to enjoy a quintessentially British experience.
From underground treasures to undiscovered landscapes, here are the best of Bath’s hidden gems…
Step back in time at Homewood Park Hotel & Spa
Stroll through the 10 acres of award-winning gardens and stay at Homewood Park Hotel & Spa; one of the finest Bath Hotels. Step back in time as you uncover many of Homewood’s original features from the 13th century. With 21 luxurious bedrooms and suites, this grand home is an incredible stay-cation location. With a modern blend of contemporary decor and period wonders, Homewood Park has it all; relaxing spa treatments, luscious gardens and the best Afternoon Tea Bath has to offer.
Venture Beneath the Roman Baths
Infamously the city’s most sought after attraction is the ancient Roman Baths. However, a secret lies deep underneath – a series of meandering tunnels that date back centuries. The Roman Baths offer a select few Tunnel Tours to dive into the depths of this ancient underground treasure-trove, so make sure you have some comfy shoes and book early as places are limited.
Uncover Bath’s Hidden High Street
If like most you’re visiting Bath by train, the – crowds usually venture from the train station northwards into Bath city centre. But just behind the station and across the Halfpenny Bridge lies Widcombe Parade, a charming street that runs towards Prior Park and features a number of great eateries, pubs, cafés and shops that are definitely worth a look.
Celebrate Coffee and Craft Beer at Hunter & Sons
Caffeine seekers and craft beer enthusiasts will love this spot in Milsom Place. Hugely popular with locals “in the know”, they offer an ever changing menu of two batch brew filters and espressos (as well as a range of delicious small food plates on offer throughout the day), You’re bound to discover something new and tasty at Hunter & Sons.
Stroll Through Sydney Pleasure Gardens
Hiding away behind the iconic Holburne Museum up at the top end of Great Pulteney Street, Sydney Pleasure Gardens was a favourite location of both royalty and famous Bath resident Jane Austen during the 18th and 19th centuries. Explore the 12 acres of landscaped lawns on foot or gaze out at the view from The Holburne’s contemporary glass-walled Garden Café.
Have a drink at the Hideout Bar
This is an intimate ‘Smugglers Den’ combining the very best of cocktails with a Highwayman’s Hideout. Tucked away behind York Street – opposite Sally Lunns, beside The Courtyard Café – this popular spot offers a mouthwatering array of whiskies and cocktails to rival those in demand at the height of the prohibition.
Find the Fake Castle
Ever complained about the view from your house? Well back in the 1700s people did too, except they did something quite creative to improve the sights. – So began the fad of the folly, a building constructed just for decoration. This Bathampton Sham Castle only has three sides and was constructed “to improve the prospect” from the townhouse of famed philanthropist and entrepreneur Ralph Allen.
Explore Secret Stone Circles
Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, right? But have you heard of Stanton Drew? Less than 30 minutes’ drive from Bath, the Stanton Drew stone circles site is one of the largest prehistoric monuments in the country. If you’re a bit of an adventurer looking for a stunning view, stop at Pensford on the way and stroll across the weir, head under the viaduct and along the banks of River Chew to get there.
So there you have it! The gems of Bath have been uncovered for you to pick and choose your favourite. If you need some respite from your explorations, Homewood is one of the most luxurious and relaxing hotels in Bath. You can check our availability here.