This beautiful and historic southwestern UK city is full of fun activities from interesting, interactive museums to spectacular sightseeing. The great restaurant and bar scene also makes it an ideal destination for an intimate break, and within this post, I’ve put together a list of 15 of the most romantic things to do in Bath to help you plan your special break.
Table of Contents
- Best Romantic Things To Do in Bath for Couples
- 1. Prosecco River Cruise
- 2. Sunset Bath Skyline Hike
- 3. Guided City Tour and a Trip to the Roman Baths
- 4. Visit Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein
- 5. The Botanist Bar & Restaurant
- 6. The Jane Austen Centre
- 7. See a Show at The Forum
- 8. Take a Ghost Tour
- 9. Enjoy a Spa Day
- 10. Have a Guided Relaxation Experience
- 11. Catch a Film in a Tiny Retro Cinema
- 12. Happy-Hour Cocktails
- 13. Take a Day Trip to Bradford-on-Avon
- 14. Take a Bridgerton Tour
- 15. Cozy Up Down The Pub
- Quick Travel Itineraries For Bath
- Where to Stay in Bath
- Best Romantic Restaurants in Bath
- Getting to Bath
- Romantic Things To Do in Bath: FAQs
- In Closing
My husband, Rob, and I recently spent 2 months pet-sitting in Bath and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of captivating history. It’s also home to two universities and a thriving tourism industry. There’s always plenty going on and there are lots of romantic things to do in Bath for couples.
Bath dates back to the Roman times, when spas and temples were built around the area’s natural hot springs. Many monuments and historically significant sites and features remain to this day and make Bath a similar experience to exploring some of the more famous historical cities in Europe.
As well as being a surprisingly good base to explore some nearby beaches, there’s plenty of British charm in this sweet city too; with Victorian and Georgian architecture adorning almost every street.
Best Romantic Things To Do in Bath for Couples
The time I spent in Bath with my husband was amazing. Although both originally from the UK, we hadn’t been back to our home country for a couple of years. It was nice to experience British life again whilst feeling every day like we were on a romantic European city vacation.
Here are 15 of the best romantic things to do in Bath for couples, and loved ones:
1. Prosecco River Cruise
Number 1 on my list of top romantic things to do in Bath has to be a river cruise with a glass of Prosecco in hand. Bath sits on the beautiful Avon River, a delightful addition to the cityscape of the town center. You can walk along its banks, cross over several ornate bridges, or enjoy the sights from the water.
A 1-hour river cruise is a great way to see the city from a different view. The tranquil river route takes in a number of Baths’ most beautiful sights and the peaceful, natural scenery of the river in one sitting. Enjoy a couple of glasses of prosecco hand-in-hand with a loved one as the city surrounds you.
There are a couple of river cruises available, but I highly recommend you book this one. It includes two glasses of Prosecco and has options for larger group bookings, bottomless Prosecco, and gin tasting too. Click here to find out more.
2. Sunset Bath Skyline Hike
There are several romantic things to do around Bath. Hiking in the scenic green countryside that encompasses it, is one of them. The Bath Skyline Trail runs the circumference of the city and is around 7.5 miles long. It can be joined at many access points and shortened for those who don’t want to walk the entire distance.
The hike itself incorporates many breathtaking views of Bath. From the high vantage point, you’ll look down over the spires of the Abbey and get a panoramic view of the architecture of the city.
My advice would be to climb Widcombe Hill on the southeast side of the city in the early evening. Pick up signs for the Bath Skyline Trail and enjoy the sunset over the city. You’ll often see hot air balloons flying high at this time too, which add to the majesty of the view. There are many hikes and walks in Bath to try, but this is one of my favorites.
3. Guided City Tour and a Trip to the Roman Baths
One of the most romantic things to do in Bath for couples is to wander around the city itself, exploring the streets lined with history dating back to the time of the Romans. Stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, with moments of Roman and even medieval history, are present at almost every turn.
A great way to see the city is to take a guided tour. There are many available in Bath, but I recommend taking a certified Blue Badge guided tour – the highest qualification awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. You’ll be sure to see all the key parts of the city such as Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent.
Another top attraction is (unsurprisingly) the Roman Baths. The historic, ornate building and 2000-year-old spa are a must-visit on any trip to Bath. Check out this 1.5-hour guided tour that also includes skip-the-line entry. It’s Blue Badge certified too, so you know you’ll be in safe hands. Click here to book your tour.
4. Visit Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein
One of the most fun things to do in Bath for couples is to visit Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein, a tribute to Mary Shelley the English novelist. This immersive museum about her life and works is an interesting, cultural, and exciting attraction that couples can enjoy together.
Many people are unaware that the majority of the writer’s most famous novel, Frankenstein, was written in Bath in the early 19th century. Extending over four floors, this multi-sensory exhibition allows visitors to be submerged into Shelley’s surprisingly tragic life and the lasting legacy of her famous creation.
Couples can hold on tightly to one another in the presence of an 8-foot Frankenstein whilst walking through the mysterious horror basement experience. Click here to book your tickets for this excellent museum.
5. The Botanist Bar & Restaurant
My husband and I aren’t really fans of fancy meals out, but during a visit from some friends, we dined at one of the most romantic restaurants in Bath. The spectacular Botanist Bar & Restaurant is visually stunning and the service is outstanding. It’s situated within a huge building, and as the name suggests, is filled with gorgeous flowers and plant life.
The restaurant is set over two floors with a second-floor balcony level that looks over the floor below. The lighting and ambiance are perfect for a romantic dinner and the food is fantastic. I had a sirloin steak but everybody else had one of the Botanist’s famous hanging kebabs.
We also enjoyed some unique cocktails before eating. My Thai Chilli Crush came with a giant red chili pepper in it and was so good I had to have another.
6. The Jane Austen Centre
Another of the culturally significant things to do in Bath during a romantic weekend is a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. The novelist famed for writing one of the most romantic novels of all time – Pride and Prejudice – is considered one of Bath’s most famous former residents.
Take a step back in time as you see how life would have been in the city several centuries ago. Costumed guides will take you through the exhibition and be on hand to answer any questions. You’ll also get to taste some period-recipe food and have your photo taken with a Jane Austen waxwork.
It’s a great experience for literary-minded couples and allows an opportunity to learn more about an important part of Bath’s history. It’s a popular attraction, so consider skipping the line by clicking here to book your tickets ahead of time.
7. See a Show at The Forum
If you’re looking for date ideas in Bath be sure to check the listings for The Forum. Bath’s oldest theater-style venue originally opened its doors in 1934 as a cinema but now hosts all varieties of live entertainment. There’s always something on, but you may be fortunate enough to catch a band or show you love during your stay.
The Forum is ideally located right in the center of town and close to Bath Spa train station. Several great bars and pubs are just a few minute’s walk away. I love the Lamb & Lion – one of the best pubs in Bath. It has a great beer garden and a real local vibe. Click here for directions.
With so many restaurants nearby, you could easily make a night of things with a dinner, a show, and a few drinks around the city.
8. Take a Ghost Tour
A ghost walk might not be on everyone’s list of romantic things to do, but it certainly makes mine. Getting to see the beautiful buildings lit up during the evening is a romantic experience in itself. Throw in some seriously spooky elements that come from centuries of Bath history, and you have yourself an excellent and unique experience.
Keep each other close as tales of poltergeists, murder, witches, and bizarre hauntings are told by an exemplary tour guide. My husband and I booked a 2-hour tour and really enjoyed it. There were only a few others in the group so it felt super exclusive and like our own personal tour. Click here for more information on how to book a ghost tour in Bath.
9. Enjoy a Spa Day
With an open-air rooftop pool, you can enjoy the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters whilst taking in some spectacular views over the city of Bath. The indoor Minerva bath has beautiful flowing curves and grand columns, and the thermal waters are accented by a revitalizing whirlpool.
2-hour daytime and extra romantic twilight packages are available to book online. It’s not as expensive as you might think for such a romantic experience. They also offer a range of beauty and relaxation treatments and have a lovely cafe for light bites and drinks.
10. Have a Guided Relaxation Experience
Make time to fully relax during your romantic break and take part in a guided sound bath experience. Don’t be misled by the phrase ‘bath’, however, as you’ll stay perfectly dry as you’re bathed by the soothing sounds of crystal bowls.
Feel any stresses melt away as you lay in a comfy recliner for a 30 or 60-minute guided meditation session. The bustling city streets of Bath will feel a million miles away as you and your loved one take the time to reset in a truly peaceful space.
It’s a unique thing for couples to do and will leave you feeling tranquil, calm, and clear-minded. Click here to learn more and to book your guided relaxation experience.
11. Catch a Film in a Tiny Retro Cinema
One of the most romantic cinemas I’ve ever been to was the Little Theatre in Bath. Originally opened in 1935, the theater is home to two small auditoriums and shows a mix of the latest blockbusters as well as retro movies. It hasn’t changed much during its 88 years and retains a lot of 1930s charm. The main screen even features the original balcony seating.
You can buy snacks, drinks, beers, and wine from the cute kiosk downstairs to enhance your show. We went to watch Oppenheimer and it was a truly unique movie experience.
It’s located just a few minutes walk from the city center and shows films throughout the day, 7 days a week. I highly recommend you catch a film here during your stay.
12. Happy-Hour Cocktails
Any romantic weekend must include cocktails right? One of the most fun things to do in Bath for couples is to partake in some of the great drink deals on offer. Two of my favorite spots for cocktails are Tapas Revolution and Las Iguanas.
Tapas Revolution offers two glasses of sangria, select cocktails, and gin and tonics for £10 ($12) every day from 4 pm-6 pm. It has a really nice indoor setting and bar area that make you feel like you’re on a Spanish vacation. It also has a small outdoor patio which is great for people-watching and the tapas dishes are excellent.
Las Iguanas has two-for-one cocktails, all day every day. The popular chain of restaurants is known for its delicious Latin-American dishes and great deals on drinks. It also has a large patio area that sits in a pretty courtyard.
13. Take a Day Trip to Bradford-on-Avon
The whole reason for selecting Bath as a 2-month pet-sitting destination came after a Christmas trip 5 years ago. My husband and I stayed nearby in the lovely town of Bradford-on-Avon and we fell in love with the entire area.
Just 8 miles from the center of Bath and easily accessible via public transport, Bradford-on-Avon is a charming little town. It has several quaint cafes, tea rooms, shops, and pubs as well as numerous buildings that date back to the 17th century. Much like Bath, its origins are traced back to Roman times, and the well-preserved and extensive history really shows.
Visiting the town town feels like stepping back in time and the bridge that cuts over the river is rather spectacular. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few hours exploring. All romantic breaks in Bath should include a stop in Bradford-on-Avon.
Address: Click here for directions
14. Take a Bridgerton Tour
One of the most romantic shows ever was filmed extensively in Bath. If you were a fan of the hit Netflix show Bridgerton you’ll be happy to learn that you can take a guided walking tour of many of the filming locations around the city.
From the exteriors of Featherington’s home and Lady Danbury’s house to the quaint Gunter’s Tea Shop, you’ll see all of the major shooting locations from the first and second series.
During the tour, you’ll also learn a lot about the history of the locations and see just how accurate Bridgerton’s portrayal of life in Regency England truly was. You’ll gain insider knowledge and hear behind-the-scenes filming info and will also discover the sites of other well-known films and TV shows shot in Bath. Click here to book your tour now.
15. Cozy Up Down The Pub
Bath is home to many great pubs, and some of them date back centuries. After a day of sightseeing and tours be sure to take time to cuddle up in a quiet spot at any number of Bath’s inviting public houses. Two of my favorites, which are great for a romantic drink or two, are the Saracens Head and the Coeur De Lion.
The Saracens Head is thought to be the oldest pub in Bath dating back to 1713. Its wooden beam ceilings, cute nooks, and original horseshoe bar create a delightful setting to sample a few traditional ales.
The Coeur de Lion is thought to be the smallest pub in Bath. The Victorian bar with its stained glass windows is smaller than your average living room but is a great place to snuggle up in and rejuvenate with a few drinks.
Quick Travel Itineraries For Bath
Whether you’re stopping by for the day or planning on making your stay in Bath a little longer, I’ve put together a few short itineraries to cover all bases:
1 Day in Bath Itinerary
Start your day in Bath with a visit to the historic Roman Baths, marveling at ancient architecture and well-preserved artifacts.
Next, explore the stunning Bath Abbey. If you don’t have time to go inside the Abbey itself, you can still enjoy its impressive facade from the outside. There’s a large courtyard outside the Abbey where cafes and restaurants have patios. Grab a coffee and enjoy one of the many talented buskers that regularly entertain the crowds here.
Take some time to wander through the charming streets of the city, taking in the Georgian architecture and picturesque Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon. Stop for lunch at the Pulteney Bridge Coffee Shop, a cute little cafe and coffee shop that will keep you going with a light snack or sandwich.
In the afternoon, immerse yourself in culture at Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein exhibit or the Jane Austen Center. Don’t miss a relaxing soak in the Thermae Bath Spa’s rooftop pool, offering panoramic views of the city. End your day with a delightful and delicious dinner at The Botanist.
2-3 Days in Bath Itinerary
Begin your city break in Bath by exploring the iconic Roman Baths, and learning about their fascinating history. Stroll through the adjacent Bath Abbey, taking in its impressive Gothic architecture. For lunch, head over to the Pulteney Bridge Coffee Shop and enjoy beautiful views of the Pulteney Weir and the Avon River as you refuel.
In the afternoon, delve into Bath’s literary heritage with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre, celebrating the famous author. Explore the charming streets of Bath and indulge in a spot of boutique shopping – there are plenty of independent shops in the city to explore, as well as larger chain options.
If shopping isn’t for you, enjoy a few drinks at any number of quaint pubs like the Coeur De Lion, the smallest pub in Bath. Cap off your day with a relaxing session at the Thermae Bath Spa and rest your feet from all the walking.
Another great morning activity is Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein, a unique attraction celebrating literary history and the iconic tale. Head to the Saracens Head for a hearty lunch, enjoying traditional British pub grub in Bath’s oldest pub.
In the afternoon, venture to the Bath Skyline, a scenic trail offering panoramic views of the city. Explore the elegant Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent and the Circus. Wrap up your trip with a romantic dinner at The Botanist, a striking restaurant known for its famous hanging kebabs.
1 Week in Bath Itinerary
A week is the perfect amount of time to properly explore everything that Bath has to offer. Begin by ticking off all of the major attractions such as the Roman Baths, the adjacent Bath Abbey, and a visit to the Pulteney Bridge.
Be sure to book tickets for Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein and the Jane Austen Centre, as both are really popular exhibits. Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon at Thermae Bath Spa – the rooftop thermal pool is not to be missed.
Get out on the water with a Prosecco river cruise and see the city from a completely different perspective. Be sure to make you’re way up Widcombe Hill where you can pick up the Bath Skyline Trail. Time it with sunset for some spectacular views over the city as the sun goes down. An evening meal at The Botanist is a must at least once during your stay.
There’s always plenty going on at The Forum, Bath’s oldest theater-style venue, so be sure to catch a show. The Little Theatre is a 1930s cinema that shows a range of new blockbusters and old films, so load up with snacks and wine from their tiny kiosk and enjoy a film in one of the auditoriums.
There’ll still be plenty of time to experience Bath in a slightly terrifying light too, with a nighttime ghost walk around the city.
Where to Stay in Bath
Having stayed in the city for 2 months, I came to know the area well. These are a few of the best neighborhoods in Bath for tourists:
Bath City Center – Best for Exploring Everything
Staying in the city center will mean you have easy access to everything that Bath has to offer; it’s such a walkable city. You’ll also find lots of great accommodation options in the center to suit any budget. Check out this great hotel in the city center, steps from Bath Spa train station. Click here to book.
Widcombe – Great for Escaping the Busy City
Widcombe is a great base for a weekend trip to Bath, it even has its own high street lined with shops, cafes, and pubs. Many tourists don’t find this little suburb of Bath as it’s behind the station and away from all the main attractions.
Combe Down – Best on a Budget
If you’re on a budget or hoping to avoid paying the often higher prices that come with staying in the heart of the city, staying further afield is a really viable option in Bath. The cute village of Combe Down is only 3 miles away and has regular bus links to and from the city.
Best Romantic Restaurants in Bath
There are many fantastic restaurants ideally suited for a romantic meal. I’ve put together a shortlist of a few of my favorites that you should definitely check out with someone special:
The Botanist Bar & Restaurant
The Botanist is a truly stunning restaurant, set over two floors and with a second-floor balcony that overlooks the bar below. The lighting, music, and setting create a wonderfully romantic ambiance, and, as the name suggests plants and flowers fill the entire restaurant.
They’re most famous for their hanging kebabs, which are delicious, and they also serve some excellent cocktails. Click here for directions.
A trip to Tapas Revolution is like stepping straight into a Spanish vacation. The warm and inviting Latin-themed decor and music played in the restaurant inside, mixed with delicious tapas and some excellent deals on cocktails make for a truly romantic experience.
They also have a small patio which is a great people-watching spot. Click here for directions.
Joya Italian Steakhouse
Just steps from the beautiful Pulteney Bridge, Joya Italian Steakhouse is an ideal choice for a romantic dinner. They serve a meat-heavy menu with Italian influences and offer an extensive wine list. The intimate restaurant has a great vibe and feels like you’ve hopped over to Italy for the night. Click here for directions.
The Ivy Brasserie & Garden
If you enjoy high-end dining in a truly spectacular restaurant, then be sure to get yourself booked in at The Ivy Brasserie & Garden. The sophisticated eatery isn’t as expensive as you might think and serves up some seriously top-notch food.
The ‘All Day Dreamers’ set menu is only $28pp for three courses. In such a fancy restaurant, it’s a great deal and it’s an ideal spot to head to for a special evening or celebration. Click here for directions.
It doesn’t get much more romantic than settling into a seat in a cozy French-style bistro, especially one that’s situated steps from the stunning Pulteney Bridge and Avon River. Chez Dominique is a great place for an evening meal and serves an outstanding à la carte menu with impressive entrees around the $25 – $35 mark.
There’s also an impressive wine list to pick the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Click here for directions.
Getting to Bath
Bath is located on the southwestern side of England and is serviced by a good-sized train station. There are usually two direct trains an hour from London Paddington that take around 80 minutes and cost around $30 – $45. Trains from most UK locations are easy and convenient, though can be expensive (especially if you plan to travel at peak times).
Bath bus station is located about a minute’s walk from the train station, and has regular National Express coaches to and from London, usually once an hour during the day. With a connection or two, you’ll be able to access Bath from most major UK cities via National Express coaches. The closest international airport is in Bristol, about 20 miles away.
Getting around in Bath is very easy. It’s straightforward and enjoyable to walk everywhere as the main hub of the center is set up primarily for pedestrians to safely explore. The local bus service is swift and efficient, connecting all parts of Bath and beyond, it’s super economical too at just $2.50 per trip. Taxis and ride-sharing apps operate in the city too.
Romantic Things To Do in Bath: FAQs
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about visiting Bath:
There are so many great things for you and your partner to do in Bath. The city is packed with activities, historic sites, and romantic bars and restaurants. It’s an ideal destination for a city break that allows couples to experience a mixture of history, culture, and nightlife, and create many fun and lasting memories together.
Bath is an excellent destination for couples; offering a blend of history, romance, and relaxation. Its picturesque Georgian architecture, scenic river walks, and the tranquil Thermae Bath Spa create a romantic ambiance. Couples can explore cultural attractions like the Roman Baths and enjoy intimate dining experiences at any number of romantic restaurants.
Bath is renowned for its romantic allure. The city’s elegant Georgian architecture, cobblestone streets, and the beauty of landmarks such as the Royal Crescent create an enchanting atmosphere. Couples can also take leisurely strolls along the River Avon or enjoy a spot of true relaxation in the Thermae Bath Spa’s rooftop pool at twilight with stunning city views.
Bath offers a unique combination of history, natural beauty, and intimate dining options that make it an undeniably romantic destination to visit.
For a perfect date in Bath, kick things off with cocktails and a few light bites at Tapas Revolution. The spacious Spanish-style restaurant is the perfect setting to start an evening. Afterward, take a romantic walk along the picturesque Pulteney Bridge, and conclude the evening with a romantic dinner at The Botanist.
One of the most romantic things to do in Bath is to take a leisurely evening stroll along the beautifully illuminated Pulteney Bridge, with its reflection shimmering in the River Avon. The enchanting views and peaceful setting make it a perfect place for couples to connect and create lasting memories.
I certainly found myself becoming enamored by the stunning city of Bath. It has to rank as one of the most amazing UK destinations and is an especially great location for a romantic break. Whether you are looking for history, culture, fun, offbeat activities, or just great pubs and restaurants, you’ll find it all here in Bath.
My husband and I loved our time there. We got to spend 2 months enjoying all the city had to offer. You’ll have no problem creating the perfect romantic agenda during your trip to Bath and will undoubtedly create some amazing lasting memories.