A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

We started off half term with a trip to Bath, one of my favourite places in the UK. We haven’t really explored Bath with the children before so it was great to go on a city break and do things we wouldn’t usually do – with the main focus of our trip being to visit The Roman Baths, somewhere I hadn’t been since I was LP’s age.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

We stayed at SACO Apartments on St James Parade overnight which was a great base to explore the city. They have parking, wifi and even a welcome pack to get you started – it was lovely to have milk, tea and breakfast staples ready and one less thing to worry about.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

The children had their own room and it really was like a home from home. It’s also in the heart of Bath meaning that all of the tourist attractions are right on your doorstep and easily accessible.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are really central to the city and easy to find. We were given a warm welcome and handed audio guides – a great way to get to know more about the baths and their history. I was impressed that as well as the standard tour there was also a children’s audio tour making The Roman Baths a really great option for a family day out – especially as it’s free for children under six too!

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

The tour takes you around the baths, which are pretty impressive considering they have been there for hundreds of years. We walked around the upper level and looked down into the Great Bath from above. It was a great sight and the children had so many questions – all answered by the audio guide.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

We then walked through exhibits inside which showed how the baths would have looked when they were first built, how they were used and how they have been preserved. We learnt so much about the romans, the roman way of life and artefacts from The Roman Baths. In the coming months more of the baths will be open to the public too – with the East Baths being a work in progress – and it should be open by Easter.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

It was fantastic to see The Sacred Spring and to be able to teach children about the only hot water spring in the UK. They couldn’t even comprehend hot water coming straight from the ground – and being able to drink the water at the end of the tour was a highlight for them – although only Little Man was brave enough to try it.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

We were able to walk right around the edge of the Great Bath and the children loved looking into the murky waters and imagining the communal baths of years gone by. They found it so strange that something so simple as bath time for them used to be such a big part of roman culture.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

The children loved their trip to The Roman Baths and I thought they may have been a little young – but it was perfect for them. They did lose interest in the audio tour about halfway round but Daddy answered their questions from his audio tour and there was even an activity room where they got to make pop-up cards too. The Roman Baths couldn’t be a better attraction for children.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

After our visit we went across the road to the Roman Baths Kitchen for lunch which was lovely. Amazingly, it’s run by the council but the food is that of a really top end restaurant. The children had really generous mains of fish and chips and sausage and chips followed by fruit salad and ice cream.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

Hubby had Cumberland Sausage and Mash and I had the Cajun Chicken Burger – both of which were great portion sizes and a really lovely lunch. We both went for waffles for dessert – topped with ice cream, squirty cream and so much more. It really was the perfect lunch.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

Over the course of our trip to Bath we did so much more too – we went on an open topped bus tour around the city that the children loved and it made us realise how compact Bath really is – there is so much to see but you can easily see it all in a couple of days and the bus tour was a great way of hopping on and off to save your legs and see as much as possible.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

We also went into Bath Abbey, somewhere I had only ever seen from outside before but which was equally as impressive inside as out. It was such a beautiful building and one of the main tourist attractions in the city as it’s right in the centre next to the baths.

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

A Family Mini-Break in Bath to visit The Roman Baths

We had such a lovely break in Bath and we are so glad that we finally took the children to The Roman Baths – it really is the perfect place to take the whole family and if you have no plans for Easter yet then this should definitely be on your to-do list! Here’s a little video that we made of our break:

Disclosure: We were invited on the above press trip for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

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12 Comments

  1. February 19, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Andy and I had a mini break at Bath after our wedding, as our honeymoon wasn’t until 2 months later. It will always have a special place in our heart. I really want to take the girls and seeing this, I can see there is lots for us to do. Andy has Easter off, so we could do a trip. X

  2. February 20, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Bath looks amazing, I have always wanted to go there x

  3. February 20, 2017 / 8:37 am

    my MIL lives in Bath and we used to go there most weekends, but I’ve never been inside the Roman Baths and I keep saying I really must visit next time

  4. February 20, 2017 / 8:47 am

    It looks like a fab place to visit – I’ve never been to Bath. I do love a bus tour too – I think they’re a great way to see a new city.

  5. February 20, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I thought Bath and the apartment look amazing, then I saw the food and lost my train of thought 😉 It sounds like you all had such a great time and your photos are gorgeous.

    Stevie x

  6. February 20, 2017 / 10:49 am

    I have always wanted to visit Bath, it is somewhere I’d have thought of going with just my husband so nice to see your two little ones having so much fun there. The Roman Baths look so interesting, the whole town looks beautiful! xx

  7. February 20, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Ah Bath is so lovely but I haven’t been for years- seeing your snaps has made me all nostalgic! It’s on my UK bucket list though of places to go with the kids 🙂 x

  8. February 20, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Oh we adore Bath. Jamie and I are hoping to visit their Christmas market this year. His parents go to Bath a few times a year. There’s so much to do and see (we’ve been a few times and still haven’t seen or done it all!). Looks like you had a fab time! xx

  9. February 20, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I quite fancy taking N to Bath sometime this year. I’ve not been for a few year (went with the OH when he used to come away!) and it is a lovely place

  10. February 21, 2017 / 10:36 am

    What gorgeous photos Donna! I absolutely love Bath, I used to go down there for work quite a bit and it is such a lovely city. I would love to live there but it’s just too far away from my family! It looks like you had a great time. x

  11. February 27, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Love this post and I can’t believe we were there at the same time. How amazing were the Roman Baths. It was our first visit to the city, and we have all fallen in love with Bath. I really want to return in the summer. You virtually did the same things we did too x

  12. February 28, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Bath, it looks so wonderful. It looks like you all had a brilliant time, the food really does look like it is from somewhere fancy and not at all council run xx

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