Weekend in Bath

April 16th 2012


We escaped to Bath at the weekend to celebrate Josh’s mum’s birthday. I’d never been before so it was great to have a little explore of this pocket-size city. We stayed at the Bath City Apartment, which was handily right in the middle of town (but noisy at night, both from revellers and seagulls!).


First stop, the Roman Baths: busy and touristy but contained an interesting museum alongside the Roman remains.


We sniffed out the best coffee in town at the Colonna & Smalls espresso room, who take their coffee very seriously indeed – no milk in your filter coffee or sugar allowed! You forgive the snootiness when you taste it, though.


Architecture porn on the Royal Crescent. I would have liked to visit the ‘showhome‘ done out in period decor, but didn’t realise it was there until too late. Had to suffice with peeking through the windows.


Old signage on the limestone townhouses. Bath is ever so picturesque: even the relatively chain-store-ridden high street looks sweet and understated and there are lovely views.


Cute galleries, cafes and shops in town, including lovely handmade boutique Charlie’s Boots. A really nice mix of independent shops, a proper old department store – Jolly’s – and higher-end high street shops, all in a very compact centre, made Bath very easy to feel at home in.


We had nice meals – and ales – at the Griffin and the Marlborough Tavern and some of our gang went for a swim and sauna at the Spa (Josh and I er, went to get more coffee instead). All in all a great relaxing weekend.

Comments (20)

  • Kim

    April 16th 2012 at 10:42 am

    Bath looks so pretty, I’ve always wanted to see the crescent of houses! On my list for a trip :)

  • Sara

    April 16th 2012 at 10:51 am

    Such lovely photos, makes me want to book a weekend there.

  • Naomi Bulger

    April 16th 2012 at 10:58 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Bath, and seeing these lovely photographs, I want to go even more! It all looks stunning. And oh boy, I’d like those Penguin book deckchairs in my courtyard, please!

  • Sophie

    April 16th 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Wow! Your pictures make it look stunning! The boyfriend bought me a weekend stay in Bath for my Birthday, I cant wait to go! xx

  • Mandy

    April 16th 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Aw, I love Bath. I lived next door in Bristol for a year, and I always loved taking the short train trip over to just bum around in such a picturesque town. Your photos capture it perfectly!

  • Charlotte

    April 16th 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I love Bath. I haven’t been for years. There was a really cute little vintage store there called Annie’s or something last time I went. You’ve made me want to go back so much. x

  • Molly

    April 16th 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Awww lovely! I lived in Bath for about 4 years.

  • Emily

    April 16th 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Did you go into topping & company its such a beautiful bookstore. No1 Royal Crescent is being refurbished, they are going to add an extra wing and make it far more interactive (I believe iPad apps were mentioned!) But it is such a beautiful city

    1. Katie

      April 16th 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Yes, fantastic bookstore – I mean they give you tea while you browse, how could it not be?

  • Michelle

    April 17th 2012 at 8:14 am

    I went with my mum a couple years ago and we really enjoyed it. Can I ask what lense you used for these photos?

  • Michelle

    April 17th 2012 at 8:15 am

    Oops don’t worry, have gone to check it out on flickr.

    1. Katie

      April 17th 2012 at 2:58 pm

      They’re all with my Panasonic 20mm/1.7 lens, my baby..!

  • Red Bird Makes

    April 17th 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hello Katie!
    I’ve recently started following you in the last few weeks & was very suprised to see in your lastest blog that you made a trip to Bath…then I saw that you had taken a photo of our co-operatively owned shop on Broad Street…yay!!! We’re the one with the cute Red Fox Cushion by Stacie Bloomfield sat in the window. By the looks of things, you had a wonderful time! x

    1. Katie

      April 17th 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Ah, Charlie Boots, right? Lovely shop – I popped in and fell in love with lots of things..! I’m glad you found me! x

      1. Red Bird Makes

        April 20th 2012 at 9:44 pm

        Yes exactly, Charlie Boots! Brillant stuff, I’m so glad you loved our shop. I blogged about you here: http://www.RedBirdMakes.blogspot.co.uk & here: http://www.facebook.com/RedBirdMakes.
        Maybe i’ll run into you again sometime soon x

        1. Katie

          April 21st 2012 at 11:15 pm

          aaah, thanks so much! I’ve added a link to your site into my post. Will let you know if I’m ever back in town. x

  • Laura

    April 18th 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Ha, that’s so funny, I was in Bath last weekend too for a wedding but it looks like we went to all the same places during our wander on Sunday – the Royal Crescent, Charlotte Farmer’s shop, the baths, gorgeous coffee shops. Difference is you were good and took great photos, I was lazy and didn’t!

  • Han

    April 18th 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Lovely pics! I love Bath!

  • Diane

    April 19th 2012 at 11:32 am

    What lovely photographs! Bath is such a sweet place – your post brought back some lovely memories!

  • rooth

    April 23rd 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve never been before but I’ve seen pictures of the Royal Crescent countless times. It looks beautiful

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