Bath is one of those cities that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Filled with history, culture and stunning architecture, Bath offers something for everyone; whether you’re planning a weekend away with your significant other, a family-fun holiday or a short city break with some friends, it will not disappoint.
However, while exploring major cities and booking holidays away is undoubtedly a dream for many (if not all) of us, costs can mount up and planning can quickly become unnecessarily stressful. That’s why we’re here to help you plan the perfect mini break to Bath — without breaking the bank.
1. Look out for great online deals before you go
The internet is great for many, many things — cat videos and car-pool karaoke to name but a few — but it’s also a great place to find the best deals and discounts available.
While you might be thinking that discounted activities equate to “terrible activities that no one else wanted”, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Take Wowcher for Bath, for example. Wowcher are currently offering hot air balloon rides, city helicopter tours and spa days, each for under £100, allowing you to add the “wow!” factor into your holiday without having to exceed your budget.
2. Plan activities that you can do without assistance
While online deals are undoubtedly a great way to keep your costs low, you can’t get much cheaper than free, and there are plenty of free things to do around Bath.
If you’re looking for a more cultured holiday away, you could join one of Bath’s free two-hour walking tours, exploring the local area and visiting some of Bath’s most historic buildings.
Alternatively, if you’re planning a trip to Bath during the summer months, you could take your bikes and cycle around Bath’s many cycling routes, stopping at one of Bath’s glorious parks to enjoy a picnic in the park.
If, however, you’re looking to book a winter break in this fantastic city, you could explore Bath’s iconic Christmas Market, treating yourself to a mug of mulled wine and taking in the winter wonderland that lies before you.
Regardless of the time of year you decide to visit Bath, you will always find things to do that you can organise yourself — and it won’t cost a penny.
3. Book into self-catering holiday apartments to avoid costly meals out
Self-catering accommodation can make your trip away ten times more expensive if you’re unable to cook. However, if you are able to cook, or even better, you enjoy cooking, self-catering accommodation can significantly reduce the cost of your trip.
Planning meals in advance and shopping for ingredients is often significantly cheaper than eating every meal out, and it also allows you to be as inventive as possible with your cooking.
Holiday apartments also allow you to explore the local area, so when you don’t fancy cooking, you can treat yourself to a meal in a fabulous local restaurant.
By choosing self-catered accommodation, you have the luxury of choosing exactly how you dine while on holiday, ultimately creating a more enjoyable, cheaper trip away.
4. Choose activities and accommodation that offer group booking discounts
If you’re heading to Bath with a group of friends or as a large family, you should check out accommodation and activities that offer group booking discounts.
Many establishments will offer discounts for large groups of people, and as a result, you can enjoy exciting activities without having to pay the full price.
This is another benefit of booking self-catered accommodation: the more people you have, the less expensive the rooms are per person — and you get to split the cooking around the entire party, so you won’t feel like a slave to the cooker every day!
5. Walk in the shoes of some of the world’s greatest individuals
Bath is the birthplace of a great number of legendary individuals, including one of Britain’s national treasures, Mary Berry, stand up comedian Bill Bailey and Game of Thrones actress Indira Varma.
During a visit to Bath, not only will you be residing in the birthplace of these outstanding individuals; you will also be visiting a place that was once home to literary legends: Charles Dickens and Jane Austin.
By walking the streets of Bath, you can gain an insight into the material that inspired both Austen and Dickens, as well as visiting Austen’s family home where she resided during her time in Bath.
However, while you may feel completely out of energy at the end of such a busy day, you certainly won’t feel out of pocket, as all activities listed above at completely free (unless you decide to pop into the Jane Austen Centre for tea and cake… but it’s certainly worth it!)
This content was kindly sponsored by Harington’s Hotel & Apartments in Bath.