Bath stands out as a tourist destination that suits all seasons, but it can make a particularly pleasant holiday destination during the height of the British summer. With blue skies above you and warm air around you, it can be tempting to jet off to distant lands, but here are just five fantastic reasons to visit Bath during the summer instead.
You’ll be next to the Mendip Hills
One of the best things about being in Bath during the summer is having the glorious Mendip Hills right there next to you. If you want to soak up the sunshine during a nice long walk through some of the country’s most impressive countryside, the Mendips are at great choice, but walking really only scratches the surface. Other popular outdoor activities include rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, horse trekking, and caving.
You’ll enjoy a stroll in the sun
Of course, you don’t even have to leave Bath to enjoy the sunshine. This might be a city known for its history, but most of that history can be appreciated simply by strolling through areas like the Royal Crescent or down Great Pulteney Street. Even the Roman baths are open from above, and you’ll find the perfect picnic spot by heading over to the botanical gardens of Victoria Park. Bath is a lovely city to explore on foot, and there’s no better time than during the summer.
You’ll be able to relax in a Rooftop Pool
Bath isn’t just home to the baths were Romans once performed their daily ablutions – the city also boasts the only naturally warm thermal spa in the United Kingdom. Thermae Bath Spa’s luxurious rooftop pool can be enjoyed during any time of the year, but it’s particularly pleasant to unwind within its soothing waters while the summer air plays warm and fragrant around your shoulders.
You’ll dine Al Fresco
When you visit Bath during the summer, you’ll be able to eat outside as well as bathe outside. Thanks to the mostly pedestrianised shopping area, many of the cafes and eateries have tables spread across the pavements outside so that you can enjoy a sandwich in the sun. Alternatively as the sun sets in the evening you can enjoy dinner at one of the many rooftop bars or pub gardens.
You’ll be spoilt for choice of cocktail bars
What’s a holiday without a cocktail or two? Luckily Bath is home to a range of different bars where you can refresh after a long day in the sun. Choose from over 160 different cocktails at Be At One, a popular bar handily located next to the train station, or for something a little bit special try one of the gourmet ‘cocktails for the curious’ at the new Bar 15, in Bath’s latest boutique hotel No.15 Great Pulteney.