Londoners will agree that the city does get tiring sometimes and all one wants to do is relax. One way of doing it is taking a bath, another – going there by bus (or train, or car, your choice really). Cliché play of words.
A return trip costs £30 (around 3 hours one way if you travel from Victoria Couch Station). It is rather touristic place, but if you avoid the high street there are plenty of quite places to stroll.
Though if you are a spender (like me) the mid-season sales are on and high street stores have bargains on offer.
The town is rather expensive therefore I would advise to book in advance for a weekend stay. The cheapest double room we managed to find was £120 for a night.
Even though traveling took longer than the stay, we decided to keep it on a low budget and made it a one day trip.
We got to Bath around 10am and head straight to the Thermae Bath Spa. After a short wait we booked a 2 hour spa session (£35) that included aroma steam rooms, Minerva bath and an access to an open-air roof pool. Robes, slippers and towels are included. If it is a sunny day, do take sunglasses with you as they will make your floating in a roof top pool much more pleasurable.
We got out of the place around 1pm refreshed and stress-free contemplating a comeback, next time with classic massage.
The place has its own restaurant, but we decided to walk around and get a feel of being a local. An average price of the 2 course lunch menu sums up to £14, excluding drinks. We were lucky enough to discover a new place Le Bistrot Pierre, a little bit up the hill leaving the high street behind. Opened on the 12 June, 2015 the restaurant offers great lunch deals, good selection of wines, easy-living-sort-of-South-of-France atmosphere and warm friendly staff. The portions were decent as well as prices: the 3 course meal for only £12.95. We decided to wait with desserts and ended up having none as starters and the main were more than enough.
A visit to Roman Baths was a cherry on top of our day. The place vibrates with mystic energy. The complex was modified through-out centuries and there is a lot to take in so, if you are interested in a detail be ready to dedicate at least 1-2hours. Free (or rather included in £14.50 price) audioguides are available in 8 languages including English, French, and Russian.
The last bus back to London leaves quite early, 5.15pm, so do plan your time well and aimez la vie!