For a family city break with a bit of culture, here are our 10 family-friendly activities in Bath for under £10. Everything from ghost tours to tasting the local fudge and getting the most picturesque selfie.
1. Visit Victoria Park
Near the famous Royal Crescent you’ll find the 57-acre Royal Victoria Park, a beautiful expanse of nature that opened in 1830. Go for a picnic, explore the boating pond and the golf course, or catch an open-air concert. Kids love the climbing frames, the sand pit, tunnel slides and tyre swings.
2. Meet the creatures at Bath City Farm
To get a little taste of the countryside in the city, head out to Bath City Farm above Twerton Park Football Ground. It’s easily accessible with the number 10 or 5 bus from the main station. Meet Dougie & Dougal the Shetland ponies, Wilma, Bramble and Matilda the sows, and Rufus the Gloucester Old Spot boar. Not to mention the pygmy goats!
3. Spot film locations
Make the walk through town more interesting by downloading a map of the city’s film locations, which include Poldark, Les Miserables and Keira Knightley’s The Duchess. Rumour has it Nicolas Cage even bought a Georgian property on The Circus in the heart of the city.
4. Explore the canal
The Kennet and Avon Canal cuts through Bath and is the perfect place for a stroll or bike ride. Take in the famous Pulteney Bridge, the locks, Sydney Gardens and Cleveland House. Thirsty? Stop off in one of the many pubs en route. The Wheelwrights Arms is open for lunch till 3pm on weekends.
5. Get a bridge selfie
Pulteney Weir is one of Bath’s best-known sights, dating back to 1603. The pretty, Venetian-style Pulteney Bridge was built in 1773 and is now a grade I-listed sight and just the spot for a souvenir selfie. You can even grab a coffee or hot chocolate at one of the cafes overhanging the weir itself.
6. Go to the theatre
The Georgian Theatre Royal is just the spot for a show, whether you fancy a comedy or a concert. Also home to the Egg Theatre for kids and the Egg Café, as well as the historic Garricks Head Pub, it’s got plenty to keep the family busy whatever the season. Try booking for the Shakespeare Unplugged Festival in summer and traditional family pantomimes at Christmas. Standby tickets are £6, and standing places from £4.
7. Fudge it
A friendly little store, the Fudge Kitchen is a real hidden gem. Watch the fudge being made and have a little taste of their popular Buttermint or White Chocolate fudge, before splashing out £4.50 on a sachet to bring home.
8. Skyline stroll
For the best views, and a great way to roam free, take to the Bath Skyline path that runs 10km across the hilltops from university hill to Little Solsbury Hill, past iron-age forts and Roman settlements.
9. Museum time
With pieces from 15th-century artists to the modern day, the Victoria Art Gallery counts many famous names including Gainsborough, Sickert and Zoffany. Best of all, it’s free and during school holidays you can also attend the popular children’s workshops.
10. Take a ghost tour
Get spooked on one of the city’s Ghost Tours (adults £8, kids £6) and keep your eyes peeled for the Theatre Royal’s poltergeist, the Royal Crescent’s singing lady and the Gravel Walk’s eerie goings on…
Access all the sights from our Bath Central hotel.
*all prices correct at time of writing