A Perfect Family Weekend: Bath, England

Enjoy these activities for a family weekend in Bath, England.

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Whether Bath, England is your primary destination or whether you are looking for a nice few days trip within easy reach of London, this city has a lot of family fun and adventure to offer! It is within easy reach of the Cotswolds region on England and offers beautiful peaceful views of rolling hills and greenery. The city itself is quite walkable and the train station (Bath Spa Station) is very convenient to get to/from Heathrow Airport or to/from London or other parts of the U.K.

Here are our 6 favorite family-approved itinerary add-ons for a great time in Bath, England.

1. Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is a convenient and fun place for kids to take in the beautiful architecture throughout this city. The Abbey is typically open 9-4:30 pm and has a few pounds suggested donation.

If you happen to be there when there is a tour, take it as it allows you to climb the bell tower (always a fun experience for kids and families alike). There is a small cost for the tour and tower climb.

2. Royal Crescent

Head to the No. 1 Royal Crescent (1 Royal Crescent) for a few hours at this museum that the whole family will enjoy. This charity museum is decorated as it might have been during the late 1700s. The rooms reveal what life was like for Bath’s residents during this time period.

When you arrive, ask for a kid’s History Detective Pack. It’s free and it’ll keep the kids busy and excited about the destination!

3. Topping and Co.

Why is a bookstore on our best kid-friendly destinations, do you ask? I find a bookstore in Europe is a particularly fun stop for families with kids. Most of them, including Topping and Co. in Bath (The Paragon), have a wonderful kids section full of unique and interesting books you may not be able to find at home. It’s a great stop for some quiet reading and browsing.

4. Pulteney Bridge

The Pulteney Bridge is the center of Bath, crossing the River Avon. It has shops and activities on both sides of the bridge and makes for a great family photo.

5. Bath Sports and Leisure Centre

This is a great place for kids to run around and just have fun! The Bath Sports and Leisure Centre just across the River Avon.

There is bowling, a trampoline park, dodgeball court and a soft-play activity center for the younger set. Cost is reasonable but times and do vary among the different activities, so be sure to check and register in advance.

6. Day Trips

This is a super-convenient base to do some day trips around England. For families, I highly recommend the Mad Max Tours. The guides are awesome, the mini-buses keep the groups small, and you get to check the boxes off some beautiful sites throughout England!

Mad Max, just like several of the other tour companies that pickup/drop off in Bath, have several different tours to choose from. You can get closeup views of the Cotswolds, Stonehenge and more.

(Tip: These day tours are a leisurely way for kids to fight the jet lag. Get off the bus and see a site, go back to sleep on the bus, repeat.)

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