We know that planning a wedding and adding on a hen can not only stressful but also pretty darn expensive so we thought we’d make your life a little easier by putting together a quick guide to the city with our own insider knowledge!
Your best bet for getting in and out of Bath is most probably train – public transport means that there’s no pressure on anybody to take the wheel and be responsible for driving. The station is located really conveniently in the thick of city centre life and Bath is well connected to London, with journeys talking only an hour but it’s not difficult to travel from other corners of the country too.
Especially when you’re coming in from London, catching a long distance bus with a national coach company is a fantastic budget option. The station is right next to the rail terminal and coach travel is ideal for a cheeky nap on your way back home too!
Of course, it’s not impossible to drive to Bath – simply take junction 18 off the M4 - but we’d recommend leaving the car at home as the city is really not friendly to motorists. Many of the inner city streets are one way, pedestrianised and winding leading to stressed out and lost drivers! If you must take the car, we’d suggest using one of the city’s many fantastic park and ride facilities.
If you’re looking for a slightly more chilled out evening with a touch of class and culture, look no further than the pretty Theatre Royal! Stand in the footsteps of great ladies and princesses who holidayed in the city during the Victorian and Georgian eras and catch some cracking performances before they head off to the west end or even just after.
The Little Theatre is a fantastically unique place to catch a film when you and the girls are away. It’s independently owned and run and shows both new releases and old school or foreign language and Indie flicks for cheaper prices than the usual chain cinemas. Even better, there’s a small bar on site so that you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching!
Now we know it might sound a little strange to feature a kitchenware shop in our top independent picks in Bath but believe us, if you’re no stranger to a frying pan, this beautiful array of everything from eye-wateringly expensive cast-iron pans to intricate jelly moulds and edible glitter is liable to bring on a case of the shakes… You won’t be able to leave without buying at least something, believe us.
Quintessentially English, this pretty tea shop is the perfect hangout if you want to drink tea or buy it by the kilo. The cakes aren’t half bad too. Run by some seriously lovely tea-loving people, this is a wonderful pit-stop if your feet are feeling weary after traipsing around the city.
Even if your hen group is not well populated by book lovers, it would be hard to find anyone unimpressed by the charm of this place. Featuring book-lined walls fit to send any bookworm’s heart aflutter, unique ‘reading spa’ experiences, the opportunity to read to your heart’s content with a cup of tea and a biscuit for just a small free and even a bath full of books (do you see what they did there!?).
Here's a quick selection of 100% free activities to try out in the city!
The Mayor’s Honorary Guides is a fantastic organisation based in the city of Bath which combines local residents and their incredible knowledge of the area to create a series of completely free tours! Meet one of these super friendly individuals outside the Pump Rooms every day of the year at 10.30 or 14.00. Now that’s dedication.
Now we know that art and sculpture may not be right at the top of your list in Bath but if you find yourselves with a spare couple of hours and funds are down after the previous night’s tequila-a-thon, take a look in at the beautiful Holburne museum for free. Art ranges from the classical to the ultra modern and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
If the weather’s nice on your hen, take a peek around one of Bath’s many parks. Victoria Park is perhaps the most famous and central, containing an impressive obelisk dedicated to Queen Victoria herself and when you’re finished there, check out Alice Park or Alexandra Park too.