Bath has a very special place in my heart. When Andy and I were planning our wedding in November, we booked our honeymoon for 6 weeks later as we wanted to be away for New Years Eve. We also didn’t want to go straight back to work after our wedding, so we decided to have a little ‘mini moon’ and booked a couple of nights in Bath.
We’ve been back a couple of times since, but we really wanted to take the girls. As somewhere that means a lot to us, we wanted to share this beautiful city with them.
When Family and Friends Railcard got in touch and asked if we wanted to go on adventure by train, I jumped at the chance as I knew this would be the perfect chance for us to go to Bath as a family. Travelling by train is not something that we do a lot as a family, unless we are heading to London and we should do it more often.
After looking at a few different journey options we decided to drive to a fairly local train station that would mean we could go direct to Bath in 46 minutes, which is no time at all. Plus driving to Bath can be a nightmare as it’s just so busy and I’ve never been and not queued to get in. This would mean a much easier journey for us. Plus we all know how exciting trains are for children.
I set about looking at what we could do that would be ideal for the girls. Having only been as a couple before and heading to the Bath Spa, which I highly recommend, it was lovely to have a chance to see Bath differently.
We brought our tickets using our Family and Friends Railcard and for the four of us it was only £28.70 return, with Holly being free. By using our Family and Friends Railcard we made a saving of £18.80!
The girls were really excited and this is the first time that Holly had been on a train that she will remember. We were lucky that it was quiet on the train and we got a seat with a table. They both spent the journey chatting, looking out the window and doing some colouring. The time flew by and it was a lovely relaxed journey.
Before we knew it we had arrived in Bath and couldn’t wait to start exploring.
The excitement just kept on coming for the girls when we told them we were going on an open top bus. Holly LOVES playing with buses and this made her day. We brought our tickets from the tourist information office that was on the train platform and both girls were free, which was brilliant. We then headed to the bus stop which was opposite the train station. We were going to do the city tour, there is also a skyline tour you can do which includes stops at Bath’s National Trust which we would love to go to next time. Both tours are covered with the one ticket.
It wasn’t actually that cold, but Alice insisted on wearing a hat and gloves!
On the bus you can pick up headphones for free and listen to the audio as you go round. We just enjoyed looking at the views.
The first stop we got off at was the Royal Crescent, which is such a beautiful sight. It is 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent. It is one of the greatest examples of Georgian architect in our country. It’s also on the edge on the Royal Victoria Park.
We were going to hop back on the bus and head round to stop 13 which is where they have a brilliant playground, but we decided to walk there through the park as it wasn’t far and such a beautiful walk.
The playground is one of the best I’ve seen, there was so much to do and split into different areas to cater for different ages. The girls had lots of fun and it was only their hungry tummies that got them to leave.
We got back on the bus and headed back into the city centre for some lunch, as we had worked up quite an appetite by then. We went to ASK, as it’s a favourite for the girls and it’s right in the city.
After lunch we headed off to explore Bath city centre. First stop was Pulteney Bridge, which is one of the most photographed bridges in Bath and it also The Weir which is on the River Avon.
As we strolled through the streets of Bath City Centre, which is so familiar to Andy and I, sharing little snippets to the girls of things Andy and I had done or been to. Alice loves all these stories. Right in the centre you will find the gorgeous Bath Abbey, which is a beautiful sight and is alongside the Roman Baths. I love the feel of Bath, with it’s old buildings and signs.
I also had to show them the Christmas shop, it’s the only one I’ve ever come across and it is there all year round. Yes, you can enjoy Christmas anytime of the year.
I love what they’ve done with all the old telephone boxes, these were everywhere. Alice asked me what a telephone box was, I’ve never felt so old!
As it was getting close to our train leaving, Andy checked the train app and discovered our train was cancelled, but thankfully there was another one not too long afterwards. We decided to head to a cafe called Cafe Au Lait, which was opposite the train station for a coffee and a cake for the girls.
What made going on the train to Bath even easier for us, is that the train station is right behind the shops. We are at the stage where Holly doesn’t always need a pushchair, but does get tired. We decided not to bring it with us and she went on Andy’s shoulders when she needed a rest.
It was finally time for us to head to the train station and go home. After a lovely day in Bath sharing this special city with our girls, we were all ready to have a nice sit down and relax on the train.
Disclosure: We are working with Family and Friends Railcard on this post. All thoughts, photos and opinions are entirely my own.