A Trip To Bath With Family And Friends Railcard…

A Trip To Bath With Family And Friends Railcard…

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.

Have you heard of the Family and Friends railcard? You can travel with up to four adults and four kids (aged 5 to 15) benefiting from the discount on every journey making it perfect for those times you want to go on an adventure with family or friends.You can have two named adults on one Railcard meaning if you’re not using it the other named person can. Our card has both mine and Andy’s names on meaning either of us could take the kids out on the train and use the card. The only restriction is you have to have at least 1 paying child with you.
A Family and Friends Railcard costs just £30 for a whole year!
Have you made plans this half term? As by using your Railcard and travelling by train you can get 2FOR1 entry offers on many attractions such as Tower of London, London Eye,  or LSL London Zoo. Which is a brilliant offer!
Will you be hopping on the train this half term?

Disclosure: We are working with Family and Friends Railcard on this post. All thoughts, photos and opinions are entirely my own.




  1. 23/10/2017 / 09:54

    Bath is on our list of places to visit! It looks absolutely beautiful, I love visiting roman cities.

  2. I love bath. I haven’t been for a few years, but last time we did the Christmas markets. We’ve travelled by train a few times with the boys and they love it.

  3. 23/10/2017 / 14:46

    Oh I am in love with Bath. I have always wanted to visit the Royal Crescent, it just looks like perfection. We will always get a train into a city centre rather than drive as it is far less stressful and kinder to the environment. When we stay with my parents in Suffolk, we will often get the train into Norwich and my two children love it. I think that the train ride is probably one of their favourite parts of the day! I need that train app on my phone too!

  4. It looks like you had a fantastic day out. My eldest lobe trains and I know she would love that playground. I really want to visit bath one day.

  5. 24/10/2017 / 13:50

    Oh this fabulous, you can see the joy on your faces, it looks like pure quality family time. Bath isn’t an area we have explored before but it looks like somewhere we would enjoy an we always use our railcard too. Mich x

  6. 25/10/2017 / 20:51

    I love to take the train places. For the kids, it’s half of the fun of the trip taking the train! And I also love that they can move around and that the toilet moves with you! We used the family rail pass in Ireland last year and found it a great savings. x

  7. 26/10/2017 / 07:28

    What a lovely day out. I love Bath, it’s like stepping back in time into a Jane Austen novel when you are there. So lovely that the girls enjoyed themselves. Will definitely be looking into getting a railcard for my family for those day trips away. You made such a good saving!

  8. 26/10/2017 / 10:14

    I have not been to Bath for years and years but it is one of my favourite places!! So clean and beautiful! We love going by train – I think the girls love being on a train more than the place we actually go to – it is a day trip in itself isn’t it? x

  9. 27/10/2017 / 10:08

    What a great opportunity. It seems so much more of an adventure for children when you go on the train doesn’t it? Bath is a place that I have never visited but it looks so lovely it reminds me a little of Chester. Definitely a place we need to visit – maybe even by train!

  10. 29/10/2017 / 23:10

    Oh I love Bath and the Christmas shop! This is a great deal and something we could have done with on our recent trip to London. It would have saved us so much money! Good idea on the 2for1 tickets as well. We have used the London zoo offer before and it makes a big difference to the total cost of the day out. Beautiful photos as always x

  11. 16/03/2018 / 23:23

    WE’re off to Cadbury World with ours! You went to my favourite UK city – isn’t Bath beautiful?!

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