16 July 2016

Mini Break in Bath

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For mine and my boyfriend's 3 year anniversary we decided to celebrate by taking a trip to the beautiful city of Bath. Neither of us had been before, so we were both excited to explore a new town and spend some time together.

We travelled by train (an hour and a half from Paddington) and stayed for 2 nights in the local Premier Inn. We found that everywhere was within walking distance, which was perfect as neither of us have a car.

We started our trip with a visit to the Thermae Bath Spa, where you can bathe in naturally-warm, mineral waters in an open-air rooftop pool. The spa also has a larger pool in the basement and several scented steam rooms (my favourite was eucalyptus). The spa currently has a promotion with Great Western Railway, where you get four hours in the spa for the price of a 2-hour session. As we travelled by train, we naturally took advantage of this offer, which meant we got to enjoy all the elements of the spa at a relaxed pace.
thermae bath spa open air rooftop pool
Open-air rooftop pool. Source: Thermae Bath Spa
The next morning we started our day with a scrumptious breakfast at The Boston Tea Party in Kingsmead Square, which was about a two minute walk from the hotel - perfect for rolling out of bed. I got an iced coffee and my boyfriend opted for the banana and peanut butter milkshake. I loved that mine was made with avocado, it gave it a creamy frappĂ© texture. For food I went for the brown rice porridge as it sounded intriguing and Canaan got scotch pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. The porridge was yummy - I loved the mango and blueberries - and it is vegan and gluten free so a good option for those with dietary restrictions. The bf enjoyed his brekkie as well - he'd been craving pancakes for a while!
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boston tea party lifestyle food blogger cafe
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boston tea party cafe food lifestyle blogger
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After breakfast, we set off to see the sights, starting with The Circus. Of course I had to snap some pretty houses along the way...
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pretty house architecture english
After schlepping up a pretty steep hill, we eventually arrived at The Circus which was incredibly picturesque...the circus england houses architecturethe circus england architecture pretty houses
the circus england pretty houses architecture
A short, flat (thank god) walk away is The Royal Crescent, which is similar to the houses of The Circus but in a crescent shape (as the name might suggest) not a circle.
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the royal crescent
And in typical British fashion, we got caught in a downpour so had to run down a hill (me slipping and sliding in my stupid shoes) to take shelter underneath some trees. Luckily it was just a shower so we could get on with our day.

The most famous (and crowded) place we visited during our stay was the Roman Baths. Although it was on the pricey side, it's well worth a look. The terrace is gorgeous and of course we perched on the edge of the main bath to feel the heated waters. Inside are well preserved smaller baths and rooms (too dark to photograph) that are lovely as well. The visit ended with a cup of spa water - not delicious but all part of the experience!
the roman baths entranceThe Roman Baths
The Roman Baths
Next up was a much-needed coffee ice cream (it was a holiday after all) beside the River Avon, overlooking the famous weir and Pulteney Bridge.
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pulteney bridge river avon
river avon weirriver avon pulteney bridge weirThe final highlight of the trip was a visit to Sally Lunn's Eating House, the oldest house in Bath and home of the Sally Lunn bun. I chose the "amazing" lemon curd topping, while my boyfriend went for the cinnamon butter option. We washed them down with some delicious raspberry lemonade.
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view from sally lunns window
sally lunns eating house and museum buns
Overall, I had a wonderful time in Bath and would recommend it to anyone looking for a short break with lots to see and do. Like I said before it is perfect for those without a car, and the whole city is so pretty and clean it's a delight to walk around.

To see what I wore whilst traipsing around the city, I've got an outfit post coming soon, so look out for that!

Thank you so much if you reached the end of this post and leave me a suggestion below for where I should take a mini break next!
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