Spotlight on Bath: A guide on where to eat and shop, what’s on and the exceptional schools and transport links into the city.
Located in Somerset, Bath is the county’s largest city and is situated west of London.
Where to go
The city is most famous for its Roman Baths where visitors can relax in the natural hot springs, but it also boasts other architectural gems such as the Royal Crescent and the Circus. The Jane Austen Centre is another tourist hotspot set up to celebrate the city’s renowned former resident.
Despite being relatively small, there are plenty of places to shop, eat and drink in Bath. Perhaps most popular is Milsom Place which has a mixture of well-known brands as well as artisan shops, all in pretty surroundings. SouthGate Bath is another shopping area that offers a wide range of shops and restaurants to choose from.
Bath also has a lot to offer in terms of foodie hotspots. Gastro pubs like the Marlborough Tavern offer traditional dishes using local produce, while cosy cafés like Wild Café are perfect for brunch and sweet treats. You’ll also find a host of pubs and breweries that are known for their craft beers, Somerset ciders and classic cocktails. For evening entertainment, Green Park Brasserie Kitchen and Bar is known for its live music, with jazz, funk and swing on offer.
For culture vultures, Bath has an exceptional range of museums and galleries. Head to No.1 Royal Crescent to find out about the history of one of the country’s most exquisite examples of Georgian architecture, or to the Holburne Museum to discover the famous collection of Sir William Holburne. Regular exhibitions are hosted all year round.
Immerse yourself in Bath’s lively festivals, theatres, music and sporting events, which take place throughout the year. The multi-arts Bath Festival, which combines literature and music events, was inaugurated in 2017 with 130 events taking place over ten days. There is also plenty for kids to do with the Children’s Literature Festival taking place between September and October.
The family-friendly Longleat is well worth the 35-minute drive from Bath, where you’ll find the immensely impressive stately home as well as the drive-through Longleat Safari Park - the first of its kind outside of Africa.
There are some outstanding schools in Bath. Primary school options include Newbridge Primary School, rated Good by Ofsted and Bathwick St Mary Church School, which has won a number of local and national awards.
Secondary school options include Monkton Combe School, an independent day and boarding school for both boys and girls, as well as Royal High School, an independent day and boarding secondary school for girls. There is also Kingswood School, a leading co-educational boarding school and the oldest Methodist educational institution in the world. Prior Park College is another independent school, set in a Grade I listed building overlooking the city of Bath.
State school options are Upper Oldfield Park, a secondary school for girls rated Good by Ofsted, as well as Norton Hill in nearby Midsomer Norton which is co-educational and also ranked Good by Ofsted.
The University of Bath is currently ranked 6th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide and 11th by the Complete University Guide. Bath University is now established as a top 10 UK university for research and boasts a gold award in teaching excellence.
Train journeys from Bath Spa to Bristol take just over ten minutes, while a straight train into London Paddington takes around an hour and a half. There is an excellent bus service covering most of Bath and its surroundings, including journeys to Bath University and regular services to Bristol and further. The main Bath bus station is close to Bath Spa train station.
Bath is accessible via the M4 and the A36/A303 from London. In addition to this, there are good road links to the West Country, Wales and the Midlands.
Matthew Leonard, Director of winkworth Bath provides an overview of the Bath property market:
“Prices have stabilised in the last two years and possibly fallen slightly in the apartment market - one bedroom apartments are generally priced around £250,000 upwards, while family houses start at £500,000 and Georgian townhouses sell for between £2-3,000,000.
“While Brexit has impacted confidence, the major issue has been Stamp Duty increases, which affected London prices, and has in turn affected the Bath property market. However, this has been negated slightly by inward investment from ex-patriate buyers taking advantage of a cheap pound.
“At present, it’s a fairly level playing field for buyers and sellers. Where sellers are accepting price reductions they will generally be able to pass this onto their onward purchase so it is all relative. For those sitting on their hands waiting for a Brexit solution, they may be waiting for some time.”
Bath has played host to a number of period film sets including The Duchess with Keira Knightley and Les Misérables, as well as a number of Jane Austen adaptations.
Properties for sale
Ideal for First Time Buyers
Sydney Road, Bath
2 bedroom flat/apartment in Sydney Road
This charming garden apartment enjoys easy access to a vast array of nearby communal facilities in Bath city centre and is walking distance from Bath Spa station and the University of Bath. Neighbouring the Sydney Gardens, this contemporary two bedroom flat offers a Georgian beauty with a spacious sitting room and kitchen featuring French doors that open to an outdoor sun terrace. The property has been designed to offer an office space and a lavishly sized master bedroom that is fit and comfortable for a first buy.
Ideal for a family
Midford Lane, Limpley Stoke, Bath
4 bedroom house in Limpley Stoke
This delightful four to five bedroom home features a beautiful sitting room perfect for both family life and entertaining. The room is spacious with large glass doors to the rear garden that reflects natural light and an open space. The garden is truly an ideal feature of this house, with its leafy trees and grass areas suitable for large families with young members. In addition to three bedrooms and a master ensuite with built in wardrobe, there is an additional room upstairs which can be used as a playroom, guest room or for storage. This lovely family home is a short drive from the city of Bath and from Freshford neighbourhood, with its community shop, cafe, pub, train station and exceptional local Freshford School for the young members of the family.
Ideal for investors
New Marchants Passage, Bath
2 bedroom flat/apartment in Bath
This contemporary two bedroom apartment is located in the hub of Bath city. A short pleasant walk to Bath Spa station and a short train journey to Bath University, this comfortable living space is ideal for sharing, featuring a combined sitting area with natural lighting and fitted kitchen space. Two double bedrooms are generously sized with a polished shared bathroom suite perfect for communal student living. Popular shops and local amenities are at the doorstep of this home.
Ideal for downsizers
Circus Place, Bath
3 bedroom house in Bath
A wonderful semi-detached enclosed house situated in a central location behind The Circus, a short walk from Bath city centre. Downstairs features an entrance hall, a combined sitting and dining area and spacious kitchen. This beautiful property comprises of three bedrooms with access to a small outdoor terrace. It further benefits a garage for space, parking or storage. Bath city’s many delights are a short walk from this property.
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