5 of the Best Free Family-Friendly Attractions in Bath
Bath is a treasure trove of Roman history and Georgian architecture which makes it a perfect place for any budding historians. It also has a wealth of beautiful green spaces and pretty river and canal views. Bath is a great place to spend a long weekend with plenty of free family activities too. We’ve narrowed down some of our favourite free things to do as a family in Bath.
Heritage and history is abound at every corner in Bath and when you’ve finished, or need a break, soaking up the atmosphere take a stroll around the shopping area in the city centre. There you'll find all sorts of cute boutique and unusual shops, as well as loads of small cafes where you can top up your energy levels with some delicious goodies.
Go to the Circus
No, not that kind of circus! The Circus is a small grassy green surrounded by houses that is designed to symbolise the sun and the moon. When viewed from above with the roads nearby the area resembles a key. The houses around the green compete with Royal Crescent for their impressive architecture and some say that the Circus is reminiscent of the Roman Colosseum. It has to be seen to be believed!
Victoria Park is a huge park that has a boating pond, botanical garden, golf course and, of course, a playground. When the weather is favourable during the summer you'll be able to see hot air balloons launching from the park. To get the best view of Bath you can book your own balloon flight and sore high above the city. However, if you'd prefer to keep your feet plat on the ground, we know your kids will love watching them take off.
Stroll Along the Canal Tow Path
The canal path is lovely in its own right, but also takes you past beautifully decorated canal barges and houseboats, past Sydney Gardens and the Cleveland Tunnel and Cleveland House. There are picturesque pubs along the way, so it’s an easy way to spend a gentle time beside the water’s edge with toilet facilities and refreshments never far away. Remember to take your cameras with you and have a competition to see who takes the best picture.
Bath City Farm
Just outside the city, Bath City Farm has plenty to keep everyone in the family amused for hours. It offers lots of animals, including pigs, sheep, goats, cows, Shetland ponies and chickens including rare breed and rescue ex-battery hens.
For children, they offer animal feeding and crafts. On certain days they offer a toddler groud as well. The farm also offers activities such garland headdress making for a small charge.
It's not just about the animals as the farm has a history trail full of exciting landscaping such as the dinosaur in the grass, real fossils and more. As well as the history trail they have a nature trail that goes through woodland, wildflower meadows and grassy fields. As you wander through, take a seat and enjoy the wildlife pond where you can look for newts, frogs, tadpoles and dragonflies. There's also a treehouse that we know your kids will love.
If you think that was it, you'd be mistaken. The Fort Play Area inspired by a medieval castle offers a chance for little ones to run around and let off steam. There are benches and a grassy slope ideal for picnics.
Make sure you visit the outdoor amphitheatre whilst you're there. It's been created from a bomb crater and they hold concerts and theatre performances there.
At Bath City Farm there is a cafe serving mostly home grown and homemade food. They grow a lot of vegetables and there are often fresh vegetables to buy. Admission is free, but please do consider helping them with a donation if you enjoy your time there.
Forget the stuffy art gallery reputation, Victoria Art Gallery is family friendly and offers holiday activities aimed at children between the ages of 3-11, including children’s crafts and a spotter trail. It’s a gorgeous 19th Century building next to the famous Pulteney Bridge in the centre of Bath, so you can't miss it.
Please not that the museum is not open on monday's, with the exception of bank holidays.
We all love Bath and we know you'll have an amazing family trip there. Its beauty and atmosphere as well these great activities and the many others that you can find to do in Bath and the surrounding area will have you talking about your break for years to come.