Why Bath is a Great Holiday Destination for Families
When most people think of Bath they picture the history and heritage of the place, the famous Roman baths, the super-duper fancy (ahem...expensive) hotels and top end restaurants. But parents who fancy a stay in Bath can rest assured knowing that there is plenty to do with kids and great places to stay even when on a budget.
Bath has great transport links whether you decide to fly into Bristol International Airport, take the train or pack the car and drive. And once you're there it offers a large range of family-friendly activities and ways to enjoy the beautiful city. We've come up with five brilliant reasons why Bath is a great holiday destination for families.
If you fancy getting a little active and seeing the city from different angles then we'd recommend heading to Original Wild. They offer innovative outdoor activities, training and tours, for all ages and abilities from 8 years and older, accompanied by an adult. Highly qualified instructors with great knowledge of Bath will give you an experience you'll never forget. Some of the highlights are stand-up paddle tours, kayaking and raft building. Or if you fancy leaving the city then you'll be able to experience rock climbing or mountain walking.
Prices depend on the activity you choose, but as an idea kayaking will cost from £20.00 per person per session.
This must visit location in Bath is a big part of the reason for its World Heritage Site status. The Roman Baths is one of only two Roman baths in the world that still have hot mineral water filling the baths every day.
The baths were built in around 70AD and now incorporate an interactive museum. Bath is known as Aquae Sulis named after a small town in Italy due to its hot springs. Visitors are transported back in time to the lifestyle of the Roman Aquae Sulis period. You walk on the same stones they walked on and see the baths and architecture as they saw it. Let everyone’s imagination run wild with a visit and be sure to get the special audio guides for children.
Prices fluctuate depending on when you go, but as a guide under 6’s are free and expect to pay around £25.00 per adult, £17.50 for children or a family ticket of 2 adults, 2 children is £69.00 based on end of July weekday 2021. Booking is essential as they are proactively very Covid-19 safe.
Located in the assembly rooms, the museum has close to 100,000 exhibits. The Fashion Museum is a great option for older kids studying textiles whilst younger children will be kept amused with attractions like the Victorian fashion dressing up area, colouring sheets, and other creative activities that the museum has during the school holidays.
Two adults and up to 4 children are £30.00. Individual prices are £9.50 for adults, £7.25 for children with a senior and student rate of £8.50
Bath Electric Boats
The Bath Electric Boats are described as ‘truly unique and memorable canal cruises’. Private and public boat tours are given on electric boats that explore Bath from the waterways so if you don't fancy getting on a paddle board with Original Wild above, then this is a gentle, soothing way to see the sights and experience the historic Kennet and Avon Canal.
A 2 hour private cruise for up to 10 people is £240.00, other options are available. Shared experiences are less, but not available at the time of writing.
Bath on the Beach or Ice Skating
Yes, really, if you’re torn between the seaside or a city break, then Bath have thought of that! There’s a sandy beach open all summer in Victoria Park, which has a bar serving Caribbean cocktails, a variety of games to play, palm trees to sit under and great food. Their wood fired Pizzas are scrumptious and mouth-wateringly delicious. Children are allowed on the beach any time before 6pm.
The same team bring Bath on Ice to the city every December, with ice skating, well lit pathways and the very same delicious wood fired pizza.
So there you have five great activities for families in Bath, of course should you wish to travel further there are even more great things to do in the wider area as well as in Bath itself. For example Bath is a short drive from or coach trip away from Longleat Safari Park. If you're after some more inspiration on what to do in Bath then check out our post on 5 great free activities that are perfect for families visiting this amazing city.