15 ways to spend Valentine's Day in Bath
PUBLISHED: 15:56 25 January 2019
COPYRIGHT COLIN HAWKINS 2008
Whether you and your other half enjoy setting out on scenic strolls, sitting down to cosy candlelit dinners or whiling away time in the spa, Bath is a city built to rekindle the romance this Valentine's Day. Here are 15 ways to celebrate...
Walk to the View
Take a quiet stroll, hand in hand, to tick off the many romantic spots that the city has to offer. On a Walk to the View you will leave the city centre behind as you follow in the footsteps of the Georgians. Promenade down grand streets, meander along the picturesque canal and amble through the meadows of Bathwick Fields where you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the city.
For a truly memorable experience, treat a loved one to a hot air balloon ride. With an exhilarating bird’s eye view of Bath, you will glide over remarkable sights such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and lush landscapes, just beyond the city’s boundaries, providing a photogenic backdrop for capturing the moment. You can take to the skies with either Bath Balloons or Bailey Balloons, both offering flights across the city and countryside for larger groups of up to 15, as well as romantic balloon rides for two.
You can take a tower tour at Bath Abbey where you get incredible views over the city. Going behind the scenes, you climb the 212 steps to Bath Abbey’s roof, with stops at the ringing and bell chambers to discover their fascinating history. Bath Abbey offers tower tours for two so if you’re planning a proposal, it’s a breathtaking spot to get down on one knee.
Immerse yourselves in the countryside and one another’s company with a leisurely boat tour along the tranquil River Avon. Pulteney Cruisers depart from the famous Pulteney Bridge and travel through the picturesque countryside of the Avon Valley to the charming village of Bathampton.
Following a morning of seeing the sights together wrap up warm for winter picnic in Royal Victoria Park or on the Royal Crescent Lawn. On a Saturday you can fill your hamper with all manner of treats from Bath Farmers Market at Green Park Station before finding a secluded corner of the Botanical Gardens.
For more camera-friendly views, head off on the Bath Skyline Walk, famed for its wild flowers and stunning vistas of the city. On the way you’ll pass Prior Park landscape garden designed by Capability Brown, home to one of just four Palladian bridges in the world, and one of the most photographed spots in Bath.
Ivy Bath Brasserie
If the weather isn’t in the mood for a romantic picnic, take a table for two at the Ivy Bath Brasserie. The elegant Georgian building has been given a sympathetic, art deco inspired restoration, making it the perfect setting for a casual yet stylish lunch or afternoon tea.
If your Valentine’s budget didn’t stretch to a weekend away in Paris, Chez Dominique is the next best thing. At this charming brasserie both the à la carte and prix fixe menus offer the very best gastronomic delights of French fine dining and bistro classics, from steak and pomme frites to chocolate fondant.
For high quality and modern British fare served up in a warm and friendly pub atmosphere book a table for two at The Chequers. Using local and seasonal produce, the dishes are delicately balanced and beautifully presented for a picture perfect plate sure to tantalise the taste buds and leave you with many happy memories of your romantic evening together.
If you aren’t quite ready to turn in for the night, why not make the most of Bath’s vibrant nightlife? Head to Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club where you can laugh together at three, top stand-up comedians and the very best compères in the business.
Theatre Royal Bath
For something a little more sophisticated, enjoy a show at the Theatre Royal Bath, one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain, offering a wonderfully varied programme of high quality drama, including West End productions, opera, comedy and dance.
Bath’s chic cocktail bars
If a performance seems too high-brow you could head to one of Bath’s chic cocktail bars for a nightcap before checking in to a hotel. The award-winning Sub 13 is handsomely decorated with sweeping leather booths and subdued lighting to create the perfect ambience to enjoy a delicious cocktail from the well curated list. Click here to see more of our favourite cocktail bars in the city.
Set in the centre of Georgian Bath, the boutique Queensberry Hotel offers an elegant city retreat. For a lavish experience check in to the Four Poster Suite, which boasts a custom-made, seven-foot bed, L-shaped seating area, double walk through shower and a chaise longue to recline on. Make your stay even more special by taking advantage of the midweek gourmet dining package, which includes Chris Cleghorn’s sumptuous five-course seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings.
Dream Stays apartment
For a luxurious stay which feels a little more private, check into a self-catering Dream Stays apartment. Filled with bags of well thought out features and quirky extras, these bright and spacious city centre pads offer an inviting bolt-hole for two. And if creating your own breakfast to enjoy in bed sounds too much like hard work, enjoy a continental or full English breakfast at Harington’s Hotel.
With just three beautifully decorated suites the elegant Grove Lodge makes for a comfortable and intimate stay. In the morning you can stay cosy in bed as trays brimming with food are brought up to your private lounge. And if you book for a two night midweek stay in the Georgian or Roman Suite, Grove Lodge will treat you to a session at Thermae Bath Spa.
Thermae Bath Spa
After a busy morning and a leisurely lunch take time to unwind at Thermae Bath Spa. Bathe in naturally warm water and enjoy 360 degree views of Bath from the rooftop pool before exploring the Wellness Suite. Visit midweek with the Thermae Together package and you will enjoy two four hour spa sessions, two dishes and two non-alcoholic drinks at the Springs Café and a choice of treatments for two.
Hold on! We have plenty more ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day!