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10 things to do in Bath this summer

The sun is shining and the Georgian streets of Bath have never looked lovelier. If you’re planning to party Jane Austen-style this summer, we’ve got some diamonds for your diary. From a pride of lions to exciting festivals, here’s why you should book YHA Bath for a city break with style.

1. Party Internationally or on the Fringe

Visit Bath at the end of May to catch TWO amazing festivals – what’s not to love? Bath International Music Festival brings world-class artists together in a range of historic venues. Or go darker and edgier with the rule-breaking Bath Fringe Festival; you’ll find everything from street art to plays.

2. Take cream tea at Sally Lunn’s

Locally-made clotted cream, thick strawberry jam and the famous Sally Lunn Bun! If your mouth isn’t watering already, take a trip to the city’s most historic eating house. You’ll find plenty to whet your appetite and it’s the perfect way to break up a day exploring Bath’s museums and attractions.

3. Walk the skyline or relax in the park

Bath’s skyline is beautiful – rows of white Georgian houses and spires, with rolling green hills beyond. The National Trust has a short walk with stunning panoramic views and you only need an hour or so to do it. Or spend a few hours in Victoria Park; it’s ideal for a game of golf or a picnic.

4. Sip spa water at the Roman Baths

Don’t miss the national treasure that gave Bath its name. If you’re a fan of Roman history, this well-preserved site’s structures will take your breath away. So what does genuine spa water taste like? You’ll have to go to the Pump Room to find out, but it is fab for cooling you down on a hot day.

5. Laugh yourself silly on the comedy walk

If you want something hysterical rather than historical, the Bizarre Bath comedy walk is a breath of fresh air. Learn the stories of Bath with a funny twist and spend and change your view of the city forever. You’ll find some excellent comedy clubs dotted around the town centre too.

6. Get creative at the Forest of Imagination

For a festival that makes you think and do, you can’t beat the Forest of Imagination. In June the spaces inside and around Bath Abbey are transformed into a mix of art installations, outdoor theatre and creative activities. Join the fun and get playful at this free event for all ages.

7. Drink up some local tipples

With all that amazing water, it’d be a crime if Bath didn’t have a thriving local drinks scene. Try Bath Gin at the Canary Gin Bar, take a tour at the Bath Brew House, or squeeze in at The Coer de Lion – the city’s smallest pub. You’ll find plenty of well-crafted concoctions to tickle your taste buds.

8. Drive through lions at Longleat

Did you know you can find a pride (and prejudice) of lions just 15 minutes from Bath? Longleat Safari and Adventure Park was the first of its kind outside Africa. Get close and personal with giraffes and lemurs, or watch big cats like cheetahs, lions and tigers from the safety of your car.

9. Dress up for the Jane Austen Festival

Meet Lizzie, Emma and *swoon* Mr Darcy at Bath’s vibrant celebration of Jane Austen. There’s a summer ball, a costumed promenade and plenty to ignite your imagination. If you’re open to Persuasion, remember to drop by at the fascinating Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street too.

10. Find yourself at Stonehenge

Get in touch with your Neolithic ancestors with a visit to the majestic stones of Stonehenge. The iconic site sits just an hour’s drive from Bath and the summer solstice is unforgettable. Soak up the atmosphere, ponder the meaning of life and watch the sun rise at this ancient monument.

Sound fabulous? Book a stay at YHA Bath here!

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