Why go on a family holiday to Bath?
Bath is a destination that’s really famous for its amazing architecture and incredible cultural attractions. So, I could understand if you assume it’s best for grown-up – rather than family – breaks. But, there’s actually an awful lot here to appeal to parents and kids; check out my guide to why this city is brilliant for family holidays.
1) Top attractions cater for kids
Personally, a trip to Bath – especially if it’s your first – wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of its history. Of course, this is often where family holidays hit a snag, since little children can quickly become bored exploring sites like this, especially when they do not cater for younger audiences.
Thankfully, you don’t need to worry about this in Bath. Top attractions usually have things to entertain younger visitors, ensuring they have fun and learn at the same time. Let’s look at the Roman Baths as an example.
This is probably the city’s top attraction, and it’s certainly its most famous historical site. Come here as a family and you’ll find there’s a great audio guide designed specially for kids, and while strolling around you’ll meet costumed guides who will tell you tales from the past.
2) There are plenty of fun things to do centrally
Another good thing about coming here as a family is that there is plenty to entertain you right in the city centre, which means you don’t need to worry too much about negotiating public transport or trying to keep the kids happy during long car journeys.
If you fancy going out for the whole day, one of the most exciting things to do is to head to the Bath Narrowboats Canal Experience Centre and spend the day on the canal. Here, you can hire boats and travel along the Kennet and Avon Canal – which runs through the heart of Bath – all the way to Bradford-on-Avon. Kids are bound to love the sense of adventure that comes with this!
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a quick slice of fun, head to Beazer Gardens. Here, you’ll find the Beazer Garden Maze, which is perfect for little ones. This paving stone maze could easily keep them entertained for hours (though it’s not likely to interest older kids), while the park itself is a lovely spot for a family picnic without having to head far out of the city.
3) There are plenty of adventures nearby
My last reason to come to Bath for a family holiday is that there are some truly fantastic attractions nearby. Yes, they’ll involve a little driving, but the kids are bound to thank you for it – especially if you pay a visit to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park.
For me, this attraction seems like it has just about everything kids could want. First of all, there are the animals – everything from monkeys and elephants to lions and giraffes. Then, there’s the fab medieval Adventure Castle, which has a brilliant adventure playground. Add to this the fun hedge maze and imposing Longleat House – which is ranked as one of Britain’s best examples of high Elizabethan architecture – and you really do have something for every member of the family.
Just as a final tip, it’s a really good idea to book your accommodation in Bath as early as possible. Personally, I’d hire a cottage, since this way the kids are likely to feel right at home, and there’ll be plenty of space for everyone too – something you don’t always get when you stay in a hotel.