Top things to do in Bath with kids {which adults will love too}

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Bath is a great city to visit and enjoy the sights. Just wandering the streets in the centre and soaking up the Georgian atmosphere is a delight. We have rounded up our Top things to do in Bath with kids from the fun to the cultural (and check out our ☔ Rainy day activities labelled below too.

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Top things to do in Bath with kids {which adults will love too}

1. No 1 Royal Crescent

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The Royal Crescent in Bath is one of the city’s most beautiful architectural gems. Built between 1767 and 1774 it is one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. The lawns out the front of the buildings are private but there’s a large park beyond that which is perfect for picnic, ball playing and running off steam. To really appreciate the crescent head to No 1 Royal Crescent, a wonderful museum which is set up as life would have been in the late 18th century. There’s a fun trail for kids and engaging props to interact with as you make your way through the rooms. It’s a wonderful place to really get an insight in to Bath during this exciting period.

Find out more here

2. See Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge is one of the most beautiful sights in the city and when you’ve walked over it and looked at the little shops here (there’s a great bakery for a slice of cake too), one of the best ways to see it is on a boat trip. There is a 25 minute boat trip along the river here from where you cn see a really unique perspective of both Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. There’s a roof for cooler / rainy days. This is a really great trip if you’re looking for things to do in Bath with kids too as there’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way and the guides are really engaging towards all age groups.

Buy your boat trip tickets here

3. Explore the Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen is one of Bath’s most famous former residents. She made the city her home from 1801 to 1806 when the city was a successful, busy spa resort. Today, set in a Georgian townhouse, you can find out more about Jane Austen and how the city impacted her writing. Find out about the author with a talk and then make your way through this exhibition at your own pace. You can dress up in Regency clothes to feel as though you’ve stepped in to the pages of Pride and Prejudice. It’s a great introduction for all ages to her wonderful writing. You can also head upstairs to enjoy afternoon tea at The Regency Tea Rooms afterwards.

Buy your skip-the-queue tickets to the Jane Austen Centre here

4. Burn off steam in Royal Victoria Park

Royal Victoria park is an amazing playground for kids. It is absolutely huge and jam packed with play equipment for all ages – right up to skate ramps for older kids. Named after Queen Victoria who officially opened the park in 1830 when she was 11 years old it also houses the city’s botanical gardens, mini golf, tennis courts and at Christmas time an ice rink. There is so much to do here and definitely worth a visit.

5. Bath City Farm

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A little out of the city centre Bath City Farm is the sweetest place. Filled with all types of farm animals this is also somewhere that works to support disadvantaged people in the local community by giving them education, training and therapeutic activities to take part in. Set over 37 acres and with a lovely cafe it’s the perfect place to bring younger children with great views down over the city. Admission is free but donations welcome.

Find out more here.

6. The American Museum (things to do in Bath with kids)

Bath’s American Museum is the only museum of Americana outside of the USA and takes you on a journey through the history of the country from the early settlers through to modern times.There are fun activities and trails for kids to take part in and a wonderful cafe to enjoy cake afterwards.

Find out more here.

7. Roman Baths

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You simply cannot visit Bath without exploring the Roman Baths, the most famous of sites in the city. They are firmly on the tourist trail but they are there for a reason and really are wonderful. The Baths have got a brilliant audio guide especially for children as well as fun activities for them to do throughout the museum to really bring the space alive. This really is a must-see for all the family.

Buy your Roman baths tickets here.

8. Enjoy the Hop-On Hop-Off bus

We are big fans of Hop-On Hop-Off buses as they allow everyone to get a really good overview of the city. They’re great for giving you a tour but also allowing you transport around the main sites. The Bath Hop-On Hop-Off bus is no exception. Travelling around the main tourist sites of the city, it’s the perfect way to see as much as you can in one go. The ticket is also valid for 24 hours and children are at a significantly reduced price.

Get your Hop-On Hop-Off bus tickets here

9. Go for a fun swim

There is an amazing council run swimming pool just off the city centre complete with water slide, toys and floats. For those times when you just want some total child-led fun this is the place to head to. There’s also now a small soft play area, trampolines and bowling. Book in advance to be sure of a spot.

Find out more here.

10. Explore Bath by its waterways on a canal boat.

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Bath is surrounded by canals and as part of the waterways of Great Britain you can take a canal boat from the city right across the country. There are plenty of day trip boats available if you’re looking for a shorter, more leisurely way to spend a sunny day and you can also hire out kayaks and canoes to see the city from a really different perspective. You can read all about our canal boat trip from Bath to Bradford on Avon here.

11. Head to the theatre (things to do in Bath with kids)

Bath has lots going on year round in its theatres from an amazing Literary Festival every year to great shows at the Theatre Royal Bath and even a dedicated theatre space for kids at the Egg. Definitely check out listing before you travel to enjoy some world-class theatre in the city.

Find out more here for the literary festival, here for the Theatre Royal and here for The Egg.

Rainy day activity.

12. See the Bath skyline

Head up high above Bath, just beyond the National Trust’s Prior Park for an amazing skyline walk. Here you can walk amongst beautiful countryside and look down on the historic centre which really does look magnificent from up high. The walk is gentle enough for families (although definitely leave the pushchairs at home) and if you wind your way through to Rainbow Woods you can find a lovely playground hidden in the trees. Here there are dens to build and wooden equipment to play on and always a few local families enjoying one of the city’s hidden secrets. We love it there.

Find out more here.

13. Eat buns at Sally Lunns

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You shouldn’t visit Bath without stopping in at Sally Lunns, the famous bun shop. They have been serving their sweet breads since the 17th century so it’s fair to say they have perfected their technique. You can take the buns away or sit in for lunch here too. It’s also set in one of the oldest buildings in Bath (built in 1482) so the perfect place to enjoy the history of Bath too.

Rainy day activity.

Find out more here.

Why not check out our list of the best restaurants in Bath for more places to have food in the city.

14. Take a Bridgerton Sights & Music Tour

Bath is well known as being the location for the filming of Bridgerton so why not take a Bridgerton Sight & Music Tour of the city. Walking around with a guide to point out the main sights it’s a great way to see the city.  Find out insider gossip from your tour guide and see the locations used for the Featherington family home amongst many other sites.

Book your Bridgerton Sights & Music Tour tickets here.

Top facts for visits to Bath

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to all the top things to do in Bath with kids {which adults will love too}, do let us know if you have any questions we can help with. This is our home city and we love it!

10 thoughts on “Top things to do in Bath with kids {which adults will love too}

  1. Laura Dove says:

    We went to Bath in the summer with the kids, I had no idea there was so much to do there before we went! The canal cruise sounds like fun too!

  2. hobbisl38 says:

    We love Bath – particularly Sally Lunns. We also like coffee and Bath Buns in the Pump House when the classical pianist is playing.

  3. Louise x (@withlovefromlou) says:

    I’ve never been to Bath before! It looks lovely there, though. I’d love to check out the Roman Baths 🙂

    Louise x

  4. Tanya Brannan says:

    I have always wanted to visit Bath and now I have seen this, I want to go even more! Sally Lunns looks fab and I want to try the City Farm too

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