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Weekend in Bath

randpwar
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Weekend in Bath

SWMBO and I are spending the weekend in Bath sans le enfants. She’s keen on eating at the Jamie Oliver restaurant one evening; other than that, does anyone have any (local) knowledge about what’s good to see and where to eat this weekend? 
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Re: Weekend in Bath

If you are a National Trust member, Prior Park and Dyrham Park are good. But you may be looking for indoor activities this weekend due to the weather.
During the day, use the Park and Ride if you have to drive into the town on a Saturday. In the evening use the car park off charlotte street (see http://visitbath.co.uk/xsdbimgs/ParkingMap%20-%20updated%20Jul%2020102.pdf), it is central and easy to get in/out of.
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Stayed in Bath last year actually. Bit old fashioned due to its history but nice place.
If you're taking a car then there are 2 air museums - the names escape me but we went to the one to the south west of Bath and it was excellent. Which ever one you look at both have Concorde prototypes.
Stonehenge is in the area too but be warned you can't get up close to it only walk around it on a footpath thats guarded by marshals.  In the city itself there are the roman baths (no you can't go in but again there is a interesting tour inside).
There is also a horse racing track but I've no idea about when thats open etc only that its there and just up the road from the park and ride.
I also remember the SO saying something about a big bridge they wanted to see too - apparently fairly famous (why I have no idea) but when I saw a photo it was a big red think iirc. No idea if its an official tourist attraction or not though.
WARNING: That area is speed camera hell. They're everywhere. You'll be ok if you don't speed but if you're pedal heavy or just clumsy watching the needle you're not going to like it much down there.
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Re: Weekend in Bath

I can recommend going round Bath Abbey it is really impressive
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if its wet, the American Museum, near the University  http://www.americanmuseum.org/
Speed camera map below, university, SE of map
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Re: Weekend in Bath

Seem like the museum is closed until 1st March
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Many thanks for the suggestions; lots of choice and food for thought there.
I attended a course in Bath about 5 or so years ago and whilst I enjoyed the Old Green Tree Inn, I’m hoping to see more of Bath; the parts I did see were very attract. It hasn’t completely missed me by that Bath are playing at the Rec this weekend but, given that this is a treat for SWMBO, perhaps not  Wink
No worries about speed cameras (but thanks for the info) as we’re staying at a central hotel and not intending to use the car. Also, I’m one of those pedantic so and so’s that stick rigorously to the speed limit 
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The area around Great Pultney Bridge is nice, you could consider taking a trip on the Canal.
Of course there are an immense selection of shops, a huge new area opened  little while back. For a reasonable snack, there is a small Cafe at the top of Shoon, its a shoe/clothes shop, but we go there for the Cafe, you may have to wait a few minutes for a seat. Good door wedge size sandwiches and homemade soups, the weather will be right for that kind of food! Sad
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Re: Weekend in Bath

We stayed there for a weekend last year the Sally Lunn restaurant was interesting  Smiley
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Just to say that we had a marvellous weekend in Bath. Totally agree with oldjim, the Abbey is ‘really impressive’. Also, thanks to Hulls for the Sally Lunn info; we had a lovely lunch there and brought some buns home for ourselves and friends to try. Spent a good two hours exploring the fascinating Roman Baths. Bath is a very interesting place to visit with lots of narrow little cobbled streets with specialised shops and a good variety of cafés, restaurants and pubs. We felt safe to explore at night but it was perhaps a little noisy when the pubs closed