Bath has a reputation as a seriously romantic weekend away, and of course it’s a must-visit for history fans, with everything from ancient Roman ruins to Jane Austen’s former haunts. But it’s also a brilliant place for families to visit – the city is compact enough that you can walk everywhere without little legs getting too tired, there’s plenty of green space, and there’s lots of great family-friendly food and fun too. We asked local blogger Sal Godfrey for her three top picks on dining out in Bath with kids in tow…
The Bathampton Mill
Photo Credit: Bathampton Mill
Just on the outskirts of Bath, the Bathampton Mill is a beautiful old pub with a big garden, overlooking the River Avon. As well as a great children’s menu, offering two courses for £7.95 Monday-Saturday (and a roast on Sundays for just £6.95), there are plenty of options for the grown-ups too, from a great gastropub menu with all sorts of delicious international influences. On a sunny day, you can sit on their terrace and let the kids wear themselves out in the garden, or you can get everyone together in the cosy, relaxed bar space. To make this a proper day out, travel to the Bathampton Mill by boat – the Pulteney Princess leaves from the weir, right in the centre of Bath, and takes roughly half an hour to get to the pub, with beautiful views and a bit of commentary along the way. Under-5s travel for free and under-16s cost just £3 each way – visit the Pulteney Princess website for departure times and more information.
The Real Italian Pizza Co
Photo Credit: Sal Godfrey
Right in the centre of the city, The Real Italian Pizza Co is always my first recommendation for families looking to go out for dinner. The atmosphere is great, the food is fabulous and it’s really good value too, with their freshly-cooked pizzas starting from less than £10. There isn’t an official children’s menu – instead, they simply offer smaller pizzas and smaller portions of their pasta for half the price – so there’s plenty of choice. In the summer, you can sit outside in their courtyard, or even get your pizza to take away and have a picnic – just along the road is a beautiful open square by Bath’s historic abbey, which often plays host to buskers and performers on warm evenings. For the authentic Italian experience, return to their sister company next door, The Real Italian Ice Cream Co, for dessert – this fabulous gelateria is full of great flavours and stays open late on summer nights, so you could almost be in Florence…
Photo Credit: Sal Godfrey
Attached to the Egg Theatre, which itself is the little sister to Bath’s Theatre Royal, this café is always recommended by mums as a great family-friendly find. Even if you’re not attending a production (and you should definitely check out what’s on, as the Egg is host to lots of brilliant shows and workshops for kids of all ages) you can still enjoy a tasty, inexpensive lunch here, with lots of options for children, and make use of their lovely play space. As a regular haunt of parents and kids, the Egg Café and its staff are incredibly welcoming to families, so you can be assured of a relaxing pit stop without having to worry about disturbing anyone.
And there’s more… it’s not all about the food and drink. If you’re coming to Bath with kids, make sure you also check out My Small World, a fantastic toy shop full of things you’d never find anywhere else, Spotty Herbert’s, a pocket-sized shop full of lovely pocket-money-sized treats, and Up to Seven, a beautiful clothing boutique that also has lots of snuggly knitted toys. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, you also must find your way to the incredible Victoria Park Playground, which has everything from swings and slides to zip wires, giant climbing frames, diggers and a skate park.
So there you have it! Bath has plenty to offer for people of all ages, and we can’t wait to have you visit us. Whether it’s a little break or a big family get-together, we’ve got you covered, with a range of beautiful accommodation sleeping up to 10 people. All our properties are centrally located, so you can walk everywhere, and having your own space means that you can relax, let the kids spread out with their own toys and games, and follow your own timetable. For more information, including all the facilities we offer to make families welcome, just get in touch.