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Bath in December

Bath has some of the best Christmas markets in England, so December is a fantastic time to visit. The traditional Georgian market is held around the Abbey Churchyard, right next to the Roman Baths. 

In a nutshell

  • Will suit: couples looking for a romantic getaway without the kids, Christmas shopping breaks with friends, relatives or children
  • Flying time: none
  • Time difference: none
  • Average temperature: 0°C
  • Tourist information: www.VisitBath.com

How to get there

Where to stay

  • Bath has everything from small B&Bs and family guest houses to luxurious spa hotels. The Royal Crescent Hotel is one of Bath's top hotels and situated in the city's iconic crescent.

What to do

  • This beautiful Georgian city and World Heritage Site is one of England's real gems. The city is compact and best explored on foot, so wrap up warmly and kick off with a walking tour.
  • The Roman Baths are the only naturally warm waters in the country, and a wallow at the Thermae Bath Spa is a fantastic way to warm up.
  • Treat yourself to a posh afternoon tea at the historic Pump Rooms, which remain at the social heart of the city.
  • Buy locally produced handcrafted gifts or sip hot mulled wine as you listen to the Christmas carols at the Christmas market.
  • Pride & Prejudice fans should visit the Jane Austen Centre, which gives real insight into life in Regency Times.
  • The open-top buses are great. All routes are fun but it will be cold upstairs in December.

Top tips

What Mumsnetters say about breaks in Bath

  • You have to try the cream teas in Bath, they're just gorgeous! Flossiechops
  • Bath is fab because you have the Bath Thermae Spa, then the Pump Room room for afternoon tea. mummymeister
  • Bath Christmas market is lovely. I think it's best to go at night when the stalls are all lit up. Sobernoel

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