There’s just something so satisfying about a Christmas Market, am I right? Rich and I decided to head down to Bath at the weekend for a much needed break and to visit the Christmas market. Little did we know when we booked, it’s only on for 18 days – Starting in the middle of November and finishing on the 11th December (this year anyway)! I booked for the 12th – 14th and after a huge panic when I realised, managed to change the dates so we got one day of market – I must admit though, this was enough for me!
We stayed at the Mac Donald Bath Spa Hotel which was so beautiful. It’s about a ten minute walk to the city centre or a five minute drive. It’s set back off the main road with a long driveway and private parking.
The room was absolutely stunning, I believe it was a Club Classic room and had everything you needed to make your stay comfortable. The only downside was the service at breakfast time was VERY slow. We waited for 20 minutes to be seated and then another 15 minutes for someone to take our order and then again for the food to actually be served – It wasn’t the best so the following day we opted for room service which was much better.
The hotel has it’s own spa that included an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, infrared room, ice room and steam room – There was also a gym that obviously wasn’t used… Pah!On the Sunday we made the most of the Christmas market as it was the last day. It was so busy and with over 150 wooden huts to get round it was very tiring, but so worth it. There were some beautiful gifts and we managed to make a little dent on our shopping list.
Stopping at every opportunity for some mulled wine, of course…
We visited the Roman Baths that evening. Before we went we were told that it gets lit up at night time. We were given headsets that told us all about the history and guided us around the many different parts of the museum. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Bath.
Rumour has it that it’s much quieter on an evening so you miss all the tourists with cameras, there were still a few… Myself included, but it was pleasant! Last entry is 5pm but it stays open until 6pm so you can walk around at your leisure.
We did some sight seeing on the Monday as the streets were much quieter, they were still filled with Carol Singers and twinkling lights so all the Christmas magic was not lost when the market shut down.
There are a huge number of high street stores too so we managed to get most of our shopping done on those two days, with just a few more people to buy for I would say it was a very successful and relaxing trip.
It truly is a beautiful city at Christmas time. We will definitely be returning in the future as there was still so much we didn’t see and do like visiting the Royal Crescent and also making use of the Thermae Spa.