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Bath, Somerset Travel Guide

February 20, 2017

 

Visiting Bath is like stepping back in time with all its beautiful Georgian architecture. There are plenty of shops, museums and galleries to visit. Here is a list of things to do in Bath.

Pulteney Bridge

Les Mis was filmed around Bath’s iconic Pulteney Bridge.

Pulteney Bridge Bath

Royal Crescent 

Royal Crescent Bath

Sally Lunns  

This is one of the oldest buildings in Bath serving a variety of sweet and savoury buns and afternoon tea. I had the light breakfast which is a pot of tea and half a bun served with cinnamon butter. The cinnamon butter is seriously amazing! They also have a small museum downstairs where you can purchase a bun to take home.

Sally Lunns Buns Bath

Visit Bath Abbey

The Abbey has beautiful interior and it’s free to have a look around.

Bath Abbey

Jane Austen Museum

Ticket costs £11.00 or £8.50 for students and with your ticket you get 10% off in the shop and tea room. You get a guided tour with information about Jane and her family and her time spent in Bath. You then watch a short video and can look around the rest of the museum with a Jane Austen waxwork at the end.

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Walk past where Jane Austen used to live

Jane Austen House in Bath

Jane Austen House Bath

Bath Guildhall Markets

Guildhall Markets Bath

Wander around the canals

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Victoria Art Gallery

The Gallery is free to look around but you have to pay if you want to go in an exhibition.

Victoria Art Gallery Bath

Roman Baths

Whilst in Bath you have to check out the Roman Baths. Years ago I visited the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa with college. The Bath spa has thermal waters and an open rooftop swimming pool.

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Accommodation

YHA Hostel

YHA Hostel Bath UK

  • 25 minute walk from centre also it is up a massive hill which is fine walking down but a bit of an effort to get back up
  • located very close to the Bath Skyline walk
  • locker and wifi included
  • all ages welcome here there was a mixed range of people staying here including families
  • parking available across the road from hostel however there’s not that many spaces and spaces lower down the hill you have to have a parking permit between 8am-6pm Mon-Sat
  • prices start from £10

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Days Out Spa UK

Farnham Hog’s Back Hotel Spa Day & Afternoon Tea Review

February 17, 2017

 

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Day PoolLast week I took a trip to Farnham’s Hog Back Hotel for a spa day, massage and afternoon tea. The beautiful Tudor style hotel & spa is located on the hogs back between Farnham & Guildford.

Farnham Hog’s Back Hotel Spa Day & Afternoon Tea Review

Treatment

Upon arrival I was given towels a robe and a locker key. Once in my robe I headed to the treatment room for a hot stone massage. This treatment improves circulation and relaxes the muscles from the heat. My therapist was great she asked what pressure I wanted and checked to see if the hot stones were a good temperature for me. I left the treatment feeling so relaxed.

Farnham Hogsback Hotel Spa

Pool & Jacuzzi

I then headed to the pool for a swim and a relax in the Jacuzzi. I read my book on one of the loungers and then went into the sauna for a bit.

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Day Pool & Jacuzzi

Afternoon Tea

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Afternoon Tea

Now onto the afternoon tea, I was served a three tier stand of sandwiches, sweet treats and scones. I had four sandwiches these included ham and mustard, smoked salmon, egg mayo and cheese and pickle. A scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam, fruit cake, 2 macaroons and a brownie. The brownie was my favourite, I also really liked the cute floral china and bright dining area. If you don’t fancy afternoon tea, they have a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Afternoon Tea

I thoroughly enjoyed the spa day and afternoon tea and left feeling so relaxed and refreshed.

Check out the spa packages prices start from £15

Spa Packages

Information

  • Lockers and towels provided
  • Bring flip flops/slippers if you don’t want to walk around bare foot
  • Has gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room & sauna
  • Close to Farnham & Guildford
  • If arriving from Guildford on the A31 take the Seale/Tongham turning then follow signs to hotel
  • The active life health club and spa is located to the left of the hotel.

*Disclaimer I received a complimentary spa day and afternoon tea in exchange for a review. All opinions remain my own.*

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Food UK

Afternoon tea at Barnett Hill Surrey

January 11, 2017

For Christmas I bought my mum afternoon tea for two at the Barnett Hill Hotel. It is set in a beautiful hilltop location located 3 miles from Guildford town centre and 30 minutes from London.

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When we arrived we were taken to the library room filled with cosy sofas and overlooking the beautiful gardens. We had the option of tea and coffee, I went for tea and my Mum had the coffee. We each got a pot each with milk and sugar cubes and were offered refills.

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The afternoon tea consisted of a selection of sandwiches such as egg, cucumber and cheese and smoked salmon. The fruit scones were very tasty and served with clotted cream and jam. The cake selection included mini chocolate cake, eclairs and cheesecake.

barnett-hill-surrey-afternoon-tea-7We were so full from the sandwiches and scones that we took most of the cakes home in a takeaway box. We then decided to go on a short walk around the beautiful gardens.

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I had a lovely day out and would definitely recommend having afternoon tea here.

Traditional afternoon tea starts from £22.50 per person

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Days Out Travel UK

Jane Austen House Museum Chawton, Hampshire

January 4, 2017

A while ago I visited the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. Here you can explore the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote. It’s located in such a lovely area, the village is so peaceful and quaint with lots of green space and cute thatched houses. Across the road is a pub which we had a cup of tea in, they also serve meals which looked pretty good. There is also an English tea room opposite but unfortunately it’s shut on Monday’s so we didn’t get to try it out. Free parking is available opposite the museum. Tickets cost £8.00 or £6.50 for students. You can then use this ticket for up to a year if you want to visit again.

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There is a short video on Jane’s life

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You can make your own lavender bag or write with a quill pen

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Jane Austen’s bedroom

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After this we decided to visit Farnham town its a 20 minute drive from the museum. We went to Farnham Castle Keep which is free to look around and then went to the Botanist for lunch.

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The Botanist have a huge selection of drinks I went for a mocktail as I was driving but will have to go back and try some of the cocktails. They have a set two course lunch for £11.95 or 3 courses for £13.95. I went for the sesame coated falafel and the hanging chicken kebab with sweet potato fries. The food was really tasty and I will definitely be returning!

What to do after

  • Go for a walk in the countryside
  • Visit Birdworld in Farnham
  • Check out Alton town

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Travel UK Weekend Away

How to spend 48 hours in Manchester

December 27, 2016

Manchester is one of the most popular UK cities to visit and it’s easy to see why. With it’s iconic music scene, industrial history and superb shopping. Manchester is bustling with character with a mixture of old and new architecture. If you love quirky vintage shops then Manchester is the place for you. I recently visited Manchester for a weekend away. I have been trying to explore more of the UK and I love heading up North as the people are so friendly!

Free things to do in Manchester

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Town Hall

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John Rylands Library

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Manchester Cathedral

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People’s History Museum

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Central Library

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Manchester Art Gallery 

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Vogue temporary exhibition

Manchester Quays

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Vintage shopping

There are a lot of vintage shops to explore in Manchester most of them are found in the Northern Quarter.

Where to eat

Annie’s is owned by actress Jennie Mcalpine who plays Fiz in Corrie. I had a lovely hot choc with biscuits. They offer afternoon tea, mains and desserts. They also have a take on the Rovers staple called Annie’s hot pot.

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Federal Cafe – This is a New Zealand/Australian cafe which is a great spot for brunch, it was super busy when I went.

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Have a drink at Sinclairs’ Oyster bar

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Accommodation

Hatters Hilton Chambers 

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Photo from Hostelworld

  • Free breakfast – toast or cereal
  • Different activities such as pub crawl, walking tours etc
  • Free Wifi
  • Communal kitchen and TV lounge – good for meeting new people
  • Prices start from £12

Information 

  • Manchester is pretty easy to get around by foot
  • There are also plenty of bus’s and trams if you don’t feel like walking
  • Parking is so cheap compared to the South I parked all day for £2.50 in Rochdale car park check out Parkopedia to find the cheapest car parks

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Days Out Travel UK

Bath Christmas Markets

December 18, 2016

One of my favourite things to do in December is to visit Christmas markets! Baths famous Christmas market is a wonderful place to go for a festive break. You can soak up the aroma of mulled wine, sizzling sausages and mince pies as you admire the beautiful Georgian architecture. There are plenty of stalls filled with handmade gifts around the Abbey and Roman baths.

Christmas Markets 

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Bath Abbey Tour

I decided to do the festive tower tour it costs £6 and you get a mulled wine or hot choc. You walk to the top of the abbey up a very steep narrow staircase but it’s worth it for the view at the top. Once you reach the top you can enjoy the beautiful view over the Christmas market whilst sipping on mulled wine. This tour runs throughout the year (without the mulled wine) and would also be nice to visit in Summer.

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Shopping

Bath has a lot of great shops along South Gate.

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Information

  • The Christmas market is a 5 min walk from the station
  • There are plenty of things to do in Bath such as museums and art galleries
  • Everything in Bath is within walking distance
  • The market has over 170 stalls
  • Market is open from 24th Nov-11th Dec
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