Our favourite grown up days out near Bath

Bath has a whole host of great attractions to visit in the city centre but if you’re staying for a little longer or looking to explore some of the surrounding area, here’s a run-down of our favourite grown-up days out (make sure you check websites for any Covid restrictions before you travel).

Bradford on Avon

Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, Bradford on Avon is a picture-perfect market town with lots to offer. From river and canal walks, to hidden footpaths and secret staircases it’s a great place to explore on foot, whatever your level of fitness. There’s a whole host of cafes, restaurants and pubs to choose from, as well as independent shops, selling everything from gifts and homeware to artisan food and drinks.


The American Museum 

At the top of Bath, the American Museum is the only museum of its kind outside of the US to house an extensive collection of American history and art. Showcasing American culture and creative works, as well as housing exhibitions and boasting incredible landscaped gardens, it’s a great day. Currently Claverton Manor is open for chaperoned visits and the garden is open for a restricted number of visitors, but it’s worth checking their website before you visit.



A fun day out that’s not just for little ones, Longleat offers a safari experience in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. Drive through lion country, tiger enclosures and wolf woods, and hop out at the African Village for a closer look at the giraffes and zebras. There are stunning grounds to explore, fun attractions within the park as well as seasonal events. As you’d expect, there are additional safety measures in place at the moment so check the website before you travel.


The Newt at Somerset

A stunning venue in the heart of Somerset, offering beautiful grounds, woodlands and farmland to discover. Have a look at the website to plan your visit as you can order picnics to collect, check the times of garden tours and read the most recent safety advice for your trip. The great thing with the Newt is that your entry price on the day provides you with membership for a whole year!



The beautiful village of Lacock is only around a 30-minute drive from Bath and is full of character and old-world charm. It’s said to look today largely as it would have done 200 years ago. As soon as you arrive you’ll see why this quintessential English village with traditional stone cottages, a medieval tithe barn and church attracts so many visitors each year, it’s stunning! It’s not surprising that it’s a popular filming location and has starred in Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and the BBC’s Pride & Prejudice. With village and river walks, as well as an Abbey to explore there’s plenty to see. For more information have a look at the National Trust website.