A weekend in Bath

Hey guys, I hope all is well. I went to Bath last month so this post will be about the beautiful town and things to do whilst there! If you haven’t been to Bath already, please plan a visit!

Bath itinerary- 2 days 1 night.

StayDreamstays, Kingsmead Street– excellent location, right in the city centre with bars and restaurants around. You also have Sainsbury’s and Tesco right on your door step. About 10 mins walk from the coach station. The apartment was spotless and perfect for 3 people sharing. The only issue we had was the hot water running out and taking a while to heat up (that’s been happening to me a lot lately) and there are no full-length mirrors.

Best for food/drinks– Gong Fu Noodle Bar, Sotto Sotto, Giggling Squid, Vino Vino Bar, Real Italian Ice-cream parlour

Saturday

We arrived quite early on the Saturday and after dropping our bags at the apparent, we did the ‘Walk to the View walk’ which took us about 2 hours. P.S- don’t bother printing the map from the Visit Bath website, you can simply google Bath Skyline and follow the directions. I would definitely recommend this walk (there is also a longer 3-4hr walk available), the views are beautiful and it takes you through the city centre, points of interest and a garden.

Afterwards, we grabbed a quick lunch at Gong Fu Thai Noodle Bar which was right opposite our apartment. The food was tasty and a good portion. It’s a small take away place. P.S- most of the restaurants closed at 2pm for lunch to reopen at 5/6, this place was one of the few that was open.

After lunch we were exhausted and chilled indoors till we left for dinner in the evening. We went to Vino Vino for drinks before dinner and I had the best Strawberry lychee martini I have ever had. The service was a bit slow but once we ordered the drinks were made quickly. I would recommend. Across the road was Giggling Squid and we had some amazing Thai food! I have been to Giggling Squid before in Bristol and loved it so I wasn’t surprised but the girls had never been so they were very impressed! The service was top notch, Deborah our waiter took care of us and made sure we had everything we needed.

Sunday

After dropping our bags at the sister hotel (also located in the city centre) we went to Sotto Sotto for lunch. We heard it was one of the best restaurants in Bath and we wanted to have dinner there on Saturday but it was fully booked. Sotto Sotto is a very small Italian basement restaurant, we thought it could probably sit 40 people all together but isn’t doesn’t feel crowded. Booking is essential (people were turned away) and we took the first seating at 12.15 for their lunch service (it was fully booked). I understand why it’s so popular, the food is amazing, service was attentive and it’s not overpriced. It takes a minute to get through to them because the line is always busy but definitely recommended!

After lunch, we chilled in Paradise Gardens (£2 entry) which is a beautiful park right in the centre. Lucky for us there was a procession coming through and a performance so we got to enjoy that before it was time to leave.

Bath was so pretty and the town is small so we could easily walk everywhere. We loved our apartment and how central it was to everything! A weekend is perfect and gives enough time to have a feel for the city, definitely a place to check out

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Other places in the UK to visit

Bristol

Lulworth Cove

 

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Hey hey family, 2nd part of 2018 is officially underway! In my bid to start saving more money this year, I decided to travel more locally i.e around the UK. This is much cheaper than abroad and I am still discovering new places. Last week I went to Dorset in particular to visit Lulworth Cove & Durdle door! This post is all about my time there and why you should visit!

 

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door is in West Lulworth which is a small village so I decided to stay in Bournemouth which is about 40 mins away. I didn’t mind this as there are lots more to do in Bournemouth than Lulworth. I stayed in the Montague Hotel, which is a small budget friendly hotel. It’s nothing too fancy but ok to get the job done. There is a small free car park for guests but this is strictly first come first serve but we were lucky to get parking. The ensuite room was clean but HOT, there was no air con and we are currently experiencing this heatwave in the UK.

How to get to Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

Using the postcode on the Lulworth cove website, it took us 40 mins more o. We decided to leave early to avoid peak time but also so that it won’t be too busy when we got there. We arrived at 10.30am and it was already very busy (there was a charity event taking place but I didn’t know anything of this). There is a huge car park and you will be directed to park on the grass by stewards. The costs are expensive £4 for 2hrs however the ticket is accepted at the Durdle Door car park too if you didn’t want to stay at the Lulworth cove car park ( it’s probably a 10 min or less drive from each other). The postcode will bring you to the Lulworth cove car park which is in the middle of Lulworth cove and Durdle door. They also have a check in/check out option. This doesn’t restrict your time limit so you pay when you leave. We stayed till 2.45pm I think and paid £8ish for parking.

Food

There are a few cafes to grab a bite before your walk. We had breakfast at Finley’s in the car park. Well sandwiches as they stopped doing breakfast because it was really busy slightly frustrating as I was hungryyyyyy!  There are places for coffee and of course ice cream!

 

Durdle door

Both walks are clearly signposted and we decided to do Durdle Door first as it’s the more difficult of the two and the longest. It took about 45 mins for us to get down. The walk begins from the car park, up steep (ish) stony stairs for the first 15-20 mins before a plateau, more stony paths then a steep (and slippery ish) descent. It was really hot so the walk was somewhat uncomfortable. Be sure to wear comfy shoes e.g. trainers although I did see a lot of people do it in flip flops but go with whatever you are comfortable with. To get down to Durdle door beach you go down the stairs, you will see this on your right. Be careful as they are narrow and most likely be busy (depending on the time of year). Durdle door itself is a beauty and the beach is clean, water is clear and cool ( it was so nice to dip my feet in cool water in that heat!). We stayed there for a while on the beach. It’s a pebble beach so no actual sand. You can swim out to the Durdle door and climb it for diving. If only I could swim! After about 20 mins there went began our ascent

 

Lulworth cove

Back at the car park we stopped for ice cream and a cold drink before starting the walk to Lulworth cove. It’s a much easier almost level walk straight to it and about 10- 15mins walk. You will walk past the stair hole on the way to the cove. You can either walk down to the Lulworth cove beach or walk ‘up’ so that you get a ‘bird’s eye view’ (it’s not that high) of it. We walked up as I wanted to see the natural semi-circle of the cove. It was beautiful! You can go right to the edge for pictures (through a busted fence lol) but too many people and too long meant I couldn’t be bothered lol.

After that, we went back to the car park for more ice cream & fudge and headed back to Bournemouth for the remainder of our weekend

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door is certainly worth a visit! I’m so happy I went- it looks unreal in pictures and it’s something you don’t think would be in the UK lol. Another option is to stay in Poole instead of Bournemouth and I think is closer to Lulworth. We were short on time so we didn’t do the Jurassic Coast walk but to do this after you climb up from Durdle Door follow the signpost to carry on walking instead of turning back to the Lulworth car park

Check out the website for more information. I have visited a few UK places this year, check out my previous posts for more inspiration

 

Snowdonia

Bristol

Dover – post on this on my Instagram page

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Here’s to a successful 2nd half of 2018!

xoxo