Bath’s best date spots will take you indoors and out. Whether you’re looking for something alternative or a classic date idea with a twist, we’ve compiled some of the city’s top places to be.
Bath’s best date spots
The largest city in Somerset is known for its Roman Baths and is a world heritage site thanks to its history and outstanding beauty. Explore the countryside, enjoy fine dining, discover the secrets of the universe and experience a sense of enhanced wellness.
The River Avon
If the weather’s fair, opt for some gentle activity, fabulous views and plenty of giggles, by getting on the water. Head to the Victorian Boating Station at Bathwick and hire your choice of a Thames Skiff (rowing boat), Canadian Canoe, Punt or Rowing Punt – all hired by the hour or day. They’re available Wednesday to Sunday, from Spring to early Autumn. Spot kingfishers herons, mallards and moorhens as you navigate the river and pack a picnic if you plan to make a day of it. And if you don’t fancy boating, you can take a dip in, or walk along, the River Avon
The Thermae Spa
The famed Thermae Spa is one of the city’s biggest attractions. If you’re looking to splash out (literally and in terms of budget), take your date for a dip in the heated rooftop pool, followed by snacks in style. It might be a bit full-on for the very first meet, but if you’ve been chatting for ages, or already spent some time together, this is sure to put you in the mood for romance. Enjoy a relaxing three-hour spa session, followed by a light meal at the Springs Cafe Restaurant.
Comptoir + Cuisine
Bath’s culinary scene offers everything from fine dining, to street food. If you’re seeking something chic and upmarket, without pretension, choose this consistently high rated bistro. It’s an authentic French eatery open from breakfast to late dinner, with a snug and creative champagne bar for a huge range of artisan bubbles. The trendy Parisian decor incorporates vintage pieces to create an ambience that delights a sophisticated, cool clientele. Don’t miss the gallic cheese and charcuterie sharing boards – ideal for a laid-back top quality snack.
The Skyline Trail
See Bath from above while getting some fresh air and exercise, by following this beautiful National Trust trail. Wander through six miles of meadows, ancient woodlands and secluded valleys, as you look down onto the comparative bustle of the city centre. Wear sturdy shoes (the terrain is uneven in places) and follow the circular walk clockwise from Bathwick Hill. It takes around two hours so gives you ample time to chat and get to know each other – although as you’ll be in a relatively quiet countryside, we recommend this date for those who have already been on a few dates, rather than an early stages meeting.
What’s the best thing to do on a first date in Bath?
That first meeting can make or break your future as a couple. So it can help to pick a chilled-out venue where you’ll feel completely comfortable and able to be yourself. Here are some of our top picks for effortless blind-dates and first meets.
Catch a movie at the Little Theatre Cinema
Move over multiplex, indie is the way to watch movies. The Little Theatre Cinema is a bijou, two-screen picture house dating back to 1935. It’s said to have been built on catacombs and was featured in the Wes Anderson film Fantastic Mr Fox. In addition to the mainstream, Little Theatre Cinema shows arthouse films and live screenings. It’s right in the centre of town, just a seven-minute walk to the station, so is super convenient. There’s a cute kiosk in the foyer selling local ice cream, gourmet popcorn, alcoholic beverages and organic drinks – all of which can be delivered right to your seat. This is the perfect night out for vintage and retro fans.
Stargaze at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Take your date to the stars – or at least the nearest you’ll get while remaining on terra firma. This fascinating museum is dedicated to the Herschel family members who were known as distinguished astronomers, as well as talented musicians. It was from this very site that the planet Uranus was discovered in 1781. Intellectual and curious types will love to see the sun, Autumn Equinox, Mars and the Moon from Herschel’s garden and find out more about early space exploration.
Speed Dating in Bath
The challenge, of course, can be finding a date to take out in the first place. If you’re not having any luck with apps or websites, give speed dating in Bath a try. Not only will it provide a pre-organised night out in a great bar, but you’ll get to meet lots of local singles in your age group too. All you have to do is turn up – you may just find the perfect match on your first night.
Get coffee at the Salt Cave Café
A cafe is one of the easiest settings for a first meet, however, you don’t have to go for the same old high street coffee shops. Try something a little bit different by arranging to meet at the Salt Cave Café is unique in that the room is made entirely of salt. Salt therapy (halotherapy) has long been reported to improve health, mood and even boost lung function. In addition to drinks, there’s a range of cakes, toasties and snacks, all at very reasonable prices. This is a date with health benefits! And the salt-walled interior is really remarkable.