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Last updated: 29 September, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sian Lewis

The Gothic-tinged Bath Priory, built in 1835, is a luxury retreat with landscaped gardens, a modern spa and exceptional food. The lounge and library are decked out with owner Andrew Brownsword’s private art collection, and the bedrooms are large and traditional in style.

The hotel is a short walk from town, so it’s better suited to those looking to relax and indulge than pound the pavements in search of Bath’s major tourist attractions. The hotel’s exceptional afternoon tea, served in the four-acre gardens or library, is divine, and the Garden Spa offers an excellent range of treatments.

It’s just on the outskirts of the city, but in a relaxed, upmarket neighbourhood.

Surrounding area

The hotel is set back from a busy road that leads to the centre of the city. The nearby streets are a mix of 19th-century Bath stone terraces and sought-after detached properties; Royal Victoria Park, the city’s largest green space, is a short walk away.


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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Thermae Bath Spa

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

A unique modern spa with steam rooms and showpiece rooftop pool, that uses Bath’s natural thermal water.

Best for ages: 12+ | £38

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Roman Baths & Pump Room

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[1.9 miles]

The historic Grand Pump Room next door has a fountain spouting genuine mineral-rich Bath spa water for tasting. It also does an enjoyable afternoon tea, a popular and highly recommended way to round off your visit.

Best for ages: 8+ | £15

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Fashion Museum

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[1.5 miles]

Style worshippers will love this walk through the fashions of the 18th century through to modern-day garb – the Dress of the Year exhibition is a highlight. The museum is located on the lower ground floor of the Assembly Rooms, and the lofty Ball Room is worth a peek.

Best for ages: 8+ | £10

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House of Frankenstein

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[1.5 miles]

Part museum, part house of horrors, this spooktacular celebration of Mary Shelley and her most infamous creation is good fun for older children as well as for hardcore Shelley fans, and definitely less twee than Jane Austen’s offerings.

Best for ages: 12+ | £13

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Jane Austen Centre

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[1.5 miles]

Step inside one of Austen’s novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both set in Bath) at this elegant town house, on the same street where the author lived. The Centre offers an interactive snapshot of Regency life, fashion and food as well as insights into Austen herself.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12

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Bath Christmas Market

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

The cheery cluster of wooden cabins that take over the city centre from mid-November attracts a throng of shoppers, but is still well worth wandering through on a Christmas weekend trip if you fancy meeting local makers and sampling festive foodie treats.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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