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Last updated: 19 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sian Lewis

It’s not just the name of The Bird (Bath) that’s a little bit playful – expect jazzy colours, walls crammed with art, dining in glass domes and a chalet-themed bar at this rather youthful boutique hotel.

This Bird may be housed in a stately Victorian townhouse, but you couldn’t get further from a stuffy bed and breakfast here – it’s a great bolthole for city explorers who want somewhere friendly and fun to come home to.

The ‘Dinky Double’ rooms really are very small – you’re better off booking the ‘Abbey King’ rooms which offer stunning views of Bath Abbey or even pushing the boat out with a theatrical ‘Deluxe King’ room.

The location is ideal for sightseeing. It’s just a few minutes’ walk into the centre from here – ideal for leaving your car at the hotel and exploring Bath’s charming (but fiddly to drive) Georgian streets.

Grand Great Pulteney Street and the Holbourne Museum are around the corner.

Surrounding area

The Bird sits on the edge of Bath’s city centre, with the green expanse of Bath Rugby Club separating it from the main shopping streets.

The Bird is one of a line of lofty Victorian manors made of Bath’s iconic honey-coloured stone, but these spacious houses are just set back from the A36, which can be loud and busy at night if your room is on that side. The other side of the hotel faces towards a cricket pitch and is far more peaceful.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
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

Roman Baths & Pump Room

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 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

Thermae Bath Spa

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 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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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

The modern glass add on to the Grade 1 listed building as seen over a hedge of flowers. People at cafe tables.

Holburne Museum

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

An art gallery and museum housing more than 4,000 Georgian treasures bequeathed to the city, displayed in period rooms and offering an insight into Georgian life in Bath. The Sydney pleasure gardens surrounding it are worth a post-gallery stroll on a sunny day.

Best for ages: 13+ | £13

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Christmas market stalls with people, underneath a large tree lit up in green festive lights

Bath Christmas Market

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 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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Exterior front facade of beautiful abbey in golden bath stone

Bath Abbey

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

This Gothic beauty, built in Bath Stone in the 12th and 16th centuries, known for its unique architecture and fan vaulting. You can climb the tower for views of the city, and there’s also a small museum in the vaults housing artefacts and exhibits about the abbey’s history.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Exterior of the small cafe, with dark blue frontage

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

A historic café in one of Bath’s oldest houses, serving up trademark light, fluffy and sweet brioche-like buns since 1680. See the original, 300-year-old kitchen.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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