Bath named the UK’s third most entertaining city…now’s the time to plan your visit

2 December 2016

The residents of Bath all know what a fun city it is to live and work in, but now it’s official – Bath is in the top 10 most entertaining cities of the UK. In fact, it’s rocketed all the way up to third place just behind Oxford and Inverness – congratulations Bath!

The list of the UK’s most visited and entertaining cities was compiled by online gaming website Mr. Gamez, using data from both TripAdvisor and, sites which gather reviews and ratings from visitors to each city’s key attractions. Ratings were awarded on area such as bars, restaurants, gigs, cinemas and theatres, and Bath scored an impressive 44.7 out of 70 on the ‘fun’ scale.

Bath was named the third most entertaining city in the UK in 2016, managing to beat its neighbour Bristol by a mighty 11 places on the list. Bristol is often thought of as a lively party city, but visitors to Bath may prefer the wider range and variety of cultural attractions on offer. Here are just a handful of the reasons why millions of people head to Bath each year for long weekends and leisure breaks:

  • An abundance of arts and entertainment venues, including The Theatre Royal, The Little Theatre, Komedia, The Nest, Rondo, Pavilion, Forum, Moles and Chapel Arts Centre. You can always catch a show, gig or comedy night whenever you visit Bath, and there really is something for everyone.
  • Festival city. Whatever you’re into, Bath has a festival just for you. The city is host to virtually year-round festivals, fayres and special events, from Bath Bachfest and the Bath Carnival to the Jane Austen Festival and a brand new festival for music and the arts – The Bath Festival, coming next year. Take a look at our month-by-month guide at 2017 festivals in Bath.
  • Shopping heaven. Bath really does have the best shopping scene in the UK, with a fantastic mix of independent shops and boutiques, designer stores and high street brands. You’ll find a quirky little shop full of goodies practically around every corner, and it’s easy to lose a whole weekend splashing the cash in the city.
  • Award-winning food and drink. If your idea of a great weekend away is fine food and drink, you won’t be disappointed in Bath. The city has a vast variety of eateries to suit all tastes, whether you’re looking for high-end cuisine or tapas with friends. Its bars, pubs and restaurants are vibrant and unique, with exciting new ventures launching all the time.

So, if you’re convinced that Bath really is brilliant – now is the time to start planning your trip. Book yourself a luxurious pad to act as your basecamp as you explore the city, choosing from any number of centrally located Bath Holiday Rentals properties. 2017 is looking set to be a big year for Bath, so don’t leave it too long before you visit!