January in Bath – why winter is a fabulous time to visit the city

30 December 2016

The fabulous thing about Bath is that it has something to offer at all times of the year. Its river may be lovely in the summer and it may host the best Christmas markets in the UK every December, but you really can visit Bath at any time. This is largely down to the historic nature of the city and its breathtakingly beautiful architecture – after all, there’s a reason why it’s the only entire city in the country to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Once all the chaos of Christmas has died down, you may be in need of a well-earned break. The festive period can be exhausting! If you’re looking for somewhere to recharge your batteries in January 2017, consider a mini break in beautiful Bath.

All of the main tourist attractions are open as usual in January, from the Roman Baths and Pump Room to the Thermae Bath Spa. Best of all, they are all much quieter at this time of year so there’ll be no queuing or overcrowding to put up with. Bath is also a wonderful city to stroll round and explore, its period buildings, green spaces and river looking especially pretty in the snow. Best of all, it’s completely free to visit and marvel at impressive architecture like the Royal Crescent, Circus and Bath Abbey from the outside.

Bath is also blessed with ample places to eat, drink and shop, as well as a thriving cultural scene. Here are just a handful of the special events taking place in Bath in January 2017:

  • Comedy and music nights at Komedia. This unique, hip venue on Westgate Street has a full programme of events running throughout January, including Krater Comedy Club and Motorcity Motown night.
  • Behind the Scenes Tours at No 1. Royal Crescent. The attraction may be undergoing winter maintenance, but it’s offering something very exciting to make up for it. Join the tours throughout January which offer an exclusive look at Georgian housekeeping secrets in these historic buildings.
  • Burns Night at the Pump Room. A traditional feast to celebrate the birthday of legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns, taking place in this beautiful historic venue on 21st
  • Winterreise – Franz Schubert. A special concert taking place on 28th January at the Holburne Museum of Art and featuring a cycle of 24 Schubert songs set to poems by Wilhelm MüllerWilhelm Müller. A stunning evening of entertainment and a must for music and poetry lovers.
  • Habeas Corpus at The Mission Theatre. The Corn Street venue and Next Stage Theatre Company present a special performance of Alan Bennett’s witty, razor-sharp play Habeas Corpus.
  • Bath Artisan Market. Taking place on the second and third Sundays of every month, this Green Park Station market is packed with artisan and independent stalls.

If you’re looking for somewhere cosy and lovely to stay during your Bath mini-break in January, take a look at Bath Holiday Rentals properties, conveniently located in the heart of the city near all of its best attractions.