Bath & Castle Combe Guide
Looking for a quiet, relaxing respite from the sprawling metropolis of London? Bath and Castle Combe is just a hop and skip away from via train! The whole region is like a Downton Abbey episode come to life with it’s honey-colored limestone houses and quaint, narrow streets.
Getting to Bath from London
We recommend going to Bath from London with the convenient train service. The train we used was the GWR train from London Paddington to the Bath Spa station. During normal hours they leave every 30 minutes, so you’ll definitely be able to grab a seat with ease. I would recommend buying them in advance if possible though. The train is very comfortable and only takes an hour and a half to get to Bath!
The Bath Abbey is a spectacular architectural marvel in the center of the city. It was founded in the 7th century and is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic work. Take a walk around to soak in all the details of the outside and then gape at the beautiful stained glass windows and detailed ceiling inside.
Treat yourself to a spa day in BAth, England
In the 17th century, the city of Bath’s hot springs became famous for it’s restorative and healing powers. Since then, relaxation has been an integral part of daily life in Bath.
Look no further than No 15 Great Pulteney Hotel if you want to have an unforgettable, indulgent spa day. Start by soaking yourself in the giant cedar wood hot tub while sipping on herbal tea. Or you could choose to unwind in the wine barrel shaped sauna while you sweat away your worries. After you’re completely relaxed - let the well trained therapists give you one of the best massage treatments of your life. We chose to do the Deep Tissue and the Back/Foot/Scalp Massages - it was so relaxing that I totally fell asleep during the treatment many times! Make a reservation here.
The quaint village of Castle Combe is a short 20 minute drive from Bath and is often called one of the prettiest villages in England. It’s easy to see why - it’s full of stone cottage lined streets that seem untouched by the passage of time.
Castle Comb has been used as a backdrop for iconic productions such as Downton Abbey, Warhorse, Stardust and Dr Dolittle (1967).
What can you do in Castle Comb?
Stroll through the main street which ends at the Insta-Famous bridge
Enjoy a scenic 5-mile walk through the river valley
Have high-tea (or lunch) at The Manor House and then take some photos there
The Manor House
The Manor House, located in the village of Castle Combe, is a luxury hotel offering an unforgettable English country house experience. Stop in for some afternoon tea and then stroll the grounds afterwards to soak up the vibes. From the stairs to the right of the main property, you can get some fantastic angles for photos!
What to eat
Cafe 15 (located inside No 15 Great Pulteney)
Whether you’re looking for a hearty English breakfast, laid-back lunch, or an elaborate dinner - Cafe 15 at No 15 Great Pulteney has you covered. The restaurant uses artisanal, local ingredients in all their menus while serving it in a unique and quirky environment. The bar (Bar 15) also serves some interesting mixologist inspired drinks shown as a deck of cards.
The Scallop Shell - Fish & Chips
If you want to get your fix of British Fish and Chips - The Scallop Shell is the best in town. With their award winning menu - they serve a wide variety of seasonal fresh fish. The batter is light and flaky and the chips nice and crispy.
Where to stay
This unique design hotel offers up some of the best food, drink, and spa treatments in the city. In addition, it’s centrally located in Bath so you’ll never be far from any of the attractions. All 40 rooms are full of character and were created by some of UK’s best interior designers.
Surrounded by meadows, paddocks, and green woodlands - this magnificent 18th century Palladian mansion will provide you with an authentic taste of classic British luxury. Only located 20 minutes outside of Bath, Lucknam Park is the perfect place to stay while you explore the countryside outside of Bath.