Bath is the perfect place for your next date night or romantic getaway; the picturesque and charming city has plenty of things to do with your other half, whether you want fun, relaxation or an out-of-the-ordinary activity, like a hot air balloon flight! Fly Away Ballooning offers hot air balloon rides in Bath, so you can hop on one of our balloons in the centre, experience a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon flight above this historic town, and be back in time for cocktails! Here are some unique and romantic date ideas in Bath to create the perfect day for your loved one.
Activities in Bath
Bath is the only English city that is a designated UNESCO world heritage site, and, as well as its famous Roman spa baths, it is full of history, beautiful Georgian architecture, and cute cobbled streets, not to mention a fantastic food scene! All this makes for plenty of choices when it comes to visiting Bath and planning a romantic day or evening.
1. Hot Air Balloon Rides, Bath
If you’re looking for a memorable date idea in Bath, what’s better than a one-of-a-kind experience in our Bath Gin hot air balloon above this historical city? The romantic flight over Bath and the beautiful surrounding countryside will give you incredible 360-degree views of the stunning Georgian city, taking in the details you can only appreciate from above. Drift over striking limestone buildings, patchwork fields, tiny villages, and the rolling green hills and valleys of the Cotswolds. At times during your flight, we fly low enough to see local wildlife from this unique perspective, like fields of grazing deer.
Booking a Hot Air Balloon in Bath
Depending on your plans for the day, you can choose between a morning or an evening flight, and both are equally special. Either way, you can sip on a complimentary G&T as you float through the skies, taking in the spectacular views of the Somerset countryside. We will launch from the Royal Victoria Park in the centre of Bath and drop you back off after your hot air balloon ride is finished. Enjoy up to an hour and a half of weightless floating with gorgeous vistas as you relax and enjoy this incredible experience with your loved one next to you.
How many people will be on my flight?
You can take a private flight, or if you want to split the cost, you can take a shared flight with up to a maximum of eight people, which still gives you a personal experience.
2. Grab Lunch at a Cosy Spot in Town
After your thrilling experience in the air, it's time to refuel! There are some great spots for foodies in Bath where you can settle in for some incredible local grub. Head for ‘Upstairs at Landrace’ for fantastic sourdough bread and a unique lunch menu. Alternatively, The Hive Bar & Kitchen is a cosy spot by the river, where you can crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy their warm and inviting atmosphere with a view of the water.
3. Stroll Through the Old Roman City
After lunch, explore the old Roman town on foot. After seeing it all from the air, you can now appreciate these beautiful landmarks up close, which are all within easy walking distance of each other. Get lost amongst the iconic Roman Baths, stroll over Pulteney Bridge (one of the only bridges in the world still lined with shops) and marvel at the grand Royal Crescent with its sweeping curve. Other unmissable sights are Bath Abbey, Bath Street, The Circus and, of course, Royal Victoria Park, the beautiful green parkland we use as our hot air balloon launching point.
4. Take a Romantic Boat Ride
Once you’ve got your bearings of the old town, make your way to the historic Bath Boating Station. Here you can rent old wooden row boats and canoes or do some traditional punting — a romantic way to see the city from the peace of the river and one of the best date ideas in Bath! Spend an hour or two relaxing on the water, and keep an eye out for wildlife like kingfishers, herons, and sometimes even otters. The Boating Station itself is also a peaceful spot for a small picnic or some drinks when the weather is warm.
5. Relax at Thermae Bath Spa
Time to sink deep into relaxation. Slow down and unwind at Thermae Bath Spa, an open-air rooftop pool a stone's throw from the original Roman Baths and the only natural thermal spa in the UK! Treat your partner to a luxurious spa treatment or a couple’s massage, and then head to the rooftop for sunset, where you can swim together under an open sky in warm, calming waters rich in natural healing minerals. This is a must-do if you’re visiting Bath and a great way to unwind after an exhilarating hot air balloon ride.
6. Sip on Cocktails at The Hideout
This tiny hole-in-the-wall whiskey bar is hidden down a small side street and is a great pre-dinner spot to kick your night off and enjoy some hand-crafted cocktails. The basement bar, with its old stone walls and whiskey-lined shelves, is packed full of history and has a buzzing atmosphere while still feeling intimate. Settle in for a few glasses of whiskey or try something from their quirky cocktail menu for a romantic date idea in Bath.
7. A Candlelit Dinner at Green Park Brasserie
This award-winning steakhouse and jazz bar in Bath’s old railway station has fantastic local and seasonal food, great happy hour cocktails and an old-school party atmosphere. Tuck into a delicious steak dinner by candlelight as you enjoy the live band (playing jazz, funk, soul or swing music, depending on the night). If you fancy something slightly more casual, the venue is also home to Bath Pizza Co, which has been voted one of the best pizzerias in the UK.
8. Snuggle up at Tivoli Cinema
If you’re looking for romantic, laid-back activities in Bath, look no further than an evening film showing at Tivoli. The boutique arthouse cinema, with its snug sofas and luxury movie snacks, is the perfect place to get cosy with your partner; you can even enjoy a glass of wine or dinner while you watch the latest movies, as each sofa has convenient side tables with little lamps. There is also a cafe and bar where you can enjoy a drink or some food before the film starts.
9. Finish the night off at Komedia
To finish off your perfect date in Bath, catch a stand-up comedy show at Komedia, a community-owned entertainment venue with two stages serving great local beer and cider. If you’re here on a Saturday, don’t miss Krater Comedy Night which hosts three top acts and gives you entrance to their post-show club night, so you can keep date night going until the early hours.
Where to Stay in Bath
If all these date ideas in Bath sound too good to squeeze into one day, why not stay a night or two? This is a good option if you choose an evening hot air balloon flight, so you can really relax into the experience without worrying about your return journey home. Here are some of our recommendations which are all centrally located and close to the Royal Victoria Park, where we launch our hot air balloon rides in Bath:
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