Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Louise
Bath is a stunningly beautiful city in South West England. It’s also a fantastic city for teenagers with a multitude of attractions, sites and things to do that teenagers will love.
The city of Bath is steeped in a long history and particularly renowned for the Roman baths and The Royal Cresecent (one of the most iconic streets in the UK). It’s also a modern city with lots of fun things to do including VR experiences, crazy golf and escape rooms.
There is something here for every teen. If they are active, there’s bikes, kayaking, hiking and more. If the love shopping, there are high street brands and markets galore. Food obsessed teens will love the huge selection of eateries and must try a Sally Lunn bun. If they like thrills try the House of Frankenstein experience. Teens interested in history will love Bath’s wide ranging museums and Jane Austen & Bridgerton connections. If they prefer chilling out, relax on a boat trip, in a spa or picnic in the park
Bath has so much to offer teenagers and their families. Read on for 22 ideas of things to do with your teenagers in Bath.
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Explore Bath By Bike
Bike is a great way to explore Bath with teens. There are lots of scenic cycle routes in Bath, some of them are traffic free. If the weather is nice, cycle along the Kennet & Avon canal to Bathampton or through the Two Tunnels (which forms the longest cycling tunnel in the UK).
You can rent bikes from Bath Bike Hire or alternatively go on a cycle tour.
Bath Cycle Tours runs several guided tours including family tours and bike and helmet hire is included in the price.
Experience the World of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein
Picture from House of Frankenstein / Facebook
Teenagers will love this multi-sensory experience with sights, sounds and smells that immerse you into the fascinating life of the author Mary Shelley. At just 18 years old, she wrote most of Frankenstein in the beautiful city of Bath.
The museum has a floor dedicated to the history and tragic events in the life of Mary. You can also confront the 8 foot recreation of Frankenstein just as Mary imagined it. Also investigate the creepy attic.
As well as the museum, teens can try and escape Victor’s lair in an escape room experience.
Find out more at Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein.
Watch a Movie at a Tivoli Boutique Cinema
For a luxurious cinema experience, visit the Tivoli cinema in Bath and watch the latest blockbuster.
Sit in the comfortable, sofa seating and have food brought to your seat.
Find out more at Tivoli Cinema Bath
Marvel at the Roman Baths
The Roman Baths are one of the most popular attractions in Bath. If your teenager is interested in history, it’s well worth a visit. Romans used the public baths for 100s of years. The site was home to the Sacred Spring, a Roman Temple and of course the Roman bath.
Today, you can see the geothermally heated bath, although unfortunately you can no longer bath here.
Visit the Roman Baths website for more information.
Relax in the Thermae Bath Spa
You can’t bath at the Roman baths, but you can at the Thermae Spa. If your teen wants to enjoy Bath’s naturally warm, mineral-rich waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago, a visit here is a must.
Just a five minute walk away from the Roman baths, The Thermae Spa is lovely for a couple of hours. Relax in the warm pools and steam rooms. Take a dip in the Minerva bath with massage jets, whirlpool and lazy river. Or take a trip up to the rooftop to chill out in the warm waters outside.
Find out more at Thermae Bath Spa
Climb to the Roof of Bath Abbey
A visit to Bath Abbey may sound boring to some teenagers.
Entice them to visit the Abbey with the promise of a climb up the 212 steps of Bath Abbey’s Tower for a thrilling experience with amazing views.
Find out more at Bath Abbey
Explore Bath in a Treasure Hunt
Get your teen on board with some sightseeing with Treasure Hunt Bath. It’s a self guided tour of Bath with treasure maps and cryptic clues. Simply follow clues on your phone to explore the hidden sites of Bath. You can stop at any time for rest or at a café. The clues are really great and it’s perfect for all ages. A super fun way to see Bath.It takes you to places you will miss if you don’t know about them. Learn lots of interesting facts too.
Find out more at Treasure Hunt Bath
Get a Selfie at The Royal Crescent and Circus
Built around 250 yrs ago, the Royal Crescent is a semi-circular terrace of 30 Georgian townhouses which is an iconic part of Bath. The Crescent is one of the best Georgian buildings to see anywhere in the country and a great place for teens to get a selfie for Instagram.
If your teens are interested in history, they may be excited to see inside a Georgian townhouse. You can do this by visiting the museum at No 1 Royal Crescent which has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796.
Interesting Fact – if your teen is a Bridgerton Fan they will be interested to know No 1 Royal Crescent was the Featherington’s house in the show.
A few steps to the east and you’ll find the Circus, which is another piece of gorgeous 18th Century architecture.
Take a Boat on the River Avon
Pulteny Cruises offer a one hour cruise along the River Avon which is another fun way to see parts of Bath. You can also punt on the River or canoe. Or why not Kayak? (see below)
Kayak Tour Along the River (or Try Paddleboarding)?
See Bath from a different perspective and try a kayak tour. There are a variety of different kayaking experiences you can try with your teenager and no previous kayaking experience is required.
Children as young as 8 years old can kayak but you must be able to swim at least 15 meters.
Find out more at Kayak Tours Bath
Another water sport you can try on the river in Bath is paddleboarding! The same company that run Kayak tours, run a paddleboading tour too
Take a Stroll in Victoria Park
Near the must-see Royal Crescent is the picturesque Victoria park. It’s the largest park in Bath and ideal for taking a picnic. Victoria Park was opened by Queen Victoria when she was 11 years old and it was originally an Arboretum. Today it’s still home to beautiful botanic gardens and teens can enjoy stunning views from the viewing point on the Great Dell Arial Walkway.
Teens may also like the skatepark, tennis courts or crazy golf (more on that below).
Challenge Friends and Family to A Round of Adventure Golf
Victoria Falls Adventure Golf is located next to the tennis courts in Victoria park (and also just next to the Royal Crescent). It’s a beautiful 18 hole crazy golf course that is ideal for family and friends of all ages. A great way to have fun and while away an hour.
Find out more at Adventure Golf, Bath
Do the Bizarre Bath Walking Tour
Looking for something to do in the evening? Then try the Bizarre Comedy Walking Tour. The walks take place every Tuesday and Sunday during the summer months. Expect to laugh and have fun rather than learn too much history.
It’s a great way to spend an evening. The reviews on TripAdvisor are excellent with some saying it’s the best thing they did while in Bath.
Find out more at Bizarre Bath
Hike Along the Bath Skyline
This beautiful 6 mile trail loops around the edge of Bath and take in lots of the city’s green space. The walk is fairly easy going. You can download a trail map on the National Trust’s website.
Try Escape Rooms Galore
Bath is home to many escape room experiences which many teenagers enjoy. Perfect for people who like answering riddles, solving complex puzzles and looking for a challenge. They are ideal when the weather isn’t great.
Bathescape Choose from one of 3 escape room experiences including the Master room, Aladdin’s cave and The Secret Garden. You can also book to go on a detective trail. It’s a mystery detective city tour that takes 2-3 hours. Find the clues, trace the tracks, and detect the crime!
Tempo Escape Room – Try out the Eternal Life game at Tempo Escape room. It’s located in central Bath, just 3 minutes from Bath train station. The Escape room is recommended for people aged 14 plus, although at least one person in the party will need to be 18 years old.
Experience VR With a Difference
Head down to Active Reality, Bristol for an amazing virtual reality experience. Put on your VR headset and enjoy full immersion by entering an arena that lets you walk around, run, and jump in real life—while being transported to a virtual world. If you take part in the VR experience with friends, you can see your friends’ avatars and play games against each other.
Find out more at Active Reality
Discover the History of America
Photo by Don Cload / Wikimedia Commons
The American museum is the only Americana museum outside of America and is a good attraction for teens who like museums, history or all things American. It takes you on a tour of the history of America. Explore the period rooms and discover the remarkable collection of folk, decorative arts and cultural objects from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
The museum is set within a Grade 1 listed Georgian manor house on the edge of Bath and there’s also 125 acres of historic parkland, ancient woodland and formal gardens to explore too.
Find out more at the American Museum.
Take a Hop On / Hop Off Bus Tour
Photo by Geof Sheppard / Wiki media
The hop on and hop off buses are a fun way for teens to see Bath. The bus take you to the attractions all over the city and the countryside. Discover the interior of the urban areas and the historical landmarks on the City Tour. The Skyline route is a breath of fresh air in the enormous English Countryside.
Picture of Stall Street, in Bath’s Central Shopping Area
Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Like most cities, Bath is is a great shopping destination. If you have a teen who likes shopping here’s where to go:
Southgate Shopping Centre: located just a few minutes from the train station, Southgate is a large shopping centre with over 50 shops and 20 restaurants. Favorite teen brands including JD Sports, H&M, River Island, Smiggle and lots more can be found here.
Central Shopping Area – Running from Stall Street up to Union Street and from Cheap Street across to High Street – this is Bath’s historic shopping centre. Stall Street is one of central Bath’s most popular shopping streets. The beautiful listed buildings on Stall Street home high street names including Primark, Claires, Schuh and Mountain Warehouse.
Milson Place – The beautiful courtyards of Milsom Place house sophisticated shops including Phase Eight and designer footwear by Channi B shoes, this is another lovely place to browse in Bath. There are some lovely places to eat here as well.
Bath Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping venue in the city. There are approximately 20 stallholders which include a sweet shop, jewelry and a traditional market cafes. It’s a great place for some quick browsing and a bite to eat.
Play Board Games at Thirsty Meeple
The board game café is a fantastic venue for teens, particularly for a rainy day. Play one of the 800 plus board games and if you want to you can order food to eat there as well. They can get busy so book in advance if you can.
Find out more at Thirsty Meeples
See A Show at the Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal has a jam packed schedule with a range of productions from plays to comedy to ballet and more. It’s well worth checking out what’s on during your stay in Bath for evening entertainment.
If you live in Bath they also hold workshops for teens over the school holidays.
Find out more at the Theatre Royal, Bath
Step Into Jane Austen’s World
Photo by Fahdshariff / Wikimedia Commons
Many teens may be studying Jane Austen at school and if so a trip to the Jane Austen centre will support their studies!
After entering, a costumed Guides take you on a journey through the small museum. Despite being small, the museum makes the best of a the space. There is lots of interactive fun. Dress up, taste some Regency food, write with a quill pen and ink and have your picture taken with the world famous Jane Austen waxwork.
Find out more at The Jane Austen Centre website
Embark on a Ghost Tour (if you dare)
If you’re looking for an evening activity to do with teenagers, why not go on a guided ghost tour of Bath?
On a tour learn about the darker side of this historic city. Hear stories of murders, witches and poltergeists. Discover the tales of medieval monks and hanged criminals. See the sites of famous and bizzare hauntings.
Teens are sure to be engaged and learn some history too!
Fun Places To Eat with Teens in Bath
High Tea at the Pump Room – Attached to the Roman Baths, the pump room serves a formal English tea which is an excellent experience in itself.
Sweet Little Things for lunch, brunch, tea and cake
Sally Lunn’s – housed in one of the oldest historic buildings in Bath, Sally Lunn’s is popular with tourist. Teens will love to try the Sally Lunn bun’s a regional speciality which the eating house is famous for. You can also get breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea here. There’s a kitchen museum onsite which is free if you eat there
Opa is a Greek restaurant which has a great atmosphere and is very Instagramable!
Cascara is a vegan café
Roasarios Cafe is a 2 minutes walk from Bath Abbey. Go for an amazing breakfast.
The Ivy, Bath- The Ivy is often a popular place to eat with teens
Cosy Club – great for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. My teen son love the burgers here.
Where to Stay with Teens in Bath
Hotel Indigo – Book a stay at this excellent hotel which is a short walk away from Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa –If you want a 5 star experience with your teen this the hotel for you. The spa has access to Bath’s natural thermal waters.
Luckham Park Hotel is 6 miles out of bath. It has some interconnecting rooms. As well as staying here you can explore the woodlands on horseback and bike ride around the estate. There is also a spa.
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