Bath is one of England’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Famous for its Roman baths, Bath is now recognised as a world heritage site and pays host to millions of visitors and tourists every year.
Still, from the outside, Bath may seem like a fairly quiet city with not a whole lot to do besides appreciating the architectural wonders. This could make planning a trip with your toddler particularly difficult.
But fear not — there’s actually lots of things to do in Bath with a toddler, whether you’re in the city itself or in its nearby surrounds.
Let’s take it away!
Fun Things to Do in Bath With Toddlers
While our country as a whole is home to some of the finest architecture the world has ever seen, it’s England’s Elizabethan stylings that draw the largest crowds, and the stately manor of Longleat is one of the finest examples.
Longleat is located just outside of Bath in Warminster.
Built somewhere between 1567 and 1580, Longleat House has been home to the Thynn family since its construction. The family first opened its doors to the public in 1949, and it has become a staple of the Bath community ever since.
But we’re guessing that your little one is interested in neither architecture or history. What really makes this place so great for toddlers to visit is the wildlife. From cheetahs and giraffes to wolves and monkeys, the Longleat safari park is a great way for children to get in touch with nature and engage with the furry friends we share this planet with.
You’ll get to choose between walking and driving safaris. In addition, Longleat also hosts several themed events all year round, not to mention their famous art exhibitions for the more historically-inclined sort. Indeed, Longleat has something for everyone, ensuring you and your toddler have the best experience possible.
Children’s stories often feature magical forests and woods for the characters to get lost in. Whether it’s Mirkwood from The Hobbit or the Hundred-Acre Wood from Winnie the Pooh, there’s something undeniably mysterious and wonderful about the forest that sparks the imagination.
Of course, it’s rare that one encounters a real magical forest, but Rainbow Wood in Bath is about as close to the real thing as you can get. While largely devoid of tree-dwelling elves and honey-loving bears, the woodlands are remarkably well-preserved and still hold the same sense of wonder you’d find in a storybook.
Rainbow Wood is particularly exciting for youngsters. This magical woodland area near Coverton Down features many playtime opportunities for children to engage in. Fairy doors lead the way to the elf and fairy foray; a classic rope swing propels you into the fun, and plentiful geocache opportunities ensure that the joy of discovery remains alive and well.
Unlike many other forests in the surrounding area, most of the trees in Rainbow Wood are still relatively young, as much of the wood was upended during the gales of 1990. Now, the play area remains open all week long, making this the perfect spot to let your toddler have fun any day of the week.
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
The simple joys of farm life are often lost on those growing up in the city. While places like London have plenty to see and do, they will never quite be able to capture the quaintness of a rural, rustic village or domicile.
Of course, some people are perfectly fine with this, and we’ll never be one to knock city living. However, we think there’s a great deal of value to be found in a walk on the wild side, and we think your toddler might be inclined to agree with us.
That’s why we’re recommending Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. While the park may seem small, looks can be deceiving — it’s home to over 90 acres of indoor and outdoor adventure!
There’s so much to do here that we could probably fill an entire list of all the attractions in Avon Valley. From VIP animal encounters that let you get up close and personal with some of the cutest little fluffers in the world to a dinosaur-themed adventure that will leave you in awe, you and your toddler will come away feeling as though you’ve just left a Steven Spielberg film.
Avon Valley Railway
Although farm life may have lost its appeal on some of the younger generations, trains and railways certainly haven’t. While a lot of this popularity is undoubtedly indebted to Thomas the Tank Engine, plenty of real-world railways in Bath are worth your attention as well.
The Avon Valley Railway, in particular, should excite every railbuff out there. The railway has had a long, sometimes troubled history, and for the first half of the twentieth century, it was largely out of use. Luckily, an enthusiastic group of volunteers sought to restore it to its former glory. Now, some forty years on, over three miles of track have been laid, and the sound of steam echoes throughout the valley.
Of course, your toddler may not be as interested in locomotive history as we are. Fortunately, the site houses plenty of other attractions to keep them occupied, from the chocolate train to close-up encounters with animals. Additionally, if you feel a touch peckish during your visit, the railway is famous for its buffet-style eating. Tickets are also readily available cheaply, so there’s no reason not to visit this historic attraction.
Bath City Farm
Another issue with city life is the lack of care we seem to have for our neighbours. It’s very easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the city, walking past the same old faces and never bothering to get to know their names. You may again find yourself pining for a simpler way of living, if only for a day.
And that’s exactly what the Bath City Farm provides. While not as large (or as popular) as Avon Valley above, it still boasts many attractions. It’s also home to one of the most beautiful overhead views of Bath that you’ll come across.
What makes visiting the Bath City Farm particularly exciting, however, is the fact that admissions are totally free. You’ll still have to pay for certain activities, and the farm hosts a commendable cafe and gift shop, but you won’t be stopped from admiring and soaking in the sighs during your visit.
Additionally, donations are always welcome at the Bath City Farm if you find yourself in a giving mood. Either way, we think both you and your toddler will have a great time at this beautiful rustic park, whether you pay for it or not.
Every country has its own myths and legends, but the UK is perhaps home to some of the most famous. Whether it’s the legend of King Arthur, the story of Robin Hood, or the myth of the Loch Ness Monster, this country has much to offer in terms of folk tales. It’s no wonder that Tolkien was so inspired by Britain when he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (which one could argue are perfect examples of modern mythology).
Of course, there are smaller stories to be found as well, and you need only visit Wookey Hole, about 40 minutes from Bath, to find them. Like many of the attractions on our list, Wookey Hole has plenty of activities to engage in. Adults should be particularly interested in Wild Wookey, a challenging traipse through the caves that’ll see you climbing, jumping, and vaulting your way to the finish.
Kids and toddlers will be fascinated by the story of the Witch of Wookey. You’ll catch glimpses of her here and there throughout the caves, but who was she, and what made her a legend?
The answers won’t discover themselves, and both you and your toddler can engage with this exciting mystery in one of the UK’s greatest cave adventures.
Bath Postal Museum
Our toddlers love posting letters. We’re not sure why, but it’s definitely a passion of theirs 😂 And we know they’re not the only ones!
To this end, a visit to the Bath Postal Museum should be high up on your itinerary. The museum contains a grand, all-encompassing collection of stamps, old letters, and other postal memorabilia, which should satisfy your inner history buff (we’ve all got one). On the other hand, toddlers might be rather taken with the old-fashioned outfits and historical relics on display.
Needless to say, you’ll find plenty at the Bath Postal Museum that you won’t see anywhere else. And if both you and your toddler are avid bibliophiles, or you’re just a fan of history, this is a great place to visit during your stay in Bath.
Dragonfly Leisure Writhlington Soft Play
If you find yourself in Wrightlington with your toddler on a rainy day, head on over to the Dragonfly Leisure centre.
Their soft play area has some of the best facilities we’ve ever seen. What’s even more impressive, however, is just how broad an audience it attracts thanks to the sheer variety of other activities on offer.
From football and badminton to climbing and swimming, there’s something here for every child. The venue is also famous for hosting kids’ parties all year, so you can be assured that your toddler will always have someone to play with. While they enjoy the variety of activities available, you can relax at the cafe and enjoy a nice, warm cup of tea.
Before Britain founded its own empire, the world had already known several, but none were as famous and widespread as the Roman Empire. Whether you’re an avid history buff or only moderately acquainted with that Caesar fellow, it’s safe to say that we all know something about the Romans and their way of life.
Now, you and your toddler have the chance to learn more.
The Roman Baths houses one of the largest collections of Roman artefacts outside of any traditional museum. The organisation as a whole seeks to provide you and your young one with the means of stepping into another place in time.
When you arrive, you’ll get to experience all of this through a guided tour of the impressive baths. Here you’ll get to see some of the most interesting aspects of Roman life, including how the Romans kept fit and healthy. Most impressive, however, is Minerva’s Head, a bronze bust of the old goddess herself that will excite and inspire.
Of course, a trip like this is incomplete without a visit to the gift shop and a bite to eat. Fortunately, the Roman Baths are happy to accommodate.
Royal Victoria Park
Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by Queen (or, Princess!) Victoria herself, seven years before she eventually ascended to the throne. It was the first park to carry her name and was privately run by the Victorian public park movement for several years before being purchased by the Bath Corporation.
Now, the park is more beautiful than ever, thanks to some tasteful renovations and various activities. Toddlers will enjoy the expansive play area, while teens and adults may find themselves drawn to the skate park or the 9-acre botanical garden.
There are plenty of other activities to enjoy, such as tennis, golf, and bowling, but the park’s seasonal events have people of all ages coming back year after year.
Dyrham Park is a National Trust property located just north of Bath and is a great spot for a family day out with a toddler or two.
Located near Dyrham, the manor has an extensive history dating back to as early as the 17th century. While it remained in the Blathwayt family for a long time, the manor and its grounds are now owned by the National Trust, who’ve made a great deal of effort to make the park an exciting attraction.
Now, you can view the manor’s extensive art collection and enjoy plenty of seasonal events like open-air concerts and other displays. Additionally, you may recognise the house from one of Britain’s most beloved and enduring shows – the one and only Doctor Who.
Haynes Motor Museum
If you or your toddler have a thing for cars, then the Haynes Motor Museum is the perfect place to visit.
It’s located south of Bath in Sparkford.
A packed program of events, exhibitions, and activities runs throughout the year, meaning there’ll always be something for you to do. Additionally, the museum hosts several family activities, like painting minis and brass rubbings. And, if all else fails, the Haynes Motorland playground will entertain the little ones to no end.
The Egg is a small, intimate theatre that’s part of Theatre Royal Bath, routinely putting on incredible productions for kids.
It’s hosted several award-winning productions and performances and readily involves the surrounding community. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in some backstage work and grow their theatrical repertoire, or they can simply sit back and enjoy the shows.
Additionally, the Egg hosts many fun workshops throughout the year that are a joy to participate in, regardless of age.
Finally, before your visit to Bath ends, you may need to wind down and catch your breath. After all, as our list has just shown, there’s plenty to do around here, and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself exhausted before your trip has even reached its halfway point.
Alice Park is the perfect place to visit when this happens. It’s a quiet, peaceful little gem located on the eastern side of Bath and welcomes families of all sizes and kinds. Its community gardens, friendly playpark, and wildlife pond offer all the sights and sounds of a peaceful Sunday stroll.
So, before you leave Bath, pay Alice Park a visit with your toddler, where both of you can breathe in the peaceful air before you return to your everyday lives.
Looking for another location? Check out our Days Out section for more ideas.