Lives in London, England
Since May 2009
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Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Bath Street not only leads to some of the city's iconic landmarks - such as The Roman Baths, Pump Room Restaurant, and Bath Abbey - it is also a central shopping hub for locals and travellers alike. A short walk from Bath Street is SouthGate Bath, an area home to over 50 shops including popular British department store, Debenhams.
A gift shop is a normal side show of any major attraction, and The Roman Baths Shop is no exception. Choose from the usual souvenir type items such as bookmarks and fridge magnets, as well as more specialised goods like spa inspired lip balms and lotions.
Milsom Street is the start of the centre's more upmarket shopping section. Department store, Jolly's (also known as House of Fraser), is situated here, as are a number of popular British brands such as Hobbs, Austin Reed and Cath Kidston.
Detour slightly off Milsom Street and you'll find Milsom Place; a quaint hub of independent shops specialising in goods ranging from shoes to household items. Look out for the pop-up shops that appear in the building from time to time. while anyone needing a mini break can re-energise at one of the bars and restaurants in the outdoor courtyard.
This one is for the lovers, the market lovers to be precise. Once a working railway station, Queen Square Station as it was then known closed in 1966, and was transformed into a retail and market space in the 1980s. Saturdays is when the real action happens here, with a traditional farmer's market held in Green Park Station. As well as selling fantastic local produce (vegetables, meat, cheese) at the stalls, other items such as handcrafted goods and leather bags can also be purchased. Though the daily market runs from 9am to 5pm, the Saturday farmer's market ends at 1.30pm, so be sure to allow ample time to explore and taste your way through all the goods on offer.
Rather than buy a standard souvenir from Bath, why not assist in helping make your own? Bath Aqua Glass is a glassblowing shop that sells specialty glass products. Visitors can watch an interactive glass blowing demonstration and, for an additional (small) fee, breathe into the glass bauble while it's being crafted. Take something home to place proudly atop the fireplace.
Just off George Street – another one of the main streets in Bath's city centre – is one of my favourite places, Bartlett Street. Antique fans can cast an eye over a vast selection, ranging from jewellery, clocks and watches to dolls and toys.
End your shopping expedition in Bath with a last stop at The Fudge Factory. The San Francisco Fudge Factory, as it's officially called, sells a fine range of handmade, gluten-free, creamy fudge, in a wide variety of flavours - ask to try before you buy! Prices may seem a tad on the high side, but with any high-quality product, you get what you pay for - and it's delicious!