(Bath, North-East Somerset, England, UK)
Bath is a shopper's paradise and has many hundreds of independently owned stores selling unusual goods. There are also a number of specialist shops in Bath, including jewellers, art galleries, craft shops, toy shops, antiques shops, gift shops and there are also countless clothes shops, providing the perfect place for some serious fashion shopping. The Southgate area has recently been revamped at the cost of more than $£350 million and has already been hailed as a huge success, being anchored by a large Debenhams department store.
Most shops in Bath open seven days a week, throughout the year, opening around 09:00 until 17:30 or later. On Sunday, Bath shopping opening hours are generally shorter than the rest of the week.
High Street Shops and Department Stores
Bath has numerous High Street names and chain stores throughout the shopping centre and many of these can be found in the Southgate shopping area, along Stall Street, Union Street and also in the Podium Shopping Centre, close to Northgate Street. Many of the shops are also independently owned and this ensures an interesting variety.
Jolly's is situated in the middle of Milsom Street and is one of Bath's largest department stores. This shop sells a huge variety of goods, including perfume, makeup, clothes, home accessories, kitchenware, ceramics and electrical goods. Jolly's has an imposing shop front, with granite, bronze and mahogany, and is reputed to be the world's oldest department store, opening in 1831. This is an extremely popular place for shopping in the city and is generally considered to be a little upmarket.
Another busy department store in Bath is the familiar Marks and Spencer, which has a large store located on Stall Street, close to Bath Abbey. Marks and Spencer sells a variety of goods, including clothes, home accessories and they also have a large food hall area.
Northumberland Place is one of the narrow passages where you will find a number of clothes shops, providing an excellent choice of trendy, affordable clothes for children and young people.
Walcot Street in central Bath is lined with exciting shops, including clothes shops for children, trendy furniture shops, a large children's toy shop and there is also a reclamation yard, full of interesting finds.
Shires Shopping Yard
The Shires Shopping Yard connects Milsom Street and Broad Street and is actually where the Mayor of Bath kept his horses in the 18th century. The Shires Shopping Yard is now full of clothes shops, many with designer labels, shoe shops, homeware and several gift shops, selling very unusual items.
Broad Street and Green Street
Broad Street in central Bath is located close to the Shires Shopping Yard and has a number of designer clothes shops. Nearby Green Street is home to hairdressers, food shops, a seafood restaurant, gift shops and more clothes stores.
Situated close to Green Street, the extremely popular Podium Shopping Centre is home to a number of gift shops, selling many items including a silver jewellery shop, a café with an outdoor seating area, an art shop, a large supermarket and upstairs are a number of excellent restaurants, many with superb views across the River Avon and the streets of central Bath.
Situated on the outskirts of the city centre, close to the Royal Crescent, is Margaret's Buildings. This popular shopping area has a number of designer outlets and small shops.
Suggested Shopping Route
Bath has some of the best and most diverse shops in the country. By taking this self-guided shopping walk, you will be able to visit most of them and get a good idea of the range of shops that are available.
Start at the end of Milsom Street and walk down to Jolly's department store. Turn right into Quiet Street and Wood Street and then continue to the charming Queen Street, before moving on into Bath's Trim Street.
At Trim Street, turn left into the Upper Borough Walls in Bath and continue until you reach Union Passage, which is a network of small shopping lanes, including a range of interesting gift shops. Visit Northumberland Place and The Corridor and continue to the other end, to the nearby Guildhall Market, opposite the Corridor. Head left towards Northgate Street and then over Pulteney Bridge, which is one of the few bridges in the world lined with shops.
Cross back into Bridge Street and then at the end, turn right and continue until you reach Walcot Street, Keep to the right and then at the top, cross over and head back on the other side, and turn left into Broad Street via Saracan Street. Visit the Shires Shopping Yard by Bath's Postal Museum and this will link back to Milsom Street.
Other shopping areas near Bath include:
- Broadmead Shopping Centre
Address: 69 Broadmead, Bristol, England
20 km / 12 miles
- Broadwalk Shopping Centre
Address: Knowle, Bristol, England
17 km / 11 miles
- Clarks Village Factory Outlet Shopping
Address: Farm Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0BB, England
47 km / 29 miles
- The Clifton Arcade
Address: 1a Boyces Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, England
22 km / 14 miles
- Clifton Down Shopping Centre
Address: Whiteladies Road, Bristol, England
20 km / 12 miles
- Galleries Shopping Centre
Address: Union Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol, England
20 km / 12 miles
Address: Eastgate Shopping Centre, Eastgate Road, Eastville, Bristol, BS5 6XX, England
22 km / 14 miles
- The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
Address: Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, England
40 km / 25 miles
- St. Mary Shopping Centre
Address: 8 Quaker Lane, Thornbury, Near Bristol, England
43 km / 27 miles
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