Bath is extra special to anyone with a passion for history and days gone by, and one of the nicest things about doing your Christmas shopping in the city’s streets is the fact that much has been the same for hundreds of years. The designers may have changed and the shops become more elaborate, but the key buildings, cobbles and traditions are pretty much as they would have been centuries ago.
If you want to combine a bit of shopping with Bath’s history, head to the Guildhall Market. The market has stood on this same spot for more than 800 years, making it by far the city’s oldest shopping hub.
Ever heard the expression ‘pay on the nail’? The Guildhall is home to the original Nail – a table on which transactions were carried out, hence the saying! The Guildhall Market holds its own Christmas market every year, and it’s timed to run alongside the main Bath one from the last Thursday in November.
No matter which season you visit the Guildhall, you’ll find stalls selling food and drink, homeware, books, clothes, jewellery, bags, fine cheese, vegetables and much more. Don’t forget to pop along for a browse during your visit.
Why not make an historic weekend of it and stay in a Georgian bed and breakfast in Bath? Bailbrook Lodge is Grade II listed and makes the perfect home from home.