* Bath has a serious traffic problem - especially during rush hour. There is also a tricky one way system to navigate and it is very easy to get lost. Park and ride services exist, but the best thing to do is leave your car and walk as much as possible. The city centre is very compact and all attractions are walkable - it is also the best way to explore. Parking is also a nightmare, with 2 hour limits applying on most streets. Many parking bays are resident only - definitely be careful and check before leaving your car. The traffic wardens are apparently also extremely efficient - so do not even think of leaving your car, even for a minute, on a double yellow line.
* Some of the shopping areas feel like pedestrian only, but actually are not. Have a quick look around before you follow everyone else onto the road, and if you are a driver, expect pedestrians to walk in front of you!
* Use the Hop on / Hop Off bus tour. It is a great way to get a feel for the city. There are 15 stops, including the Roman Baths, Sally Lunns etc.. We paid £23.00 for 2 adults and 1 child - this included a small discount which applies if you are a member of the National Trust. The tickets are valid for the day of purchase and all of the next day and you can get off and on as much as you like. There are 2 tours - the city tour and the skyline tour (this takes you into the hills above Bath for a view over the city). The same ticket is valid for both tours. We thought this was particularly good value. We actually did the city tour twice - the first time we had to listen to an audio guide, but the next day, they had a guide on board, so it was nice to experience it again with a bit of a different perspective. I would highly recommend this tour.
* If you stroll across the River Avon at Pulteney Bridge you will come to Sydney Gardens, a good place for children to relax and run around. You can watch the boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal, rent canoes and punts or take a cruise on the river. Also Royal Victoria Park is a good place to bring children to let off some steam. It is a lovely park to stroll through, but at one end there is a hugh (free) children's adventure playground which is great fun.
* Most guides to Bath recommend a visit to Sally Lunns to try the famous Bath Bun. It was invented 300 years ago at this location, and the buns are still baked by hand here from the original recipe. We went here, but were a little underwhelmed by the experience. The teahouse is quite quaint, but service was a bit hit and miss and I thought it was extremely overpriced. The Bath bun was like half a bread roll - it comes with an assortment of fillings - we chose jams. We each had a bath bun, our son had a sandwich (which was very nice) and for this and 2 glasses of lemonade and a cup of coffee, the price was £23.00. I would have preferred to visit the small museum (entrance is 30p) and have had lunch elsewhere - it would have been cheaper and tastier. This is just my personal opinion - the place is full of tourists, so others might not agree.