7 Best vintage shops in Bath

Second-hand shops in Bath are all over the city, but these are where you’ll find the very best bargains

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  • 07 September 2021
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Being a city with such a rich history, it comes as no surprise that Bath is home to such a huge number of fantastic independent vintage shops and antique stores. Clothes, accessories, furniture, games - the best vintage shops in Bath sell a wide range of incredible items you won’t be able to leave without. Walcot Street and the Artisan Quarter is one of the best areas for vintage shopping in Bath, with all the most popular retro stores selling one-off pieces you’re bound to fall in love with. Selling pre-loved treasures and second-hand bargains these are the best vintage shops in Bath you simply have to visit, as recommended by our St Christopher’s Inns Bath team of local experts.  

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1. The Yellow Shop

72 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BD 

The Yellow Shop is exactly what it says it is: it’s a yellow shop, and probably the most famous of all the vintage shops in Bath. Standing out from the crowd of vintage stores on Walcott Street because of its bright yellow exterior and eye-catching window display, this shop is a treasure trove of pre-loved retro fashion gems waiting to be picked up and rehomed. Despite the offering all being second-hand, the shop makes sure every piece is well-maintained so their new owner can love it for years to come. The Yellow Shop sells every item of clothing you can think of, packed into a cosy little space you could sift through for hours searching for beautiful vintage pieces.

2. Jack & Danny’s

3 London St, Bath BA1 5BU

Selling all kinds of clothes you can think of is Jack & Danny’s: a family-run vintage shop just a few minutes walk from the main city centre of Bath. Second-hand shops like these are in abundance in Bath, but what makes this one special is the charming owner, Shiela, and her endless fascinating stories. Nostalgia fills the air in this gem of a shop! Sift through the heaps of vintage pieces from the designer labels to label-less, or hire an extra special item for a special occasion. Jack & Danny’s has even been visited by the likes of Freddie Mercury, Noel Gallagher and Kylie Minogue - so if it’s fit for them it’s absolutely worth a trip. 

3. Bath Retro Store

9 Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NW

This sweet little vintage store in the heart of Bath will draw you in by it’s charming exterior and eye-catching walls covered in vintage posters and games. At Bath Retro Store you can buy all sorts from traditional toys to silly bits and pieces that’ll make you smile. It’s the kind of place some people will visit and immediately find themselves saying “I used to have this!” Sift through their huge selection of iconic board games from over the decades and nostalgic kids games that we played in the school playground. If you’re after some great gifts and a flavour of old school England, this is the shop for it. 

4. Vintage to Vogue

28 Milsom Street, Bath BA1 1DG

If you’re looking for somewhere to find incredibly stylish, one-of-a-kind pieces that’ll turn heads, Vintage to Vogue on Milsom Street is a must-visit. Here, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the amount of beautiful, timeless pieces they have on sale, including some dating back to the 1900s as well as more contemporary designs. Vintage to Vogue’s staff handpick every item on the shop floor, so every single piece is in the best condition it could be ready for you to hand it down generations, and they even work with a local tailor to ensure it will fit you to perfection. Male, female or otherwise, this vintage shop is one of Bath’s many gems and you’re bound to find something you’ll fall in love with. 

5. Julian House Charity Shop

86 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BD

Rummage around the goodies inside Walcot Street’s Julian House, a charity shop raising money to help fund projects and services for people dealing with homelessness in the local and surrounding areas of Bath. Charity shops are all over the city, but pop inside this one in particular because it’s always full of special pre-loved clothes, homeware, books and accessories so you’ll leave with at least one bargain find. When you’re shopping for a good cause like Julian House, there’s no such thing as feeling bad about spending too much! This Artisan Quarter gem in Bath is a must-visit for vintage shoppers amongst you. 

6. Pulteney Bridge Charity Shops

Pulteney Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Bath, crossing the River Avon right in the city centre. Don’t leave Bath without strolling across the bridge and stopping for a mooch inside all the great charity shops that are located on it, all bunched together to make a good few hours sifting through all the treasures they contain. On the bridge you’ll also see a few other charming antique stores that’ll draw you inside before you’ve even thought about it. The Antique Map Shop, the Mosaic Shop and the Bath Stamp and Coin Shop are all neighbours to each other, containing beautiful pieces that are an antique-lovers dream.

7. Quiet Street Antiques

3 Quiet St, Bath BA1 2JS

Selling top quality antique pieces at affordable prices for 35 years, the Quiet Street Antiques store has certainly earned its reputation as one of the best vintage shops in Bath. If you’re looking for a stunning antique piece to add to your home, you’ve got to pay this charming place a visit during your Bath stay. Furniture, clocks, sculptures and way more eye-catching objects are on display in the shop, with items changing all the time as pieces getting purchased and pre-loved stock coming in. If there is something that steals your attention, Quiet Street Antiques delivers any item worldwide, so there’s never an excuse to leave it in the shop. 

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