Bath is stunning.
A chic UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city still packs it in when it comes to contemporary culture, food and energetic entertainment; just the ticket for a day of discovery with the family or even that whirl-wind romantic weekend that has yet to materialise this year (hint hint).
The savvy Romans were the first to discover Bath’s unique hot springs over 2,000 years ago. So delighted with their discovery, they set about building an elaborate temple complex dedicated to the Goddess Minerva (the water goddess who still presides over the steaming, healing waters today). Later the Georgians fraternised the streets, designing and building many of the impressive structures which remain a strong and iconic influence on the city-scape. And the tone was set for many years of grandeur and entertainment to follow...
Best things about Bath
It really is beautiful. The city’s inspiring crescents, cobbled streets and elegant Georgian facades are charming, and you’ll keep glimpsing the tempting rolling hills which surround the city on every side.
It’s a pedestrian’s dream. You can walk from the station to the magnificent Royal Crescent in just 20 minutes (if you don’t visit the numerous attractions or linger in the lovely independent shops along the way).
It’s got choice. When it comes to accommodation, Bath and the surrounding area is blessed with over 250 hotel and guest house options, so you can pick between a luxurious four or five star retreat, a multitude of boutique B&Bs or, more popular with families, a self-catering stay.
It’s foodie. Since the launch of the UK’s first ever Farmer’s market in Bath, the city has established a fantastic food scene complete with a diverse collection of gastro pubs, gin and cocktail bars as well as Michelin starred chefs and serious fine dining. Don’t leave without trying a local cider or beer.
It’s fun. There are child-friendly museums, parks to picnic in and bikes to hire for a city/country cycle adventure, and with 14 major festivals, multiple exhibitions and smaller art trails, you’ll be sure to time it right for a festive good time.
It’s relaxing. You could spend your entire weekend leisurely wandering the fine streets of Bath popping into a boutique shop here and a quirky little café or gallery there, people watching in the Abbey square or Parade gardens and perhaps venturing into Thermae’s roof-top pool for steamy city-spanning views.
It’s cultural. With 15 museums within a single square mile, Bath boasts one of the most cultural hubs in the world. From Georgian splendour at No. 1 Royal Crescent, to fashion and art, architecture and curiosities – the collections are sometimes quite eclectic and always beautifully curated.
It’s romantic. Where else in the world could you ponder on not one, but two world-famous Palladian bridges in one day? Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon at a dramatic weir and is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across its full span on both sides. The second bridge is located in Prior Park – part of the landscape garden designed by Capability Brown and Alexander Pope – again one of only four such bridges worldwide. If bridges aren’t your thing, you’ll love the plethora of spa treatments available, the Theatre Royal’s West End previews or the range of top class restaurants.
It is a challenge not to fall in love with Bath: a city that has so much to offer, set against a backdrop of stunning architecture and countryside. It is easy to come back to Bath again and again, each time discovering a new view, a different flavour or a better perspective. Try it!
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