Bath

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Explore a glorious UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its sweeping Georgian architecture, beautifully-preserved roman ruins and Jane Austen connections.

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Bath gleams with some of the finest architectural sights in Europe including The Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge (based on a similar design to Ponte Vecchio in Florence).

At the heart of the city next to Bath Abbey is the Roman Baths – one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. The museum gives a fascinating insight into the bathing complex and the great Roman temple of Sulis Minerva – goddess of wisdom and healing.  Above the Baths is the 18th century Pump Room where you can taste the spring water and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in elegant surroundings whilst musicians perform.

Thermae Bath Spa, a modern spa complex involving the restoration of five historic spa buildings and a new–state-of-the-art building in glass and stone is also open to the public all year round. Enjoy rooftop views of Bath’s iconic skyline whilst bathing in the city’s steamy natural thermal spring waters.

Continue your roman holiday at The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, a five-star hotel which has direct access to Bath’s mineral-rich thermal waters – the first hotel of its kind in the UK.

Bath has seventeen museums and galleries including the Fashion Museum, a world-class collection of historic fashionable dress; Victoria Art Gallery, whose collections range from the 15th century to the present day and the Jane Austen Centre, which celebrates the life and times of the famous writer who lived in the city for six years and based both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion here.

City of festivals

Bath’s year-round calendar of festivals, theatre productions and vibrant street entertainment, bring life and excitement to this beautiful city. Must-see events include the month-long Great Bath Feast and The Bath International Music Festival, along with a roster of annual festivals covering music, literature, fashion and even Jane Austen.

Exploring the city

Bath is a very compact city and best enjoyed on foot. There are guided walking tours, open top bus tours and even balloon flights for a unique view of the city and surrounding countryside. River and canal trips are also a great way to explore the area, while the waterside is a picturesque setting for rambling and cycling along the tow path. For unforgettable vistas of Bath, walk the Bath Skyline, the most downloaded National Trust walk in the UK.

When it comes to shopping, Bath really does offer it all – with familiar high-street brands along with plenty of independent stores selling items you won’t find anywhere else.

Food and drink

If all the above leaves you feeling hungry, Bath has hordes of charming cafes, great gastro pubs, trendy bars and the very best in fine-dining, including three Michelin-starred restaurants to satisfy your appetite.

You will find many cookery schools in the city and surrounding area too. Whether you’d like to learn about baking bread, cooking with vegetarian food or try foraging or brewing, there are a range of courses to suit all abilities.

How to get to here

Bath is 2hrs 25mins from London (car), 90 mins from London Paddington (direct train), 2hrs 20mins from London Victoria (coach) and 45 mins from Bristol Airport (car). 

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