Bath

The beautiful city of Bath is found some one hundred miles from the Capital and is the perfect location for visitors wishing, not only to see the grand city itself, but also to explore the West Country and all it has to offer. Surrounded by rolling fields, Bath is also an excellent base from which to visit the nearby Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Bath is perhaps best known for its spectacular Georgian and Roman architecture, though it has much more to offer than just its heritage. With a thriving cultural scene, the area has a wonderful range of museums, galleries and gardens. Combine this with the city’s remarkable history and an assortment of tourist attractions and you’ll find one of the most exciting, picturesque and unique locations in the British Isles.

The city of Bath was built-up around its hot spring waters which the Romans discovered some 2,000 years ago and today, many of its fine architectural delights remain, including the Royal Crescent and the Pulteney Bridge. Perhaps the most famous and popular attraction in the area is the Roman Baths and Pump Room, a 2,000 year old site which was built around Britain’s only hot spring. Although it is not possible to bathe in the natural waters which still fill the baths, the area does have the recently built Thermea Bath Spa, where visitors have the choice to relax in either the state of the art spa or for those requiring a more traditional experience, the Cross Bath Area. For those with an interest in history, Bath Abbey the great medieval church is well worth visiting as it built on the site of where the first King of England was crowned back in 973AD.

Bath has a number of wonderful galleries and museums, including the popular postal museum which gives a fascinating look at how man has communicated for over an unbelievable 4000 years. Jane Austen was perhaps Bath’s most famous resident and the city’s Jane Austin Centre offers a insight to the great author’s life and how living in Bath during the regency times helped to shape her writing. With costumed characters and ‘live’ guides, the tour is a marvellous way to find out all about this celebrated writer. The attraction also has a regency themed tea room which offers spectacular rooftop views across the city.

Know for its wonderful outdoor spaces, Bath is recognised for its exceptional outdoor spaces and the area has numerous parks and gardens which are popular with locals and visitors alike. The Parade Gardens, which are situated in the very heart of the city, attracts many visitors with its close proximity to the River Avon. Although free to local residents, the park does as for a small contribution from guests to the area.

With so many attractions housed in one area, Bath is the ideal location for a short break or day out. With its spectacular Roman and Georgian history, the whole site has been awarded Word Heritage status, ensuring that the site is protected for generations to come.