Bath is one of the UK’s most popular destinations – and rightly so. This small city combines old and new like nowhere else in the world. Step into the past at the Roman Baths, watch Premiership rugby at the Rec, uncover a treasure trove of independent shops, then relax in an open-air spa pool, gazing out across the sights.
The epitome of elegance: Georgian crescents, thermal spas, and boutique shopping.
Things to do
The Royal Crescent. The Circus. Pulteney Bridge. And, of course, the Roman Baths themselves. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath is brimming with incredible sites. You could follow in the footsteps of ancient Celts and Romans and warm yourself in naturally heated, mineral-rich spa waters. Or get behind the golden facades and explore the world of Jane Austen.
Bath offers a fascinating mixture of small boutiques and big brands, cobbled streets and wide boulevards. And, thanks to its relatively compact size, you can walk the entire centre in just a couple of hours. When it’s time for a breather, there’s no shortage of places for a pint of ale, an indulgent afternoon tea, or a leisurely G&T.
As well as its own iconic sights, Bath makes a great base for exploring the West Country. You’re under an hour from Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Wells, Lacock and the Cotswolds. Or hop on a train to Bath’s bigger, brasher brother: Bristol. Just 10 minutes from Bath, Bristol is home to many of Brunel’s masterpieces including the SS Great Britain.
To see Bath at its most beautiful, climb (or taxi) your way up one of the many hills – the views from Alexandra Park are breathtaking.
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