Introducing Bath

Bath is one of the UK’s best loved destinations – and it’s easy to see why. This small city makes a big impression with its Roman Baths and soaring Georgian crescents to indulge all those period drama fantasies. And while it might be an old town, Bath has a thoroughly modern side. So expect rooftop thermal spas, bohemian boutiques, hip coffee shops and a vibrant independent food scene. Not to mention the finest Christmas market this side of Lapland.

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 landmarks. 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. Bibliophiles will love the characterful, independent bookshops – and the twice-a-year literature festivals that draw an incredible collection of authors and illustrators to the city.  

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 – and most of Banksy’s best-known works too. 


Top Tip from SLH

To see Bath at its most beautiful, climb (or taxi) your way up one of the many hills – the panoramic views from Alexandra Park are breathtaking.