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Exploring Bath

The historic city of Bath lies in the county of Somerset in England’s West Country, a land of rolling hills, rivers and ancient heritage going back to Roman times. Granted city status by Queen Elizabeth I at the end of the 16th century, the city’s famed Roman spa baths and glorious Georgian terraces attract over a million visitors every year. A UNESCO World Heritage site for 26 years, the city offers a unique combination of modern facilities, cultural events and remnants of the city’s impressive 2,000 years of history. Bath has a great choice of hotels in and around the city. From upscale luxury at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel to a historic stay in a converted Georgian mansion at the Royal Crescent Hotel or a countryside ‘great house’, there’s accommodation here to suit all pockets and tastes.

Prosperous during medieval times, the Roman city was revived as a spa destination during the 16th century and reached its highest point during the Georgian era. The great curve of the Royal Crescent’s terraced, neo-classical elegance is a highlight for tourists and the renovated, superbly-maintained Roman bathhouse is set close to Bath Abbey in all its Gothic glory. The River Avon winds through the town centre, crossed by the 18th-century, Robert Adam-designed Pulteney Bridge lined with shops in the old style and boasting views of Pulteney Weir. The Georgian townhouse at No 1 Royal Crescent is now a museum set out with period furniture and artifacts as it was in its heyday as a fashionable residence for the wealthy, and the nearby Museum of Costume holds a world-class display of fashions throughout the ages.

Sights nearby

Architecture buffs will adore Bath’s variety of styles, spread over 2,000 years with landmarks such as the Abbey, the Roman baths and the great Georgian terraces.

- Roman Baths

Built just under 2,000 years ago and rediscovered as a spa resort just over 200 years ago, the baths make use of the UK’s only mineral water hot springs. Roman medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture is found here, and the spa is excellently maintained.

- Bath Abbey

Built on the foundations of a Norman cathedral, impressively large Bath Abbey was begun in 1499 and is now the last truly Gothic place of worship in the country. Views from its tower are superb.

- Pulteney Bridge and Weir

Designed by famed architect Robert Adam in 1773, Pulteney Bridge is of the few left in the world that have shops lining both sides of the full span. Leading from the bridge is quintessentially Georgian Pulteney Street, made famous in the movie Vanity Fair.

- Royal Crescent

Set on a hill overlooking a vast span of grass, Royal Crescent was completed in 1774, and is one of the most impressive Georgian terraces in Britain. One of the terraced mansions is now a museum decked out in 18th century style, with period furnishings and artefacts.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Most hotels, including the fine dining hub of the Priory Hotel, offer good restaurants serving a variety of cuisines and the city has a choice of traditional pubs serving British pub grub as well as fast food outlets, take-aways and international eateries. Rather than being clustered in the city centre, dining options can be found in most of the city’s districts. Vegetarians and organic food buffs can eat freely here. Although Bath provides a centre for local shopping, it’s not the most exciting souvenir shopping hub, as there’s little in the way of local crafts. For fashionistas there’s a good choice of boutique shopping, and antiques-lovers will find several small antiques malls around Milsom and George Streets.

Public transport

Bristol International Airport located a few miles from Bath is its only air hub, offering flights from other UK regional cities. Unfortunately, there are no direct air links with London, with a fast train service, economical long-distance coaches or self-drive the only options from the capital. Public transport in the city is via a reliable municipal bus system, taxis or the regular tourist buses which run between the main landmarks and attractions. The city centre is easily explored on foot, and touring the lovely Somerset countryside or visiting nearby historic Bristol and the coastal resorts is best done via self-drive.

Bath travel guides

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