Beautiful Bath


Feel the city of Bath's rich history come to life in front of you from one of the greatest preserved religious spas of the ancient world, to Jane Austen's famous literary heritage. Discover Bath's renowned annual events, sensational gin experiences and a shopper's haven, with the city's reputation for fashion dating back to Georgian times. Relish in the delights of Bath while wondering down the cobbled streets and allow your senses to be reawakened as you experience everything this incredible, historic city has to offer.

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Visiting Overview

✈️ Nearest Airport:

 Bristol

🛣 Car journey time from London:

2.5hrs - 115 miles / 185 km

🛏 Recommended accommodation:

Gainsborough Bath Spa

Royal Crescent Hotel

The Walled Garden

📍Other nearby destinations:

Cotswolds AONB

North Wessex Downs AONB

Bristol

📆 View our suggested itinerary:

The 3 Days of History and Culture Experience

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Roman Baths

Immerse yourself in the extravagant lifestyle of the Roman Empire and see history brought to life at The Roman Baths.

The Roman Baths, found at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, consists of remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. Surround yourself with the incredible aura of the unique thermal springs, which still rise and flow with natural hot water. Explore the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva, constructed between 60-70CE, and walk along the original Roman pavements that have stood for centuries. After submerging yourself in The Roman Baths' history, relax and indulge like Roman nobility with lunch or afternoon tea at the 18th century Pump Room and bathe in the natural thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa.

 

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Walking Tour

Begin your morning with a 3-hour private walking tour though the golden, Georgian cobbled streets of Bath, led by a local guide who has grown up and lived in Bath - offering you insider knowledge of the beautiful city. The tour guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to explore some of the most impressive architectural sights in the world, such as The Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge. Your guide will also take you to a viewpoint over the city to take in the splendour of the World Heritage Site.

Stop off for a bite at Framptons, a charming independent café, bar and kitchen located in the converted billiards room of the Empire Grand Building on Grand Parade, just by Pulteney Bridge. There is also an option to indulge your tastebuds further with a food sampling tour across Bath, which can be combined with a mouth-watering cooking experience at The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School.

 

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The Jane Austen Centre

Visit the Jane Austen Centre to delve between the pages of the life of one of Britain's favourite authors. Interactive exhibits and costumed characters tell the story of Austen's time spent living in Bath between 1801-1806, the Regency Period, and the impact it had on her novels. Continue on a journey of the stories of Bath with a visit to Bath Abbey . The history of this sacred place stretches back to the Anglo-Saxon period and will enrapture you with tales of Kings and Queens, saints and sinners, as well as the stories of ordinary people.

Don't miss out on the chance to ponder your thoughts like a character in a Jane Austen novel at the stunning Palladian Bridge found in Prior Park. The National Trust's Prior Park is found just outside Bath, where there are beautiful gardens and rolling landscapes a-plenty to image yourself wondering through a chapter of Pride and Prejudice.

 

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Christmas Markets

Loose yourself in Christmas spirit at the award-winning Bath Christmas Market that spreads magical merriment across the city. With around 150 twinkling chalets spread out across the city's picturesque Georgian streets, it is the ideal place for a spot of Christmas shopping. From unique homeward to personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery and more, you are guaranteed to find something special to put under the tree for your loved ones.

Rest and relax away from the shoppers with a rejuvenating treatment at Spa Village Bath, found at The Gainsborough Bath Spa and one of Condé Nast's top 15 spas in the UK. Tapping into the original thermal springs, this spa offers a contemporary perspective on the city's thermal water heritage. Feeling refreshed and ready to absorb even more of the vibrant energy of Bath, complete your festive experience with a carol concert performed in the magnificent Bath Abbey.

 

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