Rough location: Bath is in Somerset, England
- Language: English
- Population of city: 94,782
- Nearest Airport: Bristol Airport
- Nearest Train/Bus Station: Bath Spa Station
- When to visit: All year round
- Best for: Romantic Break, Architecture, Countryside
At the heart of the historic city of Bath, you’ll find some of the best preserved Roman Baths in Northern Europe. Thanks to the city’s thermal springs, this ancient religious spa still fills with hot spring water. Follow in the footsteps of Bath’s Roman residents and explore the Temple of Sulis Minerva. Take the time to visit the adjoining museum where you can discover the various areas of the baths. These include the Great Bath, the ruined changing rooms and sauna and the Temple Pediment.
Bath Cathedral is one of the most beautiful monuments in the city. Restoration of this magnificent Anglo-Saxon Abbey began in 1574AD and is now a popular tourist attraction. Although the Cathedral still hosts religious worship, it is also open to members of the public wanting to explore this historic site. Admire the stunning stained glass- windows or visit William Waller’s tomb.
Pulteney Bridge is a unique piece of Georgian architecture than connects the banks of the river Avon. This bridge is one of only four in the world to be lined with independent shops. It is considered one of the most beautiful parts of the city and even featured in the 2012 film, Les Miserables. Boat trips also depart from the bridge to Bathampton, a great way to spend a sunny afternoon sight-seeing.
Arguably the most photographed area of Bath, this iconic crescent of terraced houses is the city’s best example of Georgian architecture. These Grade I listed houses overlook an immaculately manicured lawn and house a prestigious 5* hotel, a museum of Georgian Life and even the homes of some notable residents. You might recognise the Crescent as the set of several period dramas including, Jane Austen’s Persuasion and The Duchess.