Named for the natural hot springs the city is built upon, this sophisticated city has been reeling in the visitors since the 18th century when it became a favourite retreat for the high society crowd. These days, Bath's grandiose Georgian architecture has not lost its lustre, and a combination of historical sites and contemporary culture makes it a vibrant choice for a city break.
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Things to do in Bath
1. Visit the Roman Baths
The wonderfully preserved Roman Baths are arguably the biggest tourist draw in the city. Set in the majestic shadow of the opulent Abbey, the Baths offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. Explore the Great Bath where the Romans would come to socialise, indulge in the healing properties of the water and worship the goddess Minerva, then discover the history of the place with a good poke around in the museum.
2. Take a dip in the Thermae Spa
Relax and unwind at the Thermae Bath Spa where steam rooms, thermal waters and a luxurious, heated rooftop pool await. Book yourself in for a massage or beauty treatment, and don't forget to visit the spa restaurant where an extensive menu offers both healthy and indulgent choices.
3. Walk the Bath Skyline
Savour the spectacular views of the picturesque Bath skyline with this six-mile trek through the sumptuous countryside on the outskirts of the city. One of the most popular National Trust walks, the Bath Skyline trail passes through woodland, meadows and hidden valleys, revealing sweeping, panoramic views of the city. Give yourself 3.5-4 hours to complete the route.
4. Indulge in afternoon tea
The tradition of afternoon tea has long been a popular pastime in Bath; as a result, the city offers a range of excellent places to indulge. With its glittering chandeliers and elegant string quartet, the Pump Room is an option drenched in 18th century sparkle whilst Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms offers a quirky experience with tea-sets and waiting staff straight out of the 1940s.
Where to eat in Bath
The list of foodie hotspots in Bath reads like a never-ending parade of top restaurants, cool gastro pubs, stylish bars and cosy cafes. Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at Menu Gordon Jones or the romantic Sotto Sotto; tuck into a hearty roast at the Marlborough Tavern; sample the street food at the popular Chai Walla; or pop into Fudge Kitchen for something decadently sweet.
Where to stay in Bath
Immerse yourself in Bath culture with a stay in a cosy self-catered cottage from Cottages.com. Weston Farm Cottage offers a taste of country living for a party of two or three with traditional wooden beams and stone walls. Alternatively, Kingsmead offers a central location for six with sumptuous interiors and an array of mod cons. Saga bookers can save up to 10% on holiday properties just by quoting 'Saga' so the price is certainly right too.
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