Spotlight on: Bath, England

Location: Somerset, England, UK; 2 hours from London

What to expect: Bath is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the finest examples of Georgian architectural sights in Europe. It is a city packed with elegant buildings and brimming with history; it is also easily navigable by foot, possibly the best way to ensure that all the hidden gems are uncovered.

One of Bath’s most famous residents, Jane Austen is said to have been inspired by the city, she visited Bath on a number of occasions in the late eighteenth century and lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806.

Bath, sustained by Britain’s only natural hot springs, is also world famous for its Roman Baths and thermal spas

The Roman Baths
The Roman Baths

Where to stay: Both ends of the budget are catered for in Bath especially as the city is an increasingly popular hen party destination. Inexpensive rooms can be found at the Holiday Inn Express (Brougham Hayes, Lower Bristol Road) a 1 mile walk from the bottom of town.

Alternatively, the Royal Crescent Hotel offers luxury accommodation and is situated within its namesake, at the world famous Royal Crescent. Rooms start at £199 per night.

What to do:

  • Watch premiership rugby at The Recreation Ground, home of Bath Rugby, one of England’s premier teams. The ground is situated in the middle of the city allowing the pre match build up to infiltrate the entire city adding to the general buzz and excitement of match day.

 

  • Visit the Thermae Bath Spa (Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street ) and relax on the roof top spa whilst gazing over the Georgian roof tops of the city

 

  • Visit the historic Roman Baths and Pump Room
The Pump Room, Bath
The Pump Room, Bath

 

  • Get lost in the lanes; explore the side streets of Bath and discover individual shops offering a variety of wares including books, ornaments, shoes, clothes, cakes, jewellery and much more

 

  • Visit Bath Abbey, founded in 1499 and situated in the heart of the city

 

  • Take an open top bus tour of the city and take in the beauty of the Royal Crescent, built 1767-1775, before walking through the Crescent Gardens
The Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent
  • Visit the Jane Austen museum, one of Bath’s most famous residents. The museum is located at 40 Gay Street, Queen Square and is open daily (times change dependent on seasons)

 

  • Visit No. 1 Royal Crescent, No.1 was the first house to be built in the Royal Crescent and provides visitors to Bath with an opportunity to see what life was like for the wealthy and their servants in 18th century Bath. .
No. 1 Royal Crescent
No. 1 Royal Crescent
  • Have dinner in Browns perfectly located opposite the abbey, next to the guildhall and close to the rugby ground and unwind after a long day sightseeing and shopping!