Bath – Roman Spa on the Banks of River Avon

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Bath – Roman Spa on the Banks of River Avon

Welcome to Bath

Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Somerset in southwest England, Bath is a city renowned for its rich history and impressive Georgian architecture. The Romans established the city, later gaining fame as a fashionable spa town during the Georgian era. Still today, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination.

When we arrived in Bath, the city’s beauty took our breath away with the rows of elegant Georgian buildings, cobbled streets, and the River Avon winding through the centre. One of the most striking features of Bath is its famous Roman Baths, which are among the best-preserved Roman baths in the world. These magnificent baths date back to around 70 AD and offer a glimpse into the ancient world. Visitors can explore the ruins, learn about the history of the baths, and even taste the water from the hot springs.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Bath offers opportunities for hiking, cycling, and other outdoor activities. The nearby natural beauty of Cotswolds is just a short drive away and offers some of the most stunning landscapes in England.

In addition to its rich history and natural beauty, Bath is known for its modern amenities. It includes a thriving culinary scene, trendy boutiques, and lively nightlife, with many restaurants, cafes, and bars serving everything from traditional British fare to international cuisine.

One of the best ways to experience all Bath offers is to take a guided walking tour. I almost imagined myself walking around as a Jane Austen character, taking the waters at the Pump Room and promenading along the Royal Crescent. But despite all its cosmopolitan charms, Bath retains a small-town feel, with friendly locals always happy to point visitors in the right direction. 

How To Get There

By Train: Bath Spa railway station is well-connected to other cities in the UK, including London, Bristol, Cardiff, and Birmingham.

By Car: Bath is easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs close to the city, with several car parks in the city centre.

By Coach: Bath can be reached by coach from various UK cities, including London, Bristol, and Cardiff.

By Air: The nearest airports to Bath are Bristol Airport and London Heathrow Airport. You can take a train directly from Bristol Airport or London Heathrow Airport to Bath, with travel times ranging from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the airport.

Places Of Interest

The Roman Baths are a well-preserved ancient bathhouse complex in the heart of Bath, England. The site features hot springs, a temple, and a museum showcasing the history of the baths. Book tour here.   

A medieval building with a Gothic interior is a Church of England parish founded in the 7th century. Book tickets here.   

The Parade Gardens is a park in Bath to the east of Bath Abbey and walking distance to the River Avon with great views to Pulteney Bridge.
Pulteney Bridge, completed in 1774, crosses the River Avon and connects the city. The land was designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style, with exceptional boutiquey shops built across on both sides.

The Oldest House in Bath (c.1482) was the home of the famous baker Sally Lunn who created the first bun – a semi-sweet bread.

Jane Austen, a famous writer, made Bath her home from 1801 to 1806. Bath inspired two of her published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Today, visitors can explore a small museum dedicated to Austen’s life and work, offering a fascinating insight into her personal and professional history. Book tour here.   

An iconic place in Bath is ‘The Circus’ which is a historic street of large townhouses, forming a circle with three entrances. Originally called King’s Circus and was built around 1754 and 1768 by a prominent architect John Wood, (the Elder).

Where To Stay

Luxury Hotels

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa: 

A luxury 5-star hotel located near Bath’s city centre. With stunning views of the iconic Royal Crescent, it’s a short walk from the famous Roman Baths.

Mid-Range Hotels

Abbey Hotel: 

A chic mid-range hotel located in the heart of Bath, near the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. With individually styled rooms, it offers charming views of the city.

Budget Hotels

Best Western Limpley Stoke Hotel:  

A budget-friendly hotel in a peaceful rural setting close to Bath. The hotel offers picturesque views of the Limpley Stoke Valley and is conveniently located near the historic city of Bath.

Where To Eat

The Green Rocket Cafe: This vegetarian cafe is popular with locals and visitors, featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients and many vegan and gluten-free options.

The Scallop Shell: This award-winning fish and chip restaurant is a must-visit for seafood lovers. The menu features sustainably sourced fish and chips cooked to perfection.

Dough Pizza: This popular pizzeria offers delicious wood-fired pizzas at an affordable price. The menu features a range of toppings, including vegan and gluten-free options.

The Chequers: This cosy pub offers classic British dishes at an affordable price. The menu features hearty pub grub, including fish and chips, burgers, and pies.

Cafe Lucca: This independent cafe offers delicious breakfast and brunch options at a reasonable price. The menu features homemade pastries, fresh coffee, and a range of breakfast dishes.

Chaiwalla: This small Indian street food eatery is a hidden gem in Bath. The menu features a range of authentic Indian dishes, including curries, samosas, and chaat.

Final Thoughts

Bath is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, architecture, and culture. The city’s ancient Roman Baths, stunning Georgian architecture, and vibrant local culture make it a unique and charming place to explore. Bath has something for everyone, from the iconic Royal Crescent to the bustling artisan markets and top-notch restaurants. Bath is a city with something to offer for everyone, whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway or a fun-filled family adventure, making it a destination that should be added to any traveller’s bucket list. It’s no wonder that Bath is considered one of the most beautiful cities in England.

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