After five days of self-drive South England trip, you'll finally reach the city of Bath, a wellbeing destination since the Roman times. Whether you prefer the quiet sophistication of jazz music and museums or a raucous night on the town, Bath will satisfy all of your senses.
Bath is the only city in the UK designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. History and heritage will wait for you at every footstep, revealing compelling cultural attractions and astonishing architecture. Bath is literally a living museum! Have a walk in the Queen Square, showcasing the Georgian architecture. See the Royal Crescent, one of Bath's most iconic landmarks. Explore 2,000 years of Bath's working history, from the Romans to the Victorians in the Museum of Bath at Work. Relax at the American Museum & Gardens or walk in the shoes of the Royal aristocracy, enjoying a stroll in the Sydney Gardens, one of the few remaining eighteenth-century pleasure gardens in the UK.
The art lovers will not be disappointed: The Holburne Museum is adorned by the fascinating pieces from Renaissance treasures to masterpieces by Gainsborough. Visit Bath Postal Museum...with so many fun activities for children as well! Kids of all ages can play the mail computer challenge, try on costumes, play the 'potholes and pitfalls' board game and perforate their own sheet of stamps... Celebrate Bath's most famous resident at The Jane Austen Centre and book The Jane Austen Photo Tour to keep your memories alive.
Explore the life of William Herschel, the astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781, at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Discover Bath's medical past at Bath Medical Museum...
We dare you joining an immersive and spine-chilling journey...on a 1h Ghost Hunters Silent Disco Tour! Follow in the footsteps of a nameless ghost hunter and dance around the city!
And for the kids aged from 6 to ... 106, we recommend a self-guided spy-themed walking trail around Bath: Bath Treasure, Bath Mystery or...Bath Cake-tastrophe! For those searching for even more off the beaten track tours... visit Bath's rarely seen, private gardens on Hidden Gardens tours.
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Bath is bursting with ways to entertain you during your stay! Are you a music fan, a theatre-goer or a comedy lover? Bath has something for everyone. Listen to world class talent from the classical, jazz, world and folk genres perform at several purpose-built concert halls, such as the Wiltshire Music Centre and Michael Tippett Centre. And for eclectic music, including Folk, Bluegrass and Gypsy Jazz visit The Chapel Arts Centre. If you are more of a spontaneous traveller, pop in to one of Bath’s pubs, bars and restaurants offering live music: live jazz session over a casual modern British meal at Green Park Brasserie and Bar, try Circo Bar and Lounge with groovy tunes from The Tom Berge Trio...if you are looking for a good laugh, head to Komedia an award-winning live entertainment venue that showcases the best in cabaret, music and comedy. Tha laughter is indeed the best medicine: make sure to join the Bizarre Bath Comedy on the Move tour as soon as they are back in business this year!
Bath will satisfy all your senses... pop in to the Bath Brew House, a fantastic microbrewery, with brewery tours available daily, a huge main bar with carefully-chosen local and international craft beers on cask and keg. If you’re more of a wine afficionado, head to Beckford Bottle Shop Bath. Indulge in the delicious coffee aroma in the morning and later, let your head spin while trying to choose a bottle among the 250 wines from around the world. For an otherworldly experience, enter The Fine Cheese Co., a Cheese Shop and Café in one! Be wowed from the moment you enter: you'll smell the soothing aroma of the authentic Le Piantagioni del Caffè coffee that's roasted in the Tuscany region of Italy... you will be astounded at the carefully selected cheese that's both the best of British and the best of Europe. The friendly cheese-mongers will prepare a platter based on your tastes. If you're in awe of the cheese range, the staff will put you at ease. Wine and beer are on offer too.
You’ll have to extend your stay in Bath to try just a selection of the best restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. If you’ll have time to try only one, make it the Sally Lunn’s House: a taste of history at the oldest house in Bath, serving the famous Sally Lunn bun! According to legend, Sally Lunn, a French refugee, arrived in 1680 and established her bakery. Today Sally Lunn's serve a menu based on the world-famous Sally Lunn bun during the day, and are open for fine English food in the evening (including prize-winning handmade pies).
You’ll be amazed at the choice of traditional cuisine in Bath: step back in time to this traditional and elegant tearoom, where you can try one of Bath's famous delicacies - the Bath Bun Tea Shoppe; enjoy the taste of a bygone era at the Regency Tea Rooms at The Jane Austen Centre.
If sustainable tourism is your thing, you must try The Provenist: supporting lesser-known independents, unearthing some of Britain’s most specialist producers, being mindful of our carbon footprint, and championing consciousness at every step of our food’s journey are principles behind their every plate. Here, you can be sure that every ingredient has a story.
If you are pressed for time...try the Virtual Savouring Bath Food Tours! This stroll through Bath’s culinary heritage is a chance to enjoy a Savouring Bath tour from the comfort of your own home, and a fun way to get to grips with the city’s food and drink. The virtual tour lasts around 1.5h and is available only up to 31st July! Make sure to book your place!
Bath, a true centre for relaxation, is one of the only places in Britain where you can bathe in natural hot springs. Learn more about the 2,000 years of history at the Roman Baths. Still standing in the city centre, it gives a unique glimpse into how our ancestors liked to unwind, making the most of the steaming spring waters. You can also drink water rich in 43 minerals, looking down from the window at the Sacred Spring from where the crystal clear water rises daily at the rate of 1,170,000 litres.
Powered by the same mineral-rich thermal springs that soothed the Romans, the first to harness the city’s healing waters back in AD43, Thermae Bath Spa is absolutely the best spa experience. The undeniable highlight is the rooftop pool with its sensational 360-degree views of the city.
Soak in the thermal waters at the Spa Village at The Gainsborough Bath Spa. Tapping into Bath’s naturally warm waters, this spa integrates them with a range of enticing treatments including aromatherapy, hot stone massages and aquatic body therapy. The only hotel in the UK with its own naturally heated spa, it’s the perfect venue for a special spa stay.
If you are planning your wellbeing break, you can be spoiled for choice since many other hotels in Bath have their own onsite spa facilities.
With a myriad of things to re-discover in the city of Bath, you’ll probably wonder why you did want to travel abroad in the first place!
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