The City of Bath
The city of Bath is unique. Whatever time of the year and however long your stay, be it for one day, for a weekend, or for the whole of a summer as did the Georgians in years gone by, the city of Bath will reward the visitor with long-lasting memories of the beauty and elegance of a by-gone age.
If there are just two cities that the visitor to England should visit to gain an understanding of the history of England, these would be London and the city of Bath. Whilst London has changed over the years as a consequence of ‘progress’, Bath has maintained its Georgian beauty and grandeur and it is not hard to understand why the city has starred so often as the backdrop for so many wonderful films and period dramas. Were she alive today, Jane Austen, who set two of her most loved novels in Bath, would still recognise many of the buildings and streets in the city, so little have they changed in character since her day.
In common with Florence and Venice, the city of Bath is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and as such is recognised as one of the architectural jewels of old Europe. Fine Georgian buildings, of a burnished and weathered golden stone, grace the city’s Georgian streets. As with Florence and Venice, an easy stroll around the centre of the city is the best way to see the city and will reward the visitor with the memorable delights of Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Roman Baths and much, much more. Add a sprinkling of your own imagination, and Georgian England is there before your very eyes!!
As if this were not enough, the city is also uniquely blessed with Britain’s only natural hot springs around which the Romans built their magnificent temple and baths. So, after your stroll around the city, how about pampering yourself with a little spa treatment, or should that be spa indulgence? Today, the hot springs continue to pour forth their health enhancing goodness, and there is a good choice of spa hotels in Bath which makes it easy for the visitor to judge the beneficial properties of the spa waters for themselves. You will emerge feeling more relaxed and refreshed than you can remember in a long time!!
Where to Stay in Bath
Set amid some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside that England has to offer, travelling to Bath is easy by rail or by road and, as would be expected from a city with such a long history of welcoming travellers and visitors, there is a wide range of accommodation available to suit the budgets of both the pauper and the prince and of all those in between.
For those on a limited budget, there is ample ‘bed and breakfast’ accommodation and numerous ‘guest houses’ in the historic centre of the city and there are also a number of boutique hotels in Bath and a number of relatively cheap hotels in Bath, many in the centre of the city itself. For those with a more generous budget, there is a fine choice of luxury hotels in Bath. In both the city centre and the wider city, there are many 4 star hotels in Bath to choose from and for those who have the available budget there are a number of 5 star hotels in Bath whose elegance and style provide the perfect base for a memorable visit to the city.
And for those for whom the hot springs of the Roman Baths are the main attraction, treat yourself to a stay at one of the luxurious spa hotels in Bath. Many of these offer spa breaks in Bath which combine both accommodation and spa sessions to fit in with your individual schedule.
Well known hotels in Bath include the Macdonald Bath Spa hotel, Pratts Hotel, the Hilton Bath, The Windsor Hotel and The Ayrlington.
Other Things to Do in Bath
So, once you have walked in the city and soaked up the sights, and you have relaxed in the spa and soaked up the hot springs, what next to do? Plenty!!
A visit to the ‘Jane Austen Centre’ is a must for those who wish to revel in the Bath of the Regency age and to understand how the city influenced both Jane Austen and her writing.
For the sports-minded, there is top-class rugby in the winter season at the Recreation Ground which is itself but a gentle stroll from the city centre and which is home to one of England’s greatest rugby football clubs. In the summer, Bath racecourse hosts regular flat-race meetings for those who enjoy a flutter.
Shopping in Bath is simply a delight for the shopaholic, and even the most hardened of those for whom shopping is not normally counted as a pleasure will find the combination of the well recognised big name stores and the smaller independent shops a refreshing change from the lookalike High Streets of most contemporary English city centres.
For the evenings, there is the acclaimed and beautiful Georgian Theatre Royal which offers a year-round programme of high-quality drama, opera, music and dance. There are two cinemas and many cosy traditional English pubs to while away an evening with friends old or new.
And if all the sight-seeing and shopping leaves you with a healthy appetite, you will never be more than a stone’s throw in the city centre from somewhere to slake your thirst and eat your fill. You choose. There is a fantastic range of eating places to choose from, from award winning Michelin star restaurants, via traditional English pubs and cafés to fast-food outlets and, do not overlook, the traditional English fish and chippy!
Enjoy your visit to Bath and come again!
You cannot fail to enjoy your time in Bath. If you are never able to return, the memories will linger forever. But you may well find that one visit is not enough to savour all that the city of Bath has to offer.
Bath has been welcoming visitors from Roman times to the present day. Visit Bath yourself and you will find out why this beautiful and entrancing city remains one of the most memorable and welcoming cities in the world.
If you are using Bath as a stopover point before flying away somewhere, then the nearest airport is Bristol International Airport, and you can easily book airport parking if you need to drive the 30 or so miles to the airport.
A great way to enjoy Bath is to go cycling. For loads of great information visit the British Bike Association website at Bikes.org.uk.
For those on a limited budget who may find hotel accommodation a little expensive, then this bed and breakfast site will help you find bed and breakfasts in Bath.
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