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Exquisite architecture, fantastic shopping, culture and heritage around every corner – we could only be talking about a holiday in Bath.
For hundreds of years people have been visiting the historic city of Bath to drink in the fascinating culture and iconic sights. From Roman Baths to chic boutiques, your Bath itinerary will be bursting with exciting things to see and do.
Self-catering cottages in Bath
With so much to explore in the fabulous city, you’ll need a comfortable base to rest your head. Enjoy a stay in on of our beautiful holiday cottages in Bath and each day you’ll wake up fresh and ready to discover the city. But with stunningly spacious group properties, waterside retreats and houses perfect for a cosy couples’ break, you may find it hard to leave our Bath holiday cottages! The family dog needn’t feel left out either; there are a number of dog-friendly holiday homes in Bath where Rover is more than welcome to come along too.
If you’d like to make the most of two of the South West’s finest cities, then book a stay between Bristol and Bath – perfectly positioned in easy reach of both.
Things to do in Bath
There’s a never ending list of things to do in Bath – from family friendly attractions to indulgent days out perfect for a romantic break, you’ll never be short of ideas.
Walking through the picturesque streets of Bath is like stepping back in time to a bygone era. Quaint cafés and traditional tearooms jostle for space with quirky independent boutiques and small galleries, rubbing shoulders with big name stores and stylish modern eateries. You could spend days just wandering the narrow streets and browsing the gifts and curiosities.
Not many UK cities can boast World Heritage Site status, but Bath is among the historical gem which have made it onto UNESCO’s list thanks to the Roman Baths and incredible 18th century Georgian architecture. Stepping into the golden stone city it’s not hard to see why it’s protected. One architectural feature of note is The Royal Crescent, with its curved facade and bath stone columns it’s a true sight to behold.
You can delve into the history yourself with a visit to the Roman Baths. Below modern street level, the baths are fed by natural hot springs in which the Romans used to bathe. Nowadays, entering the water is prohibited but don’t forget to try a glass of drinkable spa water available from the pump room!
Of course, if you do want to indulge in a spa experience 21st century style, there are a number of options. A popular choice is the Thermae Bath Spa at the heart of the city, complete with open-air rooftop pool.
If you’re in the mood for more history after visiting the Baths, it’s worth taking a trip to the Jane Austin Centre to learn about Bath’s most famous resident. Discover what life was like in Regency times and find out how living in the city inspired the famous author’s work.
A well-loved past time enjoyed by visitors on holiday in Bath is taking a traditional British afternoon tea. Munch on delicate sandwiches, delight in a range of sweet treats and sip on a cup of tea while taking in the atmosphere at one of Baths many tea rooms and cafés.
Outside the city
The countryside surrounding Bath is made up of lush fields, gently rolling hills and sun dappled forests. The charming waterways of Somerset are within easy reach, as is the Southern edge of the Cotswolds. Pretty towns and villages such as Bradford-on-Avon, Chipping Sodbury and the coal mining town of Radstock are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside, providing ideal starting points for hundreds of walks and trails.
There are a range of attractions within driving distance of our Bath cottages too, from the mysterious World Heritage Site of Stonehenge to the hugely popular Longleat Wildlife Park – a particular hit among families. Another great day out is Cheddar Gorge.
If you want to explore the other cities in the area, Wells should definitely be on your list. With its iconic cathedral, beautiful buildings and cobbled streets, it’s a lovely place to spend a relaxing day.
If it’s buzz and excitement you’re after, however, the cosmopolitan city of Bristol is where you should be headed. Rich with art, culture, shopping opportunities and amazing attractions it has something for every visitor.
If you’d like to plan a holiday to the area, take a look at our beautiful self-catering holiday cottages in Bath and prepare to be captivated by the stunning city and its surrounds.