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Holidays in Bath

A World Heritage Site sprung from the hot springs

UK | South West | Cotswolds | Bath
View towards Pulney Bridge

Bath is a historic city in Somerset, 97 miles west of London and 12 miles southeast of Bristol. The city became a spa when the Roman’s built magnificent baths in the valley of the River Avon, above natural hot springs. Some of the city’s most impressive historical landmarks, including the Royal Crescent and Circus, were built in the 18th century, when Bath was transformed into an opulent Georgian playground for the wealthy. Today, it’s one of England’s top tourist destinations. Its elegant centre is packed with award-winning restaurants, stylish cafes and interesting independent shops. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to delve into the city’s past at one of its excellent museums or spend an evening in the city’s trendy cocktail bars.

One of Bath’s most popular attractions is its ancient Roman Baths , a Roman public bathing complex which was built in around 70 AD and has been remarkably well preserved. Visitors can explore the Sacred Spring, Roman Temple, Roman Bath House and Museum, and follow ancient cobbled paths which weave their way around the enchanting baths, which are still filled with 1,170,00 litres of steaming spring water every day.

The famous crescent

Another must-see in Bath is No.1 Royal Crescent , a magnificent Georgian townhouse which has been turned into a fascinating museum. This was the first house to be built on Royal Crescent, which is widely considered to be one of finest examples of 18th century architecture in the country. Each room offers visitors an insight into what life was like for the very wealthy and their servants during Bath’s heyday.

Bath has a long-standing reputation for good food and is home to award-winning restaurants, stylish cafes and traditional pubs. A stone’s throw from the Roman Baths is Sotto Sotto, one of Bath’s best-loved Italian restaurants, which serves delicious, authentic dishes in a series of atmospheric vaulted cellars. Another Bath favourite is Clayton’s Kitchen, where award-winning chef Rob Clayton cooks a range of classic dishes using the finest local, seasonal ingredients. For great food and a beautiful view of the River Avon, try The Bathwick Boatman, located above Bath’s historic boating station.

“Bath is home to beautiful Georgian architecture, sophisticated restaurants and one of the world’s most impressive Roman baths..”

If you’re after some of the best burgers in the area, look no further than Burgers and Barrels, a stylish joint where you can prop up the bar with a cocktail or order from an extensive menu of mouth-watering burgers. For a great pizza, try Real Italian Pizza Company or Yammo. Alternatively, head to The Marlborough Tavern for comfy sofas, open fires and excellent food.

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