The historic city of Bath is located in the south of England in the county of Somerset and since 1987 has enjoyed the status of a World Heritage Site. As the name would suggest, the city was originally a spa city, with the Romans building bath houses near the natural hot springs. The River Avon runs through this quaint city and the nearby countryside of the Cotswolds is easily accessible, for those wanting to explore the great outdoors. The nearest airport is Bristol but the city is also serviced by a comprehensive train and bus network.
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With over 5,000 listed buildings it’s no wonder that Bath is a significant historical city of interest with particular notable architecture from the Georgian, Medieval and Roman periods. The Thermae Bath Spa is the only natural thermae spa in Britain and has been enjoyed for over 2000 years from the Celts to the present day residents, whilst the Roman Baths, housed in a stunning temple, make up the jewel of the World Heritage Site. Bath Abbey, constructed in 1499, is one of the country’s best examples of a medieval church with vaulted ceilings and stunning stained glass windows, and a must see during your visit. The principal architectural style of the city however is Georgian and it’s these elegant town houses that give the city its unique charm.
To discover more about Bath’s history, a tour is highly recommended. Hop on one of the tour buses, join a walking tour or relax on one of the cruises down the River Avon to discover more in style. Culture enthusiasts can further immerse themselves in the array of museums on offer, discover local history at the Museum of Bath at Work and the Building of Bath Collection or explore the house museum of astronomer and musician William Herschel. The Jane Austen Centre also gives an insight into the life and works of the city’s most famous resident and afterwards you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on the rooftop Regency themed Tea Rooms.
If you’re visiting with children, Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is located nearby. The Elizabethan Longleat House is surrounded by exotic animals from around the globe, including monkeys, lions, zebra and cheetahs. It’s no wonder it’s the UK’s number one Safari Park! In the evening, take your pick of theatres, comedy nights, live music performances in one of the traditional pubs or dance the night away at popular club nights like Komedia. If you’re after something more alternative, why not take a Ghost Walk of the city or enjoy the sunset from the Thermae Bath Spa with a glass of bubbly. For added romance, hot air balloon rides over this stunning part of the country are highly recommended, giving you a new perspective on the city and its surrounding areas.
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