Bath is a spectacularly beautiful city which stands on the River Avon among the hills of England’s West Country. This compact city with striking architecture – Roman baths and sweeping Georgian terraces – is one of the most elegant sights in Europe. The ancient Celts, who first inhabited this area, believed that Bath’s hot springs were sacred, it was the Romans who built the temple and the famous baths – which are now restored to their original grandeur.
Bath has became England’s premier spa town, historically where the rich and celebrated members of fashionable society gathered to ‘take the waters’ and enjoy its theatres and concert rooms. The archietect John Wood, laid the foundations for the Georgian city to be built using the honey-coloured stone that gives Bath its mellow and indefinable quality.
However, Bath is far from a fossilised museum piece. Besides the annual Bath Festival – now recognised as one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe – there are countless other arts activities spread over the year. Art is on show at some of the South West largest galleries and at many other, more intimate galleries and shops. Theatre and performance is a predominant aspect of the city with 4 large theatre showcasing upcoming and established productions throughout the year.
Shopping in Bath offers a memorable experience with a fabulous selection of small independent shops and stylish boutiques alongside the familiar big name stores. The city centre is compact and easily walkable with grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways to explore. Don’t miss Milsom Street in Bath voted ‘Britain’s Best Fashion Street’ in the Google Street View Awards 2010.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat in Bath, you will certainly not be disappointed. A city renowned for great hospitality, Bath’s streets are littered with wonderful award winning restaurants, quaint tearooms and welcoming cosy pubs. Many of Bath’s hotels boast amazing restaurants, serving exquisite cuisine, and more hearty fare can be found in country pubs in and around Bath. For more information go to www.visitbath.co.uk
London is approximately one hour and a quarter from Bath by train, and Bristol is about fifteen minutes away. For those seeking quieter retreats, Bath is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with the Cotswolds to the north, the Mendips to the south-west and, just across the Severn Bridge, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. The coast at Weston-super-Mare or South Wales is also within easy reach.