Bath

Established as a spa city almost 2000 years ago Bath has history and heritage that can be traced back to Roman times, set in the beautiful countryside and rolling hills of Somerset and designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty Bath is the perfect place to take a city break that has a very natural feel with the hot springs that enticed the Romans to the area still evident today.

Filled with some of the finest architecture in the country Bath has a indisputable pedigree from the iconic Georgian Royal Crescent with its grand houses, curved street and open park to the theatres, museums and cultural buildings that fill the city; Bath is one of the most desirable cities in the UK and offers the perfect place to take a city break with a class and appeal all of its own.

 

Where To Stay

To appreciate the splendour of the Georgian architecture and design there can be be no other hotel to stay at but The Royal Crescent Hotel, this five star hotel is part of historic Bath and has its own bath house – perfectly designed for relaxation with its use of wood, slate and other natural materials. There may only be 45 rooms but each one is individually designed with luxury and opulence in mind; although situated at the heart of the cities heritage the hotel also has the advantage of private parking, giving the choice to take a car and explore the beauty surrounding Bath.

There is of course many places to stay in Bath with a less hefty price tag and there are many excellent guest houses as you would expect in such a favoured tourist destination, many of these are converted Georgian or Victorian town houses and come with their own pedigree – the Edgar Townhouse and Lamp Post Villa both have great city locations and are perfect examples of reasonably priced accommodation in the city.

Weather
Chance of Rain
Tomorrow 09/20 40%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with light rain developing later in the day. High 18C. Winds SSW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
Rain
Thursday 09/21 90%
Rain
Periods of rain. High around 15C. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around 6mm.
Clear
Friday 09/22 20%
Clear
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 18C. Winds SSW at 15 to 30 km/h.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 09/23 10%
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. Turning warmer. High 18C. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 09/24 40%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy skies with a few showers later in the day. High 18C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
Chance of Rain
Monday 09/25 30%
Chance of Rain
Chance of a shower or two during the morning, followed by partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. High 18C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.

 

Where To Eat

Bath has a great history of gastronomy and prides itself on the availability of fresh Bath and West Country produce that are used to create the culinary treats from the area; best known are the hugely popular Bath Bun and the famed Cheddar Cheese. As you would expect with any city there is no restriction on the type of restaurants, whether you want a Chinese banquet or an award winning British meal Bath will not disappoint.

The Dower House restaurant in the centre of Bath is a perfect example of a great award winning restaurant, the chef takes the best of the regions seasonal local produce and creates masterpieces with a distinctly exotic influence.

 

What To Do

Bath is the only place where you can still bathe in naturally hot spring waters, the original Roman baths may not be quite as enticing as they once were but the modern Thermae Bath Spa just across the street from the site of the original baths is. The rooftop pool has amazing views across the city and the filtered water is entirely naturally heated, massages, spa treatments and steam baths are all available and offer a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

Bath is not just about heritage and culture though, it is a lively vibrant city with a thriving nightlife, there is live entertainment in the form of theatre, music and even comedy clubs – Komedia is a modern live venue that offers entertainment seven nights a week with a hugely varied programme. With its thriving student population there is no shortage of bars and nightclubs in the heart of Bath, perfect for the young and the young at heart alike.

When To Visit

British holidays and city breaks have notoriously unpredictable weather, without this weather cities like Bath would not be surrounded by such lush and green countryside but it can be an inconvenience when it comes to travelling. The key is to pack for any eventuality, always take an umbrella and be prepared for the showers when they come.

Bath has many festivals throughout the year, ideal for those that want something in addition to all the culture of this great city, these include a music, a comedy and a fringe festival all held during the early part of the year, for those that like the festive feel of Christmas Bath also has an excellent tradition of Christmas markets and themed events.