When it comes to ‘city break’ destinations, we really are spoilt for choice in England. There are so many great options for us to choose from, whether you want to spend a couple of days in the Big Smoke, or head further up north to the artsy hub of Manchester. But if you want a more relaxed city setting than these busy metropolises, the southern city of Bath ticks all the boxes. Famous for its Georgian architecture and steeped in ancient Roman history, Bath offers up plenty of culture and fun to easily see you through a whole weekend. Here’s our roundup of how to spend a weekend in Bath…
Getting there and where to stay
Bath is easily accessible by most major train lines and has good links to both Bristol and London. If you are coming from further afield, you could always fly into Bristol Airport and then get the train into Bath from there, as it takes a maximum of twenty minutes. Or, you could always make use of Bath Taxi Transfers, which can take you directly from the airport to the city center and vice versa. Once you arrive at Bath station, you’ll find that you have plenty of accommodation options to choose from. If you want to be in the middle of all the action, opt for a stylish boutique hotel right in the center. If you’d rather be somewhere a little more rural, head out to the edge of the Cotswolds for a stay in a rustic country lodge.
Stepping back in time
One of the first things you’ll want to do during your stay in Bath is to check out the history that it is so famous for. Clearly, the city’s namesake is a must-do – the world-renowned Roman Baths. These baths are believed to have been constructed as early as 70AD, and they are regarded as some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world. So much so, that you can still hop in and have a dip yourself! The city of Bath was built upon natural hot springs, and it is this water that fills the original Roman bath right up to this very day. On another historical note, you can also spend some time in Bath visiting the many attractions focusing on the author Jane Austen – arguably the city’s most famous resident.
Heading out of town
If you manage to get round the many inner-city attractions in the city of Bath, you might want to consider heading slightly out of town to make use of the other great things to do nearby. Bath is a mere stone’s throw away from Longleat Safari Park, where the English countryside plays host to a whole hoard of amazing and exotic creatures. The world-famous Stonehenge is also nearby, approximately an hour’s drive away from the city center. But don’t worry if you’ve not brought your car; there are plenty of tour operators who can take you there are back for a reasonable price.