From Celtic tribes and the Romans to the wonders of 18th century architecture, the historic city of Bath has retained its fascination for the modern tourist.
It is approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from London. You will see:
- The mystifying Roman Baths were built in AD60 on the site of an ancient natural spring, which had been used by the Celtic tribes for centuries before them.
- The excellent museum tells the story of the Roman invasion and life in Britain, as well as giving you the chance to see the spa and taste the renouned waters.
- Watch the water gushing out from the ground at the rate of 13 litres per second and touch it to feel the temperature of 46°C.
- Standing on the river Avon, the picturesque Bath offers breath-taking views of an elegant English town.
- Spendid views of the river and the 18th century Pulteney Bridge are complemented by a number of open spaces and gardens within an easy walk from central Bath. The Royal Victoria Park includes the charming Botanic Gardens, a delight for garden lovers at any time of the year.
- A superb example of neo-classical architecture, the historic part of the town mainly dates from 18th century. The essential viewing is the Circus – Britain’s first ciruclar street, inspired by the stone circles of the ancient Druids, the diameter of it matching that of Stonehenge; and the Royal Crescent, built for the 18th century’s fashionable society, when Bath was the place to be for well-to-do. The graceful terrace of 30 grand houses circuling a spacious lawn overlooking a park became a favourite place for the genteel, and today remains a most refreshing and stimulating sight.
- Get a glimpse of the Georgian society life at the museum at No.1 Royal Crescent, complete with artefacts from 18th century.
- Elizabeth I called Bath Abbey ‘The Lantern of the West’, – the stunning Perpendicular Gothic style of architecture floods the interior of the Abbey with light. Built in 15th century, the Abbey is now the parish church of Bath, and a fascinating museum of the town’s rich historical heritage.
- Bath has memories of many famous English people – from writers Jane Austin, Charles Dickens and Richard Sheridan, to Charlie Chaplin, Nelson and Lady Hamilton, William Herschel (famous astronomer) and John Wood, father and son, who introduced neo classical architecture to Britain.
- Bath is fun to visit at any time of the year. Also, there are numerious special events and festivals: Bath Literature festival in March, Spring Flower show and International Music festival in May, cricket festival in June, Jane Austen Festival in September, Bath Beer Festival in October, 5th November Fireworks Display and many others
- To complete your visit, explore dozens of cafes, restaurants and shops, all within easy reach of the main tourist attractions.