Visit this glorious Roman town
Famous for its history, Georgian architecture and spa culture, Bath is one the perfect place for a relaxing short break in the UK.
Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Bath offers a striking cityscape of sweeping crescents, grand parades and Georgian buildings and is home to some of the best-preserved Roman remains in Europe.
Ideal for short breaks and longer stays, it’s the only place in the country with natural thermal springs so makes an ideal spa retreat. You’ll also find a variety of places to eat out, a fantastic range of shops and plenty of accommodation from comfortable B&Bs to luxurious hotels. Our guide will make sure you don’t miss any of the best bits…
Walk where Romans walked
The Roman Baths is a good place to start your visit and provides a fantastic introduction to the city. Around Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. Walk where Romans walked, explore Roman artefacts and see the original Great Bath where you’ll get a true sense of the ancients.
One of the reasons Bath is a World Heritage Site is because of its incredible architecture. The Royal Crescent, Circus and Pulteney Bridge are three of the city’s iconic sights and a must-see for any visitor. But with 5,000 listed buildings, head in any direction and you’re sure to discover remarkable buildings, picturesque parades and cobbled back streets.
Learn from those in the know
The city is best explored with a knowledgeable guide and free walking tours are available daily with the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides. If you prefer to sit back and take it easy, join the City Sightseeing Bus Tour for a relaxing way to reach all the highlights.
Take a dip
One of Bath’s highlights has to be the Thermae Bath Spa. Using the warm, mineral-rich waters which the Celts and Romans enjoyed over 2,000 years ago, Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s original and only natural thermal Spa. Don’t miss the Spa’s roof-top pool where you can relax in the steaming waters whilst enjoying the wonderful surroundings of Bath’s golden cityscape and countryside beyond.
Time for tea
Bath is the perfect place to enjoy a quintessential British afternoon tea. Head to the elegant 18th Century Pump Room – part of the Roman Baths complex – where the city’s hot Spa water is still drawn for drinking, or visit Sally Lunn’s – the oldest house in Bath (c.1482) – serving the most famous local delicacy; the Original Sally Lunn Bun.
Yet Bath is not buried in the past! A lively, year-round calendar of festivals, theatre and vibrant street entertainment bring life and excitement to this beautiful city. Join in the festivities of the Queen’s Jubilee on 5th June at Royal Victoria Park where a free ‘Picnic in the Park’ event will be held, or take part in Bike Bath, a brand new event that is sure to appeal to cycling enthusiasts, with organised rides, fun activities and top-level racing in Royal Victoria Park. If fashion is your thing, join the third Bath in Fashion event which is gearing up for an action packed week of fashion shows, talks and workshops that will appeal to fashionistas young and old.