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A Bath travel guide – Roman spas, romantic vistas and elegant Georgian architecture

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A Bath city break is a chance to relax in its famous hot springs, take in elegant Georgian architecture and dine in gourmet restaurants. Book a Bath hotel and explore the jewel of south-west England.

Roman relics and Georgian splendours

The first stop on a Bath city break is the World Heritage Site Roman Baths, a temple and bath complex unique in Britain. Nearby, stands the Gothic-style Bath Abbey with its elaborate facade and interior. A few streets north-west is the Royal Victoria Park and elegant Royal Crescent. Behind is its most photographed building, No. 1 Royal Crescent, a restored, furnished Georgian townhouse, and a prestigious Bath hotel.

Spas and gardens

Relax at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal spa. Aromatic steam rooms lull the senses while Bath city views from the open-air rooftop pool soothe the eye. Bath’s spa hotels also provide spa packages. North-west of the centre, enjoy boating, golf and skateboarding in the 57-acre Royal Victoria Park, a favourite with families. Eastwards is the six-mile city view walking route, Bath Skyline Walk, through valleys, woodlands and meadows.

Traditional treats and fine dining

Award-winning cuisine and pub lunches are part of Bath’s culinary landscape. Enjoy afternoon tea or a long lunch at the Roman Bath’s Pump Room. For Michelin-starred dining, the Bath Priory Hotel serves up innovative British cuisine with ingredients from its own kitchen garden and sources in south-west England. For a traditional pub, it’s hard to beat the Moon and Sixpence, set in a converted warehouse and serving dishes like game terrine and seafood risotto. 

City of culture

The 200-year-old Theatre Royal showcases drama, dance and the children’s ‘egg’ theatre. More avant-garde productions show at the Ustinov Theatre. Art lovers are drawn to Victoria Art Gallery by the Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon. Regular classical music concerts are performed at the Assembly Rooms