Main airport: Bristol (20 miles away)
Currency: Pound Sterling
Best time to go: Autumn
What to do?
There are various museums worth visiting in the city that boasts much in culture. Bath is home to Britain’s only hot spring, the Roman Baths – a 2,000 year old shrine built by the Romans in which still flows natural hot water. The Jane Austen Centre celebrates one of the city’s most famous residents, the Victoria Art Gallery is home to works from artists between the 15th century and the present day, while the Fashion Museum tells the story of how fashion has evolved in the last 400 years.
Lap up the gorgeous scenery via a tranquil trip along the Kennet & Avon Canal. Whether you opt for a traditional canoe to row yourself or a more laidback champagne cruise in one of the various boats for hire. Or, you could opt for a bird’s-eye-view of the landscape if you take to the skies in a hot air balloon?
There are several theatres to sate the hungers of those in need; the Theatre Royal is the main theatre in Bath, while there is also the Ustinov Theatre as well, which offers edgier shows, and the Egg Theatre, which is more family-friendly.
Where to stay?
Bath has some truly amazing places of accommodation. For a touch of glamour look no further than The Duchy Georgian Townhouse. Located in the heart of the city it can sleep up to 16 persons. Oh, and did we mention that it used to be owned by Prince Charles?
Families should consider Lady Margaret’s Georgian Holiday Home. It can sleep up to 12 and provides everything you’d require. It’s situated in an ideal location too, between The Royal Crescent and The Circus.
The Windsor is also worth mentioning. This 5* Georgian Townhouse is centrally located and offers a very hospitable and comfortable service. Plus, their breakfasts are award-winning!
Where to eat?
Visitors are never disappointed with the choices available to them for wining and dining. There are numerous award-winning restaurants dotted around, including Panasia – a restaurant that serves authentic dishes full of flavour from Thailand, Japan and China.
Because of the beautiful architecture there are many places offering alfresco dining. On a fine sunny day or a cool evening consider Milsom Place or Riverside Café, the latter offering lovely views of the historic Pulteney Bridge. Several pubs have outdoor seating arrangements as well, such as The Cork, Pig and Fiddle, and Green Park Brasserie.