A whimsical mix of cobblestone streets and romantic architectural styles, Bath is a city famed for its history and natural hot springs.
The Romans liked Bath so much they built a bath complex around the city’s natural hot springs. See just how they enjoyed them at the world-famous Roman Baths. Or experience the mineral-rich waters for yourself at Thermae Bath Spa – don’t miss the spectacular views of the city from the rooftop pool. One unmissable site is the Pulteney Bridge, which opened in 1770 and is one of four bridges in the world to have shops on both sides.
Bath became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and it is easy to see why. The Georgian gentry of the 18th-century built graceful streets that lend Bath a sophisticated feel. Visit the grand Royal Crescent, one of Britain's most famous and beautiful streets, and don’t forget Bath's spectacular abbey. Pride and Prejudice fans take note: Jane Austen lived in Bath for many years, and much of her work was inspired by her time here. Visit the Jane Austen Centre to find out more. Bath is also a great base if you want to explore quintessential English countryside, such as The Cotswolds, which lies to the north.
This city, in the county of Somerset, is easily accessible from London. By train, it takes just 1 hour and 30 minutes.