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Famous for its Roman-built baths (therefore its name), Bath is the largest city in Somerset, England county. Located about 115 miles away from London, the city was considered a World Heritage site in 1987. The small city boasts of picturesque Georgian architecture and a history that can be traced back not just to the Romans but also to a popular figure in literature, Jane Austen.
But despite its rich history, Bath has reinvented itself to keep up with the modern times and is now known as a center for wellness and offers multi-level thermal spas that taps into the city’s underground vein of rich mineral waters. The city is nowhere urban and is known for its unique shops and often attracts the creative and hipster crowd.
The nearest airport to Bath is Bristol Airport. Located 20 miles from Bath, it currently caters to over 100 destinations worldwide. Travelling from Bristol Airport to Bath is made easier by the many transportation services it provides travellers. You can choose the Air Decker bus service which provides a direct link between Bath and Bristol Airport. There is also a Bristol Airport Flyer express coach service that takes you from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads railway station. For those who wish to travel in private, you can also book private cars to take you from the airport to Bath.
If you are travelling from London and arriving from Heathrow Airport, you can still find convenient ways to get to Bath. There is a regular coach service that runs directly from the airport to Bath with a total travel time of 120 minutes. Private transfers are also available. Getting on the Heathrow Express is another way to get to Bath.
Lastly, Gatwick Airport is another option for international travellers which is 140 miles east of Bath. Just like the two airports listed above, they are also have train options and private transfers for easy travel to Bath.
It’s convenient to get around Bath thanks to the availability of several modes of public transport. A favorite option is the Bath Spa Railway Station. Located at the heart of the city centre, this train easily takes you to the heart of Bath and its best shops and attractions. You can also choose to ride the Great Western Railway that serves the city and the South West region making it easy to travel to nearby cities.
And while private cars, car rentals, and ride-shares are available in Bath, most locals and tourists still prefer Park & Ride. There are three Park and Ride services that operate seven days a week and buses run into the city from all three Park and Ride sites every fifteen minutes making it convenient to go around Bath.
There are many things that Bath is noted for, but any seasoned tourist would be the first to tell you that the most rewarding thing you can do in Bath is to make sure that you see the sights. The city is brimming with historical sites that one cannot miss.
Taking a vacation in Bath is unlike any other because not only does it allow you to slow down from the hustle and bustle of life, but it also offers you a look into a forgotten time. It offers a peek into the surrounding countryside and gives you a glimpse of semi-rural farm shops, artisanal coffee houses, vegan and vegetarian bistros, and gourmet restaurants.
The Royal Crescent is a world-class architecture treasure. It consists of a sweeping arc of Georgian townhouses that are made from honey-coloured stone and surrounded by green lawns. It’s known for reminding people of what country living feels like and perfect for any tourist, especially those coming from busy cities.
Meanwhile, the work of John Wood, the Elder, The Circus is another one of Bath’s wonderful architecture. It was inspired by ancient pagan sites such as Stonehenge and classical Roman architecture. Famous people such as Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder has chosen The Circus as their residence of choice.
Other notable places also include Bath, Abbey, Alexandra Park, Prior Park Landscape Garden, and the Green Park Station. Another must-see is The Roman Baths which has played a critical role in the city’s history and development.
Bath is known for being elegant and its haute cuisine. This is why it’s important for tourists to give themselves the experience of Bath’s fine-dining restaurants. They also have gourmet restaurants and hip cocktail bars that anyone will enjoy.
The Scallop Shell is a casual dining restaurant that is perfect for families. They serve the best fish and chips in Bath and their wide range menu of fish. If you find yourself celebrating a special occasion in Bath, don’t miss out on Menu Gordon Jones. Henry’s is the perfect go-to spot if you are looking for dessert. Other must try places include Woods, Dough, and The Dark Horse.
Nightlife in Bath, England has many options including lively entertainment, contemporary culture, and even comedy bards. The nightlife is thriving and has something for everyone - whether young and old. Places to try includes Komedia, Green Park Brasserie, and Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk.
First time travellers would enjoy staying in the City Centre for their first visit. This will allow them to be acquainted with the city while at the same time allowing you to get anywhere quickly. There are also many hotels in Bath that is perfect for solo travellers and families. If you are visiting to experience the nightlife, Walcot is the best place for you to stay while Oldfield Park is perfect for families.