Bath is a beautiful and unique city which blends the traditional and the contemporary. Start off your new year with an indulgent spot of spa detox in the elegant surrounds of Bath’s historic buildings. Spend a night at one of Bath’s high quality hotels and enjoy four hours for the price of two floating in the rooftop pool of the Thermae Spa with a health or beauty treatment thrown in too. Mind, body and soul will love Bath’s unbeatably priced New Year blues buster. Visit visitbath.co.uk/detox for more information.
Let us guide you through the superb Roman remains, wealth of fine Georgian architecture and impeccable historic credentials - no wonder Bath is a World Heritage Site. This world-famous city has originated and developed around its hot spring waters, discovered by the Romans over 2,000 years ago; the famous Roman Baths remain to this day and are now part of an award-winning museum. A thriving and vibrant city, Bath combines its fascinating history with a diverse array of museums, galleries, gardens and tourist attractions, making it a beautiful, exciting and unique city to visit.
Culture & heritage
The picturesque city of Bath is the only entire city to gain UNESCO World Heritage status and is known as the Golden City due to its golden coloured bath stone buildings. Some of the finest architectural sights in Europe can be found in Bath, including; The Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge.
Bath originated as a fashionable spa town surrounded by mysterious steaming waters and today is a thriving city filled with festivals, theatres and vibrant street entertainment.
Bath is the perfect destination for everyone whether it is for a romantic detox, retail therapy, family fun or just plain sightseeing.
It is a challenge not to fall in love with Bath, a city that has so much to offer and set in a stunning backdrop of architecture and countryside. The main streets lead off to eclectic alleyways where you will find hidden gem shops and restaurants. It is easy to come back to Bath again and again, each time discovering something new.
Bath's reputation for shopping dates back to Georgian times - Jane Austen mentions the fashionable Milsom Street in her novel Persuasion, and it’s there that you can still treat yourself to some designer chic such as Alessi and Duo. The Upper Town is a treasure trove of unique labels and vintage clothing. Why not head to Milsom Place where you will find an array of shops such as Magpie & Bear for the perfect accessories or the beautiful Noha’s Art on Bartlett Street for antique jewellery.
The Southgate is a shopper’s paradise with all your favorite high street stores such as H&M, Topshop and All Saints. Southgate is also home to The Vaults, a selection of restaurants set amid the railway arches.
Stall Street and Union Street provide a lively thoroughfare and is home to all your favorite department and homeware stores. Wander down the intriguing alleyways and picturesque passages which lead off to the left and right and you’re sure to stumble upon a fantastic shop. Don’t forget to visit some of the daily markets at Green Park Station and the independent stalls which line the streets.
Food & drink
If you’re looking for a real taste of the West Country, Bath is the perfect place. The local farmer’s markets trade every Saturday at Green Park and are a great place to sample the region’s wines, cheeses and organic fruit and vegetables. Pop into Sally Lunn’s the oldest house in Bath, and sample the famous Sally Lunn Bun, then try the delicious Bath Bun to see which you prefer.
Bath offers a delightful selection of independent restaurants for all appetites such as Demuths vegetarian restaurant, Nepalese inspired Yak Yeti Yak and The Salamander, a city centre pub with great food and Bath ales.
To make your trip to Bath easier, why not buy your train tickets, travel passes and attraction tickets online before you even leave home? Bath spa train station is within easy walking distance for all shopping and attractions in Bath. It is adjacent to the Vaults dining quarter and within the Southgate shopping complex.
Top daytime must-do's
1. Float in the naturally warm water and take in the views of Bath from the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa.
2. Indulge in a delicious cream tea in the elegant Pump Room.
3. Marvel at the Royal Crescent, one of Britain's most famous architectural masterpieces.
4. Visit Bath Abbey for a behind the scenes Tower Tour where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the city after climbing the 212 steps.
5. Find out all about Bath’s most famous resident at the Jane Austen Centre.
Top night-time must-do's
1. Enjoy a taste of local food at one of Bath's Michelin star Restaurants.
2. See your favourite band perform at Moles Club
3. Take a spooky Ghost Walk of Bath – if you dare!
4. For a comic look at the sites and history of Bath, take a tour with Bizarre Bath.
5. Catch a show at the beautiful Theatre Royal.
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