The World Heritage City of Bath has been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years and is renowned for its architecture and natural thermal waters
Bath presents some of the finest and most impressive architectural sights in Europe, including the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge to name but a few.
Bath’s stunning landscape, world class attractions and superb range of quality accommodation make it the perfect year-round short break destination. Every step around this ancient city connects you with a fascinating past and at the heart are the unique Roman Baths, where natural thermal waters still flow as they did over 2,000 years ago. See the water’s source, and walk where Romans walked along ancient stone pavements.
From its many museums and art galleries to diverse theatre offerings and festivals, Bath offers a huge variety of cultural experiences to grab the attention of visitors young and old.
Virtually any night of the year, you’ll find high-quality entertainment in Bath. The Theatre Royal offers a rich and varied programme of drama, musicals, opera, concerts and much else besides in beautiful Georgian surroundings, along with professional children’s shows in the egg theatre. Also find out what’s on at the more alternative Chapel Arts Centre or head to Komedia for a night in the company of household-name stand-up comedians, and catch a film at the independent Little Theatre Cinema.
Added to which is Bath’s roll-call of long-established cultural festivals. These are important annual fixtures in the city, and attract top writers and performers. They include the Bath Literature Festival in late February/early March, Bath International Music Festival in May, the Children’s Literature Festival in late September/early October, and the Mozartfest and Film Festival in November.
Trendy clothes’ boutiques, offbeat gift shops, imaginative homeware emporia, mouth-watering delis, intriguing art galleries, fabulous bookshops… when it comes to retail therapy, Bath really does have it all.
What makes shopping in this compact city centre so distinctive is that as well as the expected high-street brands, the city has an amazing number of independent stores, selling items you won’t find anywhere else. Bath offers the ultimate antidote to bland, mall-centric shopping; most of the shops are spread around elegant Georgian streets, and are integral to the fabric of the city.
To make the most of Bath, there are guided walking tours, open top bus tours and even balloon flights for a unique view of the city and surrounding countryside.
REVIEW OF THE THERMAE BATH SPA
If you ever have the pleasure of visiting Bath and have a couple of hours to spare I would highly recommend a trip to the Thermae Bath Spa. It is extremely popular so booking is a wise move or get there early as the queues can snake down the road for up to two hours.
Set on three levels the baths offer something unique in that the water, in which you bathe, is all fed from natural springs and is naturally warm and mineral-rich. On the first level you can bathe indoors in a spectacular bath called the Minerva Bath, which is characterised by curves and columns. On the middle level you will find four aromatic steam rooms each offering a unique aromatherapy experience to stimulate, revive or relax you; the steam rooms are complemented by a ‘waterfall shower’ – a heady experience. The steam rooms are clear pods and the scents that I experienced were warm and fragrant and included lemon, jasmine, lotus flower and eucalyptus mint – definitely not your run of the mill steam experience.
And the pièce de résistance is on the top floor where you step onto the rooftop into beautiful warm waters – it is a unique experience in the middle of the city. I was lucky to be there on a sunny day in January and despite the cold outside it was so delicious stepping into the warm waters of the pool and soaking up the city views. It was busy but never overcrowded.
My friend and I also stopped at the café for a glass of bubbly and a snack; you are allowed to visit in your robe and slippers, which makes it very relaxing and the clock stops while you are there so that you don’t lose any of your time in the pools and steam rooms.
For further information on things to see and do and places to stay visit www.visitbath.co.uk