Things to do
The Royal Crescent. The Circus. Pulteney Bridge. And, of course, the Roman Baths themselves. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath is brimming with incredible landmarks. You could follow in the footsteps of ancient Celts and Romans and warm yourself in naturally heated, mineral-rich spa waters. Or get behind the golden facades and explore the world of Jane Austen.
Bath offers a fascinating mixture of small boutiques and big brands, cobbled streets and wide boulevards. And, thanks to its relatively compact size, you can walk the entire centre in just a couple of hours. Bibliophiles will love the characterful, independent bookshops – and the twice-a-year literature festivals that draw an incredible collection of authors and illustrators to the city.
As well as its own iconic sights, Bath makes a great base for exploring the West Country. You’re under an hour from Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Wells, Lacock and the Cotswolds. Or hop on a train to Bath’s bigger, brasher brother: Bristol. Just 10 minutes from Bath, Bristol is home to many of Brunel’s masterpieces including the SS Great Britain – and most of Banksy’s best-known works too.