If there is such a thing as a typical English picture-book city, with a bit of architectural pomp, charming lanes, a river and a lot of cosy pubs, then it’s definitely Bath.
Join us on a journey to one of England’s oldest and most beautiful cities; visit the original locations of Jane Austen’s novels, explore Roman spas and indulge in their contemporary counterparts. And that’s not all, because even the immediate surroundings of Bath attract you with breathtaking sites such as the world-famous monument, Stonehenge. “Here we go!”.
Hard to believe, but true: even the Celts, Romans and the English aristocracy made themselves at home in Bath. Despite having approximately 90,000 inhabitants, Bath has retained its unique Gregorian charm. If London is the treasure chest of England, then Bath is at least the jewelry box of the country. And if you'd like to take in Bath's most beautiful architectural jewels before having a look around, take a walk up Solsbury Hill and admire the most cheesily quaint panorama, with Bath Abbey in the middle.
This is also the perfect starting point for a sightseeing tour. Built on foundations of a medieval building, the impressive cathedral with floodlit nave, monumental arches and, last but not least, lovely art treasures, was restored in 1616. And those of you who haven't yet taken root in front of the ornate stained glass high altar window, can climb the 212 steps to the viewing platform.
Continue on foot or aboard the red hop-on hop-off buses to one of Bath's landmarks, The Royal Crescent. A composition of 30 semicircular houses surrounded by idyllic Gardens from the middle of the 18th century, The Royal Crescent gives a unique insight into Gregorian architecture. After a stroll through the park, museum goers can look forward to a detour to the Victoria Art Gallery and the Fashion Museum.
The latter is a true paradise for fashion-conscious ladies, with the world's largest collection of historical fashion. Meanwhile, the gents can distract themselves with a trip to the world of English brewing. Finally, let's go to the famous Pulteney Bridge, which is lined on both sides by charming shops where you can buy souvenirs.
In a city called Bath, you'd expect to find something in particular of course: bath. And very special baths, in fact, because in Bath you'll find the only hot springs in England that were used by Romans and Celts. An excursion to the ancient ruins of the monumental Roman Baths is certainly the highlight of a trip to the west of England. Take a stroll through the huge 2nd-century East Baths and the no less impressive Great Bath and let yourself be carried away to a bygone era amidst mosaics, columns and the still-visible lead pipes from Roman times.
Delve deeper into history, dive into the adjoining museum and the ruins of the West Baths, where you can admire, among other things, the superbly preserved Roman floor heating. This luxury wouldn't be seen again until the beginning of the 20th century. It's a good thing that a tour here doesn't mean having a wander around cold ruins. Only a stone's throw away is the thermal bath "Thermae Bath Spa", whose three natural thermal pools are supplied by the same source as the Roman baths of almost 2.000 years ago. The ideal place to relax after a long sightseeing trip.
If you love the novels of the British author Jane Austen, you will find Bath particularly interesting. Well, you might not be able to drink tea with Mr. Darcy, but you can take a stroll through a romantic Gregorian world. After all, numerous novels and their film adaptations were set in the streets and lanes of Bath. Insiders clearly have the advantage here. But, even those who don't know anything about Jane Austen can admire the buildings made of Bath's golden stone, although names like Mr. Darcy or titels like "Pride and Prejudice" will go over their heads. The absolute highlight, however, is the annual Jane Austen Festival, when thousands of Regency-costumed people catapult the city back to the "Gregorian Age".
Take a trip to Stonehenge
The lush green countryside around Bath is ideal for a journey back in time to the past centuries, because here time actually seems to have stood still. A particularly worthwhile destination is the legendary monolithic Stonehenge site, which has been a place of worship for some 5.000 years. The most impressive times to visit are summer and winter solstice, when the sun rises precisely between the large pillars. An ideal setting for romantic moments, to complete your holiday in Bath.