Sunday, 7 June 2015

How to spend a weekend in Bath, Somerset

I've been to Bath quite a few times and there's something about the city that keeps making me want to go back. Located in North Somerset, Bath is only a short drive from its neighbour Bristol, but they are so different.

Visiting Bath on a sunny day was perfect – I'd planned to meet a friend and we were able to sit in the Parade Gardens and soak up the sun. A town this pretty though is always full of tourists, so bear that in mind if you don't like crowds, and avoid peak summer seasons and December when it has its Christmas Market. I only visited for the day as I'm a Somerset local, but there are plenty of places to stay in this city if you're looking for a weekend break.

How to get around: The city isn't huge and there are main pedestrianised areas, so most of your exploring here will be on foot. However, you can opt for a sightseeing bus, which will take you on a trip past the university and over Claverton Downs, where you'll find amazing views of the city.

What to see and do: Bath is home to some of the most fantastic architecture in Europe. You'll be able to see the Royal Crescent and Circus, as well as Pulteney Bridge, the magnificent Bath Abbey and the world-famous Roman Baths. If you love literature you can check out the Jane Austen museum as well. Bath is perfect for your shopping needs, too, with all the main high street stores in the SouthGate area, and quirky boutiques further up along Milsom Street and in Milsom Place. The city's wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes will spoil you for choice and you'll find everything from afternoon tea to formal dinners and drinks from independent coffee shops and cocktail bars. You also shouldn't miss the award-winning Thermae Bath Spa. If there's something I love almost as much as travelling and discovering new places, it's going to the spa – so there's literally nothing better than being able to combine the two! Bath Thermae Spa is amazing and you'll be able to bathe in Britain's only naturally warm, mineral rich waters and enjoy incredible views over the city in the open-air rooftop pool. 


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