A vacation in Bath puts you amid one of the best-preserved and most picturesque historic cities in the U.K. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an honor earned with its incredible Roman remains and stunning Georgian architecture. Find hotels in Bath within walking distance of the city center and all these attractions will be just steps away.
The top tourist attraction in Bath is the Roman baths complex in the heart of town, now open as a museum. Considered among the most important Roman remains in the world, it includes a bathing site filled daily by steaming, natural spring water, statues, plunge pools, and changing rooms, all constructed around A.D. 70. Travel forward in time to the 18th century by visiting the famous Royal Crescent (a row of 30 townhouses curved around an expansive lawn) and The Circus (three rows of houses arranged in a circle)—both represent the finest in Georgian architecture. Also see the stained glass and tour the tower of Bath Abbey, a monumental medieval church. End Bath vacations by bathing as the Romans did: A modern spa offers a rooftop pool filled with the only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters in Britain.
Literature-lovers who book Bath vacation packages should check out the Jane Austen Festival, celebrated in September with walks, talks, dances, musical recitals, and a costumed parade and in December the 130-plus events comprising the Bath Literature Festival. Laugh your way through Bath at the Bath Comedy Festival, which brings well-known and rising comedians to town from late-March to early-April. The Bath International Music Festival in late-May showcases genres from chamber music to jazz, gospel to opera, in venues including Bath Abbey. The 18-day Christmas Market that pops up from late-November to mid-December is the biggest in the region.
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Whether you want your journey to be mind-blowing and exhilarating or more chilled and mellow, one thing's for sure — you'll have a bucketload of stories to dine out on when you get back home!
There are so many cool activities to select from in Bath. Here are our favorites: