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A city with grand Georgian architecture and known for its Roman spa, Bath is located in Somerset and nestles in the West Country of England. Developed by the Romans because of its natural hot springs, the city experienced tremendous growth during the 18th century. This period is when it became the most fashionable destination for Georgian society. Despite its antiquity and status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath is a very modern city with a renowned university and a strong cultural arts scene. If you choose to be among the 1.3 million visitors to the city every year, you won't be stuck when it comes to things to see and do.

Neighbourhoods of Bath

There's a wide choice of places to stay and neighbourhoods worth visiting in this beautiful city. Areas worth considering are:

  • City Centre: One of the oldest parts of the city, and it's home to major historical and cultural attractions.
  • Walcot: Hosts an eclectic mix of old-fashioned British pubs, trendy nightclubs, hip bars and chic coffee shops. This area is renowned for its nightlife, boutique shopping and great restaurants.
  • Bear Flat: A highly desirable place to live, according to various polls. This neighbourhood is great for shopping and enjoying wonderful views of the city.
  • Oldfield Park: Most of Bath’s green spaces are in this family-friendly area.

What to see and do in Bath

Whether you love history, architecture, literature or more urbane entertainments, you should probably make an itinerary to make the most of your visit. Just some highlights are:

  • Roman Baths: One of the best-preserved Roman baths in the world. It is surrounded by buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, which includes the famous Pump Room.
  • Pulteney Bridge: Spanning the River Avon, the 18th-century bridge is one of the most photographed city landmarks.
  • Royal Crescent: Completed in 1775, this is one of the most famous streets in the UK. The crescent is a magnificent display of architecture and leads to the Circus and the Georgian Garden.
  • Jane Austen Centre: The author lived in the city, and the centre presents a guide to her life and works.
  • Bath Abbey: The youngest medieval church in England towers above the city. Must-sees include the stone angels that climb up and down the west façade and the view from the bell tower's top.
  • The Fashion Museum: The basement of the Assembly Rooms exhibits costumes from the 17th century to the late-20th century.
  • Prior Park: With grounds partly designed by Capability Brown, this estate features a Palladian bridge and cascading lakes.

What to eat in Bath

The food scene is very much international here, with eateries representing many global cuisines. Still, there are many local and regional foods that you should seek out, including the following:

  • Bath Buns: First created by Dr William Oliver, these buns are baked with a whole sugar cube in the bottom, then topped with currants and sugar nibs.
  • Bath Oliver: This is a plain biscuit eaten with cheese, which is also attributed to Dr Oliver.
  • Sally Lunn Buns: Known since at least the 1780s, you'll enjoy this bakery treat comprising part bun, part bread and part cake. It's light, warm and buttery, and served with a cup of English tea.
  • Bath Chaps: A type of sandwich meat made of pork cheeks wrapped by pork tongue and cured in brine.

Typical events and festivals

  • The Bath Festival: A multi-discipline celebration of music and literature held in spring.
  • Mozartfest: Many top artists perform at Mozart's music every November.
  • FilmBath: A December event showcasing the best UK and international cinema.
  • Bath Beer Festival: Organised by CAMRA in February, this event provides an opportunity to sample more than 80 craft beers.
  • Bath Fringe Festival: Two weeks of cultural events that happen late over bank holidays in late May.

How to move around in Bath

The city's compact centre is best navigated on foot when exploring the main tourist sights and attractions. There are also pedestrian-only areas, mainly in the main shopping streets. The town is focussing is on reducing congestion, particularly in the bustling centre. There are many narrow streets, but you'll find plenty of convenient park-and-ride schemes. Open-top bus tours are also available, as well as public bus routes that connect most city areas. Bristol is just a few kilometres away from the M4 motorway, and there is also a mainline railway line offering direct trips to London.

The climate in Bath

The West Country has a temperate climate, which is milder and slightly wetter than the rest of England. In the height of summer (July and August), average daily temperatures peak as high as around 21° C. January and February are the coldest months, with October and December being the wettest months. Late spring and early summer are the most pleasant times to visit Bath.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Bath

The most centrally located hotels in Bath with the best ratings are: Hotel The Kennard, Bed and Breakfast Leighton House and Francis Hotel Bath - Mgallery.

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Bath, the average price per night is 91 , while you will pay an average of 79 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you"ll pay around 125 .

You can make reservations at Francis Hotel Bath - Mgallery, Hotel The Bath Priory - A Relais & Chateaux and Hotel The Queensberry if you"re looking for a hotel with valet service for your visit to Bath.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Bath, we recommend Hotel Dukes Bath, Francis Hotel Bath - Mgallery and Hotel The Bath Priory - A Relais & Chateaux.

If you´re looking for peace and quiet and want to stay at an adult-only hotel in Bath, we recommend Hotel St Christopher's Inn Bath.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Bath are Francis Hotel Bath - Mgallery, Hotel The Kennard and Hotel Dukes Bath.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Bath with express check-in and check-out are Hotel The Kennard, Francis Hotel Bath - Mgallery and Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Bath are Hotel Dukes Bath, Hotel The Kennard and Bed and Breakfast Leighton House.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Bath, like Hotel Dukes Bath, Hotel The Kennard or Hotel The Bath Priory - A Relais & Chateaux.