Entirely colour coded in local golden stone, Bath boasts spas fed by natural warm springs. Long considered a masterpiece of British ingenuity, the city has a rich variety of attractions for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary. The restaurants and shops, spas and baths, history and culture, as well as general camaraderie make for a memorable tourist experience. Visit Bath and walk the same Georgian streets that thrilled such greats as Jane Austen and the Duchess of Devonshire:
- Roman Baths
Voted the most romantic buildings in Britain, the Roman Baths are among the finest examples of ancient Roman architecture in the country. Set over the miraculous healing warm waters from the swamp at Bath, these spas are masterpieces of classic beauty. When you visit the museum at the Roman Baths (www.romanbaths.co.uk), you’ll receive a free audio player explaining how the baths once looked. Watch out for the Gorgon and Minerva’s bronze head. In case you have some time left over, check out the Fashion Museum, the Victoria Art Gallery (free entrance), and the American Museum.
- Holburne Museum
The excellent collection of artwork at the Holburne Museum includes works by Stubbs, Reynolds, and Gainsborough. On your visit, you’ll also get to see early period furniture, Renaissance bronzes, Wedgwood porcelain, and 18th century silver. Housed in Sir Thomas Holburne’s old house, the museum now features such extensions as a garden café where you can grab refreshments while overlooking the nearby parkland.
- Jane Austen Centre
What better way to get a snapshot of Regency fashion and living than by paying a call to the Jane Austen Centre? At this museum, you will get a better understanding of Bath – particularly with regards to how the city affected Miss Austen, her life, and her works. In fact, she penned most of her famous books in this Centre. Today, the Jane Austen Centre offers walking tours – some of which are free and come with lovely afternoon teas. Alternatively, get the Bath Visitor Card for discounts to the Centre and other sightseeing tours, attractions, shops, and restaurants.
- Prior Park Landscape Gardens
Exquisitely landscaped grounds, a magnificent colonnaded portico, a beautiful Palladian bridge, and the variety of flora and fauna all make the Prior Park Landscape Gardens a must-visit. If you ever find yourself in Bath, be sure to pop into these Gardens.
- Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House
Dating back to 1483, Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House is probably the oldest home in Bath. Today, it serves as a living museum, a tea room, and a restaurant. To skirt the long queues at this elite destination, you’d be advised to make a reservation in advance.