Guide to Bath – Tried and Tested Boutique Hotels in Bath and More
Bath is the pre-eminent city in England’s West Country. Situated on the River Avon it lies 100 miles to the west of London and attracts visitors from around the world because of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many cities claim to be historic but with its Iron Age, Roman and Georgian heritage, Bath can truly lay claim to that title. It’s also one of the most beautiful cities in the British Isles with stunning Georgian crescents and the grandeur of the Roman Baths giving the city a character of its own. With a wealth of quirky boutique hotels in Bath, it’s the perfect place for a short break.
For the best view of the city why not climb to the top of the tower at Bath Abbey, a stunning piece of vaulted Victorian Gothic architecture.
Then, take a fascinating journey into the lifestyle of a Georgian gentleman – your next stop should be no.1 Royal Crescent where there’s a museum which has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796. The Crescent itself is one of the great architectural sights of the western world.
The Roman Baths are the premier tourist attraction in Bath and you get to see the spring that drives the complex, the extraordinary Roman drainage system and of course the series of baths and plunge pools culminating in the stunning Great Bath and its series of faux Roman statues.
Bath has plenty of great restaurants and hotels to choose from. At London-Unattached we enjoyed a staycation in the Georgian elegance of The Queensberry Hotel and to eat at its sister establishment, the Michelin-starred Olive Tree restaurant. It’s one of many boutique hotels in Bath and one we heartily recommend. We can also recommend Clayton’s Kitchen for classic, seasonal English cuisine. After all the history a visit to the Pump Rooms for tea (£19.50) is a must and the perfect way to finish off a hard day’s sight-seeing, and no trip to Bath is complete without a visit to Sally Lunns, the tea shop and bistro that resides in one of the oldest houses in Bath.
There are a wealth of specialist museums and galleries in Bath. We love the fashion museum, where you can learn about costumes through the ages and even dress up in a style to suit. The Jane Austin museum is rightly popular. Jane Austin was very much part of Bath Society – and many of her novels were inspired by her days there. And, the charming Holbourne Museum is worth a visit both for the permanent collection of items donated by Sir William Holburne and for a fabulous series of exhibitions for both adults and children. There’s a great cafe with alfresco dining in the pretty pleasure gardens to the rear.
With its idiosyncratic shops, food festival, theatre, art galleries and music scene there are lots of other reasons to visit Bath and it provides a great base for investigating the West Country. Other regional attractions include Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge and the cheese caves the grandeur of Corsham Court and Swindon’s STEAM, the museum of The Great Western Railway. Finally, it’s an easy journey from Bath to Bristol where there’s even more to explore. There really is something for everyone.
For more information about visiting do check the Visit Bath website
And, if you are planning a trip, please check our round-up of tried and tested hotels where you can stay in and around Bath.