Top 5 convincing reason to visit the city of Bath
The impressive city of Bath is located in the county of Somerset, in the south-western part of England. This World Heritage City offers the visitors a unique experience with its richness and diversity, amazing architecture and gorgeous attractions. There are dozens of things to see and do in Bath, so if you decide to visit it, take your time and don’t be hurried! Enjoy your walks through the beautiful streets of the city, the Roman bath, the restaurants and the historical atmosphere of Jane Austen’s Bath. The city also offers family friendly activities and accommodation possibilities, so if you are going with your children on your holiday, you can’t go wrong with Bath!
1. Bath – the city of hot spring
The only one hot spring of England is situated in the center of the city of Bath. The bathing complex and a gorgeous temple were built here by the Romans. Visiting the bath, you will have the occasion of observing the source and walk where Romans walked in the ancient times. The beautiful ruins and treasures around the spring are well-preserved, being presented with audio guides in 8 languages. There is an impressive 18th century room, named the Pump Room, where you can have coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or try a glass of Spa water from the fountain. The bath is open until 22:00 during July and August. It can be visited every day except the 25th and 26th of December. (June 2012)
2. The deluge of the attractions
There are several attractions in the wonderful city of Bath. From museums to galleries, from gardens and parks to impressive historical sites, you will find the most beautiful and interesting attractions in the city. One of these is the delightful Georgian townhouse, home to astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline, which is a museum today. You will have the occasion of visiting the astronomer’s workshop where Herschel made his telescopes, and observe the original kitchen and music room. Built between 1767 and 1774, the Royal Crescent is considered one of the greatest achievements of the 18th century urban architecture. Another gorgeous attraction of the city is Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum which is also one of the oldest houses in Bath. The kitchen that was used over 300 years is well-preserved and there are rooms, where you can taste the famous “Sally Lunn” bun. The magnificent Bath Abbey is the last of the gorgeous medieval churches of England. Its west front is unique as it depicts the dream that inspired the founder of the abbey, Bishop Oliver King. Bath Abbey’s tower is open for guided tours every day except Sunday. There are also several other attractions in the city.
3. Bath – the home of Jane Austen
The well-known writer, Jane Austen set two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, in Bath and made the city her home from 1801 to 1806. Today tourists can visit the Jane Austen Centre, where there are presented costumes and films in an authentic atmosphere. It can be visited every day from April to October from 9:45 to 17:30. It is open between July and August from Thursday to Saturday until 19:00, between November and March from Sunday to Friday from 11:00 to 16:30 and on Saturday from 9:45 to 17:30. It is closed on Christmas and New Year. (June 2012) There is also a festival in September dedicated to Jane Austen. Bath was also the location for filming many of her film adaptations.
4. Entertainment and nightlife
There are several theatres, cinemas, music halls, shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cafés in the city. There is also a Victorian Boating Station, where you can hire traditional boats and row down the river towards the beautiful bridge at Bathampton. The theatre of The Egg offers family friendly shows, especially for young children. There is also another attraction, the Somerset Lavender, where you can wander the lavender fields and purchase plants or oils. If you like creative things, you can experience the glass making at Bath Aqua Glass. Arriving to Bath without children? Enjoy the vibrant nightlife at OPA or Komedia clubs or go to a traditional pub!
5. Activities and tours in the city
Lots of festivals, sightseeing tours, guided walking, boat tours and alternative tours are organized in Bath. The city is famous for its architecture so it is a good choice to take a walk around Bath. Sightseeing tours and walking tours are the best because you can find out a lot about the magnificent city. You can also explore the city from the skies, taking a hot air balloon at Royal Victoria Park.