Relax In An English Spa
Bath is a beautiful and historic city which has been popular with visitors from England and beyond for years. With its natural hot springs and many cultural and historic sites, Bath is a must for anybody who is visiting the southwest of England. A UNESCO world heritage site based 150km west of London, England, the city of Bath was built by the Romans on top of a hot spring. During the Medieval era, Bath was an incredibly prosperous city and since then has had a wild ride from WWII bombings to plagues wiping out half the population!
There are many must see attractions in Bath and the Royal Crescent in certainly one of them. Renowned the world over, the Crescent was built in the 18th century and contains just 30 houses. One of the houses, Number 1 Royal Crescent, is open to the public all year around.
As Britain’s only hot spring, the Roman Baths offer a unique insight into British history and you can walk on the same ancient stone pavements that the Romans did 2,000 years in the past. The treasures and ruins on show are extensive and also wonderfully presented. The site is open at night with the last entries being at 9pm, the baths take on a whole new persona under torchlight and is definitely recommended.
Continuing the spa theme, Thermae Bath Spa is located in the center of the city and provides a wonderful blend of the ancient and the contemporary. The Spa is open both day and night and costs around £30 for a session. There is an indoor pool, but you just have to try the open air pool on the rooftop which offers magnificent views across the city. Both pools are filled by the naturally hot spa waters.
If you can afford it then a stay at the beautiful Bath Priory Hotel will really top off your stay. The hotel has 33 rooms and a Michelin starred restaurant set in four acres of beautiful gardens. The rooms will cost you more than £200 a night, and you’ll get use of the indoor and outdoor pools, gym, steam room and also sauna.
Tides restaurant at Homewood Park has won two AA rosettes and is extremely popular locally. Famed for the imagination and flair of the dishes, Head Chef Daniel Maudsley makes sure that all of his diners leave happy! The restaurant also caters for children and is very welcoming to families.
Other Bath attractions include the Bath Abbey which is one the last Gothic era churches in England. It was built in 1500 and is a popular Aussie tourist attraction given the first Governor of NSW Australia being buried here. Because the history in Bath is so rich, similar to Paris, London and Beijing, it is really advisable to take a tour group around the highlights. It’s difficult to know what to focus your attention on there are so many fantastic cultural and historic places of interest. Tripadvisor have an excellent walking tour guide of Bath for a self-guided tour of the city.