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For more than 2000 years people have traveled across Europe to relax in the hot springs of Bath.

The origins on this historic city can be traced back to AD 60, when the Romans came to bathe in its hot springs. Today, the springs remain central to Bath’s identity, with many visitors coming to relax at the city’s spa resorts. The entire city was recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and draws many visitors for its fascinating Roman, Grecian and Royal British history.

Bath is a popular destination year round. In summer the streets and parks of the city are full of locals enjoying the sun. Pack a picnic to enjoy in Parade Gardens as you look across the River Avon, or throw some bread to the ducks in Victoria Park, the largest park in Bath. Behind the park is Royal Crescent, an street of 18th century terrace houses built in an sweeping crescent.

The best way to see the city’s landmarks is by embarking on a walking tour from Bath Abbey. Visit the Roman Baths to see where the city began, see one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Britain at the Bath Abbey, or take a walk up Great Pulteney Street. Make your way to Pulteney Bridge for shopping, as the bridge is one of just four in the world that is completely lined by retailers. Along with historic landmarks Bath is renowned for its museums, galleries and cultural institutions.

While Bath may not be known for its culinary exports, it is home to some of the coziest pubs in England, and the pub fare is second to none. Enjoying a pie and a pint of bath ale is the perfect way to warm up during Bath’s chilly winter months. Weekend farmers’ markets are a great opportunity to sample the regional delicacies, including locally produced cheddar cheese.

From London you can reach Bath by coach or car in around 2 hours, while visitors arriving from outside the UK will find Bristol’s international airport at your service. At just over 100 miles (160 kilometers) from London, Bath is a perfect weekend escape from the big smoke.

Where to stay in Bath

Roman Baths featuring heritage elements, heritage architecture and a pool

Bath City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(160 area reviews)

The lively bars and relaxing spas are top of the list for many visitors to Bath City Centre. A stop by Thermae Bath Spa or Roman Baths might round out your trip.

Bath City Centre
Midsomer Norton, Radstock, England, United Kingdom

Midsomer Norton

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Restaurants and historic sites are just a few things travelers like about Midsomer Norton. A stop by Chew Valley is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

Midsomer Norton
Bath Assembly Rooms which includes heritage architecture

Upper Town

5/5Exceptional!(39 area reviews)

Upper Town is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Royal Crescent or Bath Assembly Rooms.

Upper Town
Bathampton, Bath, England, United Kingdom

Bathampton

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Visitors to Bathampton enjoy its gardens, and if you want to do some exploring, Cotswolds is worth a stop.

Bathampton
Take a trip to the edge of the city and you'll discover this amazing riverside house  The river Avon meanders through the countryside towards Bath and here at Bathampton you'll find this hidden gem.

Anytime of year is great to visit this stretch of the river, but in later winter, just before the spring is perfect as the trees have no leaves making it better to see the reflections from the riverbank.

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Batheaston

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Visitors to Batheaston like its bars and riverfront, and Cotswolds is a sight worth a stop.

Batheaston
Monkton Combe, Bath, England, United Kingdom

Monkton Combe

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Gardens and restaurants are notable features of Monkton Combe. You might consider a stop by Cotswolds while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Monkton Combe

Top Hotels in Bath

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Apex City of Bath Hotel
Apex City of Bath Hotel
4 out of 5
1 James Street West, Bath, England
The price is $134 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Bath City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal Bath and Roman Baths. Bath Abbey and Jane Austen Centre are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,748 reviews)

"Room was great with bath and shower Sky tv a bonus Bar area was stark, more like an airport longe f red at her than a Bar"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Apex City of Bath Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Bath
Holiday Inn Express Bath
3 out of 5
Lower Bristol Road, Bath, England
Free Cancellation
The price is $65 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in the heart of Bath, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Crescent, Theatre Royal Bath, and Jane Austen Centre. Thermae Bath Spa and Roman ...

4.2/5Excellent! (960 reviews)

"Nice present, has everything you need for a nights Good sleep."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Bath
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
37 St James Parade, Bath, England
The price is $111 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Bath City Centre, this apartment building is steps from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa, and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and Bath Abbey are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (632 reviews)

"Excellent location but that does mean that there is a lot of traffic noise until late an also early in the morning. Ear plugs are highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

SACO Bath - St James's Parade

Popular places to visit in Bath

Roman Baths
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Roman Baths

4.5/5(262 reviews)

Marvel at the natural hot spring pools and the majestic architecture at this well-preserved ancient site.

Thermae Bath Spa
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Thermae Bath Spa

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Bathe in some of Britain’s warmest thermal waters and unwind with relaxing treatments at this appealing spa complex.

Royal Crescent
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Royal Crescent

4.5/5(128 reviews)

This semicircular terrace of townhouses is one of Bath’s most well-known landmarks.

Theatre Royal Bath
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Theatre Royal Bath

4.5/5(23 reviews)

One of the oldest working theaters in Britain hosts dramas, comedies, operas and even a few ghosts in a stunning Georgian building .

Bath Abbey
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Bath Abbey

4.5/5(197 reviews)

Built in the Gothic style, this prestigious church is a popular pilgrimage destination and an important city landmark.

Pulteney Bridge
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Pulteney Bridge

4.5/5(3 reviews)

One of only a handful of shop-lined bridges in the world, this architectural marvel has quirky stores and great views.

Top things to do in Bath

Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$21
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Private Tour of Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury
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Private Tour of Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury

$752
Per adult
Stonehenge & Bath Bargain Tour
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Stonehenge & Bath Bargain Tour

$100
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Discover Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge Tour from London
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Discover Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge Tour from London

$143
Per adult
Private tour Bath & Stonehenge from London
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Private tour Bath & Stonehenge from London

$489
Per adult
Bad of Bath fun Walking Tour of Bath
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Bad of Bath fun Walking Tour of Bath

$13
Per adult

Reviews of Bath

4.8

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5/5 - Excellent

JasonG

Mar 11, 2020

We parked in the public parking off Charlotte Street and were able to walk the entire downtown area easily. Don’t miss out on the Jane Austen museum (and the tea room). It isn’t a large museum but it makes for a fun afternoon, especially in the cold

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Be sure to take the Mayor’s Walking Tour Informative and entertaining. 2 hrs Free!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Great walkable city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

Bath is beautiful. The Abbey is continuing restoration but the volunteers are so helpful and ensure you enjoy your visit. The shopping, architecture, and food are all fantastic.

4/5 - Good

Aprado

Jan 30, 2020

Small city, lot history, nice to stay for three days ibring umbrella

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

The Free Walking Tour of Bath is an activity one must attend when visiting, especially for the first time.

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