One of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom is Bath, which is designated as a cultural site on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Situated in the south west of England in the county of Avon, Bath has some stunning architecture, great shopping and is right by the countryside. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, holiday cottages, farms and guest houses.
Bath has many parks and walking trails for visitors to explore and cyclists can enjoy a recreational path extending 23 miles through beautiful green fields or cycle alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal. The River Avon and the Kennet & Avon Canal both run through Bath and holidaymakers can hire a boat at Bath Boating Station or row along the river. There are several golf courses in and around Bath including Bath Golf Club and The Park Hotel Golf Course.
Thermae Bath Spa is Britain's original and only natural thermal Spa with aromatic steam rooms and the open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views across the skyline of the city. There are many other recreational activities on offer in Bath for holidaymakers to try such as hot air ballooning, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing and driving experiences. Various guided tours provide visitors with an educational yet relaxing view of Bath either by boat, bus or on foot.
Bath offers a huge array of eateries such as restaurants, cafes, quaint tea rooms and public houses with food to cater for all tastes. Visitors to the city will also come across farmers’ markets in and around the area and a number of food and drink events are held throughout the year. The city centre has grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways to explore and there is a fabulous selection of small independent shops and stylish boutiques alongside the well known big name stores.
There are many visitor attractions in Bath with wonderful historic buildings and a prime example is the Roman Baths, which houses Britain’s only hot spring. There are also several museums, galleries and historic houses with lavish gardens to see here and about an hour’s drive away is Stonehenge. In fact Bath has several parks for visitors to enjoy and features the Botanical Gardens at Royal Victoria Park. There are also farms with friendly animals, caves and gorges to explore at Wookey Hole and Cheddar, which are just a short distance from Bath as is Longleat Safari Park.
The warmest time of the year to visit Bath and the West Country is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 21 degrees centigrade. The period between April and July are usually the driest months while December and January is the wettest time of the year with approximately 80mm average rainfall per month.
Bristol International Airport is approximately 20 miles from Bath and handles flights to and from a large number of European countries and New York as well as UK cities such as Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Belfast. The train station is in the heart of the city centre and has services running to and from London Paddington via Swindon and Reading as well as a service that runs from Cardiff to Portsmouth. Bath is just a short drive from the M4 and M5 motorways providing links to London, South Wales and the Midlands.