Bath is a city in the United Kingdom
which is in the English region of South West, in the county of Somerset, 70 km from Bristol
and around 100 km from the university center of Oxford
. The city is famous as a spa town: its name, in fact, stems the Roman Spa, English bath
. Its springs are the only natural thermal spa in Britain, producing more than one million liters of water per day. The city is just over two hours by car or by train from London
and spread over the River Avon among the hills of the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills.
The city of Bath has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for its unique Georgian architecture and historical buildings in the Palladian style, the merit of the two architects Wood (father and son) who gave a new face to the city during the sixteenth century.
The most interesting historic buildings in Bath are: Bath Abbey
city's most important church built between 1499 and 1610 in late Gothic style, the detail most striking is the west facade decorated with carvings of angels going up and down the stone steps; the stunning Royal Crescent
, a complex of 30 buildings arranged in ellipses made by J. Wood junior between 1767 and 1775 inside you can visit the Number One
a house of the eighteenth century, renovated and fully furnished.
The esoteric King's Circus
is an area of circular shape made by Wood senior who has been inspired by Roman architecture for the style of the building and perhaps he putted symbols of Masonry, having regard to the key shape of the complex; another beautiful monument is the Pulteney Bridge
built on the model of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
by the architect Robert Adams, is the only bridge in England that has shops on both sides of the bridge.
The most important museums are: the Roman Baths Museum
, which collects the ruins of ancient Roman baths built on thermal springs of the city, adjacent to the museum is the Pump Room
a luxury restaurant built in 1700 which exhibits on its walls the portraits of the most famous people of the era, the Holburne Museum
which houses works of crafts such as porcelain, silverware and paintings, the Herschel Museum
was the home of the famous astronomer who discovered the planet Mars and still retains its working instruments such as telescopes and maps constellations; the ladies will be interesting for the Fashion Museum
, which hosts clothing and shoes from the sixteenth century to the present day and the Jane Austen Center
, a museum that recreates the atmosphere of the age in which lived the famous English writer. For fine cuisine lovers there is a special museum where you can sample the foods on display and is called Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum
is the oldest house in the city, dating back to 1483, and show you how they were made in the past the famous Sally Lunn Bun buns
and you can see the old kitchen where they were been created. Worth seeing is also the Original Theatre Royal & Masonic Museum
, inside there is a large collection of Masonic art objects and reconstruction of the theatre's dressing rooms of the tragic actress Sarah Siddons in Victorian era. The Victoria Art Gallery
offers visitors its ancient and modern works of art from the fifteenth century until today, in its collections has sculptures, paintings and drawings by British and international artists.
A visit to the Thermae Bath Spa
is a must for those who visit this famous English spa town you can choose whether to stay in the hot pools of the spa for 4 or 2 hours and there are many packages that include massages and beauty treatments.
The 3 or 4 star hotels with special offers that we recommend to book your stay in this wonderful city in England are:
- Travelodge Bath Waterside Hotel
, 3 star hotel, in city center
- MGallery Francis Bath Hotel
, 4 star, in town center
- Hilton Bath City Hotel
, 4 star, in town center
- Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel
, 5 star, in city center
- Hunstrete House Bath Hotel
, 3 stars, near the city center