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Holiday Inn Express Bath
Lower Bristol Road,
Bath, BA23QU GB
Best Western Abbey Hotel
Bath, BA1 1LF GB
The Queensberry Hotel
4-7 Russel Street,
Mercure Francis Hotel Bath
Bath, BA1 2HH GB
The Royal Crescent Hotel
16 Royal Crescent,
Bath, BA1 2LS GB
Bath, in Somerset, UK, is a historic spa city of both the Roman and Georgian times. Its location is near Bristol, 100 miles west of London on the southern periphery of the Cotswolds. This distinctive city is recognized for its hot springs and Roman baths, medieval history and its Georgian architecture. Bath offers a mixture of cafes, theaters, pubs, nightlife and museums.
Bath is one of the UK’s oldest tourist centers beginning with the hot springs identified with both Celtic and Roman deities. The Romans transformed the hot springs into hot baths. They were redeveloped in the 18th century, the Georgian period, as a modern resort.
Bath is accessible to visitors by air, train, bus and cars. Travelers are able to fly into both regional or London Airports. The smaller airports might be less stressful with fewer passengers and shorter check-in lines. The local airports include Bristol International Airport, about 20 miles from Bath and Southampton Airport, which is about two hours from the city. Visitors can land at one of the London Airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stausted and London Luton, and reach Bath by bus, train or car.
Visitors can travel to Bath by the Great Western Railway at the Victorian Station of Bath Spa in the center of the city. It is serviced by trains from Swindon, Bristol, Weymouth, London, Southampton, Reading and Salisbury. Bath’s bus station is near the railroad station and is the location from which most buses leave. Travelers can drive to Bath by exiting the M4 and Junction 18 and following the signs. Driving in Bath can be confusing because of its one-way roads.
Most of the landmarks in Bath are historical. The oldest is the Roman baths built about 2000 years previously and then revived by the Victorians. These baths are the UK’s only mineral springs. Bath Abbey is England’s remaining Gothic Church, built in 1499 on the foundations of a Norman cathedral. Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney Weir, finished in 1773, is one of four world bridges with shops across both sides of the bridge and looks out over Pulteney Weir. Great Pulteney Street is representative of Georgian Architecture with sites such as the Laura Place Fountain, Sydney Garden and Holborne Museum.
Other sites to visit are the Royal Crescent, a semi-oval-shaped crescent, the first of eight in Bath. The Georgian architecture can be viewed on the other crescents in Bath such as Camden, Lansdown, and Cavendish. Wolcot Street is home to antique shops. Bath's oldest house is Sally Lunn’s Refreshment House and Museum. Other destinations are the American Museum, the Kennet and Avon Canal and St. Catherine’s Court.
Bath’s parks are relaxing places for summer enjoyment. Victoria Park is Bath’s biggest park near the Royal Crescent and is close to the Botanical Park. Parade Park is in the center of town. Sydney Park is free and a favorite place of Jane Austen.
Bath’s historical landmarks include many museums. The Building of Bath Museum displays the growth of the city with exhibits of the construction of Georgian houses. No. One Royal Crescent presents a prime example of the decorations and furnishings of an 18th century Georgian home. The Museum of Costume presents a compilation of current and historical attire. Hershel Museum of Astronomy also displays a refurbished Georgian townhouse.