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Bath, Somerset, Visitor & Tourism Guide

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Nearby National Parks: Exmoor, Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons
Nearby AONBs: Cotswolds, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills, Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, North Devon
Select Cities: Wells, Bristol, Exeter, Salisbury
Select Towns/Villages: Bradford-on-Avon, Glastonbury, Cheddar, Marlborough, Shaftesbury, Sherborne

UNESCO World Heritage
A UNESCO World Heritage Site* in South West England, Bath's one of the UK's most popular destinations. Along with London and Edinburgh, it's essential visiting.

Bath's major attractions
First, we'd recommend a walk. This small city's famous for its architecture and honey stone. Explore Bath on foot from its Abbey to the Royal Crescent. Once you've done that, spend some time discovering the city's attractions, many of which rank with the best in South West England.

Roman Baths and Royal Crescent
Start with the Roman Baths and Bath Pump Room. Across the way, visit Bath Abbey and then Parade Gardens with its famous view of Pulteney Bridge. By Pulteney Bridge, pop into Victoria Art Gallery. All these attractions are close together and by the River Avon (Gloucestershire to Bristol).

There's a second cluster of attractions around The Circus. The Royal Crescent is a must, its Georgian House and Museum Shop fascinating. If you want to treat yourself, stay in The Royal Crescent, Bath. Visit also The Fashion Museum and the Jane Austen Centre.

Bath is the start, or end, of the Cotswold Way. This long distance footpath runs to Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. We'd also recommend the Bath Skyline walk. This takes in Prior Park Gardens.

In addition, on the fringes of the city, visit the Bath Racecourse and Beckford's Tower.

Local area
At the southern end of the Cotswolds AONB, if you have time, we'd suggest you spend a little time exploring the local area. Bradford-on-Avon is a joy, especially its tiny Saxon church. Also visit Farleigh Hungerford Castle and Dyrham Park House, Westonbirt Arboretum and Malmesbury Abbey. Castle Combe is one of the UK's prettiest villages.

The National Trust's Lacock village is to the east and Bowood House and Gardens a little further on. To the south, head for Stourhead Estate and King Alfred's Tower. To the south west, Wells Cathedral is impressive, as is Glastonbury Tor. Explore the Mendip Hills AONB and Wookey Hole.

For prehistory, try Avebury Stone Circle World Heritage Site and Stonehenge World Heritage Site, Silbury Hill and Salisbury Plain.

The centre of Bristol City is superb. SS Great Britain is a highlight.

Day trips
If you're heading to South West England or the UK for an extended holiday then we'd recommend longer day trips. Head to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site to the south and south west. To the west, explore Exmoor National Park. England's a small place so make the most of your time.

Recommended destinations similar to Bath
If the history and architecture of Bath appeal, the most obvious destinations you should also visit are Cambridge and Oxford. To the north, try Durham and, of course, Edinburgh.

*'Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths.' (source: UNESCO website, link provided).

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Top 10 Hotels
Selected from the best Hotels in Bath we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Things To Do
Selected from the best Things To Do in Bath we've listed our top 10.

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Parade Gardens

Located in Bath, Somerset, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Located on a bank of the River Avon (Gloucestershire to Bristol) across the road from Bath Abbey. Excellent views of Robert Adam's eighteenth century Pulteney Bridge. Parade Gardens is a popular destination in the centre...

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Bath Abbey

Located in Bath, Somerset, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Within the Bath City UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the seventh century as a Benedictine monastery. Bath Abbey received cathedral status in the eleventh century. Joint cathedral status awarded by Pope Innocent IV...

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Located in Bath, Somerset, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

The Guildhall in Bath was designed in 1776 by Thomas Baldwin as a replacement for the Stuart Guildhall. Considered one of the finest examples of Adam-style interiors in England. Today it serves as Bath's town hall...

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Parade Park, Bath
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 38; Rates: 49 - 130 Per Night

Located in the heart of Bath, this traditional Georgian townhouse has many original features and wonderful views across the Parade Gardens towards Bath Abbey...

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Best Western Abbey Hotel, Bath
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 60; Rates: 57 - 350 Per Night

This Georgian building is in Bath city centre, 300 metres from the Abbey, the Roman Baths and Bath Spa Railway Station It mixes historic character with modern comforts, including free Wi-Fi...

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Pratt's Hotel, Bath
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 46; Rates: 60 - 140 Per Night

In the heart of historic Bath stands Pratt's Hotel, ideally situated for guests wishing to explore this magical city Pratt's team aim to ensure that you have an enjoyable and memorable stay...

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