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Getting yourself to Bath
Getting to Bath from around the UK is easy. It's a short drive from London, while Bristol, Wales and the South are accessible on the M4. You can also drive to Bath from the North and Scotland, although the journey will take a little longer. Look for a hotel with parking to make your visit even more straightforward. For the most convenient route to Bath, hop on the train. Bath Spa is the city's principal train station, located right in the heart of the action. The station is a short walk from major attractions, including the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. When you're there, it's easy to get around on foot. Bath is primarily flat and pedestrianised, so you can stroll between spots and take in the sights of this beautiful historical city at leisure.
Thermal waters past and present
There are lots of ways to enjoy this scenic city. It's the original wellbeing destination, elegant with deep-rooted Roman heritage. The city is compact, which means you can explore and enjoy many of its delights in just a few days.
Bath is famous for its attractions and activities, but visiting the Roman Baths remains one of the top things to do. See how the city's residents once relaxed in natural thermal waters. This was one of the most outstanding religious spas in the ancient world, where Romans came to worship and bathe. Today, visitors can explore the bathing complex and follow in the footsteps of Romans on original walkways and pavements. The ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva are a highlight. Not to mention the museum, which is home to Roman artefacts and sculptures. You can't bathe in the thermal waters at the Roman Baths since they're an important historical site. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a soak elsewhere...
Thermae Bath Spa
If visiting the steamy Roman Baths has got you in the mood for a dip, you won't need to look far. Thermae Bath Spa is right around the corner, combining a historic spa with modern facilities to offer locals and visitors a luxurious thermal bathing experience. Britain's original thermal spa is a perfect place to head for a solo soak or a romantic afternoon. The New Royal Bath is a breathtaking rooftop pool where you can enjoy views across the city from the warm, therapeutic waters. Whether you visit this rooftop spa by day or night, enjoy a unique experience you're sure to remember. While you're here, visit the Wellness Suite for exquisite spa experiences in traditional settings. There's a sauna, steam room, infrared room, ice chamber and experience showers. Whatever way you spend your time, you're sure to leave feeling relaxed and refreshed, just like the Romans.
Bath's must-see Abbey
Bath Abbey is an awe-inspiring landmark and a must-see when you're visiting Bath. Whether you go to the Abbey to join in service, take a tour, light a candle or just look around, it's always worth stopping for a moment of peace in the bustling city. There are 635 memorials around the walls of Bath Abbey, mostly remembering people from the 1700s and 1800s. You can also see the Waller Tomb, colourful stained-glass windows and the 1500s fan-vaulted ceiling. Join a guided tour to discover even more of Bath Abbey, including the clock, bell chamber and panoramic views from the top of the tower.
Get a taste of Bath
Bath is home to many laid-back lunch spots and beautiful restaurants. If you're visiting for a romantic weekend, find plenty of intimate dining rooms to share a candlelit meal. Bath boasts one Michelin star restaurant and six more in the Michelin guide, which means lots of choices for something memorable.
The best romantic restaurants
Olive Tree is Bath's only Michelin star restaurant and one of its longest-standing independents. It's a perfect choice for marking a special occasion with a loved one. The restaurant is set inside a Georgian townhouse in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, setting the scene for romance. The clean, low-lit interiors let your experience do the talking. Start with a drink in the charming bar before heading to the dining room for exciting combinations on the menu. Or choose The Ivy Bath Brasserie, a stunning setting for a romantic meal in the city. Charming Parisian stylings are complete with sky-blue panelling, gold-framed mirrors, art deco paintings and high arched windows. Beautiful. The Ivy's menu features classic dishes prepared to the highest standards, so you can settle in and enjoy a perfect meal.
Breakfast or lunch in Bath means visiting pretty tearooms and delightful independent cafés. There's plenty of choices, including Café Lucca with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a quiet Bath lane. This is one of the city's most elegant spots, serving excellent salads and afternoon tea. You could also try Society Café or The Green Bird Café.