Bath
United Kingdom
By Marisa Alpert

The city of Bath is located in the south-western county of Somerset in England and is about 100 miles west of London and about 15 miles south-east of Bristol. Most famous for its natural hot springs and is one of the oldest English tourist destinations, Bath has played host to some famous characters, both in and outside of literature and is the home of some of England’s most stunning Georgian architecture. It was named a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1987.

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One of Bath’s most famed architectural sites in the Royal Crescent. It is a road of houses arranged in a semi-circle. It was constructed between 1767 and 1774 and is known today as one of the foremost remaining examples of Georgian Architecture. It has been the home of many famous characters throughout History, including Elizabeth Montagu, literary critic and social reformer.  In the late 1700s she used her home in the Royal Crescent to hold events for her Bluestocking Society which promoted education and social change for women. During World War II, two of the homes sustained damage from incendiary bombs. Today, Number 1 Royal Crescent is maintained as a museum and the former numbers 15 and 16 have been combined as the Royal Crescent Hotel.

The city’s history is as fascinating as its architecture is beautiful. The three hot springs of Bath were originally sacred to the local Celts as a place of the goddess Sulis.  When the Romans discovered Bath and began to establish a city there, in around AD 43, they called it Aquae Sulis (the waters of Sulis) to honor the goddess, who they equated with the Roman goddess Minerva. Throughout the period a series of complex and appropriately advanced spas were built, many remains of which were uncovered in the 1700s. Upon the discovery of the Roman ruins, Bath began to thrive again and build itself into the resort town it is now known as. Today you can still visit the stunning Roman Baths and Bathe in the Minerva Bath.

For a long time, Bath was the place to be for all good socialites. But people also went there to “take the waters” to cure there ailments. It was the taking of the waters that brought Bath its most famous resident to date, Jane Austen. The Regency period author made bath her home from 1801 to 1806 when her brother fell ill. She went on to set two of her six novels there. Film adaptations of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion have also been filmed there.  The city has also honored her with the Jane Austen Centre, a museum offering a peak into the Regency period, and the Jane Austen Festival which takes place in September. The City of Bath is much sought after for location filming, especially in the television and silver screen adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. The Bath Chamber of Commerce offers a special “Movie Map” of the city so you can lead yourself on a tour of the film industry’s favorite places.

Everyone needs to relax sometimes, and Bath is one of the best places in the world to do that. Take advantage of Britain’s only natural hot spring! The city of Bath has been a favorite destination of spa goers for centuries. Today there are a number of day spas and spa hotels you can enjoy. The Roman Baths are perhaps the most important Roman remains north of Italy. Today you can visit the Roman Baths museum where there are often staff actors dressed in Roman garb and ready to tell you the stories of the people that were there 2,000 years ago.  If you’d rather lounge in a luxurious spa then walk through a museum of one, prepare to be pampered at the Thermae Bath Spa. Guests can choose from either a two or four hour session. Both options include access to the Minerva bath, the steam rooms, and the rooftop pool. Over fifty additional spa treatments are also offered.

Bath boasts natural and architectural wonders, beautiful parks, an abundance of fascinating museums, and some very famous residents and visitors. You could be next! Let WhatsCheaper.com help you find the best prices on the web to get your vacation started in a snap.

MUST SEE IN Bath LIST:

  • 1. Roman Baths
  • 2. Stanton Drew Stone Circle
  • 3. Dyrham Park
  • 4. The Royal Crescent
  • 5. Pulteney Bridge
  • 6. The Circus
  • 7. Beckford's Tower & Museum
  • 8. Claverton Pumping Station
  • 9. Bath Abbey
  • 10. Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum

Bath EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Bath Literature Festival - February/March
  • 2. Bath Half-Marathon - March
  • 3. Hot-Air Balloon Festival - May
  • 4. Bath International Music Festival - May/June
  • 5. Bath Fringe Festival - June
  • 6. Roman Baths by Torchlight - July/August
  • 7. National Amateur Gardening Show - September
  • 8. Bath Festival for Children's Literature - September/October
  • 9. Bath Film Festival - October
  • 10. Christmas Market - December

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Hilton Bath City Hotel
Walcot Street, Bath, United Kingdom
By Jaclyn Bealer

Experience one of Great Britain’s most historic cities when you stay at the Hilton Bath City Hotel. Placed in the heart of Georgian Bath on the River Avon, the hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the Bath Spa train station, a 90-minute train journey from London, and 45-minute drive from Bristol Airport. The hotel’s central location makes it easy for guests to discover the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen Center, as well as Britain's only natural thermal spa. Check-in is at 3 p.m.

WhatsCheaper.com knows that you’ll enjoy the warm and modern décor of the guest rooms set against the backdrop of historical Bath. Each room comes with a 32-inch flat screen TV, high-speed Internet access (fee), spacious work station, and a variety of bathroom products. Need extra space? Family rooms and Family Deluxe rooms are also available and come with a sofa bed. If you’re looking for an upgrade, try booking a suite or executive room; each offer additional space as well as subtle features such as bathrobes, a complimentary mini-bar, and WiFi. Accessible rooms are also available.

When you’re not exploring the surrounding city, keep up with your exercise routine in the fitness center. If you’re in town on business, the hotel provides three meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 200 people. Be sure to take advantage of the Business Center which offers audio/visual rentals, a fax machine, photocopying, secretarial services, and video conferencing capabilities. Hungry? The Hilton Bath City Hotel has everything you need. The 24-hour Lobby Bar not only serves food, but also Costa Coffee and a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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