Bath, in Somerset, has a wide variety of tourist attractions that will appeal to any age group. It is a unique city in England with Roman Baths of hot springs, Georgian stone houses in long crescents and a beautiful abbey. The city was founded by the Romans, who called it Aquae Sulis, and it later became a spa resort in the Georgian era. It then became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987 and has become a major centre for tourism because of its attractions and quaintness.
One of the finest architectural sites in England is the Royal Crescent which was built between 1767 and 1775. The crescent contains 30 houses, one of which is open to the public. Another Georgian house is the Royal Crescent Hotel. The Circus is another architectural delight in Bath. It was built by John Wood and if seen from above, it forms the shape of a key. Pulteney Bridge is a beautiful bridge that was built to connect central Bath to the other side of the River Avon.
The Roman Baths in Bath were built around the only hot springs, and as well as erecting a bathing complex the Romans also erected a large temple here. The ruins of the baths are preserved and there are audio tours available for both adults and children to help interpret them. However if you want to try bathing in thermal water yourself then why not visit the Thermae Bath Spa, which is Britain’s only natural thermal spa. Bath Abbey dates from the fifteenth century and was founded by Bishop Oliver King who decided to have the Norman cathedral pulled down and have this church erected. The cathedral is still used for worship and is also open to the public. Visitors can climb the 212 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city of Bath.
If you like fashion, then why not take a look at the Fashion Museum; here there is a large collection of both contemporary and historical dress with 150 dressed figures that show the different styles of clothes from the sixteenth century to the present day. Of note is the “Corsets and Crinolines” display, where you can try on replica garments. The Jane Austen centre is dedicated to this popular Regency writer and explores her life and works. The centre also includes a Regency Themed Tea Room, which is well worth visiting to try the tea and home made cakes.
Before leaving Bath, ensure that you visit the oldest house in the city, Sally Lunn’s Refreshment House and Museum. The house was built in 1483 and is now a living museum. It is home to the world famous Sally Lunn Bun, which is a semi sweet light bun; the kitchen that Sally Lunn used is still preserved and prior to this house being erected, the Romans also served their people refreshments here. There are three themed refreshment rooms from which a varied menu is served, based upon the Sally Lunn bun.
Do some research on the attractions you would like to see with your family so you can make a convenient booking at one of the Bath Hotels nearby.