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Bath, with its golden Georgian terraces and instantly recognisable crescents surrounded by verdant countryside on all sides, is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. It is an absolutely ideal destination for a weekend break.

The city has a mesmerising history that spreads back to long before its most notable residents - the Romans - built their famous Baths there. In fact, the luxurious and well-appointed Thermae Bath Spa complex, located in the heart of the city, allows visitors to bathe in the warm mineral heavy waters, much as our Roman ancestors did two thousand years ago.

Bath is packed full of fascinating museums and galleries, and the shopping is second to none with a good range of independent outlets plus the Southgate centre - a neo-Georgian shopping centre that manages not to jar with the surrounding architecture. There are plenty of decent places to eat out - with high street favourites and more niche names competing for the foodie's attention plus a variety of cosy coffee shops and a good choice of traditional public Houses.

In terms of when to visit - you can’t really pick a bad time. In good weather there are lots of outdoor attractions - such as the wonderful Skyline walk, walks along the pretty canal, river boat trips and you can even enjoy the view from the air from a hot air balloon. If the season is less clement, you can spend time finding out more about the city’s history and culture in one of the museums or hunker down by the fireside in one of the teashops or pubs. If possible visit outside of the weekends - when the city can get very busy and rather noisy. You are also likely to get much cheaper hotel prices Monday-Thursday.

Bath is a very accessible city - and if you can avoid the legendary bad traffic and high parking charges in the area by travelling by public transport. Don’t forget to book central accommodation so that you can explore the city by foot.

Trains from London (Paddington) to Bath Spa take around an hour and a half minutes on First Great Western .There are also, longer, less frequent (but very scenic) services from Waterloo, that go via Salisbury. National Express coaches have well priced services to Bath form all over the country and the bus station is conveniently located right next to the train station. The closest airport to Bath is Bristol which is around three quarters of an hour away by car/taxi, or just over an hour by bus.

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