Historic, romantic, bookish and cultural, Bath is a city for thinking minds and avid sightseers. Its architectural beauty and rich heritage have earned the entire city UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Elegant Bath has never really gone out of fashion. The Romans were the first to put it on the map when they tapped into the natural hot springs here in 43AD. Then along came the 18th Century architects who put up majestic Palladian-style buildings. Jane Austen followed in the early 19th Century, featuring the city in two of her novels. Now it plays host to a thriving contemporary arts scene and an array of homegrown cultural festivals.
Bath cleverly balances its grandiose Georgian architecture with intimate cobbled lanes, shady riverside spots and bijou cafés. It is a renowned university town so hipster hangouts and cosy boozers are in abundance, and while it is better known for its history than its culinary delights, the food scene is diverse and exciting.
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Bath has a compact city centre which is best explored on foot, so you won’t miss your car if you choose to leave it at home. Travelling to Bath on public transport is easy wherever you’re coming from. Best of all, Bath’s coach, bus and railway stations are located in the heart of the city, so you’ll be perfectly placed to start exploring as soon as you arrive. It’s quick, too. London to Bath by train takes less than 90 minutes, and it's just a short 19-mile bus trip from Bristol Airport.
Despite its ancient history, Bath takes a thoroughly modern approach to accessibility. You’ll find a huge choice of museums, galleries, restaurants, accommodation and attractions catering to visitors with mobility needs. There’s also a Shopmobility service hiring out electric scooters and wheelchairs to help you get around easily. For information on all these issues, take a look at the Visitor Information Centre's accessibility page here.
Look out for the Bath Welcome Ambassadors, who are on hand roaming the streets ready to help visitors.
Top tip... Bath is at its busiest on weekends so, if you can, come during the week when the city is at its most serene!