Travellers looking for summer destinations where they can disconnect and relax are often advised to visit the spa town of Bath in the British county of Somerset. It may not be the typical summer trip, but this escapade to a place where you are constantly surrounded by green areas and lovely views will bring a breath of fresh air –quite literally. The city has been declared World Heritage Site for its Roman Baths, the most important remains of the Roman expansion outside Italy, which today can be visited as part of a museum complex.
However, even if you are not interested in the historical side, Bath in England still has plenty to offer to adults and young visitors alike: its mild climate and sunny weather attract travellers especially during the months of June, July and August, when the parks and gardens play host to live music events and performances, calling for picnics by the pond while admiring the stunning scenery.
Travelling to Bath: nearest airport and how to arrive
The UK air passenger terminal that is closest to Bath is Bristol airport (BRS), located 32 kilometres from Bath city centre. Airline companies like Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and Tui Airways handle frequent routes from a variety of European cities to BRS.
If you are travelling from Bristol airport to Bath, take a bus from the Bath Bus Company. Their coaches can be found right outside the terminal building and they depart every 30 minutes, the journey taking just 50 minutes until you arrive at your final destination. Tickets can be purchased either online or from the driver.
Accommodation in Bath, UK
Somerset boasts a great choice of lodging for travellers, ranging from traditional bed&breakfasts and guest houses to luxury hotels. In this post, we have gathered a few options that may be suitable for those wanting to save money without renouncing comfort and amenities as well as more stylish ones.
First, we have the Avon Guesthouse, a B&B-style accommodation in Bath conveniently situated only 300 metres from the River Avon, and within short walking distance to other landmarks such as the Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, the Beaux Arts Gallery and the Parade Gardens. There are local markets, cafés and restaurants in the surroundings, plus you can buy your picnic food at the Waitrose supermarket few blocks away. Aside from the breakfast served in a communal dining area every morning, the guests staying at the Avon guest house in Bath are provided with double, twin or family rooms with free WiFi, a wardrobe, TV set, tea and coffee maker, private toilet and private shower. In case you hire a vehicle during your stay, you will also be granted access to their parking spaces at no extra charge.
Another recommendation for your trip to Bath in Somerset is the Royal Hotel. Rated 3 stars, its main allure lies in the fact that it is located in a historical building featuring traditional decor. Besides, guests can enjoy in-room free amenities like DVD player, slippers, biscuits and bottled water. Being in the very heart of the city, those staying at this hotel in Bath (England) will be able to walk not only to the popular Roman Baths but also to the main train station in the city. The standard or superior rooms are ready to accommodate solo travellers, couples, groups or families, who may opt to have lunch and dinner on site at their own French Brasserie. For your peace of mind, you can leave your valuables inside the safety deposit boxes provided and, for a small surcharge, benefit from other extra services like laundry ones or the arrangement of spaces for meetings and events.
Last but not least, the Griffin Inn is a 4-star accommodation in Somerset particularly recommended when you travel in search for a wellness retreat: it is close to the natural geothermal mineral springs known as the Thermae Spa Complex, which is actually connected to the authentic Roman Baths. Once you are back at this hotel in Bath after enjoying the natural spa waters, you may relax in your well-appointed room with private bathroom and prepare some coffee or else indulge in the local dishes, craft beers and fine wines served at the onsite restaurant. Other amenities for guests include continental breakfast, daily cleaning, communal garden and left-luggage.
Will you be touring Great Britain? Have a look at our recommendations for your stay in Cambridge.