Subterranean bars, thermal spas and a thousand Georgian panoramas — arguably the UK’s most attractive city, Bath serves up a mean cocktail, too.
Where to Eat
There may be a few flashier restaurants in town, but Ponte Vecchio is an atmospheric Italian option, with tasty dishes and pleasing terrace views of both the River Avon and Pulteney Bridge. pontevecchiobath.com
Bath does a good line in cosy cocktail bars. One of the best is Opium — in the Vaults under Grove Street — a snug cavern with a sprightly tipple list. opiumbars.com
You don’t have to spend long in Bath to understand why its centre was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. Around almost every corner you’ll find a row of handsome Georgian facades, built from the local golden Bath stone.
What to Do?
The green hills visible from any point in the city are worth exploring. There are walks available from the Bath Tourist Information Centre —the Bath Skyline is ideal for newcomers to the city.
Where to Stay
The Gainsborough Bath Spa offers classically attractive rooms with iPod docks, a fine-dining restaurant and the Roman themed Spa Village. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk
After admiring the Roman Baths, experience the city’s thermal springs for yourself at the Thermae Bath Spa. Start with the basement Minerva Bath, then head up to its floor of steam rooms and saunas, before finishing in the rooftop pool.