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Girl’s Weekend in Bath

If you’re about to head out for a girl’s weekend in Bath, you’ll be pleased to know there is plenty for you to do.

You’ve probably decided to book one of the many Spa breaks in bath that are on offer and give yourself a break from the stress of everyday life. But, you’ve also no doubt come to the area to enjoy yourself, which makes Bath the perfect place for your girly weekend.

Here are a few ideas as to how you can spend your weekend in Bath so you get the most out of your time away:

Hare & Hounds

Why not visit the Hare & Hounds and enjoy some delicious food and stunning views? If the weather’s good, you may want to make use of the terrace so you can bask in the sunlight while you sip on your drinks. Enjoy home cooked seasonal food any time of the day and get ready to have an unforgettable night out with your friends. Just so you know food is available here from 9am, which means you can leave the trouble of cooking breakfast to someone else.

Theatre Royal Bath

Visit the Theatre Royal Bath and think about seeing one of the many performances that take place through-out the year. This allegedly haunted theatre is the perfect spot to see your favourite musical being performed, before you head on out to one of the many clubs that Bath has. Don’t forget to check the theatres website for information on the shows, and make sure you book your tickets in advance if you can.

Circo Bar & Lounge

With a unique circular bar and amazing lounge area that’s been converted from a cellar to a bar, you’re sure to love this place. Circo may just be the perfect place for your night out. Open until 3am, this bar holds up to 300 people and constantly has a relaxed vibe and feel, no matter what time of the day or night you visit.

With some of the areas hottest DJ’s performing here at the weekend, everyone is sure to enjoy their night here. Sit back and relax in the lounge and sink into the impossibly comfortable chairs that make you feel like you’re at home. Enjoy the wide range of cocktails that are on offer while you plan your weekend ahead.

Ghost Walks

If you’re the kind of person who loves to be scared out of your mind, you should think about experiencing a ghost walk. These scary but thrilling walks have taken place in Bath since 1974 and will chill you to the very bone. Meet outside the Garricks Pub (Next to the Theatre Royal) at 8pm and be prepared to be spooked. At the time of writing tickets cost £8 per adults, which needs to be paid directly to the guide.

Learn more about the spooky side of Bath than you ever thought possible, and hear how ghosts are still seen around the city even to this day.

 

 

Jane Austen’s Connection to Bath

Thousands of people visit the ancient city of Bath every year, some come to enjoy the grand architecture, while others intend to explore the world of Jane Austen.

But what does this world-renowned classic writer have in connection with Bath, and it is really that significant?

The Connection
Between the years 1801 and 1806, Jane Austen called the city of Bath her home. The writer grew so fond of the ancient city that it found its way into two of her published Novels. ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’ are both partly set in Bath, and the passion she had for the city is reflected in these novels.

If you are lucky enough to spend a few days in Bath, and you wish to retrace Austen’s steps, you’ll be pleased to know there is plenty opportunity for you to do just that. The city has a lot to offer to any Austen fan, in fact, it has so much to offer you may just wonder where to begin.

Why not book a room in a B and B in Bath so you have somewhere to rest your weary head after a long day exploring, and dream of a living in the city when Austen called it home?

The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre is a delightful museum that is crammed full of exhibits that are sure to please any Austen fan. The permanent exhibition which can be found at 40 Gay Street thoroughly explores the influence this city had on one of the worlds’ most famous writers.

Gay Street in Bath

Gay Street in Bath

Gay Street was in fact home to Jane Austen for a few months, and she had the pleasure of residing at number 25. This house can be found a little higher up the hill and on the same side of the road as the Jane Austen Centre, and looks almost as it did in Austen’s day. Did you know Gay Street is in fact mentioned in ‘Persuasion’?

“The Crofts had placed themselves in lodgings in Gay Street, perfectly to Sir Walter’s satisfaction”.

This passage shows Austen’s love for Bath, and indeed the street where she resided for a short time.

The Regency Tea Room
The Regency Tea Room is a delightful little café that gives you the perfect opportunity to rest awhile and enjoy delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea after your visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Located within the centre itself, this tea room provides the perfect end to your experience, and offers you the opportunity to dine in style as Austen once did.

The Jane Austen Festival
Held in Bath every year, the wonderful Jane Austen festival is a real tribute to their favourite author.
Beginning with a promenade, and featuring hundreds of people adorned in regency costumes, this world famous festival is not to be missed. With dramatic and musical performances taking place throughout the festival, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of Austen, and all that it has to offer.

With the opportunity to enjoy a masked ball, to dine in exquisite cafés and restaurants that offer you a sample of food Austen may have eaten. The festival is the perfect way to celebrate this ladies’ work and achievements.

Why not come along and explore Bath first hand and stay with us?

5 Must See Sites On A Tour of Bath

What To See On A Tour of Bath
Should you have an opportunity to take a tour of Bath, you’ll be delighted at all this city has to offer. In Bath there are so many fascinating adventures, you’ll just have to decide on where to start. You can relax on a spa break, visit diverse museums, or marvel at the grand historic architecture. If you’d like, you can even take a trip back in time and walk in the same steps as Roman soldiers or British Kings. For something livelier, you could take in a live concert, see a comedy act at the theater, or get the best view of the city from high above in a hot air balloon.

To help you plan your tour of Bath, here are just a few must-see attractions:

The Roman Baths
Take a walk-through tour of this ancient site and see up-close where the natural hot waters still flow. The warm and mineral-rich springs were first popularized in 863 BC by British King Bladud. Legend has it that the healing waters in the springs cured his leprosy, and he founded the City of Bath as a tribute.

Later, when the Roman Empire occupied Britain, a temple was built over the spa waters and it became a grand Roman Bath House. The Roman Bath House was used as a place of rest and relaxation for Roman soldiers and soon became Europe’s leading health resort in the18th and 19th centuries.

Thermae Bath Spa
No tour of Bath is complete without the experience of soaking in Britain’s only natural thermal waters. You can select from a variety of spa treatments specifically designed to relax the body and soothe the mind. You can choose a full day spa break in Bath, or even enjoy a 2 or 4 hour session. You won’t want to miss the spectacular view of the country side from atop the Open-air Rooftop Pool.

Cheddar Gorge
Rising 450 feet, Britain’s largest gorge is a spectacular site to behold. You can traverse to the top for a panoramic view from Lookout Tower where you can see miles of country side. If you fancy yourself as a cave dweller, take a tour through Cox’s Cave and into the Crystal Quest where you will marvel at the natural mirror pools and calcite structures underground.

The Circus
Construction of the Circus in Bath took 14 years to complete. And in 1768, this novel design of architecture prompted plenty of commentary. John Wood the Elder took his inspiration from the Colosseum in Rome, and thought his design “theatrical”. When viewed from the air, it forms what is thought to be a Masonic symbol.

Pulteney Bridge
Known as one of the most romantic bridges in the world, Pulteney Bridge is definitely one of the most beautiful. The bridge crosses the River Avon and is only one of four bridges world-wide that has shops built along both sides. The film version of Les Misérables features this wonderful landmark.

Pick up a bargain at the Antiques and Collectors Fair this March

The Royal Bath & West Showground will play host to the Antiques and Collectors Fair on 15 – 17 March. The fair is always great fun and a must for anyone with an interest in antiques and collectable items. The showground includes more than 500 stands showcasing all kinds of items both undercover and in the outside areas. There’s something to tempt every visitor, no matter what their taste or budget, and everyone’s welcome.
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Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! The Bath Literature Festival presents Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey with the Countess of Carnarvon on 6th March. The truth can often be even more exciting than fiction, and the unique chance to hear the tale of how Lady Catherine took on the running of the real Downton Abbey at the age of just 18 is one fans of the show won’t want to miss.
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Discover Bath Abbey

There are all kinds of live music venues throughout the bustling city of Bath, but make sure you don’t overlook one of its most unique – Bath Abbey. The historic abbey prides itself on its efforts to deliver live performances throughout the year, and it remains one of the city’s most popular places to enjoy uplifting song and music.
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Visit Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bath this Spring

There are some attractions that instantly spring to mind when visitors start planning spa breaks in Bath, and they cover everything from ancient Roman Baths to the sophisticated museums, but how many of you have visited Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm? Close to Bristol, the zoo farm makes the perfect family attraction for those staying in nearby Bath, and it’s great fun for all ages.

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