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Things to do in Bath

Find Accommodation In Bath Close to Sites and Eats

Whether you are looking for spa break accommodation in Bath or accommodation for business travel, you’ll no doubt want to take in the sites of this historic city while you’re here. Some of the most popular tourist spots include the Roman Baths and The Bath Abbey, which are within walking distance of the centre of the city.

The Royal Bath Hotel is privately owned and operated and is conveniently located across from the Bath Spa Station. The building on Manvers Street was designed by famed engineer and designer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and first opened as a hotel in 1846. The Royal also has two relaxed bars and a fabulous restaurant. Because of its prime location, most of Bath’s historical gems and landmarks are within a 3 minute walk of the hotel. Let’s take a look at few:

The Theatre Royal

Built in 1805, The Theater Royal is one of the oldest working theaters in Britain. The main auditorium is a Grade II listed building and is an example of Georgian architecture at its finest. In 1997 the Ustinov Studio, was built (named after Sir Peter Ustinov) and is often the venue for stand-up comedy, classical concerts, and in-house productions. A third theatre was opened in 2005, a children’s theatre called “the egg”.

Bath Abbey

Rich in history tracing back to the Anglo-Saxon era, the Bath Abbey has endured through major conflicts, two world wars, and religious reform. Today it is still an important place of worship and a major attraction for visitors to the city.

On a tour of the Abbey, you can climb up high and sit behind the clock face, see a spectacular view of the countryside from the roof-top, or simply sit quietly and marvel at the intricate stained glass, high arches and splendor of this majestic building.

Wining and Dining

With all that site-seeing, you must have worked up quite a hunger! Bath has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Here are a few highlights:

Alfresco Dining: A fantastic way to enjoy a delicious meal whilst still basking in the local ambiance. Dine from the rooftop terrace at Hall & Woodhouse, take in the views from the garden at the Hare & Hounds, or do a little people-watching from the Roman Baths Kitchen.

Independent / Local: Brasserie Brunel offers primarily locally sourced foods prepared fresh by top-notch cooks, and they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Possibly the best steak you’ve ever eaten! Circus Cafe and Restaurant – Here, you’ll find a laid-back atmosphere, located right between The Circus and The Royal Crescent in city centre. John Rennie Restaurant Boat – This unique restaurant is available by appointment only and is for private parties of 20-50 guests. And finally, for a friendly neighborhood pub, stop by The Bear. It’s just a five minute walk from the centre of the city and has a restaurant, courtyard garden and a bar area.

Spa Break? Visit Bath Thermae Spa

Although the Celts found it first, the Romans brought life to the baths in the UK. People have been coming to Bath in Somerset for thousands of years to dip into the naturally warm spring waters. From the Celts to the Romans, through the Georgian period and up to now, people have been flocking to this beautiful city to indulge in the waters. That is, until the 1970’s, when the springs were closed to bathers for sake of caution, as there were safety concerns. The new baths opened in 2006 and have been the spa break haven ever since.

Bath Thermae Spa is Britain’s one and only natural thermal spa. The waters are pristine, warm, crystal clear, and contain over 40 minerals, thought to be incredibly therapeutic. You’ll marvel at the unique blend of the “old” historic spa buildings combined with the “new” contemporary design of the New Royal Bath. There are no memberships, you need only purchase a 2-hour, 4-hour, or day-long spa session.

When you enter the spa, you’ll get a wristband that allows access to all parts of the new facility. The band acts as a key, to access to your personal locker, and the “smart” wristband enables you to make purchases at the in-house restaurant. No need to carry keys or money!

On the ground floor is the indoor Minerva Bath. The round shape and the colorful lighting set the tone for a relaxing afternoon. The warm waters in the Minerva Bath are accentuated by a whirlpool and revitalizing massage jets. A steam room is available with four separate “steam pods” that are infused with varied aromatic scents. You can also take refreshing waterfall shower.

There may be nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than soaking in the heated waters from the open-air rooftop pool. Day or night, you can immerse yourself while taking in the beautiful skyline of the city. From the pool you can see Bath Abbey and listen to the tolling of the bells.

With 42 different spa treatments available to choose from, the Bath Thermae Spa is the place for the quintessential spa break. You could opt for a gentle hot stone treatment, a relaxing bamboo massage, or an aromatherapy hot oil massage. The signature treatment at Thermae is the Watsu. This treatment in the historic Hot Bath, you will float in the mineral rich waters, while your muscles are being gently stretched, guided and massaged by highly a skilled therapist.

In a separate building, just across the street, is the Cross Bath. The Cross has its own changing rooms and its own open-air thermal bath fed by an independent spring. The pool can be used for quick visits or as a unique venue for you and up to 12 friends for a private bath.

Many B and B’s in Bath offer unique spa break packages with the Thermae Spa. Some include champagne, tours of the Roman Bath Museum, and the Pump Room.

Treat mum this Mother’s Day with a Bath Cake Company workshop

If you’re planning a Mother’s Day break in Bath this March and you’d like to surprise mum with something different then how about a Bath Cake Company workshop? The workshops are a fun way to learn new skills, and you’ll have something to show for your efforts at the end of the class. They’re a great way to spend time doing something unique with mum, and there’s a special mother and daughter cupcake workshop on 30th March.
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Running the half marathon? You’ll need the spa

It’s almost time for the good old Bath Half, and we’d like to wish those of you who’ll be running the best of luck for the race. Better yet, we have an idea that may be just what you need to keep you going throughout the 13 miles…why not reward yourself with one of the spa breaks in Bath that have made the city famous?
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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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Get set for the Bath Half Marathon

It’s an exciting time of year here in Bath as the Bath Half Marathon (affectionately known as the ‘Bath Half’) takes place on 2nd March. Yes, the brave runners will be checking their trainers still fit and creating motivational playlists as they get ready to run their socks off in the name of charity. Whether you’re getting ready to join the runners or just to go and cheer them on it’s bound to be a fantastic atmosphere throughout the city.

The Bath Half is one of the UK’s most established charity events and it raises more than £1.5 million every year. Thanks to the flat, level nature of the marathon course it’s a popular one for first timers and is suitable for runners of all levels of ability – and that means a real mix of people and a great day for all. The course is completely free from traffic and includes stints on either side of the River Avon, and it begins and finishes in Great Pulteney Street.

The historic city makes a unique setting for the half marathon, and if you’re going to be running then why not combine the event with one of the available from the Bath spa breaks Royal Hotel?

Get browsing at Bath Artisan Market

Spring is the time of year when we start thinking about clearing everything out and buying new, and that means we need a shopping weekend to replace everything. A weekend break in Bath means one thing and one thing only for those of you who are thinking about giving the house (or yourselves) an overhaul – a visit to Bath Artisan Market.

Held on the second Sunday of each month, the market is completely undercover and offers the handiwork of more than 80 talented designers – all in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. There’s no pressure to buy, so if you prefer to take your time and browse you’ll be more than welcome, and within moments of arriving you’ll be noticing unique items that your home just can’t do without. The stalls also include local produce to keep you going, as well as a special area where children can try their hands at crafts too.

If all that shopping sounds a little bit tiring then why not book one of the Royal Hotel’s Bath spa breaks? The breaks are ideal for two people and include two nights at the stylish hotel, breakfast or dinner (depending on the package) and a trip to the Thermae spa nearby.

Bath International Music Festival returns in May

Bath is home to many a festival, but none of them are quite as illustrious as the annual Bath International Music Festival. This year’s festival will run from 22nd May until 2nd June and it’s set to see the whole city come to life with performances.

With a worldwide reputation that draws the biggest names in music from all over the globe, the festival is a chance to enjoy new sounds and see new talent as well as embrace the traditional styles we all know and love. Performances include jazz and folk artists, orchestras, world musicians and collaborations that’ll have the critics penning rave reviews before they’ve even left the venue.

The festival has been running since 1948 and it’s well-known for its diverse selection of music and artists. If you’ve never visited Bath this is the perfect excuse to enjoy a break in the Georgian city, but remember to secure your accommodation in Bath with plenty of time to spare. The programme is carefully designed to stretch and engage its audiences every year, so no matter how many times you’ve attended the festival you’ll enjoy new artists from all kinds of genres. Better still, the festival showcases some of the city’s most stunning settings, so prepare to be wowed.