The city of Bath founded by Romans 2000 years ago and revived in the Georgian period is one of England’s most known historic spots and tourist attractions with plenty to see. It is most famous for its Roman bathes, with the hot springs still running, making it the only place in England with the natural spa.
Climb 600 steps of the Bath Abbey tower to be amused by its clock’s face close up or wonder at its bells, taste inimitable buns at Sally Lunn’s bakery dated back to 1500’s, take a selfie in a Georgian costume at the Fashion Museum or get astonished at the grandness of the Assembly Rooms – you can never be bored. The only thing you’ll regret is that you didn’t reserve yourself more time.
Bath is also a treasure trove of the natural beauty in the heart of Somerset. As you are approaching by train or car, the landscape gradually changes from the flat plains to curvy meadows surrounded by luscious hills. Thanks to its location on the edge of the heart of Bath, the Grosvenor Apartments offer a chance to get up close and personal with the natural reserves while being minutes away from the city buzz.
Off the beaten track
We are happy to share a few uncommon routes to explore the best of Bath unknown to the tourists.
a) From the bird’s view: Kenneth&Avon Canal, Sydney Gardens and the Bathwick Hill (with a possibility of Bath Sky Walk)
Boating and canoeing is equally popular on this 87-mile-long most-loved waterway linking London with the Bristol Channel
Next to it are the Kensington Meadows, a natural reserve with an array of birds and animals, the Bath&Avon canal, and the river Avon. If you walk East along the canal, you’ll find a charming pub ‘George’ within about 20 minutes walking distance. If you walk West along the canal, you will reach the Holburne museum with its charming park, walk under several unique bridges and will observe the beautiful Bath skyline.
b) Larkhall and above:
On the other side of the London road, there’s a historical Larkhall village with the local shops (a butcher, a baker and a greengrocer), and the beautiful views.
For a taste of local life, cross London road into a trendy urban village of Larkhall. Buzzing shops include a deli, butchers, greengrocers, ironmonger, post office, pharmacy, pet shop, hair salon, two cafes, Indian take-away and even a small theatre. From many parts of Larkhall you can get a good views up to Solsbury Hill – the Iron Age hill fort made famous by Peter Gabriel
c) The best of Georgian: Circus, the Assembly Rooms, Fashion Museum, Royal Crescent, the house where Jane Austin used to live, Marlborough Buildings & Victoria Park
Snack: Bea’s tea room; lunch: Marborough tavern (book in advance)