Ask any visitor for their ideal image of an English city, and chances are they’ll come up with something pretty close to Bath – an architectural icon, cultural trendsetter and fashionable haunt for the cream of British society for the last 300 years. With its grand Georgian terraces, Palladian parades and lofty townhouses of honey-coloured stone, it’s certainly one of Britain’s most attractive cities, and still exudes an air of gentility and chi-chi sophistication – in fact, Bath boasts more listed buildings than almost anywhere else in the country, and houses here change hands for truly eye-popping sums. The whole city has been named a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and it’s blessed with a wealth of architectural wonders, including the glorious Royal Cres and one of the world’s finest Roman spas. But it’s not without its problems: the hills are knackering, the bars are snooty, the hotels are expensive, and the rush hour traffic will have you weeping into your steering wheel, but despite all the niggles, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this finely wrought jewel in England’s crown.
Best places to stay in Bath
Bath from above: an elevated guide to Britain’s most beautiful city
Nestled into the hollows of its seven enfolding hills, honey-hued and historic Bath – all Regency splendour and Jane Austen ambience amid Somerset’s comely countryside – is best seen from on high...
Bath destination guides
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London
Don't leave London without taking this best-selling tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath, England's most beautiful Georgian city. Your day trip includes entrance to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath's Roman Baths and Pump Rooms. Pop in your state-of-the-art Vox headphones as your tour starts and listen to your guide talking clearly about each site.
Christmas in Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath
Do something different on Christmas Day and spend some time exploring the ancient sites of England. Start at the royal residence of Windsor Castle before exploring the mysterious Stonehenge circle - now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a traditional Christmas lunch, end your day discovering the beautiful Georgian City of Bath.