Britain is littered with beautiful cities, but precious few can hold a candle to Bath. Home to some of the nation's finest Georgian architecture and grandest streets – not to mention one of the world's best-preserved Roman bathhouses – this slinky, sophisticated, snooty city has been a tourist draw for nigh-on 2000 years.
Though the city sometimes seems like it's been pickled in time, beneath the stately surface, Bath is very much a cosmopolitan, 21st-century city. Cafes, bistros and boutiques line streets, and the innovative new SouthGate shopping centre has been seamlessly blended in with the rest of the city's period buildings.
Bath certainly has its drawbacks – it's pricey, poncy and plagued by teeth-grindingly awful traffic – but you'll still find yourself falling for it just the same.
Best places to stay in Bath
Jane Austen's England: a traveller's guide to finding Mr Darcy
Two hundred years after the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's most famous (and arguably her best) novel is as popular as ever. The descriptions of England in Pride and Prejudice and her other novels continue to provide a quintessential image of the country for locals and visitors alike.
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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.
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.
What are the world's best streets?
The Street View function of Google Maps has famously caught everything on camera from houses on fire to medieval-style sword fighting. It can even let you take a virtual stroll down a real Memory Lane.