Bath

Bath is beautifully situated - it's on the main line to London, five minutes from the countryside, and close to buzzing Bristol. <br />Despite being one of the most architecturally magnificent cities in the country, it's a laid-back place with a small town feel. Anyone who is into alternative anything will feel at home here. Its stylish mix includes indigo-haired hippies, the country set, students, and of course, the rugby crowds. <br /> <br />The Romans chose Bath for its idyllic location, nestling between seven hills, as well as its rare geothermal springs. An 18th Century revival saw Bath become a decadent spa resort, as documented by Jane Austen. Golden Bath stone Georgian mansions and townhouses sprang up, and Bath was crowned by architectural gems such as the Royal Crescent. <br /> <br />The centre is compact and very very pretty. Amongst the Georgian finery you'll find the usual chains and department stores - plus lots of interesting independent shops. Food and drink outlets abound - as you'd expect for a tourist destination - and include fine dining, trendy, cosmopolitan and budget options. <br /> <br />Bath's family-friendly attractions include great outdoor spaces, including the 57-acre Victoria Park, with well-equipped play area, skate park, duck pond, botanical gardens, golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis, bowls, crazy golf, and cafe. <br /> <br />And there's the world-famous Roman Baths of course, where you can 'meet the Romans' in character. There's also a thriving City Farm. The surrounding area boasts trips up the Avon Valley Railway with Thomas the Tank Engine; Horse World in Whitchurch; and the Avon Valley Wildlife and Adventure Park. <br /> <br />Finally, Bath very much 'does' culture, hosting myriad exhibitions, concerts, theatres and festivals. There's even an award-winning theatre for children and young people - the Theatre Royal's 'Egg', with a family-friendly caf&eacute; downstairs. <br /> <br />See our local listings for further details and many more suggestions.

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