Take a short break in this ancient and beautiful city to explore Roman bath houses and the home of Jane Austen...
Brimming with Georgian architecture and grand streets that will have you thinking you've wandered on to a movie set, Bath is a dream break for visitors interested in spending time in a Britain of old. Yet the city is also modern and lively, with plenty of shops, restaurants and attractions to keep everyone happy.
Bath hotels also act as a great base for trips to the nearby city of Bristol, where culture and art combine with great shopping and nightlife, or the sands and ice creams of coastal resort Weston-Super-Mare.
Be immersed in history and romance when you book one of the many lovely hotels in Bath...
Many of the finest hotels in this city, which is in the county of Somerset in the south west of England, are housed in the grand old buildings that have made Bath such a popular tourist attraction. Some of the big chains, such as Holiday Inn and Travelodge, offer mid-range and budget hotels in Bath in modern buildings that jar with the character of the city. Generally though, the hotels match Bath's charm.
The centre of Bath, where you'll discover most of the attractions, is compact enough to be walkable so it's wise to book a hotel as close to the central area as possible. There are luxury hotels as well as cosy B&Bs throughout the city, though the city centre is mostly the territory of the grand, five-star hotels that occupy excellent spots and offer top levels of service. If you're on a budget, consider one of the city's guest houses, B&Bs or big-name cut-price hotels, which are more likely to be on the outskirts of the city centre. Public transport is efficient, or you could simply stroll to the places you wish to see.
The majesty of Bath is undeniable. The high price of hotel rooms is also indisputable. Book your hotel early to get a good deal and be aware that, at weekends and on public holidays, many hotels request a two-night minimum stay.
It's a pleasure to simply take a turn in this pretty city, as Jane Austen would have done, though there's much to see and do...
With a history stretching back nearly 2,000 years, the city's attractions have been crafted over many centuries.
Top five attractions
The Roman Baths
Walk - and bathe - in the historical shadow of the Romans during a trip to this famed hot spring and bathing complex.
One of the finest examples of the architecture that has earned Bath UNESCO World Heritage status, the Royal Crescent is a striking landmark and a must-see attraction. You can drop into No. 1, the first house to be built in the crescent.
The Jane Austen Centre
The Regency novelist is a beloved daughter of Bath, albeit adopted (she was born in Hampshire). Find out about Austen's life in the city and discover how she lived, perhaps uncovering sources of inspiration to her.
Thermae Bath Spa
Visit this spa for another chance to take a dip in the warm waters of Bath, plus the opportunity to enjoy a host of energising spa treatments.
Prior Park Landscape Garden
Situated on the edge of the city, this National Trust property showcases the English countryside of the 18th century, with the addition of a magnificent Palladian Bridge.
Spring, summer, autumn, or winter, there's always something happening in Bath...
Bath draws tourists throughout the year, though you can expect hotels to be extra busy when these events take place:
Bath International Music Festival; May/June: A diverse range of tunes can be heard during this internationally-renowned festival and the Fringe event that accompanies it.
Jane Austen Festival; September: Any Austen fan will want to visit in autumn when nine days of events celebrate one of Britain's finest writers.
Bath Christmas Market; November-December: Where better to get into the festive spirit than the beautiful city of Bath? Shop at stalls and sip on mulled wine under hundreds of twinkly lights at the market, which is sandwiched between Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths.