Bath is a picturesque city in Somerset, not far from Bristol, famed for its Roman baths and the distinctive yellow buildings made of the local limestone.
Bath was a spa town in Roman times and still is now. Its hot springs were well known even before that. Everything that Bath is, everything that has made it unique today somehow, in some way, goes back to those hot springs. Yet modern Bath is, of course, more than just a giant bath house, it is a distinctive cathedral city of some 88,000 people, has a distinguished university and, as those coming to serviced apartments in Bath will find out, is a gateway to a wealth of grand experience – and you might just get to relax in some hot springs.
One of the first things that will strike someone coming to stay in Bath corporate accommodation is the stone. Bath’s distinctive honey-coloured stone is everywhere, especially in the Georgian architecture that permeates so much of the city. The Georgian era was when Bath became a spa town, a period when – for the first time in history – upper and middle-class citizens travelled to resorts, spent extended amounts of time in them and brought their money with them. That money was used to build an extraordinarily beautiful city extensively from a specific Somerset limestone which, it’s probably not unfair to say, makes it look like nowhere else in the British Isles, something that helped Bath to become the only UK city that is a World Heritage site.
Bath sits on the River Avon and is connected to Bristol by the A36 and the A4, which lies only about 11 miles to the northwest, while the M4 is less than 9 miles away. Bath Spa station lies on the main line to London, with London Paddington reachable in about an hour and a half. It is close to some of southern England’s most popular attractions, including the Stonehenge Monument and Longleat Safari Park. The beautiful and historic village and abbey at Lacock lie about 10 miles to the east and are also well worth a visit.
Bath itself has plenty of museums and galleries to visit while staying in short term accommodation there. If you’re a first-timer, then you must check out the Roman baths. Audio guides include commentary for adults and children, although be advised that it’s a popular attraction and does get busy. Then there are Bath’s two masterpieces of Georgian architecture: The Royal Crescent and The Circus and Assembly Rooms. Royal Victoria Park is next to The Royal Crescent and covers an impressive 57 acres, while The Circus area also includes The Museum of East Asian Art and The Fashion Museum, and a little further down Gay Street is the Jane Austen Centre, who famously lived in Bath during its Georgian heyday.
And finally, why not pamper yourself during your visit to our Bath city apartments? In a modernised version of its ancient baths, Thermae Bath Spa had been open since 2006 and includes outdoor and indoor baths, steams rooms, sauna and more.
One of the best things about shopping in Bath is that, due to the compact size of the town centre, pretty much everything is within easy walking distance. Add to that the fact that much of the centre is pedestrianised and that Bath includes a good number of independent shops – as well as the high street favourites – and you’ve got an excellent day’s shopping. The most independent retailers, as well as galleries, antiques shops and the like, can be found in Walcot Street and also at Margaret’s Buildings, close to The Royal Crescent. Broad Street is the place for boutique clothes shopping, while SouthGate, an open-air shopping centre close to the train station, is the best place for finding those familiar brands.
In the last decade or two, Bath has undergone a quiet dining revolution, which means that if you’re staying in furnished housing there, it won’t necessarily be the cheapest place to eat out. There are some cosy, traditional pubs and inns that go well with its historical character, although even many of those – like the Hare & Hounds on Lansdown Road – have been modernised to some extent. King William on St Thomas Street is probably about as rustic as it gets in central Bath. At the top end is The Olive Tree at the Queensbury Hotel, although there you will be paying that bit extra for your meal.