Bath – A Weekend Destination

Sup coffee

Start your weekend in a leisurely fashion by marshalling the soldiers for a hobnob over coffee. There are dozens of independent and individual cafés to choose from. Time to smell the beans, watch the expert baristas in action and drink in the timeless atmosphere of the city!

Perambulate about

Once replete with coffee and cake, adventurous stag groups and hen parties could take to the saddle, punt or boat and explore the waters and rolling Somerset countryside hereabouts. The Canal Visitor Center, in Brassknocker basin, hires out Canadian canoes for paddling. The Bath Boating Station, Bath and Dundas Canal Company and Bath Bike Hire also hire out bikes and boats of various descriptions. There is a cycle path along a disused railway line, linking Bath with its neighboring city Bristol. This is flat, safe and beautiful scenic at the Bath end. There are also miles of verdant canals, aqueducts, lock gates and pumping stations to explore, with more tea shops and hostels along the way.

Be a culture culture

If you fancy an artsy weekend, there is plenty on offer here. The Jane Austin center celebrates Bath's most famous resident. In the 'Pride and Prejudice' experience, you get to swank it up in period bonnets, shawls, parasols and fans and take some crazy photos. There's a 10 day Jane Austen festival here in September too. For the energetic, you can book a Jane Austin walking tour of Bath … or if you prefer to sit back and relax, there are horse-drawn carriage trips, taking in Victoria Park, the Royal Crescent and The Circus. The Holburne Museum has a mixture of established collections and visiting ones to enjoy. And the Theater Royal in Bath is well worth a visit. Top notch theater productions often come here for a short run, before launching in London.

Watch rugby

Bath is a great venue for watching rugby. The team are often in the top 10 of the Aviva Premiership and always seem to feature current, up and coming England players in their ranks. The stadium, known as the Rec, is right in the heart of the city, so an easy stroll from where you're staying. There are local ales and ciders on offer at the many bars and a great atmosphere in the stands.

Bathe

When the Romans settled in Bath 2,000 years ago, they called the town Aquae Sulis, meaning 'the waters of Sulis', after the local goddess of the hot springs. Bath is said to have the hottest natural spring waters in all the land. These thermal waters have drawn the rich and famous here to bathe for centuries. In recent years, the original Roman hot baths have been restored to their former glory. Visitors can stroll along 2,000 year old pool-side pavements, previously trod by Roman soles. A short hop across town at the Thermae Bath Spa, you can take a dip in the waters yourself. There are a number of pools, including a simply fabulous rooftop one. Once there, you can swim and relax in the warm waters, whilst admiring the view, through the steam, across the rooftops of the city.

Anyone for tea?

After a dip, a one's thoughts may turn to tea. Bath may very well be the ultimate destination for those with a fondness for tea and cake, as there are plenty of establishments to choose from. Next door to the Roman Baths lies the deliciously posh restaurant The Pump Rooms, where you can be entertained by a trio of classical musicians, whilst sipping Earl gray, munching sandwiches or even quaffing a glass of champagne. In Jane Austin Center's Regency Tea Rooms, you can experience a glimpse of Regency life, with their refined decor and peaceful atmosphere. Whilst there, you can experience 'Tea With Mr Darcy', 'Bingley's Brownies' or 'Cousin Collins Crumpets'. And if you fancy a dollop of history with your high tea, you could visit the famous Sally Lunns. This cafe is set in one of the oldest buildings in Bath and is home to the original 'Bath bun', a secret recipe brioche-style treat.

After dark

The nice thing about a night out in Bath is that it has that 'small town', friendly feel to it. There are oodles of real ale pubs, cocktail bars and restaurants, each serving up all manner of deliciousness. You can stroll anywhere in the city center in 10 minutes max too. If you like your clubbing nights out to be low key and intimate, then Bath is the ideal venue.

All in all, Bath is a place to please the sensibilities: charming and unique. So, in the words of Jane Austen, "let me recommend you to Bath", for an utterly memorable weekend away.


Source by Simon Short

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