- Cityscape Regency romance
- City life English elegance
Bath provides the perfect English getaway. This is a genteel city soaked in history, which has kept its stiff upper lip but learned how to relax with a cocktail, too.
Nestled in the verdant calm of the Avon valley, and untroubled by its noisily artful neighbour, Bristol, Bath offers beautiful Regency buildings, fabulous countryside views, great food and cultural riches – everywhere you look. Whether it's Jane Austen and refined dining you crave, or a soak in a spa and a glass of something spoiling later on, Bath is a place of pleasures both historic and modern. And, just a short meander out of town, you've the rolling fields, dramatic valleys and pretty villages of Somerset to explore.
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The Gulf Stream makes this area a bit more temperate than most of England, but your best bet for a dry stay is still to visit between June and September. Winter can be captivating, with snow dusting the streets; there are some great Christmas markets, too.
- Planes The nearest airport is Bristol International | about half an hour’s drive from Bath.
- Trains Trains leave from London Paddington for Bath Spa every half hour or so, and take about 90 mins. The city is fairly well connected with links to destinations across the country; see www.thetrainline.com for routes and fares.
- Automobiles From London, take the M4, then follow signposts for Bath, starting at junction 18. The drive will take two or three hours, depending on traffic. To the west, Bristol is around 30 minutes away by car. For car hire go to www.avis.com.
- Taxis Taxis cannot be flagged in the street, so ask your hotel to book them for you. There are usually plenty of taxis outside the train station.