By Emma B | January 6, 2014
Take a mini-break in Bath, the city of luxury and antiquity. Sat on the bend of the River Avon, Bath is a world heritage site because of the 5,000 listed buildings dating back to the Georgian era. The best feature of the city is the spellbinding Roman Baths, attracting families and history-enthusiasts alike, transporting them back to a time and culture so different from ours.
Victorian : Hotel Francis
Firstly, book yourself into a hotel near the centre of the city, in line with the rest of the city; the Francis Hotel Bath – Mgallery Collection reminds visitors of high-class living in the 18th century. The hotel has 98 individually designed bedrooms, all decadently decorated. Before joining on with seven townhouses in the Victorian era, the hotel dates back to 1739, where John Wood, the talented interior designer created the limestone façade, in line with the characteristic floors of many Bath residencies at the time. Both Jane Austen and Beau Nash have stayed in the hotel, so make sure to bring a notebook to anticipate those creative juices!
Georgian: Prior Park Landscape Gardens
Alexander Pope, the legendary poet, was one of the brilliant minds that informed the local entrepreneur Ralph Allen on the design of Prior Park during the 18th century. Pope’s creative brilliance shows. Standing in the middle of the park is the Palladian bridge, one of only four of its kind in the world. If you follow the path onwards, you’ll also find an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements and leafy woodlands. Follow the tree trail around the garden and make sure to keep an eye out for the birds of prey that stalk the air. You can even spot some Georgian graffiti carved into the wood! For more information on where it is and some more pictures, click here.
Roman: The Roman Baths
Transport yourself further into the past with the Roman Baths. A rare architectural triumph, this bath is the most famous of its kind in England. There’s a mystical quality to the place when you step inside, unsurprising as the Sacred Spring that flows in the heart of the Baths was believed to be blessed by the ancient goddess Sulis Minerva, healing anyone who stepped into the murky depths. Tickets are reasonably priced, at only £36 for a family ticket (two adults and four children), you also get a free audio guide with your tickets, ideal for an in-depth exploration of the Baths.
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