When taking a much-needed break from the city, one needs not to travel very far. Outside of London is Bath, which has been a relaxation destination for centuries. Bath’s close proximity to London allows tourists to discover its historic sites and unwind in an assortment of luxury accommodations.
But if hotels are not your cup of tea, Bath also offers quaint bed and breakfasts perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Spa breaks in Bath are becoming increasingly popular nowadays, apart from the city’s many tourist attractions. So after soaking in the tub and partaking in one of the spa services offered, why not take a stroll around the city?
Fountain of Youth
The Romans were initially attracted to Bath because of its natural, heated springs. Bath’s springs are rich in minerals and are said to be a cure-all for a number of ailments. For a luxury spring treatment, try the New Royal Bath that recreates the Roman Bathhouse experience during the 21st century.
Built in 2006, it houses an outdoor heated spring pool and a larger one indoors. The New Royal Bath also has numerous saunas, steam rooms and ice chambers.
Bathing in History
Bath is the only UK city recognised as a UNESCO heritage site. Visit the Great Bath, a Roman site that has been around since 43 AD, and discover how early settlers took their spa break. Within the vicinity, you will find the remains of the Temple of Sulis Minerva as well as ancient hypocaust (underfloor heating) systems.
Bath is also famous for its Georgian architecture. Its honey-coloured structures look as if they were straight out of a Jane Austen novel. Bath’s crowning glory, however, is easily the Royal Crescent. Built by John Wood the Younger from 1767 to 1775 as an overlook, it now houses apartments like the No 1 Royal Crescent — a historically recreated apartment maintained by the Bath Preservation Trust.
Whether your sojourn includes a history lesson or a spa break, know that Bath is the perfect destination for any tired traveller. Come to Bath and leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and reinvigorated.