Fall in love with the city of Bath...again!
8th January 2008
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath is well known as a romantic city with a winning combination of beautiful Georgian architecture, stunning scenery, luxurious accommodation and superb restaurants and has a well earned reputation as one of the World's most romantic destinations. Many have visited Bath before for a romantic break, but there are plenty of reasons to return and fall in love all over again with this beautiful city. Whether it's to celebrate an anniversary, propose to a loved one, or just spend some quality time together, Bath - with its intimate size, laid back atmosphere and countryside right on the doorstep - is the perfect destination. And with plenty of options to choose from, there is something to suit all couples and all budgets.
With three quarters of the hotels in Bath offering four poster beds, there is no shortage of excellent accommodation in and around the city and with prior arrangement, many will lay on extras such as flowers, chocolates or champagne in the room on arrival for that special occasion. Room 4 at The Queensberry Hotel has recently been refurbished into an elegant, contemporary room with a custom-made seven foot, four poster bed, a large bathroom with 'his and her' showers and basins, calming colours, modern furniture and an L shaped sofa to relax on - a perfect place to spoil that special someone!
Bath is brimming with things to do; seeing the iconic Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Circus, or visiting the famous Roman Baths, but for something different a boating trip on the River Avon couldn't be more romantic, or the skyline walk with six miles of marked trails offering views of valleys, woodlands, patchwork meadows and beautiful Georgian cityscape is always a delight. For couples who prefer adventure to roses and champagne, Castle Combe Motor Racing Circuit is the ideal place to get your adrenalin pumping as you put pedal to the metal!
Bath has a vibrant restaurant scene with a huge choice of eateries from Indian to Italian and Mediterranean to Moroccan; there is something for everyone, including a wealth of inviting restaurants to get all starry eyed and have an intimate candlelit table for two! For a special occasion where better than the recently re-opened Dower House at the 5 star Royal Crescent Hotel, the setting of Il Tocco d'Italia, an Italian Restaurant overlooking the weir, Mezzaluna in the heart of the city or for a traditional Bath favourite the Hole in the Wall is always a popular choice. For somewhere to eat followed by a leisurely stroll in the country, there are plenty of cosy country pubs nearby to choose from including The Catherine Wheel in Marshfield, The Wheatsheaf in the picturesque village of Combe Hay or The Woolpack in Beckington, and all are within an easy drive of the city centre.
Splashing out in Bath
For those lucky enough to have no limit to their budget and really wanting a treat, there are plenty of options of lavish accommodation in and around the city. Stay in one of the most luxurious suites in the Bath Spa Hotel and have your very own butler attending to your every need. For those who prefer the feel of a country house hotel in the city, stay at the delightful Bath Priory Hotel, with a Michelin star restaurant and four acres of award winning gardens as well as an indoor and outdoor pool and spa facilities. A listed Palladian mansion dating from 1720, Lucknam Park Hotel is another favourite situated just 6 miles from Bath set amongst 500 acres of tranquil parkland and surrounded by peaceful countryside. As well as reaching Bath with ease, from here it is easy to explore the local area including the popular, historic town of Bradford on Avon, or walk around the Peto Garden at Iford Manor, an award winning, Grade I, Italianate garden. And what better way of exploring the local area than by being chauffeur-driven on a private tour with one of the many local companies available.
Once the 5 star hotel is booked, plenty of options are available for something really special to do. The Cross Bath at Thermae Bath Spa is an intimate open-air thermal bath in a stand alone building from the main complex, and can be reserved for two people to bathe in the warm spa waters all alone! Or for couples who would like to soak up views of the city, Bath Balloons offer champagne hot air balloon flights from Royal Victoria Park.
Bath on a budget
Bath has an abundance of quality bed and breakfasts offering a comfortable stay and a tasty breakfast at reasonable prices, and many are right in the centre of the city so it's easy to reach all the main attractions, restaurants and shops. There is also a huge choice of accommodation in nearby towns and countryside for those who prefer to get away from it all and have a bit of peace and quiet; from self catering cottages where couples can snuggle up in front of an open fire to bed and breakfasts on working farms, there is something to suit all tastes. For those on a tight budget it is still possible to have a romantic time in Bath without spending too much money! With two of Jane Austen's published novels set in Bath, the Jane Austen Centre is a popular attraction, but for something new take a stroll along Gravel Walk, made famous in her novel Persuasion, or download the free mp3 audio tour - 'in the footsteps of Jane Austen' - from www.visitbath.co.uk. The tour gives a guide around the highlights of the city and includes extracts from Jane Austen's novels and letters, which brilliantly describe Bath as it would have been in it's Georgian heyday. Whether someone's idea of romance is strolling hand-in-hand through Royal Victoria Park and stopping for a picnic en-route, taking in the breathtaking views that the city has to offer while having a leisurely walk, visiting the Victoria Art Gallery (which has free entry), or perhaps discovering Bath's unique shopping with its mix of independent and high street stores; there is plenty to do without paying too much!
Romantic Day Trips
For those planning to come to Bath just for a day, there are lots of romantic things to do. The Twighlight Package offer at the Thermae Bath Spa is the perfect place to spend 3 hours (for the price of 2) bathing in the only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters in the country, followed by a delicious, light meal in the Springs Café & Restaurant. The offer is available weekdays after 5pm and what could be more romantic that watching the sunset from the stunning roof top pool, while overlooking the city below? Exploring Bath's heritage is a treat for any couple and for those revisiting the area and wanting to see something new the Building of Bath Museum gives a great insight into how Georgian Bath was developed, built and decorated, or Number One Royal Crescent, the magnificently restored and authentically furnished town house creates a wonderful picture of fashionable life in 18th century Bath. A tour around the city is often a popular way to see the sights, but why not see it from a different perspective and sit arm-in-arm while being chauffeured in a horse drawn carriage?
There are plenty of reasons why a return visit to this romantic city is a must for couples young and old, whether looking for adventure, relaxation, or luxury. And with lots of new things to see, do and explore, Bath and the surrounding area is the ideal place to spend time with that special someone. See the Love Bath section of www.visitbath.co.uk for advice on where to stay including booking accommodation online, what to do, the best places in Bath to propose and how to court a lady in Georgian style!
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Travel to Bath
Bath is easy to access from all over the UK and the world. High speed, direct train services operated by First Great Western link Bath Spa train station to London and its major airports. Bath Spa train station is well situated, just 5 minutes level walk into the city centre's main shopping and tourist areas. See: www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk. Bristol International Airport is just 15 miles from Bath and operates direct flights from New York and Orlando in the USA, as well as most major European and UK airports. An express bus service to Bristol Temple Meads train station operates throughout the day, and Bath is just a 20 minute train journey from there. See: www.bristolairport.co.uk. Bath is also easy to access by car, from junction 18 of the M4 motorway which links Bath to Bristol, London and South Wales.There are three Park & Ride services on the outskirts of the city which operate fast, frequent services into the city centre, offering a hassle free, cost effective way of reaching the city centre.