Take pleasure in a West Nation weekend within the lovely metropolis of Tub
As the world slowly opens up again and the so discussed Green List welcomes new members, I decided to spend the weekend exploring one of the most beautiful spa towns in Great Britain with a rich ancient heritage and culture – Bath. The stunning honey-colored limestone buildings, Roman heritage and natural hot springs of this city were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
It comes as no surprise that the Romans chose Bath for their recreational activities more than 2,000 years ago. According to local legend, Prince Bladud cured his leprosy after bathing in the hot, muddy water in Bath. Not long after that, the Romans began to develop a beautiful sanctuary of relaxation called Aquae Sulis (later known as Bath Spa). Nowadays, the city still attracts thousands of visitors looking to experience the magical waters of Bath, even though the city offers so much more to its guests.
A stroll through the beautiful city is a delight for visitors
To start your city experience, you really need to dig into the Bathonian mindset. A great way to do this is by taking the Savoring Bath Food Tour, which takes you to see some of the sights from local vendors who offer the best of Bath.
I took the Culinary Comforts day tour which consisted of seven restaurants with a bonus stop on the way to Bath’s brand new independent seafood specialty store Edgars, where we tried delicious kuro prawns and crab crouton canapés.
The first stop on the tour began with traditional Hungarian goulash, which is put into soft Bao rolls in Goulash Life, in Bath’s foodie hotspot and former train station, Green Park Station. For our next stop, we sipped at the Lulu Caffe. on a cardamom-flavored Levant pot (also known as Turkish coffee). Run by Mohammad and his son who are both skilled coffee sommeliers and offer the tastiest coffee you will ever try. A Bath food tour wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the locally-made milk-based sweet buns called Bath Buns at Thoughtful Bakery.
The next stop was a very hidden gem (excuse the common phrase) – the Guildhall Market. Although the market is right in the heart of Bath, the market is often overlooked by tourists due to its uninviting entrance. The market is home to Gillard’s of Bath, specialized tea shops that sell blends of teas that will impress even those who are normally into coffee. You can sip the Jane Austin Blend or enjoy a cup of Bridgerton Tea as you learn all about the journey of tea. The Guildhall Market is also home to one of Bath’s oldest cheese merchants – Nibbles Cheese, where you can find another local favorite, the creamy Wyfe of Bath cheese.
The city’s Georgian architecture includes the famous Royal Crescent
We learned a lot about the history of the city as we strolled the streets of Bath and tried everything local. Our very knowledgeable guide Mike showed us what remains of the wall that used to surround the city. For this reason, places such as the local churches of St. Michael outside and St. Michael inside have names that describe their location based on the city wall. Mike also showed us one of the pubs where Charles Dickens wrote many of his novels.
The city’s beautiful Georgian architecture and the surrounding verdant hills were loved by other writers like Jane Austen, who lived there between 1801 and 1806. In the past few days, the unique city of yellow limestone became in the hit drama and everyone’s favorite – Bridgerton.
The last stop on the tour was a well-deserved wine break in La Vignoble. Literally translated as “the vineyard” from French, this award-winning wine bar features state-of-the-art enomatic machines that help preserve the taste and aroma of the wine. La Vignoble offers wine tasting with its enomatic machine where you can only taste 25ml from as many bottles as you want.
Where to sleep
Hotel Indigo is a luxury boutique hotel in the city center. Image courtesy Hotel Indigo
After a wine-filled end to a day of exploration, we made our way to the only four-star hotel in Bath – Hotel Indigo. Part of the IHG group, this boutique hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Bath Spa train station in the heart of the city center. The hotel’s contemporary design with a touch of traditional and abstract art brings the Georgian townhouse to life. All 166 luxurious bedrooms impress with their elegance and architecture from the 18th century, while they are equipped with Hypnos beds with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets for complete relaxation and comfort. The hotel’s small garden is at the rear, where you will find the quieter part that also offers the garden rooms.
In front of the Hotel Indigo there is a chic pop-up bar where you can enjoy an afternoon with oysters and champagne. The hotel’s Elder Restaurant offers exquisite fine dining in the elegant atmosphere of any dining room housed in the original Georgian houses. The restaurant’s philosophy revolves around sustainable products with an emphasis on game foods with all meat, fish and vegetables that are grown or harvested locally.
Things to do
The Roman baths have been attracting guests for over 2,000 years
Aside from eating out in Bath, there are plenty of other things to do in the city as well. Start with a not-to-be-missed visit to the Roman Baths, where you will learn about the history of Bath and how the ancient Romans enjoyed their relaxation time. Visitors can immerse themselves in the experience through guided audio tours and interactive CGI that bring the ancient site to life.
Next, visit the stunning Thermae Spa for your own relaxation time. You can bathe in the natural hot springs that come from a depth of about 2 km below the surface of the earth. Legend has it that this mineral-rich water fell as rain over 10,000 years ago. The 42 mineral-rich water in the spa comes naturally with approx. 45 ° C and has to be cooled down to the optimal bathing temperature of 34 ° C. The Thermae Spa also invites its guests to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city from the rooftop pool. The spa has a strict photography policy that allows guests to fully enjoy the experience.
The Thermae Spa offers a 360-degree view of the city from the rooftop pool
You can’t miss the Royal Crescent, an arch of stunning Georgian townhouses and probably one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. The Crescent was designed by John Wood the Younger in the early 18th century and overlooks Royal Victoria Park. Not far from the Crescent, Bath’s Fashion Museum has an impressive collection of the 100 most important objects that have shaped today’s fashion over the years.
The collection “A History of Fashion in 100 Objects” shows the history of fashion from the 17th century to the present day. The museum is currently also showing the Shoephoria! World class collection with over 350 pairs of boots and shoes showing the evolution of shoes over the past 300 years.
With its rich history, abundance of activities and independent dining, a weekend in Bath is a must this summer.
This press trip was organized by Visit Bath.
A two hour Therme Spa The session with towel, robe and slippers starts from £ 35. Call 01 225 33 1234 to book (packages are also available).
Enjoy culinary amenities in the bathroom Food and drink tour is available on Saturdays at 2pm for £ 65 per person – other tours are available.
Bath fashion museum is open every day except Monday, but open on public holidays. Tickets £ 9.50 for an adult (available at a reduced price).
The Roman baths are open 7 days a week – ticket prices vary depending on the season and day of the week.
Photography (except hotel) courtesy of Visit Bath.