Iconic and distinctive, its streets and buildings often feeling like walking though a living history lesson, Bath fully deserves its listing as a World Heritage Site. The hot springs which led the Romans to colonise and cultivate the city are still the main draw today, especially after the tasteful and popular updating of the visitor attraction which literally allows the visitor an immersive experience.
Ancient it may be, but Bath is a modern city with a cutting edge these days, harbouring as it does software, publishing and service-led industries, with an excellent dining out scene. For those who like their rugby union, a visit to The Rec, the amazing Bath Rugby ground housed right in the middle of the city is a must!
The architecture of Bath sets it apart from most cities in the UK outside Bath and Edinburgh and to walk its streets is to realise why those who live there and those who visit – often year after year – will always look upon it with great affection.
What a property buying agent can purchase
£1m buys: four-bedroom apartment in a listing building in the centre, or large detached property on the edge of the city.
£3m buys: six-bedroom Georgian terrace house in the centre of the city, a five-bedroom Georgian town house or a substantial detached house with grounds in the close lying villages.
£5m buys: a five-bed+, detached grade two listed period property with extensive views over the city.
Best hotels in Bath
Housed in what is indisputably Bath’s grandest and most beautiful crescent, the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa (www.royalcrescent.co.uk) offers luxurious accommodation and fine food in an iconic city centre location. The Gainsborough Bath Spa (www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk) is an award-winning city centre hotel with service and standards to match its magnificent setting. On the edge of the city, the Bath Priory Hotel and Spa (www.thebathpriory.co.uk) offers country house hotel living and space but still within close proximity of Bath’s many attractions.
Best restaurants in Bath
The understated but fabulous Olive Tree in the basement of the Queensberry Hotel (www.olivetreebath.co.uk) offers a wonderful Mediterranean menu with local influences. Clayton’s Kitchen at The Porter (theporter.co.uk) is known for the consistent excellence of its menus, while The Eastern Eye (www.easterneye.com) offers Indian cuisine in a Georgian building setting: a novel twist!
Best schools in Bath
King Edward’s School (www.kesbath.com) is the city’s former grammar school which now prides itself on the pastoral element of the education provided to pupils, which backs up fantastic results. The Royal High School (www.royalhighbath.gdst.net) offers girls from 11-18 an excellent education and has a linked junior school.
Buying agent fact
Foodies should not leave Bath without trying the famous Bath Bun, a rich round and generous brioche ‘bun’ similar to the historic French festival ‘breads’. These are best enjoyed at Sally Lunn’s, the café named after the Huguenot refugee who first brought her recipe for the buns to the city in 1680.s
How to get to Bath from London
Train: 1hr 30 mins, direct train from Bath Spa to London Paddington
Car: 2hr 25 mins using the M4
Air: 1 hour from Battersea Heliport