Historic Cotswold Places Tourist Attractions

Roman Baths in Bath

Visiting the Cotswolds and interested in Roman history?  You won’t want to miss out on the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths complex in the city of Bath.  This public bathing house features four main elements, the Roman Temple, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Bath House and the Museum, which contains a number of artifacts discovered in the Bath House.  More than a million visitors a year make it a point to stop by the Roman Baths and the Grand Pump Room nearby.

While you cannot actually bathe in the spring water in the Bath House, you can look at it.  There are also plenty of other fun historical activities you can participate in.  Throughout the day, workers garbed in Roman costumes tell stories to visitors about living and working in the Bath House two thousand years ago.  You can also stop in at the Pump Room and enjoy coffee, lunch, or tea, and while you cannot bathe in the water, you can taste the water from the spring at the fountain (you cannot bathe because the pipes that lead to the baths—not the fountain—are made of lead and have been declared unsafe owing to radioactivity and infectious disease, while the fountain water is safe).

In the evenings, the Roman Baths are lit by torches and are a lot less crowded.  The guided walk by torchlight is very atmospheric and can help you to experience the feeling that you have traveled back in time.  If you love Roman History, you will be thrilled at how well preserved these ruins are and how magnificently they capture a portrait of daily life in Ancient Rome!

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Bath England

Bath England UK

The city of Bath in Somerset is perhaps one of the most famous historical cities in England.  In 1987 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, and every year it draws millions of visitors from around the globe who journey to enjoy its theaters, museums, and festivals.  The city’s history dates back to the Iron Age, when it housed a temple to the goddess Sulis, later identified with Minerva by the Romans, who used the site for a large bath complex.  During the Middle Ages, Bath continued to play a prominent role in history; it is rumored that the historical King Arthur may have defeated the Anglo-Saxons nearby at the Battle of Mons Badonicus.  Bath enjoyed prominence during the Elizebethan era when it was revived as a spa city.

Today visitors can enjoy examples of architecture from all of these historical periods throughout the city, as well as enjoy the city’s numerous parks including the Royal Victoria Park, Alexandra Park, Parade Gardens, Sydney Gardens, and Henrietta Park.  The Sydney Gardens were made famous by Jane Austen, who wrote that she would enjoy living near them so she could visit the Labyrinth each day.  Austen did live in the city of Bath; one of the most famous museums in the city is the Jane Austen Centre, a permanent exhibition dedicated to one of England’s most beloved authors.

The most famous attractions in Bath are probably the historical baths themselves.  You can tour the Roman baths, dating back 2000 years, and enjoy performances by costumed workers who bring the stories of ancient times to life.  You also can visit and even bathe in the Thermae Bath Spa, another famous historical bathing facility.  This is the only natural hot spring in all of Britain.

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Museums are a major attraction in Bath; along with the Jane Austen Centre, you can also visit Number One Royal Crescent, a furnished and restored town house which paints a portrait of18th century life in Bath, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, the Victoria Art gallery, and more.  Whether you’re interested in architecture and art, literature, science or any other aspect of culture, you’ll find plenty to entertain and inform you in Bath.  Tourists who enjoy architecture will want to make sure to visit the Bath Abbey, which was established in 1499 and is still one of the most recognizable and majestic sites in town.  The Lancock Abbey, Grounds and Cloisters are another beautiful historic site which many will recognize as a filming site for films like Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice.

Bath is a busy, large city, but in spite of the prevalence of modern life, the historical roots of the city run deep, and when you travel to Bath you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time.  No matter what historical period you’re drawn to, you’ll find plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the mystique of the past.  There are many hotels and spas where you can book for your vacation in Bath; this makes a great weekend city break, but is also ideal for longer-term stays!

Hotels In Bath

Hotels in Bath

If you’re staying in central Bath, you may enjoy a stay at the beautiful and hospitable Harington’s Hotel.  This luxury hotels in bath is set inside a 17th century establishment on a quiet and charming cobbled street.  You’re in the middle of everything and within easy reach of many of Bath’s famous sites, but you will feel like you’ve escaped to a peaceful getaway.  Also in central Bath, you’ll find the stately Lansdown Grove Hotel.  This is one of the oldest hotels in the city, opened in 1888.  You’ll adore the elegant gardens and the beautiful façade of the old and impressive building.  The city centre is a fifteen minute walk away.

If you don’t want to stay in the town, you’ll also find a lot of options in the surrounding countryside.  In the greater Bath area, one charming establishment you can stay in is the Bath Priory Hotel, Restaurant & Spa.  This hotel is still in the city, but you’ll feel like you’re out in the rural Cotswolds in the country house setting.  Four acres of gardens surround the 31-room gothic hotel.  The restaurant has won awards, and the spa allows you to enjoy the same relaxing atmosphere that guests enjoyed in 1835 when the hotel was first constructed.

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If you want to stay somewhere really imaginative, you’ll want to check out the Bath Lodge Castle.  This little castle was erected in 1806 as a miniature version of the principle manor which it served as a gateway lodge for back in its day.  The Bath Lodge Castle has turrets, embrasured battlements, and a portcullis.  The grounds are also gorgeous and include landscaped gardens with a stream and a forest.  Seeing this place you may be surprised to realize it really is a historical building considering its tiny size and clear sense of humor—but it has been standing for more than two centuries!

These are just a few of the luxury hotels you’ll find in and around Bath in Somerset.  While these hotels are luxurious, you may be surprised to find that they are generally quite affordable if you place a reservation early, which you should—these beautiful historical establishments book up fast.  Don’t forget to check out the numerous other hotels in bath and bed and breakfast establishments in Bath while you’re planning your trip.  Bath is a great place to stay for a couple of days, but if you have more time on your hands you probably want to plan a longer stay since there is so much to see and do!
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