The Roman Baths © Ben Grantham/wikiyours
Bath and Bristol are often seen as very separate – the spa city and the merchant city; laid-back refinement versus edgy and creative independence. Bath is the historic, manicured, refined city with remarkable sights and rejuvenating mineral waters. It’s the white-gloved, behaved older sister, while Bristol is the slightly-rebellious younger child. Yet their differences and similarities might be two sides of the same coin. Put the two together and you’ve got a great trip.
Visit - Bath: Roman Baths
Constructed in around 70AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex, the Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, where 1,170,000 liters of steaming spring water, reaching 46°C, still fills the bathing site every single day. Walk on ancient pavements as the Romans did 2,000 years ago, and explore ancient chambers historically housing changing rooms and tepid plunge pools.
Address: The Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ
© Thermae Bath Spa
Visit - Bath: The Modern Spa
You can’t bathe in the Roman bathes, but you can go to Thermae Bath Spa, a natural spa where you can now bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. By day and by night, you can relax in the indoor Minerva Bath and open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views over the city of Bath. Additionally, you can refresh your senses in the Wellness Suite and choose from over 40 spa treatments and packages.
Address: Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SJ
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Visit - Bath: Abbey Tower Tours
Enjoy a breathtaking view over the whole of Bath. The Tower Tour journey by ascending the spiralling staircase until you reach the bell ringing chamber. Once you’ve learnt about the history of the bells, you continue climbing the tower to view these for yourself. You’ll find yourself on top of the great vaulted ceiling of the cathedral, and continue up to the tower, for a spectacular sight of the Bath cityscape.
Address: Bath Abbey, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY
Visit - Bath: Jane Austen Center
A snapshot of what it would be like to live in the Regency times - the fashion, food, society - everything that would have inspired Austen’s timeless novels. The Centre also explores how the city of Bath impacted upon Jane Austen’s life and writing in much-loved books such as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Feel as if you’re really in Pride and Prejudice by dressing up in the exhibition’s Regency costumes, including bonnets, top hats, shawls, fans and dresses.
Address: 40 Gay Street, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2NT
Visit - Bristol: SS Great Britain
The iconic Victorian ship, built in Bristol by engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843, the SS Great Britain is one of the UK’s premier attractions. The ship is known as the first luxury cruise liner with Brunel’s pioneering screw propeller technology, which is still used by today’s ships. Walk beneath the glass sea, explore the ship’s history in the Dockyard Museum and step aboard the ship itself. Brought to life with sights, sounds and even smells, you can explore the cabins, the first-class dining room, the engine rooms and galley kitchens.
Address: Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY
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Visit - Bristol: Suspension Bridge
Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge gives spectacular views of the Avon Gorge and Leigh Woods. The Bridge’s spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made it the defining symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond. The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre can be found on the Leigh Woods side of the Bridge. Situated next to Clifton Suspension Bridge is the unique Clifton Village with its eclectic mix of shops, cafes, dining experiences, picturesque passageways, beautiful architecture, gardens, walks and secret hideaways.
Address: Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol Easiest to reach by normal bus no 8 or the Red Tourist Bus. Website: www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/visit/
Visit - Bristol: Blackbeard to Banksy Tour
A tour through Bristol's old town and beautiful harbourside through 1000 years of Bristol's history. The route combines the fascinating history of Bristol with the city's best street art, Long John Silver’s Inn, Robinson Crusoe’s first point of call, the world famous Nelson street with artworks from Banksy, Inkie, El Mac and JPS.
Tours leave from outside the main entrance of the Cathedral on College Green at 11.30am on Thursdays • Fridays • Saturdays & Sundays
Shopping - Bristol: St Nicolas Market
Dated 1743, Bristol’s oldest market is one of the best in the UK and it’s a great place for lunch. In the glass arcade there are numerous food outlets – either takeaway or eat in street-food style - including Bristol-born pie company, Pieminister and Source Food Hall and Cafe among numerous independents.
Address: The Corn Exchange, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1JQ
Phone: +44 (0) 117 922 4014
Visit Bristol Website: www.visitbristol.co.uk
Food - Bath: The Dispensary
Enticing all-day menu, as well as our signature afternoon tea, while by night, you can prepare for something a little out of the ordinary. A relaxed and delicious meal in the centre of the city. Specialising in seasonal dishes with a twist, the food is simple with a few unexpected touches, with each plate designed to let the quality of the ingredients shine. Three-course brunch on Sunday.
Address: No.15 Great Pulteney, 15 Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4BR Website: no15greatpulteney.co.uk/eat-drink/the-dispensary
Food - Bath: The Scallop Shell
Fish and chip restaurant and seafood grill in the world heritage city of Bath. They serve up traditional favourites like lightly battered, flaky cod and haddock and seasonal delights from the early morning coastal markets.
Address: 22 Monmouth Place, Bath, BA1 2AY
Food - Bristol: River Grille Restaurant
Lofty dimensions, exquisite floor-to-ceiling windows and harbourside views, enjoys a strong reputation locally. With a menu that changes with the seasons it has something for everyone and is particularly known for its signature barbecued steaks and fish dishes, not to mention the ever-present chocolate fondant - a must for dessert lovers.
In the Bristol Hotel, right on the river side.
Food - Bristol: Cargo
Close to the M-Shed on Museum Street, Cargo is a community of re-purposed shipping containers offering a variety of international food outlets, from pies to noodles. Cargo 2 (opened in June 2017) adds 17 more businesses – including Josh Eggleton’s ethical fish and chip shop Salt and Malt, Wokyko, Root and others.
Address: Wapping Road, Bristol
Accomodation - Bath: No.15 Great Pulteney
Set in three Grade-I listed Georgian townhouses, No.15 is a quintessentially English boutique townhouse that's full of surprises and curiosities. Its 40 bedrooms are individually-designed with a supremely comfortable nights sleep in mind, while also being spaces you'll want to spend lots of time in. Captivating collections, bespoke art, joyfully unexpected touches, calming color schemes and ambient lighting all help to create a unique experience.
Address: 15 Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4BS
Accomodation - The Bristol Hotel
Modern style and warmth in the waterside creative quarter of Bristol. With its modernist façade and warm contemporary design, it enjoys an unbeatable waterfront location in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting and eclectic cities, as well as a central role in the local business community. It has been named as best city break hotel in the South West by The Sunday Times ‘100 best British Hotels’ 2018
Address: Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QF
Accomodation - Bristol: Hampton by Hilton Airport Hotel
Very convenient and friendly airport hotel and ideal stay for if you have an early flight out. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere in the lobby/restaurant, where breakfast starts as early as 4 AM!
Address: Bristol Airport North Side Rd, Bristol BS48 3AQ
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