Historic sights to see in Bath

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 8:36 AM

If you're considering booking a short break filled with culture, a self-catering holiday in the city of Bath could be ideal. Known for its historic attractions, there's much to see in this beautiful destination.

While there are enough heritage sites to pack into a two-week holiday, there are several that are particularly interesting and can be fitted into a shorter getaway.

The first of these is the Stanton Drew Stone Circle, which can be found just 8 miles outside Bath. This site has drawn people to it for centuries and you are sure to have a great day of wandering around the field and having a romantic picnic on the stones.

You might also recognise the influence this site had on the architecture of Bath when you return to your Bath cottage

It is thought that John Wood - who designed the Circus and Royal Crescent - was inspired by the stones in his work. If you're keen to see some of his creations, you should make time to head to the latter, which was built between 1767 and 1775.

You will probably recognise it as it is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. There are around 30 houses and you can even get an idea of what it's like to live here as Number 1 is open to the public.

From there, you should make your way to Pulteney Bridge - a great place to get a few holiday photos. This bridge is one of the most picturesque on the planet and is among the few bridges that have shops integrated into them. To get the best view of the site, go to the Parade Gardens Park.

Another historical site you may like to consider visiting is Bath Abbey, the last of England's great medieval churches. The West Front is particularly interesting, as it depicts the dream of the founder of the abbey, Bishop Oliver King, that inspired him to pull down the ruined Norman cathedral and replace it with the current structure.

Of course, no visit to Bath would be complete without a trip to the Roman Baths. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only place where a hot spring can be found in Britain.

Walk around the beautiful temple and bathing complex - which still has natural hot water flowing through it - and learn all about the lives of those who lived and worked here 2,000 years ago by chatting to one of the Roman costumed characters who walk the ancient stone pavements each day. 

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