Just 12 miles east of Bristol is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath. The two cities are linked by the picturesque River Avon and one of the most successful cycling routes in the country. The A4 runs between the two but the quickest and easiest way to reach Bath is by train from Bristol Temple Meads, taking just 12 minutes. 

For a more leisurely journey, you can cycle the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, a 13-mile car-free route connecting the centres of both cities. The surrounding countryside is also great for bike rides and walking.  

The famous Roman Baths (look out for evening openings to avoid the crowds), abundant museums, stunning architecture and renovated shopping area are the most striking features of a visit to Bath. A compact central area makes the city perfect for exploring on foot. The Georgian streets are lined with boutique shops, charming cafes, delightful restaurants and regular street entertainment. Take time to relax with a session at Thermae Bath Spa, including a dip in the open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views over the city. 

For more on Bath’s historic past, explore some of its museums. For a slice of Georgian life, head to No. 1 Royal Crescent (a popular setting for period costume dramas) or learn about Jane Austen’s time in the city at The Jane Austen Centre. For art lovers, The Holburne Museum combines classic and modern art in a stunning setting; the Victoria Art Gallery’s fine collection of British oil paintings date back to the 17th century; and the Museum of East Asian Art represents over 7,000 years of artistry and craftsmanship. 

The Herschel Museum, based at the same address on New King Street at which the family lived and worked in the 1700s, is dedicated to William and his sister Caroline's achievements in astronomy and music. Nearby at Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein, step into the dark world of the author and her greatest creation. And, just outside the city centre, discover the extraordinary story of how the Ethiopian royal family came to call Bath home during their exile between 1936 and 1941 at Fairfield House.  

Just outside the city, the American Museum takes you on a journey through the history of America from its early European settlers to the 20th century, while Beckford’s Tower & Museum in Lansdown offers an insight into the life of controversial writer, artist, and politician William Beckford, as well as his connections to slavery. 

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