It is difficult to imagine a more beautiful city than Bath. It has great architecture, plenty to see and is compact enough to explore on foot. Add to that, the city’s status as a World Heritage Site and you have the ideal place to visit.
The high-ceilinged, chandelier-lit Georgian Pump Room dating from 1796 is a great Bath institution, where a chamber trio provides accompaniment to afternoon tea (or you can sample the hot spa water), within sight of the King’s Bath. Follow this with a visit to the pool itself and the Roman Bath. The spring, still bubbling up at a constant 46.5°C (116°F), was sacred to the goddess Sulis, who was thought to possess curative powers.
Not an abbey, but a church, Bath Abbey (begun in 1499) represents one of the crowning examples of the Perpendicular style. Offering a chance to see inside one of the town houses in Bath’s most celebrated architectural set piece, No. 1 Royal Crescent has been restored to its appearance of 200 years ago, with pictures, china and furniture of the period.
Furthermore, the Jane Austen Centre, charts the life and works of the great novelist (1755—1817), and the Building of Bath Museum explains how Bath developed into the place it is today.