Flights to Bath
The beautiful city of Bath is situated in the south west of England about 160 kilometres east of the capital, London. Bath has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years and is most famous for the Roman baths and for its attractive Georgian architecture.
There is no immediate airport that serves flights to Bath, but the Bristol International Airport (airport code: BRS) is only 30 kilometres away. Unfortunately, most of the traffic is seasonal and may not offer any routes from South Africa regularly. For a more reliable way of getting a flight to Bath, arrive at the Cardiff Airport (code: CWL) which is about an hour from Bath. Virgin Atlantic and BMI both have 2-stop routes to Cardiff that connect in London and Glasgow, and KLM just stops once in Amsterdam.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bath:
Bath is an ancient city that was established by the Romans as a spa resort because of the naturally healing hot water springs that flow here. This was back in the year 43AD though there’s been evidence found of even earlier settlements in Bath than the Romans. The Romans made Bath famous though and the Roman baths remain one of the top tourist attractions in the city to this day.
Bath Tour Buses
Like in many major cities Bath has its own tour bus network and enjoying a tour on an open top (or closed) bus is a good way to get to see the main sights of the city and to find out more about them. The narrated tours take in all the major landmarks and include some places that you might not otherwise see if you were just walking around, such as the Royal Crescent.
The Royal Crescent
Bath’s Royal Crescent is probably the best known street in the city. The Royal Crescent is a large crescent shaped row of Georgian houses that front onto a large green, and there are 30 houses altogether and they make up one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. One of the homes has now been converted into a museum and one is a hotel so you could stay on Bath’s Royal Crescent if you wanted to.
The Roman Baths
Right in the heart of Bath is the Roman Baths complex. Bath was built around the natural hot springs and though the pools still exist here today this is a preserved heritage site so you can’t actually take a dip in the pools! It’s one of the top visitor attractions in the UK though and the well preserved complex is definitely worth the visit, especially with the audio guide that tells you more as you look around.
Almost adjacent to the Roman Baths is Bath Abbey. Officially this church is called the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and it’s a very fine example of Gothic architecture that was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. As well as going inside the church you can visit the Bath Abbey Heritage Vaults Museum.
Other popular landmarks in Bath include Pultenay Bridge and Weir which was completed in 1773 and during the summer you can enjoy a boat trip from here.
When Should You Visit?:
For the warmest weather and the opportunity to enjoy things like boat trips and open-top buses you should visit bath in the summer, although this is the busiest time too. The average high in July is a comfortable 21.7C and this is one of the drier months of the year. Winter will be quieter but cool and damp.