Whether it’s due to the sacred, restorative waters running beneath it, or simply its impossibly well-preserved splendour, Bath is truly spellbinding.
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Roman Bath began with a spectacular thermal spa and temple built around a naturally arising, mineral-rich hot spring. However, it was the Georgians who developed Bath into the celebrated spa town we know today. The city is an open love letter to neoclassical aesthetics from the 18th century’s most visionary architects - enraptured as they were with its imposing columns, ornamental friezes, flourishes and stately symmetry.
Bath wears two rare and magnificent crowns, having been inscribed a double World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. One inscription honours Bath’s essential part in the story of the Great Spa Towns of Europe. The second accolade applauds the inspired integrity with which the Georgians consciously created one of Europe’s most beautiful cities in the style of Italian Renaissance architect, Andreo Palladio. Ambitious designers of the era composed this city like a painting, rendering their vision with wide brushstrokes of open sky and sweeping hills above intricate bands of honey-hued limestone and colour-blocks of green. Bath is, in itself, a dream come true.
There’s no place better to step into this work of art than the immaculate and commanding Royal Crescent, designed by John Wood the Younger. Stroll its length, passing many doors to important chapters in history, then over its perfect lawns and through the mature trees of Royal Victoria Park, en route to the city centre.
Pause for coffee at the top of Union Street, Bath’s thriving high street that gives way to Stall Street, to form the city’s main artery. A grand, pillared portico and decorative stone carvings are the backdrop to a contemporary shopping experience - perfect for last minute Christmas finds. Independent markets are also alive and well in this city - enjoy seeking retro and antique collectibles or artisan delicacies in charming surroundings.
Head to Bath Abbey to admire the Gothic greatness of its gravity-defying flying buttresses, limestone angels climbing Jacob’s ladder and jewel-coloured stained glass windows - or to simply sit within its walls and enjoy a moment’s stillness in the heart of the city.
Within the Abbey Churchyard sits one of the remarkable religious spas of the ancient world, the original Roman Baths. Back where it all began, the thermal springs here still flow with hot water, which can be seen steaming among the atmospheric ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva.
Come nightfall, catch a concert in the elegant, Art Deco auditorium of The Forum, Bath’s grade II listed, theatre-style music venue. Walk out into the cold evening air, a stone’s throw from the River Avon. Look up to the stars above this enchanting city and know you’re in exactly the right place to celebrate the power of dreams.
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