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Pick up your hire car at Bath and find discover one of England's oldest and most beautiful cities

60-second guide to Bath

in its own head

"We've got history, culture, shops and countryside... and baths! We're the finest city Britain has to offer."

but more realistically

Despite sharing its name with a social necessity, Bath does indeed rank among England's most historically significant and beautiful cities.

the vibe

The trappings of Bath's success in centuries gone by are clear to see on every street corner. Expect amazing architecture, delightful delis and shops that wouldn't be out of place on Regent Street.

the natives

Bath's residents are, generally speaking, rather well to do, but friendly nonetheless.

the weather

Tucked neatly away in beautiful Somerset, Bath benefits from being situated in one of the few areas in England commonly associated with decent weather. Make the most of it.

the local speciality

This is Somerset so cheese, cider and cream tea are traditional, though Bath is a sophisticated city so you'll be more likely to be dining on modern European and Asian cuisine than downing a two-litre bottle of scrumpy.

the celebrity

Literary icons don't come much bigger than Jane Austen. She lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806 and two of her novels - Persuasion and Northanger Abbey - are largely set in the city.

did you know?

Bath was first discovered by the Romans in the 1st century. They decided to give the city the slightly grander title of Aquae Sulis, which means 'Waters of the Sun'.

they say

"I really believe I shall always be talking of Bath, when I am at home again - I do like it so very much... Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?" - author Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey

5 to see in town...

1. Roman Baths Museum

The city's star attraction is a stunningly preserved ancient temple built around a spring that still flows with hot water. There are even actors dressed up as Romans for extra authenticity.

where to park?

You can park on Charlotte Street for £.

2. Bath Abbey

Originally founded in the 7th century, Bath Abbey offers considerably more than your average church. Regardless of your religious status the experience will be one to savour.

where to park?

There is paid parking in Saw Close for £.

3. Pulteney Bridge

Completed in 1773, Pulteney Bridge is another of Bath's Grade I listed structures. The bridge is beautiful from the front and slightly shabby from the rear, but inspiring and impressive nonetheless.

where to park?

Parking can be found adjacent to Pulteney Bridge on Northgate Street.

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4. Royal Crescent

Ideally suited for postcards and promotional material, the magnificent road curving out of the city is an impressive sight.

where to park?

Charlotte Street car park is on the other side of Victoria Park and is the nearest to the Royal Crescent. It costs £.

5. Jane Austen Centre

The house at 40 Gay Street is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life of Jane Austen. Perhaps you'll even be inspired to write a novel of your own.

where to park?

Parking is available on Charlotte Street, costing £.

and 4 to drive to...

1. Stonehenge

A leading contender for England's most celebrated tourist attraction, this prehistoric site represents everything exciting about the unknowable past.

how to get there?

Take the A36 south from Bath. Stonehenge is located two miles west of Amesbury. It should take just under an hour to get there.

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2. Clifton Suspension Bridge

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's crowning glory is a truly breathtaking site. Whether you drive beneath it or take in the views from the top, it is impossible to ignore the majesty of this iconic bridge.

how to get there?

Take the A4 heading west towards Bristol. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is on your right, only a 40-minute drive away.

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3. Dorset

Boasting one of England's most beautiful coastlines, as well as some of its most sought after postcodes, the 50-odd mile drive is certainly not something that should put you off the trip.

how to get there?

Take the A36 out of Bath heading south towards Warminster. At Shaftesbury join the A350 towards Blandford Forum. It should only take an hour and a half to get there.

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4. The Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan

The Gower was the first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a trip to Wales's south coast will prove exactly why.

how to get there?

Take A46 north of Bath in the direction of Bristol, and then follow the M4 taking you into South Wales. At junction 32, exit onto A470 and head north towards Merthyr Tydfil. It will take around two hours to get there.

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