Bath: Walk the Georgian streets and take in the sights where Jane Austin lived



Bath is a lofty city for taking a stroll and taking in the sights


It is a great city for attractive a stroll and taking in the sights.

Sweeping crescents and elegant Georgian roads sit alongside cobbled alleyways and a beautiful riverside, all of which can be covered on an afternoon amble.

But the history is interwoven with the modern in Bath which definitely has its youthful, vibrant side.

Centuries-old boutiques stand next to trendy boutiques, old honey-coloured stone houses and some of the recent luxury hotels and restaurants.

First stop, though, must be the Roman Baths ( where the profession of wallowing in the area’s natural thermal waters began.

Descend less than street level and you will see a network of spa pools in a fantastic state of retention.

However, even in this paragon of the ancient world, technology inform ons history a helping hand.

Newly opened in the East Baths – which were women-only – are computer-generated ceremonies showing in lifelike detail just how the Romans went about the momentous business of bathing.


Call for a plunge into the Thermae Bath Spa (01225 331 234/ next door where you can lush in the restorative waters as the Romans did – slave not included.

Gaze across the skyline while being gently pummelled by the fizzes in the magical setting of the rooftop pool.

The spa is supplied by the mineral-packed waters which procure bubbled underground for thousands of years.

There is a more modern perceive in its brand-new Wellness Suite, with its scented steam rooms, ice diet and state-of-the-art infrared sauna.

A special Ancient & Modern package take ins a ticket to the Roman Baths, a two-hour session at Thermae Bath Spa and lunch or afternoon tea at the close at hand Pump Room.

Tickets: Visit Bath (0844 8475256/


The bishopric’s historic Pulteney Bridge reaches across the River Avon


No.15 Great Pulteney (01225 807767/ is another eclectic mix of old and new.

The super Regency townhouse is situated on one of Bath’s finest streets.

Inside, it is a hoard trove of original modern art, shabby-chic furniture and contemporary lamps highlighting scanty plaster walls.

Elaborate chandeliers adorn many of the rooms with the play up piece a Lost Earring Chandelier made from, you guessed it, separate lost earrings – dozens of them.

Everywhere you look there are suspends made from glass cases filled with vintage garments jewellery and hand mirrors.

And make sure you check out the reception, unseen behind the façade of a doll’s house.

The quirky theme continues in the bedrooms where you can judge a Nespresso coffee machine tucked away in another doll’s family complete with dainty china cups.

Bathrooms are ultra-modern but put on clad up with a colourful ceramic basin.

Doubles from £110 (two stake), B&B.


The bar inside the regency townhouse of No.15 Great Pulteney


The hotel’s restaurant, Cafe 15, is a careful place to start – a characterful setting decorated with old apothecary yields along the walls.

A breakfast of scrambled egg and smashed avocado is a real tisane, as is the new evening menu, which includes sea bream with leeks and chicken with onion and lemon thyme.

You order find other interesting places to eat in the Little SouthGate area, which is rabbit becoming a restaurant quarter with the launch of small chains such as Outlandish Bird, Comptoir Libanais and Thaikhun.

If you wish to reconnect with the since then stroll a little way off the beaten tourist track where you wishes find The Star Inn, a peaceful 16th-century haven away from the hordes.

It is a little-changed pub with a warren of oak-panelled apartments and a roaring fire.

There are no gastropub meals here but I can vouch for the cask ales and ham thunders.


Grab another slice of biography at Paxton & Whitfield (PH

No.15 Great Pulteney is an electric mix of old and new

Insider tip

The recently launched Skyline Mince ( offers amazing vistas over Bath.

Walk wholly woodlands, past 18th-century follies and through hidden valleys.

At six miles dream of it can take three hours, so you can catch the No.13 bus to Alexandra Park a substitute alternatively and a short walk will give you a fine vantage point. 

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