I recently went to Historic Bath for a long weekend and stayed at Dorian House, a stunning Georgian stone
property. On arrival we received a warm welcome from the owner who took us through lots of options and helpful suggestions on what to see and do in the City of Bath. The standard of the rooms were very good, clean and good quality linen and fresh towels made us feel comfortable and relaxed immediately.
The breakfast each morning offered a good choice of hot and cold options, plus vegetarian options and was of a good standard and ample servings. We also visited several local pubs and a couple of the local restaurants which offered hearty British Cuisine at a good price point, we chose the Green tree pub for some local chat and experience and were not disappointed by the cosyness and history of the bar. The restaurant we went to was also extremely good I chose a classic steak served rare, with fries and salad and would certainly go back again.
We also visited several historic sites and took a free walking tour on Saturday morning, which is given by the City of Bath Council, as Bath is an historic and UNESCO site they provide this service for free. The walking tour started at 10.30am from outside the Roman Baths and took us along the River Avon, to Pulteney Bridge pointing out interesting facts and historical points of reference.
As a final treat we also visited the Jane Austen centre and toured the museum, which held special editions of Jane Austen novels, period dress and furniture as it had been preserved from the period. On our final day we also visited the Thermae Baths for the Spa waters and ended the trip on a high at Sally Lunn’s, tea shop for an afternoon tea. Sally Lunn, originally came from France and brought with her a sweet bun which then became the famous ‘Bath Bun’ of today, she saw an opportunity to market her wares and developed a little tea shop which still stands today on the same site and it believed to be the oldest building in Bath.
Bath, is visually very beautiful and worth seeing if you are visiting for a day trip or weekend, there is so much to take in historically. Beautiful Palladium and Georgian architecture, the Roman Baths and new Thermae Baths, as well as a huge choice of local restaurants, pubs and bars and lots of great shopping. Spring and Summer are the most popular times to visit when the weather is not so dreary or rainy. VisitEngland or VisitBritain are both excellent sources of information and will advise on the best time to visit and what to see when you arrive in Bath and the surrounding areas.