Classic culture at home

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Bath Christmas Market - Credit@Bathchristmasmarket

The city of Bath sits nestled in the green hills of the West Country. Approximately 13miles from Bristol, Bath is a small city in comparison – yet for a small city, it has a lot to offer. It’s bustling city centre is well balanced with numerous scenic parks and gardens, alongside it’s famous broad streets lined with grand Georgian architecture.

From the Royal Crescent to The Circus and Great Pultney Street, the beautiful buildings of Bath have set the scene for many major films and television series. Les Miserables, Vanity Fair and The Duchess have all features scenes of Bath. Iconic landmarks such as the Bath Abbey, Pultney Bridge and the many beautiful parks in Bath deserve to be on every visitors list.

Spa culture is at Bath’s heart – quite literally. The 2,000-year-old Roman Baths have always been a draw for visitors to the city; the ancient artifacts and steaming waterswithin the Roman Baths are a big part of Bath’s history. More recently, the Thermae Bath Spa has opened offering a luxurious and natural thermal water bathing experience; and what better way to relax after a day shopping?

The Roman Baths in winter - Credit@profernityviaflickr.com

The Roman Baths in winter. Credit@profernityviaflickr.com

Bath offers an enticing array of shopping areas. Southgate, at the base of the compact city centre holds many familiar high street names, alongside some upper end labels.Towards the top of the high street, intricate passageways lined with small independent stores begin to filter off on either side, offering a diverse selection of products. At the top of the town, the streets become lined with high end boutiques. In December,

Bath’s Christmas Market is open for business offering even more choice for shoppers. 27th of November and the 14th of December in 2014. The different stalls offer an abundant selection of beautiful handmade gifts, Christmas decorations, foods, drinks and toys. Christmas in Bath features plenty more besides the Christmas market – during the festive season the city holds an array of activities to be enjoyed. There is an ice rink in Royal Victoria Park between the 21st of November and the 4th of January, where visitors may skate in the open air whilst enjoying the park views. The Victorian carousel on Stall Street encapsulates an alluring festive atmosphere, whilst the wintry pop up Aprés Ski Bar offers an authentic Alpine ambience accompanied by warming mulled wine.

The local village of Freshford, and nearby hamlet Avoncliff, offer picturesque walks along the canal or riverside, with plenty of country pubs along the way. Longleat Adventure & Safari Park is also close to Bath, with it’s many sights an activities aiming to give it’s visitors a great day out. Attractions such as historical Longleat House, the vast safari park, adventure play areas, falconry displays, and the boat and train rides around the estate draw visitors of all ages. This Christmas, Longleat is playing host to a Festival of Light.

The Festival of Light takes place throughout December.  Credit: bonemj

The Festival of Light takes place throughout December.
Credit: bonemj

Running from November the 14th until January 4th, it is Europe’s largest display of Chinese lanterns. The 7,000 individual handcrafted lanterns have been six months in the making, and include a 70m long dragon, a family of life-sized pandas, and a 20m tall Chinese temple. Lantern festivals have been celebrated in China for 2,000 years, however it is the first time that anything of this scale has been held in the United Kingdom.

With the many attractions that Bath has to offer, it aims to make an ideal destination for a festive winter break. Whether it’s a flying visit, city break or a relaxing trip, Bath provides plenty of activities and attractions to keep visitors entertained.

Which other UK destinations offer city breaks that are steeped in history?

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