BATH

With its beautiful Georgian architecture, sweeping crescents and honey-coloured church spires, Bath is one of England’s most charming cities.

Its famous hot springs have attracted people since the Roman times, and the steaming waters of both the ancient baths and the modern thermae spa still attract people today.

As well as coming to soak in the restorative waters, people came to Bath to socialise. In the 18th century it blossomed into one of the country’s most elegant cities with numerous high-profile social events held in the Assembly Rooms – Jane Austen herself was a frequent guest.

At the heart of the city is Bath Abbey with its magnificent fan vaulting and stained glass windows. It has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,000 years and is still a living church today. Next door to the Abbey you’ll find the world-famous Roman Baths, where the city’s thermal springs still rise and the baths flow with natural hot water.

One of the joys of visiting Bath is wandering along its streets, lined with grand town houses. Those with the most enviable of post codes sit along the remarkable Royal Crescent. 30 Grade I listed houses arch around a perfectly manicured lawn, looking out over Royal Victoria Park. It is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture and epitomises why Bath was, and still is, considered one of the most elegant cities in the UK.