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Weekend Breaks to Bath

Planning a short break to Bath? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Bath. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Bath. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Roman Baths

The number one tourist attraction and the place the town is named after is easily found in the centre of the town.The Romans came here in AD43 and found Britain's only natural hot spring, on which they cleverly constructed the ancient washing and socializing place.

The original stones around the baths are walked on by the millions of tourists who invade the town the whole year round. Cold plunges, a sauna, drainage ducts and a temple complete the centre of the Roman town, Aquae Sulis is named after the Celtic goddess of water and her likeness can be found in stone carvings around the baths, also the famous Gorgons Head. (Half a day should do this justice.)

For more information visit - www.romanbaths.co.uk

Longleat Safari Park

Africa it is not, nevertheless Longleat just out of the town is an ever popular attraction for young and old. The park includes elephant, tigers, wolves, rhinos and lions all of which the visitor can view from the safety of their cars.

The 6th Marquess of Bath was one or the first of Britain's aristocracy to open his house and land to the public and it proved such a success that today there are many such attractions in the U.K.

Much of the house and it's gardens are open to view and its a world of fun for children with mazes and fun stuff.

For details go to www.longleat.co.uk

Bath Music Festival

From the middle of May at the start of the English summer for three weeks Bath comes out of hibernation to swing at this eagerly awaited festival that celebrates Classical, Jazz, pop and blues from over the world. Victoria Park sets the scene for the opening celebrations and a number of venues host different concerts.

The worlds top musical talents are attracted to the event and a web site has been put up for the festival, www.bathmusicfest.org.uk

Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms

Located in the centre of the town at 4 North Parade Passage, this picture postcard Olde English Tea Room is housed in the oldest building in Bath erected in 1492. The cafe is named after a French girl who came to Britain's shores in 1680 clutching the recipe for a unique sweet bun that is popular in the area.

The building is timber framed and Roman remains have been discovered in the cellar.

Unfortunately the cafe is small and does tend to get a bit full in the summer, so choose your time well.

Po Na Na

Bath is a great town for clubbing and pubbing and this place is one of the popular clubs with mostly youngsters. This network of cellars gets crowded with sweaty bodies, but that is part of the attraction. Bath attracts plenty of students who head for this club and the many similar cellar type clubs and pubs. The music throbs from the evening to the early hours and it is not the place for a quiet chat.

Look for the club at 8-9 North Parade and the website at www.ponana.co.uk

The Pump Room Restaurant

This well known landmark in the city centre has been open since 1706.Housed in an imposing Geogean building which is decorated in regency style complete with crystal chandeliers.

Although there is no dress code and they tolerate children, but it can get a wee bit pricey and is a rare treat. The menu contains traditional English fare and it is served very formally. They do a high tea in the afternoon with the choice being between High Tea, Cream Tea, and Tompion Tea.

The Pump Room was originally opened as a place to take in the healthy Bath spring waters which you can still order here.

Bath Abbey

Situated in the centre of the city and originally constructed in 1499, but there has been religious activity on the site since the 4th century as a monastery has been discovered nearby and the monks used the building to serve as their church. The interior is magnificent, especially the high decorated vaulted ceilings and the stunning stained glass windows depicting scenes from Christ's life.

The Church holds many choral events throughout the year and participates in some of the local festivals.

For more about the Abbey they have a web site at, www.bathabbey.org

Bath Antiques Market

It is a pity that this market is only held once a week on a Wednesday, so if you happen to be around on that day be sure to catch the action in an old schoolhouse located in Guinea Lane in the city centre.Try to get there early (pre 9am) to get the best deals as the eagle eyed dealers tend to spot the best bargains early then mark them up and display them on their stall. I know that you are here for a break so even if you sleep in there are still interesting goods to be found.

Paddington and Friends

This delightful shop is to be discovered in the city centre at 1 Abbey Street, and is a perfect place to hold a reunion with those old chums like Pooh Bear, Noddy, Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear. You are bound to find the perfect gift here.

The shop is owned by the man who first created the Paddington character, Michael Bond who has created a fascinating shop chock full of stuffed childhood favourites and other products you probably haven't seen for years.

In the same area you will come across lots of little "Olde English" type establishments from Tea Rooms to Candy Shops.

Chew Valley Lake

This beautiful lake is just 14km outside Bath off the A368 and is set in over one hundred acres of pristine country. The perfect place for a family day out of town. The park has extensive nature trails and one can always spot many breeds of bird life. For the bird spotter, hides are provided by the lake. The picnic areas are well thought out and landscaped, also there is a lovely Tea Shop that serves teas, snacks, and cakes.

Fishermen will enjoy a day by this lake as it is well stocked with over 50,000 fish so you might get lucky.

For more info there is a web site, w.bristolwater.co.uk

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Silver Salmon Boat Trips

Cruise in comfort for at least an hour around the city of Bath on the River Avon aboard the Silver Salmon. Teas, lunches bar and toilets on board. Lively commentary. Tickets start from £4.00. Have a look at their web page for more information... www.avonrivercruises.co.uk

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