01Oct/14
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The Scent of South West England: Things To Do

The South West region is a place of great contrasts in England. This region has many great destinations, like Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bath and Cotswolds. Each of these places has a character of their own.

 

Raring to go…

South West England has a huge bag of surprises for you. As you move from city to city, notice the diversity and contrast between the olden British ways and the modern cities. Here’s what you can expect from South West England:

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  1. Devon
  2. Dartmoor is the biggest attraction point in Devon. It encompasses areas of natural beauty, world heritage site and national parks among others. With a cycle, you could spend hours in exploring this 368 square miles area.
  3. Plymouth is the cultural hub of the city. It has art galleries, theatres and live music a great place to enjoy as a family.
  4. The English Riviera is the gourmet’s delight of Devon. This place is filled with great options to eat as well as loaded with maritime history.
  5. South Devon would definitely appeal to the beach person. It has an enviable coastline and a great countryside. The gentle rolling hills merge with the wildness of Dartmoor to create great visual drama.
  6. North Devon and Exmoor are great for sports enthusiasts. It offers great opportunities for surfers, hikers and mountain bikers
  7. Cornwall

The entire town is filled with sensational beaches, overhanging cliffs, waters for sailing and surfing. Cornwall also has great architecture in the form of its many castles noteworthy being the twin castles of Pendennis and St. Mawes. You could discover hidden coves and beaches, wooded river valleys and estuaries in your exploration here.

  1. Cotswolds

It is steeped in history and is a great place for history, architecture and restoration         enthusiasts. It is also a cycling paradise for cyclists and there are many trails to discover in the great outdoors. Rolling hills, picturesque villages and curving river valleys Cotswolds has it all. Take your pick from walking, cycling and riding here.

  1. Bath

Bath is synonymous with one of Britain’s most celebrated person Jane Austen. A visit here should definitely include a spa trip, visiting the Roman Baths, an English afternoon tea, a walking tour of the city, visit to the Jane Austen Centre and a taste of the locally brewed ales. If you can catch one of the many festivals, then have fun! The whole city is a world heritage site.

  1. Somerset

It has diverse attractions and is deemed as the jewel of the South West region. Home to one of the great music concerts Glastonbury, it also has a wealth of natural beauty and history. Picnic for free at its various locations or go fishing in its many rivers.

  1. Dorset

Dorset offers a variety of attractions for everyone. You could have a fun day at the museums, fish in the lakes, take a stroll along the beaches or picnic in the stunning gardens. For the adrenaline rush do rock climbing, firing guns and racing karts, you can take your pick.

Pack your bags…

The attractions in South West England are mind-boggling. Each place has a lot of outdoor activities along with tranquil zones. So head out and breathe in the fresh air there.

24Sep/14
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A Hike Through Wiltshire

A love for history, wildlife, architecture and adventure would definitely prompt a visit to this beautiful town of Wiltshire. Situated in the south west of England it is a storehouse of history and heritage.

The Great Outdoors…

If you like walking then Wiltshire has some 8,200 paths to explore. The trails expose you to the lush countryside of Wiltshire, peaceful and very rural. You could choose from long distance treks to lazy strolls. There are several self-guided walks to choose from notable being the Barbury Castle and the Ridgeway Walk. The rolling countryside offers many bike trails. The Wiltshire Cycleway offers many such routes, which take you past the countryside and weaving its way through many local attractions.

 

If you choose to cycle off the beaten track then following the Kennet and Avon Towpath would be a great idea. Wiltshire offers a perfect horse-riding holiday. There are many properties which offers such facilities notable being Pewsey Vale Riding Centre. There are more than 70 lakes at the Cotswolds Water Park and it is so peaceful that fishing is quite a chosen activity here. You could take a shot here.

 

Golf is quite a favored activity and the Bowood Golf course over here, is a perfect reason to enjoy the popular sport of Golf. This is situated between the towns of Chippenham and Calne. For the adventure junkies Wiltshire offers you the scope to do a parachute jump, take a ride in a hot air balloon or skydiving .So just go for it. Simply take a car and drive through this picturesque landscape.

 

History calling…

There are many sites to visit but the most famous of course is Stonehenge, the enigma of the stones. You could then head north and visit Avebury and be awed by the largest circle made of stone, in the world. Get a glimpse of the cathedral with the tallest spire in Britain at Salisbury.stonehenge

 

The towns and villages here have a character of their own with some cottages dating back to another century. Historic towns like Malmesbury and Devizes are replete with history.

The Kennet and Avon Canal, built during the Industrial Revolution links Bristol to Reading by water. A great place for a stroll or a cycle. Visit the Wiltshire Museum and Salisbury Museum to gain more knowledge about the heritage of the place.

 

Family Fun…

Wiltshire offers great scope for all ages. The Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is a great place for families. You could view and touch animals at the Roves Farm. Step into the world of butterflies at Studley Grange Butterfly World & Craft Village or visit the playgrounds and be a prince / princess for a day at the many castles. The Cotswolds Water Park is another hit with families.

So, just head out and experience a typical English countryside, blue skies and lots of visual treats. Remember to browse through the many hobby shops here and enjoy!

21Aug/14
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South West England: Somerset, The Land Of The Summer People!

Somerset is a place you must visit if you want to immerse yourself in traditions of art, music and literature. Somerset is a small county located in South West London, which is full of contrast captivating views of the rolling hills and flat lands combined with the beauty of rivers and caves to enthrall you in the small villages of Somerset. It boasts of a 64-mile coastline so amazing that it touches land level in one part of the county while in another part the sea level is so high and majestic that it meets the plateau of Exmoor giving away scenic sights with high cliffs and waterfalls. The temperate climate of the county for most of the year is another reason that makes this place perfect for a holiday.some very nice rocks

Somerset is a perfect destination for travelers who are looking to explore the heritage of South West London whilst witnessing the scenes of how nature can make you feel totally exuberant. It is recommended explore Somerset by foot or cycling. Somerset is a delight if you like to go fishing as it provides you an array of fishing waters that will not disappoint you. You do not want to miss visiting the following places in the county of Somerset.

 

Tintinhull Garden

This is the perfect spot to retreat from the clenches of a busy life and to redeem it alone or with your close friends. The garden lies in the titillating beauty of the village Tintinhull that can astound you. The place has a sparkling pool and vast shy lawns to give you a perfect retreat from the hustle bustle of the city.

 

Wells

One of the main attractions of Wells is the Wells Cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew, the apostle. This cathedral is one of the few cathedrals of Britain that showcases the early Gothic architectural structure. Visit Wells to witness one of the most substantial display of stained glass, the breathtaking West Front which has an elaborate display of over 300 statues and carvings ; and one of the oldest working mechanical clocks.

 

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Complete with a large cafe and tractor rides, this National Award winning zoo lets you enjoy the sights of big zoo animals and offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor adventure activities. One of the attractions of this zoo is ‘Elephant Eden’, the largest habitat for elephants where families can enjoy a close and pleasant encounter with the elephants.

 

Brean Leisure Park

It comprises of Fun City the onsite theme park, Brean Splash Water Park, Brean Golf Club, The Tavern and Dickies entertainment venues and a wide variety of eateries and restaurants. This leisure park boasts of over 40 rides and attractions, a pool to splash with your family and a variety of taverns for the grownups. You can enjoy a walk on the coastline or play golf in their 18 hole golf course.

Somerset is an ideal location for your holidays as it offers you all kinds of activities and attractions while you get know so much about the heritage of South West London. It also hosts a plethora of events, festivals, carnivals, fairs and shows every year.

 

18Aug/14
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South West England: Places Your Itinerary Absolutely Must Have.

The South West Region of England is one of the most cherished parts of England with cities that are unique, enchanting and charming in every way. South West England brings to you the original Briton culture, living and customs of the British in its finest form. Picturesque locations, enchanting castles with rich heritage, beautiful beaches, exciting adventure sports and delicious food, South West England is a place your heart will feel free.

 

South West London has 9 main attraction cities and counties and loads of places that you must see. Here are some of the very famous tourist attraction you should definitely not miss if you’re going for a trip or a holiday:

 

The Dinosaur Museum, Dorset

The Dinosaur Museum is one of the finest museums in the Great Britain that takes you back to those days when these monstrous beasts used to dominate the world. There are displays of several fossils, skeletons and reconstructed structures of Life-Size Dinosaurs and displays of Audio-Visual information on Dinosaurs that proves it a must-visit destination, being informative and fun for all ages.

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Roman Baths, Somerset

The Roman Baths is one of the most visited places by millions of tourists in Somerset claimed to be a World Heritage Site in the South West England. The Roman Baths is built on the hot springs of Great Britain, which is said to be the only naturally occurring hot springs of the United Kingdom. The original baths are dated back to third century though reconstructed in the 18th century A.D takes you to the golden days of the Roman Empire. The main attractions are The Roman Temple, The Roman Bath House, The Sacred Spring and the museum exhibiting Roman artifacts.

Sennen Cove Beach, Cornwall

The Sennen Cove Beach lies at the southern end of Whitesand Bay on The Land’s End Peninsula of Cornwall. It is a popular tourist place renowned for water sports like surfing. Sennen Cove comprises of several sectional beaches that attract millions of visitors throughout the year. Mainly features an art gallery, souvenir shop, Lifeboat station and a surfing hotspot and this makes it a vibrant youthful hub in the South West England.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

The Stonehenge in Wiltshire is one the most popular prehistoric monument describing the rich English cultural heritage built by huge stone pillars. It is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site in England and most visited sites by the tourists. It lies on the southern edge of Salisbury Plain. It is said to be dated back around 3000B.C.

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is one of the most renowned World Heritage sites in the South West England located in Dorset. The site lies in a coastline where innumerable fossils are spread out that are exhibited in a continuous sequence of fossil and rock formations. One can also can explore and encounter the fossils themselves. Popular features of this site are Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach, West Bay Beach and (East) Cliffs, Golden Cap, Sidmouth Cliffs (East), Budleigh Salterton Cliffs.

 

 

Swanage Railway, Dorset

One can just not miss the Swanage Railway as it takes you through an enchanting journey in the trivial steam engine along the widely spread areas of spellbinding beauty of nature. The railway passes through the very popular Norden Park and Swanage and gives a breathtaking experience to the visitors across the beautiful landscape of Dorset.

 

Plan for a 2-3 weeks holiday in this part of Great Britain and you will go back home in peace, joy and contentment you’ve never felt before. With so much to explore experience and blend in their culture and joy, your trip will be a refreshing and life changing experience.

 

04Jul/14
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South West England: Dorset, A County Of Contrasts!

Dorset is a county in South West England situated on the English Channel surrounded by the beautiful counties of Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Dorset with picturesque villages, beautiful coastline and a variety of attractions, makes it one of the most visited places in South West England. The activities and places will charm both families and couples alike. Dorset offers various landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges and low-lying clay valleys. The county hosts one of the biggest outdoor shows- Great Dorset Steam Fair, which attracts the maximum tourists apart from the museums, theatres and festivals it, is renowned for. The south coast of Dorset enjoys more sunshine than the rest of South West England and presents sunny summers and mild winters.

Dorset will offer you a variety of attractions and activities from kite surfing to biking, wildlife and heritage to adventure holidays and water sports. It will not disappoint any age group as it has a activity suited for everyone. Dining and wine in Dorset is one of the finest than anywhere with the delight of feasting on the local produce which abundant. There are many but here are few of the attractions you should not miss if you are in Dorset.

Tank Museum

You will witness a number of tanks coming to life at this museum. An attraction for adults and children alike, the museum entertains you with live shows of tanks and tank crews

Monkey World

Visit the ape rescue centre that houses more than 250 endangered and rescued monkeys.

Moors Valley Country Park

Spread over a 1000 acre this park is a great recreational spot for families especially if you are looking forward to spend some time in nature away from the concrete cities. Over 500 activities are organized each year for adults and children.

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You can explore the park however you want – by foot or by cling around. The park also provides for facilities of mobility scooter hire or wheel chair for the physically challenged tourists.

You can choose from a variety of activities- walking, cycle rides and if you are up for something different, you can have the experience of Nordic Walking or Fitness Buggy workout.

Houses and gardens

Dorset lets you enjoy it’s fine architecture and stately gardens and makes you feel like you live in them. These gardens and houses are directly linked to historical personalities. Some of these iconic homes are full of resplendent art and carvings.

Dorchester Arts Centre

If you wish to soak yourself in an evening filled with art, theatre and literature, the Dorchester Arts Centre is just where you need to be. It showcases the talent of Dorset on weekends at all times – make sure you witness them.

Lulworth Castle & Park

The location of the castle and park offers you stunning scenes.

Have a walk through the history and feel as majestic as the kings and queens who resided there as you enjoy the picturesque landscape with a breathtaking view of the historic buildings and the park. You could be actually spellbound once you visited the Lulworth Castle and park.

Apart from these places, Dorset has a variety of attractions that can be enjoyed by all. It offers you everything you plan for – indoors, outdoor activities and a varied landscape. In addition, the trip to Dorset is affordable, as it doesn’t burn hole in your pockets as much as visiting any other places.

25Jun/14
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Devon: The Soul of South West England

Devon forms the largest part of South West England and is the largest county in the region. The numbers of attractions in Devon are too many and each of them is sure to procure a new experience for you. Devon has major places to visit like the city of Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Torridge and Teignbridge.

 

Things to do:

There are lot of things to do in Devon because it has the best of everything in South West England with a part of the coast and the countryside. devonAttend a food festival to taste an array of special dishes that represent their cuisine. Visit the Branscombe beach, Doone Valley, The Croyde Bay or the Bigbury beach for a romantic evening. Stay in some of the best seaside resorts in UK only in Torquay for an exhilarating experience. Explore at your own pace by taking walks on bicycling through the Tarka Trail and the Granite Way.

 

 

Places to Visit:

Out of the many locations, here are a few you must visit.

Plymouth

Plymouth is a seaport and a major trade centre. Boat rides, art galleries, music events, food festivals and so much more, Plymouth is a world of entertainment in its own. Don’t forget to visit the Smeaton’s tower to have a breathtaking look at the city at night. It’s a sight you will never forget.

 

South Devon

South Devon consists of a major part of the coastline and much of the countryside as well. For romantic walks by the beach, beach houses and water sports, this is the place you should visit. Dartmoor lies here and is a place you just should not miss. Dartmoor is known for its picturesque locations, wildlife and flora in particular. The sun shines bright and it is as peaceful as heaven.

 

North Devon and Exmoor

North Devon and Exmoor are picturesque locations that fall on the north coast of South West England. One of the best places for camping, mountain climbing and hiking, Exmoor is an exciting place and a pleasure for those who love adventures. The coastline has a number of activities and surfing tops the lists.

 

Torquay and Brixham

Beaches and more beaches, Torquay gives you the best of life on the beach with exciting water sports, delicious food and lively music. Babbacombe Bay is a very famous place that you must visit for the highest cliff promenade. The local clubs have a lot of special packages for you to spend your time the best possible way- spa, golf and theatre being the major interests.

 

Exeter

Being the heart of Devon, Exeter has a range of adventure sports like kayaking and canoeing to offer. The very famous Albert Memorial Museum is located here as well. Exeter has secret passages that are very interesting to explore. Shop at the Gandy Street that is one of the main shopping centers in Devon

 

Devon is a compact tourist package that has a little of everything. Nature and wildlife, beauty and picturesque locations, unique cuisine, places to explore as well as theme parks, family attractions, art and heritage, you get to take pleasure of everything over in here. Pack your bags now!

21May/14
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South West England: Cornwall, The Perfect Holiday Destination

If you like beaches, seafood and water sports, you will just fall in love with Cornwall, a county located in the far west of Great Britain. It is surrounded almost completely by sea – by Celtic Sea in the north and west, by English Channel in the south and by River Tamar in the east. Cornwall has a rich history based on Celtic roots. The county’s Celtic Cornish culture is said to be among the friendliest culture across Great Britain. It has a huge coastline that runs about 300 miles. The amazing beaches, water sports, Cornish pasty and cream teas, fresh seafood make it a perfect destination for holidays.

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Here’s what Cornwall has to offer that you definitely shouldn’t miss!

A Must Visit, Cornwall is the perfect holiday destination. It’s a haven for food lovers too. The rich heritage, amazing beaches, water sports make Cornwall a must visit place among travelers. Its natural beauty is an added attraction. To help you have the fullest of everything, here’s your checklist of where to go and what to do at Cornwall.

 

Bike To Explore

You can hire bikes and explore Cornwall all on your own. That’s the best way to go on an adventure on a beautiful place like Cornwall. A Cornish social enterprise offers bike at affordable rates delivered at your doorstep.

 

Haven For Water Sports

Cornwall is a haven for water sports. You will be spoilt for choices. The best place to indulge in water sports is Loe Beach, which is located on the south Cornish coast, between Truro and Falmouth. You can hire a kayak, windsurf or hire a motor boat and do much more at Loe Beach.

 

Places to visit:

 

Dairyland Farm World:

If you want a perfect family outing, visit Dairyland Farm World. This dairy farm has something for everyone. It is an all-weather attraction, equipped with soft play areas, adventure playgrounds, farm animals, Lamborghini hayride, drop slides and much more. For the elderly, there is the Cornish Heritage Centre that can bring back old memories. In addition, there is Milking Museum, a recycling display and Newquay’s Old Cornwall Society gallery too.

 

Flambards:

There’s something for everyone at Flambards. It has large selection of rides to choose from. It has indoor attractions and exhibitions that are worth giving a visit. If you want to experience your fun side, try these rides – The Shuttle spacecraft and Hornet Rollercoaster. There’s more to choose from. Young kids can try the undercover soft play. There are also hands on science zone with laser maze, disorientation tunnel and many more at Flambards.

 

Kimberley Park Garden: Cornwall is famous for its lovely gardens and visually appealing attractions. If you are a nature lover, you will love visiting them. Kimberley Park Garden is one of the important places to visit in Cornwall. The variety of trees produces a green canvas that makes it visually irresistible. Local organizations donate trees to this garden to keep the greenery alive.

 

Cornwall is the most visited place in South West England because of the variety of things it gives its tourists altogether at one place: Exotic locations, romantic hotels with picturesque views, amazing food as well as adventure and fun.

03Apr/14
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Bristol – The Southern Paradise

With a plethora of world-class attractions, Bristol is not only an economic hub but a touristic hub as well. The best time to visit is in the summer when major festivals are held in the city. The city, also known as the unofficial capital of the West Country of England, is famous for its Victorian architecture, underground music, food, street art, and much more. The city boasts some of England’s marquee tourist attractions which includes the likes of Clifton Suspension, Cheddar Gorge [England’s very own canyon], and the ocean liner Brunel’s SS.

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Seamless Internal Transport Network-The city is the perfect amalgamation of modern transport networks like local buses and trains, and the more orthodox measures like cycles and bikes. Furthermore, the presence of two principal railway stations makes transportation a whole lot easier.

Places to visit:

Located in the South-West region of England, Bristol is ranked 4th in England’s top visitor destinations. Let’s find out why:

 

Brunel’s SS Great Britain:

Rescued & restored from rust and wreckage in 1970, the Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the world’s first ocean liner of its kind. Step on board this time machine and engulf in the history of this steamship, which was the premier iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. If you’re a sucker for antiques, this destination is bound to satisfy your senses!

Bristol Old Vic:

Open all year, this is a monumental institution satisfying tourists for more than seven decades now. Originally built in the year 1766, it has now taken centre stage as the baton bearer of the city’s rich artistic culture. It is the home to many award winning classics and universally renowned productions like ‘Hamlet’ and ‘A Man For All Seasons’.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta:

Bristol plays host to a wide array of festivals, but when it comes to sheer pleasure and orgasmic fun, The International Balloon Fiesta tops the rest. It is held annually in August, where budding teams from across the globe come together to participate in high spirits. It’s a competition for them, but a treat to the eyes of all the visitors, who bear witness to hundreds of captivating air balloons in the impeccable skyline.

Clifton Suspension Bridge:

Have you ever noticed that all beautiful cities in the world possess a suspension bridge? Well, Bristol is no exception! Opened for public use in the year 1864, it was the brainchild of a crafty Victorian Engineer. The official spot for the handover of the Olympic Torch Relay, the bridge is a must-visit spot for all architecture aficionados.

Bristol Aquarium:

Embark on an enchanting journey into the rich aquatic life breathing in the city through the much-coveted Bristol Aquarium. The highlight of the aquarium is the coral-seas display, which enables visitors to bask in the pleasures of the closest undersea encounters possible. Through the underwater walkthrough tunnel and the glass cavern, you can witness the aquatic safari in all its glory.

 

Having been officially deemed as UK’s first cycling city, Bristol is the-place-to-be for cyclists and strollers as there is an abundance of street art, statuettes, and greenery dispersed beautifully across the city. Right from the musicals in the Brewery Theatre, to the classical pubs and bars, to the myriad of festivals in the city – you couldn’t possibly ask for more. After all that has been said and done, it would be safe to say that Bristol is one of the finest cities in the country’s extensive repertoire. It’s time to update your itineraries!

27Feb/14
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South West England: Bath, The city of Heritage

Bath, is one of the most cherished regions of the Great Britain apart from being a major attraction in the South West part of England. Every place has a story to tell and the experience is one of a kind. Going back into history has never been more interesting. Hear about brave warriors, the rich way of life and the exceptional sense of art, music and dressing of the British. The museums will not fail to inspire you and leave in awe of the great skills they possessed back in the olden days. The locations look like they’re straight out of painted pictures- breathtaking. Bath is a perfect blend of modern and ancient British heritage.

 

Things to do:

 

Visit the Roman Baths built on natural springs and you could come to know about the daily life of the ancient Romans. The best way of experiencing Bath is taking a walking tour as far as possible. There is nothing better than having an evening that blends the best of food, music, picturesque locations together in a walking tour of this heritage driven city.

 

Take a bath in the Thermae Bath Spa and you will find a completely new definition to the word relaxation. The view from the pool is just too beautiful to explain in words while the steam soothes your body. Bath celebrates life everyday and to experience their way of life you must definitely not miss their festivals. Visit a food festival or go to a theatre to see their soul on a plate.

 

Places to Visit:

 

Roman Baths

The Roman Baths is a very interesting place with the natural hot springs that spurt water. Walk through the rocky, cobbled pathways and the complex routes to explore the place. Do visit the temple at the top!

 

The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent is a landmark that is very famous and a place that has left a mark in the world of architecture. The famous Royal Afternoon package is what you need to go around the 5 star hotel and have a wonderful time.

 

The Circus

Just like the Royal Crescent, The circus is a large rounded landmark that consists of a number of houses. The landmark is a historic site with great importance. Notice the intricate carvings and admire the architecture while you take a long walk around the place.

 

The Jane Austen Centre

If you’re in time for the Jane Austen festival, then you are just very lucky. The experience is one of a kind and takes you back to the vintage ways. The festival is celebrated for ten days in the centre of the city and is a very big affair. Go on and celebrate Jane Austen and her books!

 

Apart from these places, you must visit Theatre Royal, The Holburne Museum, Bath Abbey, the Fashion Museum and The Pulteney bridge

 

Accommodation in bath is one of the best in the world because almost every hotel looks like a castle. Live the English way of life in these beautiful hotels that is a signature style of architecture of the British. England takes pride in presenting to you its richest city that includes the original way of life of the Britons in every possible way- dressing, building and architecture, art and music as well as food.

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If you need to see the best of bath, it will take months to explore because the number of attractions and things to do is something that you cannot cover in a few days or a week. As many as 92 distinct locations have taken thousands of tourists by surprise.