Bath

We say
'Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath?', declared its most famous resident Jane Austen. Swap the cars for carriages and the scene has changed little since it was created by Georgians who quarried and crafted local stone into magnificent crescents, squares and circuses. As the only entire city in Britain to be awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO, you certainly won't tire of it either.

Recommended place to stay: YHA Bath

YHA Bath says

Bath is one of the UK’s most beautiful historic cities. A Unesco World Heritage Site, it has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times and the Roman Baths alone are a reason to visit. You can bathe in the UK’s only natural thermal hot springs at the very 21st-century Thermae Bath Spa.

  • Historic city
  • Soak in Roman Baths
  • Cheap accommodation

Add to that the stunning Georgian architecture, Bath Abbey, the magnificent Pump Room, a host of eateries, independent shops, museums, galleries and regular special events and you might want to extend that weekend break to a longer stay.

You’ll also find Stonehenge, Avebury and Longleat Safari Park within easy striking distance and some gorgeous walks in the Somerset countryside and as well within the city itself.

When it comes to places to stay, Bath is awash with top notch hotels and swanky restaurants with rooms but if you want something relaxed and sociable that won’t break the bank, look no further than the YHA Bath. Following a £2.5m refurbishment in 2018, our hostel in Bath boasts stunning architecture, pretty gardens, city views and flexible accommodation in dorms and private rooms, some of them en suite. It attracts couples, backpackers and families alike.

The public areas in the Italianate Victorian villa are vast and airy, not least the café lounge area and restaurant as well as a generous self-catering kitchen. Hot meals are available for breakfast and dinner.

The city centre is a 25 minute walk away through National Trust land with a bus stop outside the entrance (handy for getting back if the hill climb is too much).

Find out more about the YHA Bath. Explore Visit Bath for more about our city.

Image credits: Visit Bath