Bath manages to combine the elements a big city with the feeling of a small town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site city is just a 90-minute train ride from London and a weekend is just long enough to fall in love with this historic city. Today I am covering what to do in Bath, England. […]
Take a day trip to the countryside of England. Kent, Windsor, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath have beautiful architecture and a rich history only an hour or 2 away.
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Framed by the rolling green hills of Somerset, a 90-minute train ride west of London, Bath is one of England’s most alluring city breaks. Charmingly picturesque, this UNESCO World Heritage site has bundles of things to see and do, and plenty of traditional and trendy places in which to refuel on delicious food and drink. Here are the highlights of a Bath visit.
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Bath has beaten off 34 other cities to be named as the best place in Britain to raise a family.
The Somerset city scored highly for wages, job prospects, schools and parks.
It took the top spot from Newcastle, where job opportunities fell, an annual Family Living Index found.
Cities were judged on factors affecting family life including school rankings, crime, green spaces, house prices and employment.
MoneySuperMarket, which compiled the index , said: “Bath is the place to be for young families, seeing positive movements in almost all categories. The level of outstanding schools and job opportunities helped the city climb the charts.”
The Roman city, which leapt from fifth place last year, had the most work opportunities with 13.76 jobs per 100 people.
And with average salaries at £29,806, the UNESCO World Heritage Site beat the UK average of £26,676.
Yet the North dominated the top 10, with Wolverhampton, Manchester, Sunderland and Wakefield also rated highly for their family-friendly environments.
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Awkward Silence No.1
“So let me get this right. You lived in Bath for ten years?”
“And in all that time you never visited the Roman Baths? You never went inside Bath Abbey? You never even knew Jane Austen – one of literary’s greatest figures – had links to Bath?”
“Err, also correct”
Awkward Silence No.2
“Ok you cultural heathen, we are going to sort this out.”
And that is how, after more than 20 years away, I found myself wandering around the Royal Crescent at 10pm on a Friday evening once again marvelling at the golden stone and timeless architecture which make Bath such an exceptional city.
To be fair, I had always realised Bath is beautiful, but I was more interested in watching their rugby team.
Councillors say a £1 levy added to hotel bills would raise extra funds, but some believe it would put tourists off from visiting.
The city of Bath wants to become the first place in Britain to introduce a tourist tax, like many other European cities including Paris and Rome.
Plans have been drawn up to charge people staying in hotels an extra £1 per night. The money made would be put back into maintaining the cleanliness of the city, which councillors say is much needed in times of austerity.
The UNESCO world heritage site, which is best known for its Roman baths, Georgian streets and abbey, attracts around six million visitors a year.
Tourism in the city and its surrounding areas supports around 10,000 jobs.
Councillor Charles Gerrish told Sky News: “Fundamentally it happens all across Europe and the council has to be creative…”