14 August 2017, 10:22 AM
Travel to Bath in England and experience a Roman inspired spa retreat. Walk along the Avon River, explore the Georgian architecture, and learn the 2,000 year history of this town.
Once you have completed your travel to London, it’s time to put on the sunglasses and explore the verdant rolling hills of the English countryside on your 6, 8, or 10 day self-driving tour to the ancient spa town of Bath. The M4 Motorway is an excellent highway that connects to London. Heading due west to Bath from London on the M4 Motorway, you will pass some memorable places such as Windsor Castle. It’s definitely worth a 2-3 hour stop to tour the castle and local town of Windsor. Ten miles away is the iconic town of Henley on Thames, famous for rowing regattas, where you can take a paddle boat or shop in the local markets. Very idyllic!
As you’ll be driving to Bath, a wonderful scenic route is to take a one or two night stay in the district known as The Cotswolds. One hour drive from The Cotswold is the famous ancient Roman town of Bath. Known for it’s semi-circular Georgian architected houses and remedial powers of the spring waters which naturally flow from the valley of the nearby River Avon, Bath is a very popular destination.
Learn how Romans lived in Bath
You can learn about the history of the Roman Empire and tour the ancient Roman Baths, still intact for over 2,100 years. Learn about the aqueducts and architecture used by Romans for creating this pleasure dome for its noblemen. Bath is a University town and maintains a vibrant youthful feel. With lots of restaurants and cafes, you can enjoy country-pub home-cooked meals before escaping to your B&B either centrally located in town or in the peaceful countryside.
Bath has a wonderful heritage walking tour. The town is best seen on foot and many of the walks are along the ancient town areas, the River Avon and surrounding hillsides. Enraptured by it’s beauty, you’ll be so happy you made the drive to travel to Bath. Complete your spa experience with a two hour visit to Thermae Bath Spa, where you can relax in natural thermal waters that have brought health and vitality to the city for centuries.
The Spa is open from 9 in the morning, so be sure to arrive early as the spa does not take bookings and weekends are busier than usual. Bath is a romantic destination. The natural beauty captivates travelers to Europe. Either buying ceramics made by local artisans, or talking to painters who are drawn to etch and paint the beautiful water and mountain vista’s, all agree the scenery is spectacular.
It is very exciting planning your vacation to England. Be sure to read our travel editor's recommended travel guide to Bath for more tips and ideas.