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Bath enjoys a wealth of architectural history dating back to Romans times. The Georgian City provides a wonderful place to stay with good access to Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, the Cotswolds and Wales. London is just over an hour by rail and Lulsgate Airport is less than 45 minutes by car. A central location, Bath provides an excellent base for many attractions in the West Country and warrants more than a few days stay.

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The following details and recommendations are provided for your own holiday research


Parking in Bath can be difficult and expensive. We advise when looking for accommodation you research your locality, parking facilities and available transport to suit your requirements

Accommodation in Bath
Majority of Information provided from local knowledge rather than first hand experience!
Some central hotels may be noisy!

B & B/Self Catering Accommodation

Somerset House
Highly Recommended

B& B/Self Catering 2 Bedroom Georgian Apartment with Large Garden and on Streeet Parking. A Short Walk to the City Centre. Stunning South Facing Country Views
Located in a quiet residential area of Bath within 10-15mins of City Centre and less than 10 minutes from the Railway Station

Somerset House Website

List of Hotels on Tourist Board Register
Ayrlington Hotel Tel. 01225 425495 -
Bath Priory Hotel Tel 01225 331922
Bath Spa Hotel
Tel. 0870 4008222
County Hotel - B&B facilities Tel. 01225 425003
Evening Meals are not provided at the County
but there are many restaurants nearby.

Francis Hotel Tel.0870 4008223
Harrington Hotel Tel. 01225 461728 - Small hotel - Looks good!

Queensbury Hotel Tel. 01225 447928
Royal Crescent Hotel Tel. 01225 823333
Travel Lodge Tel. 0870 1911718
Hotels close/almost in Bath - East Side
Bailbrook Lodge Close, Batheaston, Bath
Eagle House Situated in Bathford approximately 3 miles from the City. Tel 01225 859946 Recommended
Old Mill Batheaston, Bath
Tasburgh Hotel Bathampton, Bath Tel 01225 425 096

Hotels close/almost in Bath- South Side
Combe Grove Manor (south side) Tel.01225 834644
approximately 3 miles from City centre.

Bath Accommodation - Trip Advisor Reviews

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Accommodation Access Chippenham and Corsham Area
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More Accommodation Out of Bath
Manor House Luxury Hotel and Golf Course - Castle Combe Tel. 01249 783101
Castle Inn - Castle Combe Tel 01249 783030
Homewood Park Hotel, Hinton Charterhouse Tel. 01225 723731

Pear Tree Inn, Nr. Melksham Tel.01225 899179 or 01225 709131 - Highly recommended
Pear Tree - Alastair Sawday

Wheelwright Arms, Monkton Combe B & B
Woolpack Hotel - Beckington

B&B Accommodation in Bath provided by friends and acquaintances

High Beeches This is a superb Bed and Breakfast in Combe Down and highly recommended.Tel. 01225 We suggest you look at the website 830058 Website

Cumberwell Park Golf Club Beautiful self catering cottages near Bath/Bradford-on-Avon now available. Excellent Golf Club facilites on hand and recommended nearby local country pubs. Cumberwell Park Golf Club Nr Bradford-on-Avon, BathSee 'Golf' notes below for details of the golf courses. The cottages opened in Spring 2007 so information may need to be found via the Golf Club.

Trip Advisor Hotel Reviews
Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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All restaurants/pubs below are recommended. Prices vary considerably- check menu/prices prior to booking

Chequers Gastro Pub Tel. 01225 360017
Clarkes Restaurant Nr Pulteney Street Tel. 01225 444440
Hudsons Tel. 01225 332323 - Highly recommended especially for steaks
Loch Fyne Restaurant Tel. 01225 750120
Marlborough Tavern Tel. 01225 423731 - Highly recommended
Martini Restaurant Tel. 01225 460818 - Highly recommended
Moon and Sixpence Tel. 01225 460962 - Highly recommended (closed for refurbishment)
Olive Tree Restaurant at Queensbury Hotel 01225 446065
Opa Restaurant and Cafe adjoining River Avon. Tel. 01225 317900. A great contemporary bar and restaurant offering a superb venue and quite an experience! The restaurant has not been sampled!
Papillon Restaurant, St Margaret's Buildings. Small reasonably priced French Bistro with tables outside.Tel. 01225 31064
Priory Hotel Restaurant - Tel. 01225 331922
Richmond Arms, Lansdown - Small Pub - Car required Tel.01225 316725
Ring O Bells Widcombe, Bath
Tel.01225 448870 -

Riverside Cafe - A small basic cafe recommended because of its location. Below Pulteny Bridge, Argyle Street, Bath Tel 480532
Tilleys Bistro Tel. 01225 484200
White Hart, Widcombe, Bath Tel. 01225 338053 - Highly recommended
White Hart has been converted from a traditional pub to a spacious, light, airy bar and restaurant

Woods Restaurant - Ideal for Small or large parties
Tel. 01225 314812
La Flamenca North Parade - Spanish Restaurant. Tel.01225 463626
Number 5 Bistro Argyle Street. Tel.01225 444499

List of Bath Restaurants from independent website
More Bath Restaurant Suggestions

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Pubs recommended below are not necessarily located in recommended locations to visit

If you are looking for location as well as good food then you need to visit Bradford-on-Avon, Avoncliffe, Nr Bradford-on-Avon, Castle Combe, Freshford, Lacock or Seend

Restaurants and Pubs near Bath

Most of the the following Restaurants and Pubs provide good cuisine. There are also many other great pubs and restaurants in the area to try.

Bradford-on-Avon and Area
(Approx 20 minutes east of Bath)
Cross Guns, Avoncliffe near Bradford-on-Avon Website Good Value meals, great pub atmosphere and gardens. A wonderful setting close to canal with viaduct over river. The downside is that parking can be difficult and due to popularity the Cross Guns can be extremely busy. Tel. 01225 862335.
Cumberwell Golf Club
Near Bradford-on-Avon Website This venue may be worth considering if you would like to dine out of town. The restaurant is spacious and would be ideal for Sunday lunch with a few friends! The views of the golf course and patio area make this Golf Club worth consideration.
Tel. 01225 863322.
Fat Fowl Restaurant, Bradford-on-Avon Tel. 01225 863111
Homewood Park luxury Hotel and Restaurant, Nr. Hinton Charterhouse Website Tel. 01225 723731.
The Hope Pole, Limpley Stoke, approximately 15 minutes from Bath. A very small character pub with a good size garden and selection of pub food. Tel. 01225 723134.
Inn at Freshford about 6 miles south of Bath, west of Bradford-on-Avon. Freshford is a small but pretty village and the Inn is in a great location close to the river. The location puts this pub on the recommended list. Tel. 01225 722250.
The Kings Arms, Monkton Farleigh, Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts Website As from 2006 the pub is under new management - no recent recommendations, but the pub is full of character.
Tel. 01225 858705. Highly Recommended by loads of friends!
The Lock Inn, Bradford-on-Avon Website Tel. 01225 868068.
The Poplars Wingfield, Near Bradford-on-Avon. A good pub set just off the main road with large level garden area.Tel.01225 752426
Rialto Restaurant 9-10 St. Margaret's Street. The Rialto Italian Restaurant provides a great atmosphere and good value food.Tel.01225 865600.
Thai Barn Restaurant, Bradford-on-Avon Website Tel. 01225 782876
Swan Hotel 1 Church Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. Tel: 01225 868686 The Swan Hotel was sold at the end of 2006 and is now under new management. The new proprietors are renowned in the Bath area for their high standards and excellent food. The Swan is definitely worth trying and has 2 recommendations.

Bradford-on-Avon Website

Broughton Gifford
(Bath side of Melksham - East of Bath))
The Fox Broughton Gifford.Tel. 01225 782949 - if you are in the area.
Melksham Area
near Melksham (about 25 minutes East of Bath)
Pear Tree, Whitley, Nr Melksham Website The location of the Pear Tree is nothing special, but the pub with its attractive level gardens, excellent food and great atmosphere is highly recommended. Tel.01225 899179 or 01225 709131 - see more Pear Tree details under 'accommodation'.
(About 35 minutes East of Bath)
The Barge Inn. A wonderful location adjoining the canal. A busy pub due to its picturesque setting. Tel. 01380 828230.
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(About 20 minutes North East of Bath)
The Northey Arms Northey Arms This Pub has recently been converted into a modern upmarket restaurant/pub. The atmosphere and cuisine are excellent but quite expensive! The Northey Arms is situated on a main road and is not particularly attractive from the outside - don't let this put you off. Tel.01225 742333

(About 35 minutes north east of Bath)
White Horse Pub - A small pub in a wonderful location in the heart of this very pretty character village with its green and duckpond. The interior of the pub is disappointing but good value meals are available.
and Biddestone Arms

No personal knowledge available on this pub.

Biddestone Website

Castle Combe
(About 25 minutes north east of Bath on the edge of the Cotswolds - approx 12 miles Bath)
Castle Combe Website
Manor House Hotel Golf & Country Club WebsiteTel. 01249 783101
Castle Inn Pub & Accommodation
Website Tel. 01249 783030
The Old House at Home Burton near Castle Combe (north) Website Tel. 01454 218227. This pub/ restaurant is under the same ownership as the Northey Arms at Box and the Crown at Tolldown, Dyrham
The Crown
offers excellent restaurant facilities, but the pub is on a busy main road. Convenient if you are in the area Website Tel. 01225 891166
(About 35 minutes north east of Bath)
Lacock Website
About 15 minutes north east of Bath
Catherine Wheel Pub/Restaurant WebsiteTel.01225 89222

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Midford & Southstoke - Nr Bath
(Approx 10 minutes south of Bath)
The Hope & Anchor, Midford. Good Value meals. Outside paved garden, but the main merit of the pub is good value rather than its location.Tel.01225 832296
The Wheatsheaf Combe Hay,(2-3 miles from Midford) Website This old character pub has been refurbished in a contemporary style. The large garden with good seating facilities provides an enjoyable area for an enjoyable drink in the country. The restaurant is popular but it is expensive and prior booking is recommended. Beware - the Wheatsheaf at the time of print is not open seven days a week! Tel.01225 833504 The Pub is recommended but there are varying reviews on price and change of character.
Southstoke - Nr Bath
(Approx 10 minutes South of Bath)
The Packhorse Inn Website Tel. 01225 832060

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(About 20 minutes South West Bath)
Hunstrete House Hotel and Restaurant Website Tel. 01761 490490
Ston Easton
(About 25 minutes South West of Bath)
Ston Easton House and Hotel WebsiteTel. 01761 241631
King William Website Tunley is not perhaps a village where you would expect to find a pub with excellent restaurant facilities and atmosphere. This new gastro pub is well worth trying. Tel. 01761 470408

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Bath Arms, Clay Street, Crockerton, Warminster
Website Tel. 01985 212 262
Heytesbury - Warminster
(About 30 minutes South East f Bath)
The Angel Website Recommended if you are in the area. Some courses are a little pricey, but it is a great pub/restaurant. Tel. 01985 840330
Upton Scudamore - Warminster
(About 30 minutes South East of Bath)
The Angel Website Highly recommended. Tel. 01985 213225
Rode and Beckington Area
(South East-Bath)
(Rode a very small but pleasant village about 20 minutes south of Bath - Beckington approx 12 miles Bath)
The Cross Keys Inn, High Street, Rode. This pub/restaurant has recently been modernized to provide a pleasant modern venue with quality food and good service. Tel. 01373 830900
The Red Lion Woolverton Tel. 01373 830350. A popular pub close to the main road (about 9 miles from Bath) Generally busy but provides good pub atmosphere. Tel. 01373 830900.
Woolverton Inn and Hotel, Beckington Website

(South East of Bath)
The Lamb near Staverton, Trowbridge 01380870 263

The Spread Eagle Stourton, Near Warminster. Tel. 01747 840587
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No. 1 Royal Crescent
Assembly Rooms - Museum of Costume
American Museum
Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults
Building of Bath Museum
Bath at work Museum
Holburne Museum
Jane Austen Exhibition
The Postal Museum
Roman Baths and Pumproom
The William Herschel Museum
Sightseeing/Tours around Bath
Bath Tourist Site
Roman Baths
Pump Room for Coffee or Tea

Theatre Royal
Ilford Manor - Arts
Victoria Art Gallery
Best Little Cinema - Little Theatre
Little Theatre News Letter

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National Trust - Bath Area - This site provides local National Trust properties to visit
Tyntesfield House, Wraxall,North Somerset
Tel. 0870 458 4500
Lacock Abbey
Tel. 01249 730459
Great Chalfied Manor Nr. Melksham
Tel. 01225 782239
Court Gardens, Holt, Nr. Bradford-on-Avon Tel. 01225 782875
Prior Park Gardens, Bath
Tel. 01225 833422
Stourhead Gardens and Palladian Mansion
Bowood House
Iford Manor Information
Longleat House, Gardens and Safari
Westonbirt Arboretum

Local Parks in the City Centre
Victoria Park, Henrietta Park and Sydney Gardens

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Useful website covering Britain

Cotswold Tourist Site
FleetAirArm Museum at Yeovilton
Wookey Hole and Cheddar Caves
Wells - Somerset
Stonehenge and Avebury

Westonbirt National Arboretum
and Tetbury
Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare

Bristol & Area
Bristol Website and SS Great Britain - Gt Western Dockyard

Severn Bridge - less than One Hour from Bath
Borderland territory between England and Wales
Website with Map
Ross on Wye - Herefordshire
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk - Second Website
Places within the Wye Valley include Chepstow, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Tintern
Wales and England meet here. Trip Advisor Hotel
The Brecons - National Parks Website

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Venues - Suitable for Youngsters
Bristol Zoo Tel 01179 974 7399

Avon Country Park
- between Bath & Bristol. Tel. 01179 9327296
Avon Valley Railway - between Bath & Bristol. Tel. 01179 327296
Bristol Ice Rink Tel. 01229 292148
Bristol Ferry Boat Co
Other Areas
Bowood Adventure Playground
Wookey Hole Tel. 01749 672243 and Cheddar Caves 01934 742343
Slimbridge Tel. 01453 89190

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A few Activities also included under in Section above

Boating - Bath Tourism Site
Bath Narrow Boats for Hire - Sydney Wharf
Lock Inn Canoe Hire - Bradford-on-Avon

Sally Boat Hire - Bradford-on-Avon

Bath & Dundas Canal Company, Brassknocker - Narrow Boats, electric boats

Pultney Princess River Cruise
Bath City Boat Trips
Pulteney Cruisers
Bath Boating Station - Punts and Canoes
Boatman Tea Gardens Forester Rd Bathwick, Bath, 01225 428844

The Bertinet Cookery School
This Cookery School is recommended for all - great way for friends to get together to cook and then enjoy the resulting cuisine in Bertinet's restaurant. . Do look at the website

Somerset Cricket

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Cumberwell Park Golf Club - Cumberwell Park Golf Club Nr Bradford-on-Avon, Bath
A mature course created in 1994 in a beautiful setting interspersed with lakes, woodlands and open countryside. 4 x nine hole courses will be open in summer 2007. Each course is expected to be good. Our recommendation for a full round is 9 holes on the Blue Course and 9 holes on theYellow. Cumberwell is well worth a visit - You are unlikely to be disappointed. Might be worth considering an early round to avoid delays during peak season. The course has been awarded four stars in Golf World's Top Courses in Britain. Highly Recommended

Bath Golf Club
Bowood Golf & Country Club - about 45 minutes north east of Bath
Kingsdown Golf Club - about 20 minutes
Manor House Golf Course, Castle Combe about 45 minutes north east of Bath
Orchardleigh Golf Course, Nr. Longleat, Warminster about 45 minutes south of bath
Players Course - Bristol
Bill White's Golf Courses in the Region

UK Golf Course Listed by Region

AA Golf Course Search UK


Top 100 Golf Courses

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Horse Riding/Races
Badminton Horse Trials
Bath Racecourse
Chepstow Races
Wincanton Races
Wellow Trekking Centre

Motor Racing
Castle Combe Motor Racing, Skid Pad and Kart Track

Bath Rugby

Thermae Bath Spa
Balloon Flights

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Cycle Facilities
Cycling Available south of Bath either at the bottom of Brassknocker or Bradford-on Avon
Kennet & Avon Cycle route
Dundas Cycle Hire
Lock Inn Cycle Hire - Bradford on Avon

Swimming, Tennis, Gym & Other Facilities
Swimming, Tennis, Gym & Other Sport - Bath University
Bath Sports Centre
Tennis at Alice Park + Sydney Gardens
Excel Tennis Tel: 425066 at Victoria Park
Victoria Park - Crazy Golf

Ten Pin Bowling Bristol
Aspects Leisure Park, Longwell Green Tel. 01179 610 000
Hollywood Bowl Cribss Causeway
Tel. 01179 771777

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Badminton Horse Trials
Bath Literature Festival

Bath Music Festival
Bath & West Show
Bath Christmas Market
Severn Bore
Car Boot Sales

List of Major Events in 2007
including 4 Day Food Festival 28th June - 1st July 2007

A good variety of shops available including a small number of privately owned businesses with selective items and personal service to their customers.

The Silver shop
The Silver Shop - Wonderful privately owned quality gift shop - Highly recommended
Shires Yard just off Milsom Street provides some delightful small shops, open air cafes and nearby restaurant

Timothy Richards - Local Crafstman
Hand Made Plaster - Architectural Model Maker
Special Gifts and Commissions - Tel. 311499
Craftsman - Timothy Richards

Cribbs Causeway - Large Stores - Out of town shopping complex


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Bath - Transport Website including Taxis

Bus Services in Bath

Coach - National Express

Trains - First Great Western

Bristol Airport Information
Transport to Bristol Airport

UK Airport Information

Titan Coach Tours Abroad - Pick up points in the Bath Area

Titan Tours - Destinations Abroad

Accommodation 15 minutes from Bristol Airport
2 Stowey Cottages -
details in Accommodation Section higher on the page. Tel. 01275 332858


National Trust
Bath Tourist Site
Travel Guide Bath

What's on in Bath
Trip Advisor Reviews
AA Route Planner, Map, Hotels and Restaurants




If you visit Bath, we would welcome your comments together with any hotel and restaurant recommendations.

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