Conde Nast Travellers Insider Guide to Bath

Bath is truly a stunning city and we are lucky enough to be positioned within walking distance from many major attractions. Don't just take our word for it,  let The Insiders Guide Best of Bath tell you more.

This is one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe, but beneath her Regency façade she's also something of a good-time girl. Local Joanna Weinberg knows all her secrets

Despite its utter Englishness, Bath is a continental wonder, the sort of city that even in Italy or France would stop you in your tracks. For every tourist-worn attraction (and there are plenty), there is a new discovery to be made: quiet paths meander along the river and canal, carved stone angels rest peacefully next to pretty chapels, and there's music everywhere from buskers more likely to channel Joan Sutherland than Joan Jett. There's plenty of culture, too, with superb small museums, pop-up supper spots and a stream of year-round festivals.

In the meantime, for all its establishment façade, Bath has a thriving independent scene. Milsom Street, the city's main thoroughfare, leading south, has all the big high-street names, but it's the northern part, where boutiques sit cheek-by-jowl with excellent cafés, delis and restaurants, that's worth exploring thoroughly. And all over the place, stylish, privately run B&Bs are giving bigger hotels a run for their money.

In the end, Bath is a place for simply wandering around. Sweeping crescents of immaculate Georgian architecture bump into ancient cobbled alleys, and wherever you look there's a corner of such classical beauty that it makes you stop and stare. Listen carefully and you might hear the ghosts of horse-drawn carriages.

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