Even though Bath is only 90 minutes by train from London, you'll feel like you're a world away. The only English city to be named a UNESCO world heritage site, Bath is the ideal mix of city and country escape. The ancient Roman history and stunning landscapes give it a rich cultural feel, while the contemporary shopping and world-class dining make it truly cosmopolitan.

We have narrowed down our Top Five Reasons to Visit Bath!

 

1. Festival Season Doesn't End

The locals and lucky insiders know that Bath is a top three festival city in the UK. Every Spring there's The Bath Comedy Festival, which is guaranteed to leave even the hardest to please with a smile, with over two weeks of comedians providing a huge range of entertainment options from stand-up to cabaret. Then in May there's the whirlwind multi-arts Bath Festival, featuring international musicians, writers and speakers who bring the streets to life. The Jane Austen Festival, Bike Bath, Bath Carnival, Sky Safari and the epic Bath Christmas Market also feature on their year-round events calendar.

 

2. Foodies Rejoice

In June the country's top-rated chefs descend upon the city for Pub in the Park, a massive three-day feast and celebration of all things gastronomically great, as well at The Longleat Food and Drink Festival. The food and beverage team at Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel delight in sharing the bounty of local produce, which they source for their menus at the upscale Vellore Restaurant as well as the more casual Colonnade Lounge on site. The Full English breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice is not to be missed!

 

3. Oasis of Tranquility

When you visit Bath there isn't a bad angle to view the grand architecture and tranquil surroundings. The leisurely 15-minute walk from Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel to the centre of Bath provides a sense of calm as you go right through Sydney Gardens, wherein lies The Holburne Museum, the top art gallery in the region. You can't help but get lost in the serenity of the manicured landscapes and smiling faces greeting you as you stroll along.

 

4. Spa Life

Of course you're going to want to visit the epic Roman Baths, you'd be missing out if you didn't and the views over Bath from the rooftop pool are simply spectacular. However, it can get (very) crowded, and when your time slot is up, we invite you to get pampered with our signature Bath spa treatments that have been designed exclusively for our hotel by Elemis, combining the best of Bath's spa traditions with ancient Celtic wellbeing secrets. You'll be spoilt for choice and instead of fighting the crowds, you'll be settled into a deeply comforting environment where your only job is to relax. View our Spa Treatment menu here if you want to start imagining yourself blissfully calm and content.

 

5. City or Country - Best of Both

Buzzing with students one minute, seemingly empty with wide open green spaces the next, Bath is the ideal mix for when you want to get away from it all without falling off the radar or going stir crazy. There are more museums and galleries here than other cities three times the size in Europe, but there are also funky boutique shops, tours, bars, nightclubs, cinemas, plus a wide selection of live music and comedy venues.

 

When you make Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel your base, there's no limit to the enjoyment you'll experience when you visit. Even though the gorgeous grounds are just a short walk from the city centre, you need not even leave the hotel to experience the best of Bath - luxurious surroundings, the best food in the region, and an impressive spa with more decadence than the Romans could ever have dreamt up 2,000 years ago.

 

Sarah Watt, Digital Marketing Executive, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts