Bath is famed for its gorgeous yellow stone, Medieval heritage, stately Georgian architecture and its hot springs. It’s a city on the bucket list of many. For a place so beautiful, it comes as no surprise that there are more National Trust sites than you can shake your flask of tea at – discover the best via Culture Trip’s local insiders.
Stately and ornate, the Bath Assembly Rooms are fancy and delightful. Visit and pretend you were a mover and shaker during the Georgian era when the rooms were used for tea drinking, dancing and playing cards. The beautifully preserved building features exquisite elements, such as adorned ceilings and chandeliers. The world-renowned Bath Fashion Museum is on the ground floor and worth a visit. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
The circular trail of Bath Skyline gives incomparable views of the UNESCO-listed city on a clear day, and it is just a short walk from the centre. You’ll feel worlds away though as you wander the 10km (6mi) of ancient woodland, fields and meadows. There are some gentle hills, and wear boots if it has been raining because it can get muddy in places. Reward yourself afterwards with a pint in one of Bath’s esteemed establishments. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
There’s a romance in the air at Prior Park, complete with lush greens, gentle birdsongs and the famed Palladian Bridge. One of only four in the world, the bridge is striking and beautiful. The landscaped gardens, which opened in the 18th century, are set in an undulating valley above the city of Bath, allowing for fantastic views. Our local insider recommends searching out the summerhouse during your trip, faithfully restored in 2004 to replicate the original design from 1912. Prior Park Landscape Garden is a stunning escape in every season. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
Lacock Abbey and its grounds have been used as a film set for two Harry Potter films, BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice (2005), so you know it’s going to be a treat for the eyes. The mix of historical features – its origins are monastic – is a history lesson in itself. William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the photographic negative, lived here occasionally, and the museum provides a walk through the history of early photography, complete with old cameras and exhibitions depicting the different photographic processes. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
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