More than mineral spas, though those are quite nice too
Situated on River Avon and less than two hours from London is the town-like city of Bath -- a historic, picturesque gem that somehow remains underexplored. The city’s pulse is its epic Georgian architecture (it was named a World Heritage Site), with landmarks like the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, and Pulteney Bridge maintaining their historic charms. Literary buffs can also go home and brag to their book clubs about having walked the same 18th-century cobblestones as Jane Austen.
Lest we forget how Bath got its name, the magnificent ancient baths of pungent spa water, laced with 43 different minerals, are well-preserved. Bathe as the Romans really did by soaking at the Thermae Bath Spa, where the modernized rooftop pool comes with a magnificent view of the abbey.
Bath is indeed a city, larger than you’re probably expecting. But it doesn’t lack the UK’s signature rolling countryside and scenic parks, like Prior Park, Royal Victoria Park, and Bath Skyline’s six-mile hike. Don’t leave town without enjoying afternoon tea and buns at Sally Lunn’s, catching a Bath Rugby Club game, browsing the farmers market on a Saturday, and sipping Strongbow at the Pig & Fiddle pub. - Brooke Sager, Thrillist contributor