Short Breaks Bath – Ideas for a Two Night Weekend Break
When looking for short breaks in Bath, one night stays just aren’t long enough to fully experience the delights, this city has to offer. One or two night weekend stays at Dukes for a short break in Bath makes for an ideal romantic weekend but for families you may also consider Bath for a half term break. With so much to see and do, especially during the festival months and school holidays, your stay will be action packed and full of fun, enjoyable for every member of your family.
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The First Time Visitor's Guide to Bath
If you are visiting Bath for the first time then you should consider a trip to the Jane Austen Centre, the Roman Baths, Prior Park, Bath Abbey and the Fashion Museum and sample the fantastic shopping, eating and drinking establishments that the city is so famed for.
If you are staying long enough in Bath why not visit Longleat and Stonehenge which are only a short drive away from the city centre and make perfect day trips away with children. If you want to concentrate your time just to the city, but still need to experience grass underfoot, Victoria Park near to the Royal Crescent runs to 57 acres of parkland and provides the perfect place for children to let off some steam and run around.
This peaceful park was opened in 1829 and was the first to be named after Queen Victoria. For the avid gardener the park is beautifully cared for with many fine garden ornaments and bedding plants and floral displays. For the active, the park provides tennis courts, a bowling green and a 12 and 18 hole golf course. For younger children there is a playground to challenge any little climber and for slightly older children there is a skateboard area.
The History Lover's Guide to Bath
Short breaks in Bath cannot be considered complete unless you have explored the city's history and, especially, its architecture. For history buffs and lovers of fine architecture, this is a wonderful place for weekend breaks and Bath offers the opportunity to experience the magnificence of Georgian engineering and design. You may see at first hand some of the most historically significant buildings, without doubt these would include the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, the Circus or maybe Prior Park.
In 1987 Bath was the only city in Britain to be recognised as a World Heritage Site due to its architectural history and it still has this status today. Bath was designed to be a beautiful city with its clever use of architectural design, green belt and urban spacing; even with modern development it remains one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. As you wander through the streets you will see evidence of the creative way in which both public and residential buildings have been woven into the same space and how modern development has been carefully designed in order to maintain Bath’s architectural integrity.
Bath is home to the neoclassical ‘Pulteney Bridge’ designed by Robert Adam drawing his inspiration from the ‘Rialto Bridge’ in Venice. The outstanding curved ‘Royal Crescent’ c1770 and ‘The Circus’ c1760 were both designed and built by Georgian architects John Wood senior and younger. Much of the city was built in the Georgian style in Bath Stone but later towards the early 18th century the Palladian Style become more fashionable.
The Art Lover's Guide to Bath
The Holburne Museum is set in its own grounds with Sydney Park just behind it, where the Avon Canal and the Kennet run through; so after soaking up the Renaissance treasures, fine embroideries, silver collections and the Gainsborough masterpieces you can take a leisurely stroll through the park or sit by the canal. The museum is a ten minute walk from the centre of Bath and entrance is free.
For lovers of contemporary art why not visit The Bath Gallery, located close to Pulteney Bridge, where you will find watercolours by Irene Marsh and drawings and paintings by Bonnie Helen Hawkins.
A rather unique and hands on experience is to attend the Paper Cutting Workshop run by popular and well known artist Jessica Palmer. Here you will learn how to apply the art of paper cutting to make a true masterpiece of your own. Jessica is a regular visiting artist to the Victoria and Albert, The National Portrait Gallery, The Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Sir John Soane’s Museum.
The Museum Lover's Guide to Bath
Taking a trip down memory lane, especially into Georgian times, is something quite special and this has been managed to perfection at the No.1 Royal Crescent Museum; a restored town house that has masterfully recreated life in Georgian Bath. No.1 was the first house to be built as part of the Royal Crescent by John Wood. Today the museum gives visitors a glimpse of life as it was for a wealthy aristocrat in 18th century Britain. Rooms are set as they would have been, with all the trimmings and extravagances of the times including fine interior design, authentic furniture paintings, fabrics and carpets. Peep into the world of a lady's bedroom, gentleman’s study, elegant drawing room, and life downstairs for the servants in their quarters and the busy kitchen.
A visit to Bath wouldn’t be complete without going to The Jane Austen Centre were you can learn how living in Bath influenced the life and writings of one of the country's most celebrated authors. The use of costumes, actors, room settings and film all bring the Regency period back to life making this one of the best interactive attractions in Bath and you may even dress up and wear a Regency bonnet or two.
Short Breaks in Bath - For the perfect weekend break in Bath why not book a two night break or more at Dukes. To find out more call us now on 01225 787960