Why Bath and North East Somerset?
History and Heritage
Even though Bath and North East Somerset was only created in 1996 the area has been occupied for thousands of years. The most famous historic site the Roman Baths dated back to the Celts who used it as a shrine. It then became one of the most important areas of the Roman occupation of Britain. Bath Abbey is another historic building that was left to decay for years and ultimately re built in the 12th and 16th Century but the major restoration work was not carried out until the 1860s. In the 19th Century mining was the major industry in the area, however this stalled during WW2. During the war there was an air raid offensive carried out on Bath damaging over 19,000 with the Houses in the Royal Crescent, Circus and Paragon burnt out and the south side of Queen Square completely destroyed. The famous Bath Rugby team, who were founded in 1865, are the region’s most famous sports team. Bath is a major tourist centre and has a range of museums and art galleries including the Victoria Art Gallery, the Museum of East Asian Art, and Holburne Museum of Art, numerous commercial art galleries and antique shops, as well as numerous museums, among them Bath Postal Museum, The Fashion Museum, the Jane Austen Centre, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and the Roman Baths.
Activities and Attractions
For one of the smallest regions in the UK Bath and North East Somerset has a huge array of activities and attractions from historic ancient sites to family days out. If you are looking to indulge in the history of this region there are a plethora of famous locations for you to visit if you’re planning a getaway to Bath and North East Somerset. With the obvious choices to brush up on your history being the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey which are both stunning locations to visit. However there is an array of other attractions such as, Nunney Castle the striking and picturesque moated castle in Frome. If you are looking to explore Bath at a more relaxed pace the magnificent Dyrham Park located just outside bath houses a stunning 17th Century mansion surrounded by 270 acres of parkland to meander around on a lazy summer’s day. Further afield at Bradford on Avon Iford Manor and the Peto Gardens is an award winning Italian style gardens famous for its tranquil beauty, formally the home of architect and landscape hardener Harold Peto.
If you are looking for the perfect family day out Bath and North East Somerset has every option covered with a wide range of attractions. If your family are animal lovers the Bristol Zoo Gardens or the Longleat Safari and Adventure Park the number one safari park in the UK where you can view a wide range of animals including gorilla’s, lemur’s, wolves and cheetahs and a whole host of other animals. If you’re looking for a fun activity for all the family Pirate Bay Adventure Golf is an unequalled 18 hole golf experience. Putt your way round the fun filled pirate themed park setting. With all these activities and a range of walking and cycling routes there are plenty of fun ways to keep active and explore the Bath and North East Somerset region.
Food and Drink
With a long established reputation for good food and excellent hospitality, Bath is home to a wealth of top restaurants, cool cafés, stylish bars and unique gastro pubs. Enjoy a fine dining experience at one of the Bath restaurants boasting a Michelin-starred chef, settle down in a cosy pub that serves traditional hearty food or relax in a sunny terrace or beer garden, the choice is yours. Bath’s history of serving afternoon tea is a tradition not to be missed, with many places providing different variations on this enduringly popular theme. Bath is a foodie heaven, with plenty of independent restaurants and delis, a local farmer’s market, the first ever farmer’s market in the UK and a strong emphasis on locally sourced, home grown food. We are proud to host a celebration of all this in our annual Great Bath Feast every October. So why not take a trip to Bath and North East Somerset and enjoy some traditional English pub food with a pint of real ale.