Days out in Bath
Whilst in Bath...
This remarkable Georgian city is brimming with things to do and see. It's renowned for art, culture and history and with around 5,000 listed buildings, is a World Heritage Site. A wander around Bath reveals a treasure trove of interest and fascination.
Why not visit the Roman Baths, among the finest in Europe. Retrace the footsteps of Jane Austen, one of Bath's best known and best loved famous residents or find out about 1,600 years of history at the Abbey Heritage Vaults.
The city offers a broad range of museums, galleries and shopping. It's a shoppers paradise with familiar names and big stores alongside a fabulous choice of smaller, specialist and independent shops – all wrapped up in a compact, visitor-friendly centre that is a delight to explore.
Why not pay a visit to the National Trust's Prior Park, a beautiful and intimate 18th century landscape garden, close to the centre of Bath. The garden features an ornamental Palladian bridge, one of only four in the world. There are also fabulous views of the city with links to the Bath Skyline walk. Just catch Service 2 from Dorchester Street.
For more information about what to do and see in Bath, check out www.visitbath.co.uk
Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
The park covers 50 acres of beautiful countryside adjoining the River Avon between Keynsham and Saltford. Climb aboard the 'Strawberry Line' - the longest five-inch miniature gauge railway in the West Country - stroll along the winding river (with challenging obstacles for the children), have fun in a boat, course and lake fish, and enjoy games in the extensive grounds.
|Address||Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP|
|Services||Catch Service X39 from Bristol Bus Station.|
Avon Valley Railway
The Avon Valley Railway offers a great experience and fantastic day out with trains running to the edge of the scenic Avon Valley. There are also many themed trips from Thomas the Tank Engine day to Murder Mystery parties.
|Address||Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD|
|Services||Take Service 332 or 42.|
Tucked in the western corner of Wiltshire, Bradford-on-Avon is a little town which straddles the river on the southern edge of the Cotswold Hills only 8 miles from Bath.
The 'broad ford' across the River Avon was replaced in medieval times by a sturdy stone bridge which is a beautiful landmark in the centre of town.
The town is home to the famous Saxon church of St Laurence. The 7th century building is all that remains of a monastery that once existed in the area now known as Abbey Yard.
The 'Millie' is a unique statue, unveiled in January 2000. The statue represents a thread running through the three millennia in the town, celebrating the past but facing squarely into the future.
|Services||Take a trip to Bradford-on-Avon on Service 264/265, discover 'Millie' and all the charm of this lovely old town.|
Bristol is an exciting city, overflowing with intriguing, traditional and innovative things to do and see. What makes this city really special? The fantastic energy combined with an eclectic mix of old and new.
The modern developments of Harbourside and Temple Quay sit comfortably next to the Old City and the many parks and gardens provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of a busy day. Explore the West End, Whiteladies Road and Clifton Village for a taste of gorgeous Georgian terraces and an incredible choice of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, or head into Broadmead to shop until you drop at a wide range of the UK's favourite high street stores
|Website||Click here for more information
|Services||Catch Service X39 from Bath Bus Station. Once in Bristol, use bus services 8 & 9 to get around a host of attractions.|
The village of Lacock lies at the southern edge of the Cotswolds. Originally a centre of the medieval wool trade and part of the estate of Lacock Abbey, the whole village is now owned by The National Trust. Here there are no television aerials, no yellow lines and no overhead cables.
More recently the Abbey was made famous by the filming of the first two Harry Potter movies.
|Services||Catch Service 231/233 to Chippenham and change to Service 234 to Lacock.|
Wells and Wookey Hole
The ancient and very beautiful city of Wells lies on the slopes of the Mendip Hills. Travellers from all over the world come to explore the unspoilt streets of this city and to visit the splendid cathedral. Wells Cathedral is one of the most attractive and greatest architectural treasures in the area with one of the largest collections of medieval sculptures in the world.
|Website||www.visitsomerset.co.uk||Services||Take Service 173 from Bath to Wells.|
Just two miles west of Wells and a short bus journey away on Service 670, are the nine vast chambers that form Wookey Hole caves, one of the most popular of Somerset's sights.
The cave tours are an exciting attraction whatever the weather, and you can enjoy breathtaking underground scenery.