If you had the chance to visit anywhere in the UK, where would you go? That’s the question First Great Western asked me this week, and I only had one answer – Bath. There’s always one place on your home country that’s been on your travel list for ages, but never seems to happen. Bath is mine. And it’s ridiculous really, considering how close it is from London and how many trains to Bath there are.
I’m going to tell you all about First Great Western’s competition to win a pair of First Class train tickets to a UK destination of your choice too, but first – here’s why Bath is #1 on my UK travel list and what I’ll do when I get there…
Relax at the Thermae Bath Spa
This is Britain’s only thermal bath spa – and I need to go there. All this horrible wintery weather is making my skin cry out for the bath’s mineral-rich spring water, which, by the way, is a really cosy 33 degrees. I’d love to take in the gorgeous night-time view of the city while relaxing in a bubbling rooftop spa pool.
Take Afternoon Tea in the style of Jane Austen
Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Jane Austen Regency Tea Room sounds like a splendid idea doesn’t it darling? One does like a little luxury when taking one’s derrière on holiday. In all seriousness though, a cuppa and a scone in a real Georgian townhouse is just my sort of thing. And when ‘tea with Mr Darcy’ is involved, I’ll be at the front of the queue.
Admire the architecture
Bath is famous for its Georgian architecture and many historical sights. I couldn’t visit this amazing city without taking tours around the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey church, and the houses of The Circus and Royal Crescent. After the tours, I’d take the weight off my feet and see the sights from the River Avon on a boat trip. Ahh!
Eat a Sally Lunn Bunn
Yes, you read that right. Sally Lunn’s is one of the oldest houses in Bath and is home to the original Bath Bun, a very light brioche-like festival bun. Sounds delicious doesn’t it? The original secret recipe was handed down with the deeds of Sally Lunn’s house, so we’re sure to be eating the real deal there! Taken sweet or savoury, toasted or plain, I’ve been told the bun is not to be missed. I’ll try the whole menu please!
Post image via bongo vongo’s Flickr
* First Great Western offered me two standard class tickets in return for telling you all about my favourite FGW destinationplease note: some header images are from unsplash.com