Places of Interest

Bath
Beautiful Bath, settled by the Romans 2000 years ago around Britain's only natural hot springs.  The tradition of the Roman Baths has now been revived with the opening of a superb 21st century spa complex.

This exquisite Georgian city, so beloved of the fashionable set and Jane Austen in the 19th century, has been designated a World Heritage Site.  Of special interest are:

  • Royal Crescent
  • The Circus
  • The Roman Baths
  • The Pump Room
  • Pulteney Bridge
  • The 15th century Abbey

Enjoy the excellent theatre, the boutique shops, good restaurants and the International Music and Literature Festivals.

Bristol
Historic maritime Bristol from where, in the C15, John Cabot sailed in the Mathew to discover Newfoundland.   Visit the replica of the Mathew and Brunel's C18 masterpiece of ship design and engineering, the SS Great Britain.  Don't forget his other masterpiece in Bristol, the Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge.
Local Villages
Castle Combe, Biddestone and the National Trust village of Lacock and her 13th century Abbey - villages featured in many TV and film episodes.  Alternatively, take a day trip to the villages of the Northern Cotswolds such as Broadway and Bourton on the Water.
Other places of interest
The ancient nearby market towns of Malmesbury, Tetbury, Cirencester and Bradford on Avon, with their graceful buildings and antique shops. Stately homes and gardens close by - Dyrham Park just over the road, Corsham Court, with its outstanding art collection and Bowood House, both with gardens laid out by 'Capability' Brown.   Further afield visit Longleat, Wilton House, Berkeley and Chepstow Castles.
  • The renowned arboretum of Westonbirt and the gardens and Palladian mansion of Stourhead.
  • Malmesbury's Abbey House Garden and that of Iford Manor.
  • The magnificent cathedrals of Wells and Salisbury.
  • The famous prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury.