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Bath enjoys a wealth of architectural history dating back to Romans times. The Georgian City provides a wonderful place to stay with good access to Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, the Cotswolds and Wales. London is just over an hour by rail and Lulsgate Airport is less than 45 minutes by car. A central location, Bath provides an excellent base for many attractions in the West Country and warrants more than a few days stay.

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RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN BATH

All restaurants/pubs below are recommended. Prices vary considerably- check menu/prices prior to booking
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Casanis French Bistro Restaurant Tel. 01225 780055 Highly recommended if you are looking for a small intimate French style restaurant.
Bathwick Boatman Tel 01225 428844 Dine overlooking the river eating good value quality food in simply furnished surroundings
Clarke's Restaurant Pulteney Street Tel. 01225 444440 British food with international influence - something for everyone
Circus Restaurant Tel 01225 466020 Busy restaurant close Royal Crescent serving carefully sourced freshly cooked British food. Book!
Hudson's Tel. 01225 332323 - New steakhouse located in former top of town Victorian pub
Jamie Oliver Italian Tel 01225 510051Serves delicious simple rustic Italian food all day. Very popular. May have to queue as can't book
La Flamenca North Parade Tel 01225 463626 Spanish style restaurant with tapas & other Mediterranean dishes.
Loch Fyne Restaurant Tel. 01225 750120 A good venue for those who like fish
Martini Restaurant Tel. 01225 460818 - Recommended
Moon and Sixpence Tel. 01225 460962 - Popular restaurant with varied menu pleasing most palates
No 5 Bistro Argyle Street. Tel.01225 444499 Classical French & Mediterranean style cooking in relaxed atmosphere
Olive Tree Restaurant at Queensbury Hotel 01225 446065 British cuisine with some Mediterranean influence. Relaxed atmosphere.
OneFishTwoFish Tel 01225 330236 Specialising in exciting fish (and meat) dishes from traditional to exotic. Highly recommended
Opa Restaurant and Cafe - Tel. 01225 317900. A great contemporary bar and restaurant within vaults adjoining River Avon.
Papillon Bistro St Margaret's Buildings (Close to Royal Crescent) Tel 01225 310064 Small good value wine bar/bistro with tables outside.
Priory Hotel Restaurant - Tel. 01225 331922 Upmarket Michelin Star restaurant, expensive and only for special occasions
Raphael Bar & Restaurant, Upper Borough Walls (Opposite Theatre) - Tel 01225 480042 Excellent set lunches & pre theatre set menus
Richmond Arms, Lansdown - Tel.01225 316725 Small good food pub on northern slopes of City
Ring O'Bells Widcombe, Bath
Tel.01225 448870 - Cosy bistro style pub in Widcombe only 5 minutes from Somerset House
Riverside Cafe - Tel 01225 480532 A small inexpensive cafe/restaurant recommended because of its great location below Pulteney Bridge
Sally Lunn's Tel 01225 461634 A 'must' visit in Bath's oldest house (c1482). Known as a coffee house, but does candlelit dinners as well.
Tilleys Bistro Tel. 01225 484200 Specialises in an extensive choice of starter type dishes
White Hart, Widcombe, Bath Tel. 01225 338053 - Gastro pub within 5 minutes walk of Somerset House. Recommended. Need to book.
Woods Restaurant -
Tel. 01225 314812 Always good value for small & large parties located near the Assembly Rooms

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RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS & PUBS NEAR BATH

There are many great pubs & restaurants in the area worth trying, but we recommend the following from our own experience over the years

Biddestone (About 25 mins north east of Bath) Biddestone Website
White Horse Pub - A small pub in a wonderful location in the heart of this very pretty character village with its green and duckpond. The interior of the pub is disappointing but good value meals are available.
Biddestone Arms No personal knowledge available on this pub, but worth investigating in this picturesque village.

Box (About 15 mins East of Bath) The Northey Arms This Pub has recently been converted into a modern upmarket restaurant/pub. The atmosphere and cuisine are excellent but quite expensive! The Northey Arms is situated on a main road and is not particularly attractive from the outside - don't let this put you off. Tel.01225 742333

Bradford-on-Avon and Area (Approx 20 mins South East of Bath) Bradford-on-Avon Website Delightful busy Witshire village on river.
Cross Guns Avoncliffe Nr Bradford-on-Avon Tel 01225 862335 Good Value meals, great pub atmosphere and gardens. A wonderful setting close to canal with viaduct over river. Parking can be difficult and due to popularity the Cross Guns can be extremely busy.
Cumberwell Golf Club Nr Bradford-on-Avon Tel 01225 863322 The Golf Club restaurant is spacious and would be ideal for Sunday lunch with a few friends! The views of the golf course and patio area make this Golf Club worth considering.
Fat Fowl Restaurant Bradford-on-Avon Tel 01225 863111Excellentcoffee shop & restaurant in centre of town.
The Lock Inn Bradford-on-Avon Tel
01225 868068 Busy canal side pub
Thai Barn Restaurant Bradford-on-Avon Tel 01225 782876

Broughton Gifford (About 20 mins East of Bath) The Fox Broughton Gifford.Tel. 01225 782949

Castle Combe (About 25 mins north east of Bath) A 'must visit' picturesque village and location of several films. Castle Combe Website
Manor House Hotel Golf & Country Club Tel.
01249 783101
Castle Inn Pub & Accommodation Tel. 01249 783030
The Old House at Home, Burton near Castle Combe (north) Tel. 01454 218227. (This pub/ restaurant is under the same ownership as the Northey Arms at Box and the Crown at Tolldown, Dyrham)

Crockerton (about 30 mins south of Bath) Bath Arms, Clay Street, Crockerton, Warminster Website Tel. 01985 212 262

Dyrham (About 10 mins North of Bath) The Crown offers excellent restaurant facilities, but the pub is close to a busy main road. Convenient if you are in the area Tel. 01225 891166

Freshford (About 15 mins South of Bath) Inn at Freshford Tel 01225 722250 Pretty village Inn in a great rural location close to the river.

Heytesbury - Warminster (About 30 mins South East of Bath) The Angel Recommended if you are on the far side of Warminster. Some courses are a little pricey, but it is a great pub/restaurant. Tel. 01985 840330

Hinton Charterhouse (10 mins South of Bath) Tel 01225 723731 Homeward Park Hotel & Restaurant

Hunstrete (About 20 mins South West Bath) Hunstrete House Hotel and Restaurant Tel. 01761 490490 Upmarket country house dining

Lacock (About 35 mins East of Bath) Another 'must visit' village together with Lacock Abbey. Lacock Website
The Sign of the Angel Tel 01249 730 230 Well renowned for the simple English Cuisine plates such as Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pud etc

Limpley Stoke (About 10 mins South of Bath) The Hop Pole 01225 723134 Small character pub with garden and selection of pub food.

Marshfield (About 15 mins north of Bath) Catherine Wheel Pub/Restaurant Tel 01225 89222 Village pub highly regarded for its home cooked food and real ales served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere

Midford - Nr Bath (Approx 10 mins south of Bath)
The Hope & Anchor Midford. Good Value meals. Outside paved garden, but the main merit of the pub is good value rather than its location.Tel.01225 832296
The Wheatsheaf Combe Hay,(about 2 miles from Midford) This old character pub has been refurbished in a contemporary style. The large garden with good seating facilities provides an enjoyable area for an enjoyable drink in the country. Now primarily a restaurant it is popular, rather expensive and prior booking is recommended. Tel 01225 833504

Monkton Farleigh (About 15 minutes East of Bath) The Kings Arms Tel 01225 858705 Busy character village pub with good value food.

Rode (About 20 mins South of Bath) Rode a very small but pleasant village The Cross Keys Inn High Street, Rode. This pub/restaurant has recently been modernized to provide a pleasant modern venue with quality food and good service. Tel. 01373 830900

Seend (About 25 mins South East of Bath) The Barge Inn A wonderful location adjoining the canal. A busy pub due to its picturesque setting. Tel 01380 828230

Southstoke - Nr Bath (Approx 10 mins South of Bath) The Packhorse Inn Tel 01225 832060 A very old local pub

Ston Easton (About 25 mins South West of Bath) Ston Easton House and Hotel Tel 01761 241631 Well renowned up market hotel

Stourhead (About 40 minutes South of Bath) A celebrated National Trust landscape garden and Palladian mansion in Wiltshires worth visiting especially when the rhodadendrums are out. If you can eat at The Spread Eagle Stourton Tel 01747 840587 A fine traditional British inn at Stourhead with traditional English cooking using locally sourced food.

Tunley (About 10 mins South of Bath) King William Tel 01761 470408 Not much to commend Tunley, but this modern gastro pub is well worth trying.

Upton Scudamore - Warminster (About 30 mins South of Bath) The Angel Tel 01985 213225 Former coaching inn and recommended.

Wells (About 30 minutes South West of Bath) Definitely short list for a day out and visit the Cathedral and Bishops Palace & Gardens
Cafe Piano Heritage Courtyard Tel 01749 677772 A hidden good value little gem in a pedestrian cul-de-sac, ideal for lunch
Goodfellows Sadler Street Tel 01749 673866 Excellent patisserie & seafood restaurant NB £10 for 2 courses + Glass of wine!
Swan Hotel Sadler Street Great to pop in for coffee in front of log fire on a wet day and look towards the Cathedral

Whitley Nr Melksham (About 20 mins East of Bath) The location of the Pear Tree is nothing special, but the pub with its attractive level gardens, excellent food and great atmosphere is highly recommended. Tel 01225 899179

Wingfield (About 20 mins South East of Bath) The Poplars Tel 752426 Country pub with garden and extensive menu.

Woolverton (about 9 miles South of Bath) The Red Lion Woolverton Tel. 01373 830350. A popular pub close to the main road Generally busy but provides good pub atmosphere. Tel. 01373 830900.

MUSEUMS & POPULAR ATTRACTIONS
No. 1 Royal Crescent
Assembly Rooms - Museum of Costume
American Museum
Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults
Building of Bath Museum
Bath at work Museum
Holburne Museum
Jane Austen Exhibition
The Postal Museum
Roman Baths and Pumproom
The William Herschel Museum
Sightseeing/Tours around Bath
Bath Tourist Site
Museums
Roman Baths
Pump Room for Coffee or Tea

THE ARTS
Theatre Royal
Iford Manor - Arts
Victoria Art Gallery
Best Little Cinema - Little Theatre
Little Theatre News Letter

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HOUSES,GARDENS & PARKS IN AND AROUND BATH

National Trust - Bath Area - This site provides local National Trust properties to visit including:
Tyntesfield House, Wraxall,North Somerset
Tel. 0870 458 4500
Lacock Abbey
Tel. 01249 730459
Great Chalfied Manor Nr. Melksham
Tel. 01225 782239
Court Gardens, Holt, Nr. Bradford-on-Avon Tel. 01225 782875
Prior Park Gardens, Bath
Tel. 01225 833422
Stourhead Gardens and Palladian Mansion
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Bowood House
Iford Manor Information
Longleat House, Gardens and Safari
Westonbirt Arboretum

Local Parks in the City Centre
Victoria Park, Henrietta Park and Sydney Gardens

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DAYS OUT
Useful website covering Britain

Cotswolds
Cotswold Tourist Site
Dorset
Gloucestershire
Somerset
Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton
Wookey Hole and Cheddar Caves
Wells - Somerset
Wiltshire
Stonehenge and Avebury

Westonbirt National Arboretum
Slimbridge
and Tetbury
Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare
Oxford

Bristol & Area
Bristol Website and SS Great Britain - Gt Western Dockyard

Wales
Severn Bridge - less than One Hour from Bath

Borderland territory between England and Wales
Website with Map
Ross on Wye - Herefordshire
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk - Second Website
Places within the Wye Valley include Chepstow, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Tintern
Wales and England meet here. Trip Advisor Hotel
The Brecons - National Parks Website
Cardiff

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VENUES - SUITABLE FOR YOUNGSTERS
Bristol Zoo Tel 01179 974 7399
Avon Country Park - between Bath & Bristol. Tel. 01179 9327296

Avon Valley Railway - between Bath & Bristol. Tel. 01179 327296
Bristol Ice Rink
Tel. 01229 292148
Bristol Ferry Boat Co

Other Areas
Bowood Adventure Playground
Wookey Hole Tel. 01749 672243 and Cheddar Caves 01934 742343
Slimbridge
Tel. 01453 89190

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ACTIVITIES

A few activities also included under in Section above

BOATING CANAL
Boating - Bath Tourism Site
Bath Narrow Boats for Hire - Sydney Wharf
Lock Inn Canoe Hire - Bradford-on-Avon

Sally Boat Hire - Bradford-on-Avon
Bath & Dundas Canal Company, Brassknocker - Narrow Boats, electric boats

BOATING RIVER
Pultney Princess River Cruise
Bath City Boat Trips
Pulteney Cruisers
Bath Boating Station - Punts and Canoes
Boatman Tea Gardens Forester Rd Bathwick, Bath, 01225 428844

COOKERY
The Bertinet Cookery School
This Cookery School is recommended for all - great way for friends to get together to cook and then enjoy the resulting cuisine in Bertinet's restaurant. . Do look at the website

CRICKET
Somerset Cricket

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GOLF COURSES


Cumberwell Park Golf Club - Cumberwell Park Golf Club Nr Bradford-on-Avon, Bath
A mature proprietary owned course started in 1994 in a beautiful setting interspersed with lakes, woodlands and open countryside.There are 4 nine hole courses. Each 9 holes is good. Can get busy with societies.Awarded four stars in Golf World's Top Courses in Britain.


Bath Golf Club
Our home Club which is often termed one of the best inland courses in the area
Bowood Golf & Country Club - about 45 minutes north east of Bath
Kingsdown Golf Club - about 20 minutes
Manor House Golf Course, Castle Combe about 45 minutes north east of Bath
Orchardleigh Golf Course, Nr Warminster about 45 minutes south of bath
Players Course - Close Junction 18 of M4


Bill White's Recommended Golf Courses in the Region

UK Golf Course Listed by Region

AA Golf Course Search UK

Golfbreaks.com

Top 100 Golf Courses


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Horse Riding/Races
Badminton Horse Trials
Bath Racecourse
Chepstow Races
Wincanton Races
Wellow Trekking Centre

Motor Racing
Castle Combe Motor Racing, Skid Pad and Kart Track

Rugby
Bath Rugby

Leisure
Thermae Bath Spa
Balloon Flights

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Cycle Facilities
Cycling Available south of Bath either at the bottom of Brassknocker or Bradford-on Avon
Kennet & Avon Cycle route
Dundas Cycle Hire
Lock Inn Cycle Hire - Bradford on Avon

Swimming, Tennis, Gym & Other Facilities
Swimming, Tennis, Gym & Other Sport - Bath University
Bath Sports Centre
Tennis at Alice Park + Sydney Gardens
Excel Tennis Tel: 425066 at Victoria Park
Victoria Park - Crazy Golf

Ten Pin Bowling Bristol
Aspects Leisure Park, Longwell Green Tel. 01179 610 000
Hollywood Bowl Cribss Causeway
Tel. 01179 771777

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REGULAR EVENTS

Badminton Horse Trials
Bath Literature Festival

Bath Music Festival
Bath & West Show
Bath Christmas Market

Severn Bore
Car Boot Sales

List of Major Events in 2009

SHOPPING
A good variety of shops available including a small number of privately owned businesses with selective items and personal service to their customers.

Bath

The Silver Shop - Wonderful privately owned quality gift shop - Highly recommended
Shires Yard just off Milsom Street provides some delightful small shops, open air cafes and nearby restaurant
Timothy Richards - Local Crafstman
Hand Made Plaster - Architectural Model Maker
Special Gifts and Commissions - Tel. 311499
Craftsman - Timothy Richards

Bristol
Cribbs Causeway - Large Stores - Out of town shopping complex

Cardiff

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TRANSPORT & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FROM BATH

Bath - Transport Website including Taxis
Bus Services in Bath

Coach - National Express
Trains - First Great Western

Bristol Airport Information
Transport to Bristol Airport

UK Airport Information

Titan Coach Tours Abroad - Pick up points in the Bath Area

Titan Tours - Destinations Abroad

USEFUL LINKS

National Trust
Bath Tourist Site
Travel Guide Bath

What's on in Bath
Trip Advisor Reviews
AA Route Planner, Map, Hotels and Restaurants

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