Driving from Camerton on a good day, one can be in Bath’s beautiful Georgian
city centre in 15 minutes. Or take the leisurely route and drop the car at one
of Bath’s several ‘park and rides’, and let the local transport do the legwork,
make use of Bath’s many tour buses, jump on and jump off any anywhere on route
around the city.
Just like its native cakes and buns, delicious Bath may be devoured in a few
greedy bites, or elegantly nibbled and gently savoured. That is the best way to
do it, to stroll its streets and allow its many flavours, matured over a
millennium or two, to permeate. It is a city that has been much loved and gives
much pleasure in return, a city of grace and wit, whose earlier inhabitants seem
more reluctant to leave than those of other places.
Certainly, it would be a difficult place for a ghost to quit, whether he were
the old Roman cavalryman whose tomb can be seen in the Temple of SuIis-Minerva,
the merry Bishop King who built the abbey, or the Woods, a father and son, who
laboured with such restrained passion upon the incomparable Georgian streets,
circus and crescent.
Jane Austen, too, would be happy to see that the shops in Bond Street are as
suave as ever, and Sally Lunn that her buns are finding happy customers, and Sir
Thomas Holburne to see that his collections are appreciated by later
generations. And surely those two spirits of the Pump Room, Beau Nash and Dr
Oliver, still drift among the tea tables, one proffering the latest gossip, and
the other his healthful biscuits.
Bath Tourist Information
Bath Tourist Information Centre
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Overseas callers: +44 (0)870 444 6442