Suggested short break itinerary for a young couple:
Arrive in Bath by train in the afternoon (everything is so easy to reach in Bath you can leave your car at home!) and walk or take a taxi to your city centre accommodation. We would suggest:
For a little luxury: Queensberry Hotel, a stunning, contemporary, boutique townhouse hotel, tucked away in a quiet residential street just around the corner from the Circus, Royal Crescent and Assembly Rooms. Rooms from £100 a night.
For comfort, value and service: Harington's Hotel, all the style and comfort of a boutique hotel in an excellent location in a quiet cobbled street in the city centre. Rooms from £88 a night.
For quality bed and breakfast: 3 Abbey Green has a central location (just a moment's walk from the Abbey and Roman Baths) and recently re-furbished elegant, spacious and comfortable bedrooms. Rooms from £85 a night.
After checking in and freshening up, why not take a stroll around the city to familiarise yourselves and take in the striking architecture? Stroll around the stunning, gothic, Bath Abbey; up the wide, elegant Great Pulteney Street; stop to admire the beauty of Pulteney Bridge and weir; and then finally head up to the Circus and the Royal Crescent to admire the late afternoon sun on the majestic, golden, stone.
Suggestions for the evening include Gascoyne Place for a relaxing aperitif, then heading just down the road to either Las Iguanas for some mouth-watering Latin food or to Yum Yum Thai for a delicious taste of Thailand. If you fancy going on for a late night drink then head over to Opa which is open until 2am Tuesday to Saturday nights.
This morning take a stroll over to the Roman Baths and Pump Room, the city's best known attraction, and find out about the best preserved Roman spa in the world. For lunch try Demuths, Bath's completely vegetarian gourmet restaurant (where even meat-eaters love the food with its bright, colourful ambiance). Alternatively, opposite in Café du Globe you can enjoy a varied world menu from Mexico to Morocco!
After you finish eating, if the weather is fine why not take a stroll over to Bath Boating Station and hire a punt or skiff to work off your lunch, or just relax and drift along slowly as you admire the beauty of the river?
If the weather isn't good enough or you are feeling a bit too lazy for rowing then spend the afternoon wandering slowly around the shops. Bath is home to an outstanding selection of specialist and independent shops, all in a compact, visitor-friendly centre, that is a delight to explore. Head to Walcot Street for independent art, craft and design shops. For unique gifts with a touch of sparkle, visit one of Bath's jewellery shops. If gazing at clothes is more your thing then head towards the top of town to Milsom Street and New Bond Street, where you will find a haven of independent, designer and famous names selling the cream of clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery, including Duo, Bath's most exciting independent shoe retailer.
Ideas for the evening can include having an early dinner at Green Park Brasserie or a curry at the award-winning Eastern Eye, followed by cocktails at Sub 13. If after your meal you feel you can't possibly drink another thing, then perhaps the Bizarre Bath tour is more up your street. Leaving from the Huntsman pub on North Parade at 8pm, Bizarre Bath tours the weird and wonderful, poking fun at the more eccentric elements of the city.
Before you leave why not take a look at one or two of Bath's smaller attractions? For art-lovers the beautiful Victoria Art Gallery is free to visit. It houses work by Gainsborough, Sickert, Zoffany and many other leading artists from the 15th century to the present day. The Fashion Museum tells the story of fashion over the last 400 years, there is also a special 'Corsets and Crinolines' display where you can try on reproduction garments.
After a leisurely lunch (at Sotto Sotto, an Italian restaurant with a unique, intimate atmosphere, or for something more casual, Seafoods Traditional Fish and Chips which has been offering classic British fish and chips for over 50 years), you will be refreshed and ready to begin your journey home!