Gracious Georgian terraces in the Circle and the Royal Crescent, the elegance of Jane Austen's world, thermal baths both ancient and modern and the delicious delights of afternoon tea are just some of the attractions to enjoy when you search for a hotel in Bath with Opodo. Bath is so historic and so quintessentially British that the entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of any visit is a tour of one of the best-preserved Roman baths and spas in the world. The baths were sited here to take advantage of the hot springs that bubble up from the earth at a constant 46°C and the town then grew up around them. After the collapse of Roman occupation in England, Bath saw a resurgence of popularity in the 18th-century. A genteel life that is so vividly depicted in the novels of Jane Austen. Experience a little of this life at the Jane Austen Centre and the Assembly Rooms. Growth then continued into modern times with the building of the Thermae Bath Spa, a sophisticated place with an alfresco roof-top pool.
The gentle curve of the Royal Crescent around its manicured lawn is one of the architectural gems of Bath. Book a hotel in Bath near this sweep of terraced houses and you'll feel as though you're sampling an elegant bygone life. Built in the late 18th-century, they have changed little since then. Most are private homes, and many have been used for the shooting of period dramas but Number 1 Royal Crescent, however, has been turned into a museum where you can see how wealthy Georgians lived. The Circle is another elegant crescent with Bath's Gothic Abbey nearby. Take a guided tower tour to get a different perspective on the town. When it's time for a tea or coffee break, visit Sally Lunn's. Housed in Bath's oldest building, this cafe is famous for its 'Sally Lunn' bun, a brioche spread with butter or cream. No town visit is complete without a couple of hours exploring the Roman Baths. The underground passages and exhibits are fascinating. Before you leave, sample the spa water in the opulent surroundings of the Pump Rooms.
Look for hotel deals slightly to the north of the city centre and you will be within easy reach of the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Centre as well as the area around Walcot Street. When you've finished exploring the historic attractions you can browse artisan workshops, shop in vintage stores and then in the evening enjoy hip local bars with their live music. You'll find Opodo has cheap hotels east of the town, just across the River Avon. The intriguing Pulteney Bridge takes you across the river. Built in the 18th-century to allow access to new properties the other side of the water, it is one of the few covered bridges remaining in the world and still has shops built into its sides. Select a hotel in Bath to the west of the city and you can enjoy the covered market near Green Park Station. A different weekly programme includes farmer's, artisan, vintage and antiques markets. If you want to soak up the elegant history of this town, visit Opodo. Our easy-to-use search filters let you find cheap hotels and deals on hostels or bed and breakfasts that are just right for you.