Best Of Bath Surrounding Area
Bath is surrounded by wonderful countryside and picturesque villages. The historic town of Bradford-on-Avon is only eight miles from Bath and, en route, is the stunning village of Freshford, not to mention the spectacular manor house and Italian gardens at Iford. There are also the ruins of a castle at nearby Farleigh Hungerford.
Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole are in the nearby Mendip Hills close to England’s smallest city – Wells – with its extraordinary cathedral. Glastonbury is just a stone’s throw from Wells, famous for its Tor, Abbey and Chalice Well. It might also be the legendary Isle of Avalon and home of King Arthur.
This part of the country is full of sacred sites. Stonehenge is well within range of a day trip, while Avebury is nearer and contains the largest stone circle in Britain. Nearby is the huge, man-made Solsbury Hill opposite the West Kennet Long Barrow burial chamber. There are numerous other sites near Avebury and, in summer, the fields are covered in crop circles.
Bath is also close to Castle Combe and Lacock – two of the most beautiful villages in England. You might recognise Lacock as it was the setting for the BBC’s production of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. Then there are the beautiful gardens of Stourhead near the historic market town of Frome.
And, of course, Bristol is a wonderful city to visit and only 15 minutes away by train.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. You’d be surprised how many of us who live in Bath only came down for the weekend?
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