One-time hangout for English high society, the elegant city of Bath is home to Britain’s only natural hot springs. It’s these healing waters that put the city on the map, and in part continue to draw visitors today, both to the original Roman Baths and to the state-of-the art Thermae Bath Spa, where they can test its curative claims themselves. The baths, however, form only the centrepiece of what is arguably the most beautiful city in England. Blanketed in soft, honey-coloured stone, it’s a grand sweep of Georgian terraces and cobbled streets, packed with museums and galleries, antique shops and markets, the city enjoys a range and variety of restaurants to rival places twice its size, and is the ideal destination for a relaxing weekend away. There are plenty of hotels in Bath, many of them housed in splendorous Regency-era mansions, plus charming B&Bs in Georgian townhouses, several noteworthy boutique hotels, and, for the backpacker on a budget, a few reliable hostels. Most accommodation is centrally located, too, allowing you the freedom to explore the city on foot.