A glorious mix of tumbling moors and old market towns, sleepy Somerset is rural England at its best. Beautiful Bath has inspired many literary residents and welcomed many a renowned visitor drawn here by the medicinal hot springs. From our hotel, we delve into Somerset’s glorious heritage, with a day in Bath itself, and excursions to Brunel's groundbreaking SS Great Britain and the tiny, charming city of Wells.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to the Bailbrook House Hotel (4T) in Bath and we aim for you to arrive between 4pm and 5pm. Spend the remaining afternoon at leisure, relaxing in the hotel or familiarising yourself with your surroundings.
SS Great Britain
Brunel's SS Great Britain was called 'the greatest experiment since the Creation'. A vast iron ship fitted with the most powerful steam engine yet to be used at sea, she was a daring invention that changed ship building. This morning we learn the story of the world’s first great ocean liner, and imagine life on board during her long journeys to Australia and America. Lunch is included, before we return to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Bath is one of England’s most impressive cities. We start today with an audio tour of the Roman Baths, considered one of the finest historic sites in Europe. The complex includes a temple to Sulis Minerva, the Celtic goddess of the thermal springs. Our tour takes us around the steaming hot spa pool, before you have the opportunity to taste the famously mineral-rich spa water.
Next we visit Bath Abbey, a magnificent sight with its unique west front façade adorned with sculptures including ladders which support ascending and descending angels. From within, you can admire the huge stained-glass windows and beautiful fan vaulted ceiling.
After lunch (own expense), we board a boat to cruise under the unusual Pulteney Bridge, alongside other classic city sights and into the beautiful Avon valley as we sail to Bathampton and back.
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens has stood in the heart of the city of Wells for over 800 years. We follow the footsteps of past bishops through the rooms of this enchanting palace, and the beautiful grounds which lie within the moat and ramparts, and hold the natural wells which gave the city its name. During some free time to explore Wells, you may want to visit the beautiful Gothic Cathedral, holding the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain, with jousting knights making an appearance every quarter.
Day 5 Bath
Following breakfast, you’ll be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.