Bath is one of England's most beautiful cities, and romantic by nature. Emma Higgins shows you how to make the most of it on your honeymoon
Take a stroll around the Roman Baths to learn about the city's fortifying mineral spring. While the ancient baths are no longer available to take a dip in, you can still taste the spring water to get a flavour of the experience. Stop by The Royal Pump Rooms afterwards for tiers of cakes and scones with tea or champagne while you're entertained by the resident musicians.
Bath's feel is characterised by its Georgian past, and sights like Queen Square, Royal Crescent, Bath Assembly Rooms, and The Circus are shining examples of this era. Situated a few minutes walk away from each other - just northeast of the main high street - these landmarks offer an ideal area to take a romantic stroll. Gaze up at the beautiful architecture, and stop by the independent shops and cafes tucked away in the surrounding streets. Visit The Foodie Bugle for artisan food and drink plus handmade accessories and homewares, which make for unique souvenirs.
Jane Austen lived in Bath for five years, from 1801-1806, leaving her stamp on a number of places around the city. The Jane Austen Centre is a good place to start to learn more about her time here, but don't miss stopping by her old home at 4 Sydney Place, walking down Milsom Street - heavily featured in her two Bath novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - and a steep (but worth it) hike up to Alexandra Park, which Jane often described in her letters as one of her favourite Bath viewpoints.
Treat yourselves to a day of rest and relaxation at Bath's Thermae Bath Spa, where you can choose from a wide range of couples spa treatments. All packages include use of the New Royal Bath, which includes an open-air rooftop pool (with spectacular views over the city) and an indoor pool. For a really special experience, opt for the Twilight for Two package and watch the sun go down together from the warming mineral-rich waters. Many packages also include dinner and drinks in the spa's restaurant.
Bath has a number of parks that are ideal for a romantic stroll with your loved one. Parade Gardens - next to the River Avon - offers unbeatable views of the iconic Pulteney Bridge and weir below. Alternatively, head just north of the centre to walk around Royal Victoria Park, where you'll find The Botanical Gardens and perfect views of Royal Crescent.
As a city that celebrates all things quintessentially English, you'll find plenty of places around Bath to enjoy afternoon tea and cake. Housed in one of Bath's oldest buildings, Sally Lunn's is one of the more traditional of the bunch, serving up tea menus complete with their signature 'Sally Lunn Bun' - a rich, brioche-like bun made to a secret recipe and served warm, with lashings of butter. Other top spots include Hands Georgian Tearooms, which has been running since 1852, and Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms, which offers a retro, 1930s/40s take on teatime tradition.
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