Two beautiful and sharply contrasting cities: what a great recipe for a long weekend! Bristol is a city steeped in culture, with colourful architecture and lovely surrounding countryside. Neighbouring Bath, named after the magnificently preserved Roman baths, is another alluring destination. This fantastic city break offers culture, history, good food, plenty of walking, expert guides and like-minded company!
You’ll stay in the lively centre of Bristol, where the city’s highlights are within easy reach on foot. Start the first day with a morning walking tour of this characterful area with your Blue Badge guide, concentrating on the historic centre and the inner docks.
In the afternoon, your tour leader will continue the exploration further, heading to the outer docks on a pleasant walking itinerary. Those of you with a keen interest in history may want to visit the S.S. Great Britain (entrance fee not included).
The next day is spent in Bath, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Blue Badge guide will lead as you wander down the Georgian streets. The honey-coloured Cotswold building stone makes this a hugely attractive city. With a history dating back to 60 AD, there is plenty to learn here. After experiencing the intriguing architecture, venture into the surrounding countryside, with a walk taking in a small section of the Skyline Trail and towpath of the Kennet and Avon canal.
On the final day, take the public bus to Clifton from Bristol centre to explore bohemian Clifton and cross one of the most famous bridges in Britain. You’ll be taking in stunning views while getting a lungful of country air. On the west side of the bridge, you can explore Leigh Woods, an area that offers fabulous views of the Avon Gorge. On your way back you may have time to stop in one of Clifton’s delightful tea shops.
All public transport fares are included in the price of the holiday. If you have a bus pass you may choose to bring it with you for convenience as it could be useful if you decide to head out to explore on your own.