Our Guide To Bath
Recommended Restaurants and places to visit.
At The Ayrlington we pride ourselves on our service and we are often asked which restaurants or places we would recommend visiting. So we have prepared this guide to help plan your visit to Bath in the hope it makes your stay a more memorable and enjoyable one. Click on the links in the text for more information.
After arriving at the Ayrlington and having settled into your room, enjoy some coffee or tea in the drawing room, or in the summer months in the beautiful walled gardens. If you are new to the City, why not start your visit with a guided bus tour of the more famous attractions. Alternatively take a gentle stroll through Bath's streets and squares to the heart of the City and the imposing Medieval Abbey, and the Abbey Heritage Vaults which tell the story of 1600 years of Christianity.
Nearby is the amazing Roman Baths complex, which is one of the finest ancient monuments in Europe. A visit will bring to life the ruins of this fascinating temple and its amazing natural thermal waters. Above the museum you can take the waters, enjoy a meal and listen to music in the 18th Century Pump Room. The nearby Thermae Bath Spa is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters and choose from a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind. Vouchers are available from The Ayrlington and a Spa break is also available on our special offers page.
The city is full of historic buildings, many where famous figures lived and worked, these are often marked with blue plaques. In particular it is Jane Austen who is famously associated with Bath, she lived at 4 Sydney Place, and the new Jane Austen centre provides an ideal place for an appreciation of her life and works. Or visit Sally Lunn's house where she established her baking as a favourite of fashionable society in the 1680's. Number 1 Royal Crescent is another must for any visitor to Bath, the house has been restored by the Bath Preservation Trust and offers a fascinating insight into life in the late 18th Century.
If you are into horses, Bath Racecourse is situated on Lansdown Hill overlooking the City of Bath and is the highest racecourse in Britain and is known for being intimate, relaxed and friendly with a variety of weekday, weekend and evening fixtures.
If shopping is more your thing, then the breadth and selection of shops in Bath will satisfy any shopaholic. From Bang and Olufsen to Karen Millen or Malloryís the jewellers, Bath caters for every taste and pocket. You can find some exquisite one-off shops in the lanes behind Milsom Street, selling a variety of unique pieces often hand-made these shops offer a pleasant alternative to normal high street fare.
As you might expect, Bath has a fantastic array of Restaurants to suit any occasion and pocket. Our personal recommendations include:
Rajpoot Tel: 01225 466833
Excellent Indian Cuisine, Les Routiers Restaurant of the Year.
Tilleys Bistro Tel: 01225 484200
French Cuisine, Special Lunch Menu.
Mai Thai Tel: 01225 445557
Thai restaurant, set lunch menu.
The Moon and Sixpence Tel: 01225 460962
Casual bar/bistro, outside dining, and top class restaurant.
Olive Tree Tel: 01225 447928
Modern British cuisine.
Loch Fyne Tel: 01225 750120
There are so many things to see and do in Bath and surrounds, that entire books are devoted to the subject, we have only covered the principle visitor attractions and our recommended eating establishments. However, there are many seasonal events and places to visit, such as the Bath Balloon Festival, River trips during the summer, or slightly further afield the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. For more detailed information visit tourist information or view a detailed map of the city.