Here at Europcar, we like to explore on our own schedule, in a bid to discover the alternative side to towns and cities across Europe. This month, we investigate what Bath and the surrounding area has to offer for 48 hours of four-wheeled fun…
Despite our grumbles, we’re pretty lucky here in the UK – rolling hills, lush landscapes, picture perfect villages and cosmopolitan cities lie in wait at every turn. But when it comes to sampling a bit of everything, Bath really is hard to beat. This eclectic city brings together stunning scenery, fascinating history and a relaxed and cosmopolitan vibe, all surrounded by quintessentially English countryside. It’s no surprise the area draws in 4.5 million people every year.
But once you’ve had your dip in the Roman Baths, strolled around the sweeping Royal Crescent and gazed at the soaring spires of Bath Abbey, what’s next for you in the area? Grab yourself a car hire and find out what lies beyond Bath’s Georgian facades…
Just over half an hour down the A36 from Bath, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park offers up a day of unique family fun that is sure to please adults and kids alike. With an African Village, Cheetah Kingdom and a number of safari options, there’s nowhere else in the UK quite like it. Come face to face with lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys and gorillas before letting the kids go wild in the adventure park. Longleat also offers fun seasonal themes such as the upcoming Halloween Spooktacular Festival and firework displays.
For a break from all the activity, the on-site Longleat House is a stunning Elizabethan stately home which is open to the public and sure to impress any architecture aficionado.
Escape to the country
Whilst Bath is home to a spate of historical sites, just a short way out of town, the villages of the Cotswolds transform you to a different time completely. This stunningly picturesque area is the perfect place to get lost and explore at your own pace. Traditional market towns such as Lackock, Biddestone and Castle Combe offer up medieval churches, ancient abbeys, charming cottages and breathtaking views aplenty. And if you feel like the area is so perfect it could be a film-set, you’re spot on – look out for TV and movie locations as seen in Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Warhorse.
Relax and unwind
Few places epitomise idyllic English elegance like Bath – which makes it the perfect place for an indulgent weekend. Hit the road in style with a prestige car hire and enjoy life in the lap of luxury at the Bath Priory. This elegant country house hotel boasts 33 lavish rooms, as well as an award winning restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Sam Moody at the helm. With the addition of the on-site Garden Spa, you’ll soon find all your worries floating away in this relaxing Bath hotel – ideally situated in the leafy surrounds of the Royal Victoria Park, just 15 minutes from the city centre.
Step back in time
Have a proper pub lunch at The Three Horseshoes Inn, in Batcombe near Bruton in Somerset. Just a 40 minute drive from Bath, this 400 year old watering hole offers everything you’d expect from a good old fashioned country pub, including the obligatory roaring fire, low beamed ceilings and the odd yarn-spinning local thrown in for good measure.
This ancient inn is family friendly and offers everything from bar snacks to three course dinners, as well as comfortable accommodation options. Check it out for yourself in the Telegraph’s best British pub guide.
Do you fancy getting away from it all in Bath? Get a great deal on a hire car from Europcar and explore Sommerset your own way!