January 30, 2014
Nestled in the folds of the Mendips, you couldn’t be in a better position to appreciate all that the West Country has to offer.
THE PIG - near Bath is located just 7 miles from Bath and 12 miles from Bristol, an area rich in historical importance with an abundance of attractions on offer.
What to do in Bath
Historic Bath is a glorious blend of old and new, from the splendour of the grand Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent, to the independent boutiques, award-winning restaurants and cultural performances that characterise the city. It is no wonder Bath has been designated a World Heritage Site and any visit should surely take in Bath Abbey, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge.
A trip to the Roman Baths and Pump Room is essential to view the stunning ancient surroundings of the only hot spring in Britain. While you can no longer bathe there as the Romans did, a dip in the rooftop pool of the state of the art Thermae Bath Spa is a very welcome alternative, and still uses the same mineral-rich spring waters that our Roman ancestors discovered.
The Fashion Museum showcases the best in contemporary and historical dress, whilst Bath’s most famous resident, Jane Austen, is celebrated at the Jane Austen Centre where her life and works are showcased.
What to do in Bristol
Shoppers will delight in the 500+ stores available in the city’s four central shopping centres, but there is so much more to discover in addition to the tempting retail therapy on offer.
The SS Great Britain has been restored to its full Victorian glory so step aboard for a full tour of everything from the decadent first class cabins to the far less appealing steerage rooms. Interactive displays, realistic sounds and smells accompany your experience!
Take a boat cruise down the River Avon before continuing your exploration on foot to seek out some of Banksy’s most iconic works of street art.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is possibly the most famous site in Bristol. A dramatic Victorian structure, work on it was completed in 1864 and today over 12,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. From the centre of the bridge, take in bird’s eye views of the Avon Gorge, the smart suburb of Clifton and the sprawl of the city beyond.
Animal enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with Bristol Zoo and Longleat Safari Park within easy reach. There is also the award winning Bristol Aquarium situated within the Harbourside area of the city.
Wookey Hole, Britain’s biggest caves, and Cheddar Gorge, a renowned centre for caving and rock climbing, are stunning natural attractions that are appreciated by adults and children alike. And of course no visit to Cheddar would be complete without trying the cheese that takes its name from this Somerset town.
The stately homes of Bowood House and Dyrham Park are also close by and offer stunning grounds and historical homes that have been beautifully preserved for future generations to enjoy.
All in all, there is a wealth of choice to tempt you out from the comfort of THE PIG’s chic surroundings, but at the end of a long day of sight seeing, there is no better reward than dinner back at the hotel, sampling our uncomplicated British garden food.