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Make a hot air balloon ride the highlight of your Bath romantic weekend

22/01/2018 philip Tourism

Bath is in many ways the perfect location for a romantic weekend. There are some outstanding places to stay and eat, the historic buildings are stunning and there are plenty of parks to wander in. If you want to make a romantic weekend in Bath extra special, make a hot air balloon ride over Bath the highlight of your weekend.

Where to stay

There are romantic hotels and B&B establishments in Bath to suit all tastes and budgets, or you could rent a self-catering apartment if you want privacy.

Macdonald Bath Spa is set in beautiful gardens and features a luxury spa and award-winning restaurant.

No. 15 Great Pulteney is a three-minute stroll from Pulteney Bridge, the Roman Spa and Bath Abbey

If you want to stay in a romantic apartment, try Tucking Mill View, a self-catering property surrounded by natural beauty.

The Boathouse, alternatively, is pub accommodation where guests enjoy views over the River Avon.

Where to eat

You can, of course, eat in your hotel or self-catering apartment, but you should enjoy at least one meal in a Bath restaurant. There are many fine restaurants in the city to suit all tastes and cosines.

For a relaxing romantic meal try the Olive Tree basement restaurant in the Queensberry Hotel. This softly lit restaurant features bare-wood tables. Chef Chris Cleghorn specialises in contemporary British cuisine and has an award-winning wine list.

If an informal pub is your style, try the King William. This cosy establishment serves seasonal British food from local suppliers. You can eat standard pub fare such as burger and chips or more adventurous dishes such roast lump lamb with Moroccan-spiced aubergine.

Yak Yeti Yak is a Nepalese restaurant, located in the basement of a Georgian house, serving authentic Nepalese dishes. Diners have the option of eating at conventional tables or sat on floor cushions. Accompany your meal with Everest Beer.

The Eastern Eye is an award-winning Indian restaurant, which is hidden away above a bank. The building started its life in 1824 as a meeting hall, and is decorated with colourful murals of Indian life.

If it is a good weather day, there are many places to picnic in Bath. Picnic ingredients can be bought form one of Bath’s numerous delicatessen shops and take away food stalls.

What to do in Bath

There is plenty to do and see in Bath. You could follow the standard tourist itinerary and visit the historic sights of the Royal Crescents, Poultney Bridge, The Roman Baths and the Bath Abbey. Alternatively, you could try some of Bath’s more unusual activities.

Bath Escape traps a group of people inside a room. The only way out is to solve a series of logic problems within a limited time period.

For a pampering experience, there are several locations in Bath that offer spa and massage treatments.

For a more active pursuit, head for the ten-pin bowling at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre. Castle Combe Circuit outside Bath offers car racing experience days where you and your partner can experience the thrill of driving high-speed sports cars.

You could go on a Bath film trail, with the city being a popular setting for film and television productions including Les Misérables, Vanity Fair, Persuasion and The Duchess. Visit Bath, the official tourist office in Bath, issues a movie trail map to help you find the film locations.

Sometimes, couples want to do nothing more than take a romantic walk, and there are plenty of Bath locations for doing this. The Kennet and Avon Canal path is surrounded by countryside and is a favourite of Bath walkers.

The six-mile Bath Skyline walk is a footpath route famous for its wild flowers and elevated views. Bath Tourist Information Centre stocks walking maps of the city so you can pick a stroll of your choice.

Hot air ballooning in Bath

If you want to make your Bath romantic weekend extra special, book a hot air balloon ride. You can arrange an exclusive balloon flight for just you and your partner, or invite some friends to join you. Many couples book the champagne flight so that they can celebrate the flight with a glass of bubbly.

Flights launch from the historic Royal Victoria Park in the centre of Bath and next to the famous Royal Crescent. You can help set up the balloon as its canopy is filled with hot air. The flight takes approximately one hour and provides passengers with stunning views of Bath from high in the air.

The exact route that the balloon takes is a mystery as it is dependent on the speed and direction of the wind, but you should see most of the major Bath sites including the Abbey, Roman Baths, and Pulteney Bridge.

Champagne is served after you touch down (soft drinks and beer are also available), and each passenger receives a certificate to commemorate the flight. The best time to fly is at dawn or sunset. Dawn flights are particularly romantic as you and your partner watch the sun slowly rise.

It is not unusual for a partner to propose on a Bath hot air balloon flight, so that the couple arrive back on land engaged.

A hot air balloon flight over Bath is an exhilarating experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Romantic packages

Although most couples arrange their own Bath romantic weekend activities, you can book hospitality packages that include most of the factors that make up a luxury romantic weekend. Packages can include, hotels, meals and spa treatments. If you are staying outside of Bath centre, you could book a package that includes a helicopter ride to your hot air balloon take-off site.

Whether you are at the beginning of a relationship, want to kindle a long-term relationship or celebrate an anniversary, Bath is perhaps the perfect location to spend a romantic weekend. After your weekend you will probably want to book another one soon.

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