Nearby Bristol is the handsome town of Bath, an ancient Roman spa town revived by the eighteenth century high society.
Travel time by train from Bristol to Bath is about 15 minutes, if I remember correctly and the return ticket cost GBP4.60 in 1998
Bath is relatively a small town and best explore by foot. Once arrived at the town's train or bus station, head North to explore this magnificent town.
Among the most prominent structure at Bath is the Bath Abbey. The Abbey is renowned for the lofty fifteenth century vault of its choir and the dense carpet of gravestones and memorials which cover the floor.
The best of Bath's eighteenth century architecture is on the high ground to the North of the town, where well proportioned urban planning is best showcased by the elegant Circus and the adjacent Royal crescent.
Another place not to be missed is the Pump Room (with Roman Baths and Museum). The pools, pipes and underfloor heating are remarkable demonstrations of the ingenuity of Roman engineering. The Pump Room, built above the Roman site is the best place to sample the waters while listening to genteel tunes from the resident chamber ensemble. The water had a strong sulfur smell and I had a hard time drinking it as it smells like rotten egg! However, it is said the water is beneficial to our human body.