If you are looking to enjoy a feast of culture, Bath weekend breaks will provide you with a great choice of theatre, art, literature and music. In fact, the only problem you are likely to face is that one weekend is just not long enough to fit it all in. The city also has a programme of major festivals all through the year, offering even more to do and see.
Dukes is the perfect place to stay while you are enjoying this rich cultural mix, because of its setting in the heart of the famous heritage city, which has been drawing visitors since Roman times. The boutique B&B has a superb central location amid the Georgian elegance of Great Pulteney Street, meaning you can easily walk to all the city centre attractions. It consists of two fine town houses which were built more than 200 years ago, and has 17 varied and luxurious rooms, boasting features such as sash windows and high ceilings. All are ideal for Bath weekend breaks, ranging from four-poster bed opulence for romantic couples to larger rooms with space for families to relax.
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Theatres: Bath has a selection of theatres catering for all tastes, so there is bound to be something appealing to you. The Theatre Royal, a Georgian theatre which has been refurbished in the last few years, offers a varied programme throughout the year. This includes visiting productions from the West End as well as everything from Shakespeare to comedies, farces and concerts. The Theatre Royal also runs the Egg Theatre for young people and the Ustinov Studio, which stages unusual and innovative productions. Other venues include the small and intimate Rondo Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), which is based at the University of Bath but uses venues around the city, and the new Bath Spa University Theatre.
If you are heading out for an evening, you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks at Dukes, and we also offer a late-night cheese board with a glass of port for guests returning from the theatre. Just let us know a little in advance and we will provide these specialities.
Art Galleries: The Victoria Art Gallery and Holburne Museum in central Bath both have works by Gainsborough among their collections, together with a host of other exhibits spanning the centuries. They both stage an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, including national touring events as well as those with a local flavour, and showcase everyone from Rembrandt to Picasso. For fans of modern art, the Peter Hayes Studio and Gallery is another interesting place to visit. Based in an old toll house beside the River Avon, it offers visitors the chance to see how the artist creates his unique ceramic pieces. If you are more interested in ceramics from ages past, you will find them at the Museum of East Asian Art, with jade and bronze works dating right back to 5,000 BC.
Literature: Bath is famous for its links with writer Jane Austen, who chose the fashionable city as a setting for two of her great novels, 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Persuasion'. For admirers of her work enjoying Bath weekend breaks, a visit to the Jane Austen Centre is a must. You will be welcomed by costumed staff, helping to give a feeling that you are travelling back in time, and you can even dress up in Regency bonnets and bows yourself if you wish – something which is especially popular with young visitors. The centre has a permanent exhibition about the author's life in Bath, and also organises Austen-themed walking tours of the city.
Music: There is an exciting live music scene in Bath, with a choice of venues for anyone seeking a night of dance, rock, pop or jazz. Komedia, a new entertainment hub in the city centre, hosts a wide range of touring music as well as hosting regular comedy and cabaret nights. Folk and jazz artists are among the performers showcased at the Chapel Arts Centre and Café, another popular nightspot. Many classical music events are also staged in the city, from band concerts in the city's parks to concerts by orchestras such as the Bath Philharmonia. Just outside the city, the Michael Tippett Centre at Bath Spa University puts on a wide ranging concert programme.
Festivals: Bath is a city which stages major festivals all year round, including the Jane Austen Festival in September, featuring a grand Regency costume parade through the city centre and a costumed ball. Also in September is the Bath Festival of Children's Literature, while the Great Bath Feast in October is a gourmet's delight, with top chefs taking part and all kinds of delicacies on the menu. Then in November comes the Bath Mozartfest, celebrating its 21st birthday in 2013 with concerts in Bath's famous Assembly Rooms, while Bath Film Festival is yet another autumn treat.
If you are planning Bath weekend breaks, then Dukes boutique B&B is the ideal base, with elegant accommodation in a prime location. The spacious and welcoming rooms and top class facilities mean you will have a wonderful time and be able to relax in style after all your sightseeing.
Dukes Luxury B&B Bath: To book a weekend break or for more information, follow the link or call 01225 787960.