Bath provides the perfect English getaway. This is a genteel city soaked in history, which has kept its stiff upper lip but learned how to relax with a cocktail, too.
Nestled in the verdant calm of the Avon valley, and untroubled by its noisily artful neighbour, Bristol, Bath offers beautiful Regency buildings, fabulous countryside views, great food and cultural riches – everywhere you look. Whether it's Jane Austen and refined dining you crave, or a soak in a spa and a glass of something spoiling later on, Bath is a place of pleasures both historic and modern. And, just a short meander out of town, you've the rolling fields, dramatic valleys and pretty villages of Somerset to explore.
The Gulf Stream makes this area a bit more temperate than most of England, but your best bet for a dry stay is still to visit between June and September. Winter can be captivating, with snow dusting the streets; there are some great Christmas markets, too.