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Shopping in the historical city of Bath with its honey-coloured Georgian buildings is a treat in itself; it’s almost like being on a film set of a Jane Austen film with its beautiful architecture. To add to that is the abundance of eclectic shops, boutiques and local markets, Bath has to offer. Whether it’s stopping for a traditional cup of tea or maybe a homemade cake, the aspect creates a unique shopping experience in the city.

Have a closer look around Bath and you will find that it’s home to one of the only three bridges in the world that has are laden with shops. You might have seen photos of the other two famous bridges in this category, the Ponte di Rialto in Venice or The Ponte Vecchio Medieval Bridge over the Arno River in Florence, but have you been to or seen the Pulteney Bridge in Bath? It was built by Robert Adams in 1773 in an attempt to connect central Bath to the other side of the River Avon.

At the time other bridges around the country were taken away because of the congestion they were causing. However Mr. Pulteney’s wanted to make his fortune and went ahead with the shop plans, as he knew he could earn money by renting the shops built on the bridge. Its origins are still evident today and it stands surely one of the most romantic bridges you will find in the UK. Why not take a seat in the teashop and admire the views over the crescent weir, a well deserved treat after all that shopping.

For your next shopping trip make sure you book one of the special offer breaks in Bath, whilst enjoying one of the city’s many spa breaks, for a relaxing holiday in this beautiful city.


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