WHEN TO GO
The English climate is famously unpredictable—if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes—but it's also rarely extreme, making any month a reasonable time to visit (just make sure you bring an umbrella). Summers, especially July and August when English schools are on holiday, can be mobbed.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are direct flights to the nearest airport, Bristol (44-8701-212-747; www.bristolairport.co.uk), from Newark, NJ, but most visitors travel from London (Heathrow Airport; 44-8700-000-123; www.heathrowairport.com). The train from London, Paddington Station (44-2072-785-240; www.nationalrail.co.uk), takes about 1.5 hours.
Bath is one of the world's great walking cities. It's somewhat hilly, but compact enough that you can see everything on foot.
Bath Tourist Office
Tel: 44 8704 446 442