What do fast foods, roads, and plumbing all have in common? They were all brought to the UK by the Romans. While this expansive empire brought many great things to our shores, our favourite import has to be the spa town. Built around natural springs and thought to be rich in healing properties, spa towns hit their peak in the Victorian era and have thrived ever since. So, see our guide on the UK’s top five spa towns and get inspired to book an amazing spa weekend away as your first post-covid staycation!
With 88 natural springs, the elegant yet bustling English town of Harrogate was once the favoured destination for European royalty and high society. It is no surprise then that Harrogate offers some of the best Harrogate serviced apartments to choose from when booking your relaxing break. harrogate serviced apartments
Harrogate’s ancient natural springs continue to play a central role in the town’s unique charm, with visitors continuing to be amazed by the town’s Turkish Baths; the UK’s last remaining fully operational Victorian baths. Featuring stunning Moorish architecture and an array of spa treatments, these luxury baths are a must-stop for any relaxation lover. Once you feel suitably refreshed, enjoy a stroll around the town’s gorgeous town centre, filled with quaint tearooms, independent boutiques, and expansive green spaces.
If you’re a history buff who also enjoys a bit of pampering, then Bath is the city for you. Bath officially becoming a spa town with the erection of a Roman temple and baths dedicated to the Goddess Sulis Minerva on the River Anon c.60 AD. Its excellently preserved Roman ruins, including temple, bathhouse, and sacred hot springs, have seen the city be classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unsurprisingly the city is home to a wide range of spa activities, including thermal spas and rooftop pools, as well as an eclectic variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Following the discovery of the town’s natural springs in the 18th century, Cheltenham was propelled to worldwide stardom through its famous visitors, including King George III, as well as literary legends like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Bask in the past glory of the Regency period with a trip to Pittville Park where you can explore the town’s elegant Pump Rooms complete with original features, grand bandstands, and ornamental lakes. Spa history tour aside, the town also hosts some of England’s most exciting events, from the Cheltenham Music Festival and a Midsummer Fiesta to the world-famous Cheltenham Races.
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Given that Harrogate was built on its natural therapeutic springs, it’s no coincidence that the town often features high on the list for the UK’s happiest places to live. With Nightspace hand-selecting only the most luxurious in self-catering serviced apartments, it has never been easier to book yourself a trip to this stunning town.
With apartments that suit all requirements from short to long stays, individual to family bookings, romantic getaways to large group holidays, there truly is something for everyone. So, book your stay today!