Bath, England: Five essentials to consider

1 Wallow in Thermae Bath Spa's rooftop thermal pool, offering a bird's-eye view of the World Heritage-listed city's stately Georgian architecture.

2 Stay in Jane Austen's Home. The novelist (pictured) and her family lived at 4 Sydney Place from 1801 until 1804. Four self-contained apartments overlook leafy Sydney Gardens.

3 Pose with Mr Bennet outside the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street - the knowledgeable guides are dressed in Regency-era costumes. 

4 When touring the Roman Baths, inspect the Beau Street Hoard – a haul of 17,577 silver Roman coins unearthed from The Gainsborough Bath Spa, a nearby luxury hotel due to open in July. 

5 Swap history for hipster eats at Sam's Kitchen in artisan and independent Walcot Street; pick from the chef's daily efforts arranged on the countertop.

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