Courtesy of Thermae Bath Spa and The Pig-Near Bath.
A popular student hub, Bath was colonized during Roman times when its natural hot springs were used to cure various ailments. Today the Thermae Bath Spa (ThermaeBathSpa.com) still taps the ancient source to supply its treatment rooms, four scented saunas, and two pools -- including one on the roof with views of the city. For food and shelter, pull over at The Pig-Near Bath (ThePigHotel.com), a charming farm-to-table experience where all of the furniture and cutlery is mismatched, but in the most beguiling way. Try the homemade juices and flatbread pizzas to refuel, and don't forget to wave hello to the resident swine before getting on your way.