Lacock is on our tours because apart from being close by it is a fascinating example of a medieval village. Almost wholly owned by the National Trust it is exceptionally well-preserved which is why it has been used as the set for many films and TV including Pride & Prejudice, Cranford, Harry Potter.
I t has a superb Tithe Barn and a little gaol with stone roof so prisoners couldn't escape. There are a number of pubs serving excellent food and a traditional bakery. Lacock Abbey, owned by the National Trust, was the home of the Fox-Talbot family and William is often called the 'father' of English photography. A photography museum is sited in the barn adjacent to the Abbey.
Bath is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. Its elegant Georgian crescents lace the hills looking down on the Abbey. It's fabulous. Great Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, is one of very few bridges in the world to be lined with tiny shops. The Kennet & Avon Canal, restored in the 1970s, allows cyclists access, avoiding the hills that surround the City. The Canal passes through lovely countryside and over 2 aqueducts.
Of course the crowning glory are the Roman Baths seen here. In the modern Aquae Spa you can bathe in the hot spring waters yourself - marvellous after a bit of cycling!