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    Historic Spa Breaks in the UK

    Sometimes we need to dissipate stress and a spa holiday is the perfect way to relax, refresh and revitalise yourself. The Romans discovered the healing benefits of natural spa waters thousands of years ago, and we are very fortunate to have many mineral-rich springs in Britain in which to enjoy ourselves today. So why not go with the flow and appreciate the therapeutic waters of Britain 's best spas.
    • Bath Spa (Avon) - The city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the best preserved Roman Baths in the world. You can even take a therapeutic dip yourself at the new Bath Spa, the only public natural thermal spa in Britain.
    • Royal Tunbridge Wells (Kent) - The city owes its presence to the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in 1606 by the young Lord North. It is said that he was riding through the woods and drank from the spring waters and his health improved due to the water's health healing attributes, and so Tunbridge Wells became a popular town. You can still visit Chalybeate Spring and see for yourself if it really cures hangovers!
    • Harrogate Spa (Yorkshire) - An ideal place to experience hot chambers, plunge baths and detox treatments. You can enjoy some accounts of Harrogate's past and taste the smelly sulphur waters at the Royal Pump Room Museum. Or enjoy yourself at the newly redesigned Victorian Turkish Baths complete with arched roofs and original Arabic mosaics.
    • Cheltenham Spa (Gloucestershire) - It became a spa town in 1716 and is one of the most accomplished Regency towns in Britain. The jewel of Cheltenham's Regency architecture, the Pump Room is the best surviving example of the town's spa buildings. Overlooking the extensive grounds and ornamental lakes of Pittville Park, it's an ideal place to step back in time and taste the mineral-rich spring waters which are supposed to have the power to cure all illnesses!
    • Malvern (Worcerstershine) - The pure spring waters of the Malvern Hills became famous and exported around the world by international beverage company Schweppes. Queen Victoria refused to travel without it and today it's the only bottled water used by Queen Elizabeth II - so it must be excellent! You can take it direct from the source from one of the many free-flowing historical fountains and springs throughout the Malvern area.
    Have you been to any of these towns listed? If you know of any other historic spa towns in the UK, please let us know.

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