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A refreshing antidote to the homogenisation of many other city centres, Bath has a singular amount of traditional and boutique shops. The city’s compact size and easily navigable streets make exploring Bath’s many independent shops a delight. Built in 1863 (though sadly damaged by fire in 1970), the distinctive dome of Bath’s bustling Guildhall Market houses a diverse range of local merchants selling the best in local West Country produce. Whether you’re after some fresh Brixham crab or simply want to admire the ornate floral mouldings that adorn its arched iron windows, the Guildhall is definitely worth a visit. Amongst Bath’s boutique gems, Sassy & Boo caters to vintage-o-philes in search of that one-of-a-kind design. Nearby Milsom Street, Bath’s answer to the King’s Road, was also proclaimed Britain’s Best Fashion Street in the Google Street View Awards 2010. And unsurprisingly for a city with such a rich literary heritage, Bath boasts some fine independent bookshops: much-loved Topping & Company and the wonderfully named Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights are a bookworm’s paradise; try and visit during the Bath Literary Festival, which runs for ten days in March.

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