Jan 13, 2019
Having been a wellbeing destination since the times of the Roman Empire, beautiful Bath is home to the only natural hot springs in the United Kingdom you can bathe in. However, the most intriguing sight is the ancient Roman Baths. Other city highlights include the Bath Abbey, the iconic Royal Crescent and the Pulteney Bridge. I was there back in 2017 and today I am going to take you on a journey too. So come along with me and discover what to see in Bath.
Concerning the location, Bath is the largest city in the county of Somerset on the south of England. Stunning honey-coloured Georgian buildings show its rich and varied history. The city was established by the Romans in the 1st century BC and has become famous for the spa.
The Roman Baths
Bath’s most popular attraction was built above natural hot springs more than 2000 years ago during the Roman occupation of Britain. The main part of this complex is called the Great Bath and used to be covered with a high roof. The bathing pool, filled with steaming and geothermally-heated water from the ‘Sacred Spring’, is now algae-affected, however, in the ages when the water was more inviting, the Romans used this hot pool for relaxing.
There is a great deal more to see inside, including saunas, heating systems, or other smaller pools.
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Exploring the sight you can also meet a few costumed characters you may take a photo with. They create a very nice atmosphere that brings you back in time. Museum in the main building houses artefacts from the Roman period alongside many other treasures and videos, which show you how the life used to be. You can take an audioguide and listen to commentary guiding you around the site. After the exploration, take a sip of the spa water in the Pump Room serving refreshments including the water from the hot springs. Tickets cost about £18 per adult.
The church, founded in the 7th century, is located just a few steps from the Baths. When inside, magnificent stained-glass windows create an extraordinary atmosphere.
Tower Tours offer visitors a chance to enjoy nice views of the city for about £8 per adult.
On one side of this street, you will find the Roman Baths and walking in the opposite direction, you will meet the famous Thermae Bath Spa, which is Britain’s only natural thermal spa. Cobbled streets, impressive collonades and many shops make the street really picturesque and are also the reason why it has appeared in many films.
One of the most iconic sights in Bath can be reached within a few minutes of walking from the Baths. The Pulteney Bridge with its weir below is the most photographed site in the city. Take a walk on the bridge and enjoy little shops on both sides while crossing the Avon river. Or sit down and order a coffee in one of the restaurants. Although there were plans to make the bridge for pedestrians only, it’s still used by buses and taxis.
Also, regular boat trips heading upriver leave from here.
The Circus, once called King’s Circus, is one of Bath’s Georgian architecture masterpieces. It consists of three curved segments of houses, with a lawn in the centre. The centre part of the Circus used to be paved with stone covering a water supply for the houses but now the area is grassed with few old plane trees. Take a closer look at the facade of the houses to see decorative emblems.
The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced townhouses and is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Overlooking the Victoria Park, the typical Georgian buildings form half of a circle. Many famous people have lived here since it was built about 250 years ago. Today it’s home to a luxurious five-star hotel.
Probably the most controversial moment in the entire history of the street came, when a miss living in one of the houses decided to paint her front door yellow instead of traditional white. She had to defend herself at a public enquiry, but at the end the door could remain yellow. And that’s how you can see it today.
Aforementioned time and price are only approximate.
If you come to visit Bath by car, you can park it at Lansdown Park & Ride located to the north of the city.
A bus will take you to the centre in just about 10 minutes.
That’s it for now. I hope this article will help you when coming to Bath and exploring its beauties.
Or have you been to Bath yet? If so, what did you like the most? Let me know in the comment section down below.
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