“Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath?” – Jane Austen
As I’m writing the beginning of this blog post, I’m sitting in a Starbucks in Bath. And I feel fantastic. This city might just be my favourite city in England that I’ve seen so far. This trip is completely different from my road trip. I came here by train, am staying in a hostel with internet and I still have work that needs to be done. And I’m completely fine with that. Turns out I actually quite enjoy my work – even though I do complain about it. A lot.
Yes, I needed those ten days without a laptop. I needed a break from work. But that doesn’t mean I enjoyed it all that much. So, here we are. In Bath. One of the oldest cities in England and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
There was no way I could go to Bath and not see the thing that the town is famous for: the Roman Baths. The Roman baths are one of the most visited places in the United Kingdom, and one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. It’s mind-blowing to walk around this place and touch the stones that have been there for so many centuries.
As you can see from the pictures, the water is a beautiful neon-green colour – enough of a deterrent so that people don’t get in there. You can, however, drink the spa water. It’s warm and has a very iron-like taste.
After the Roman Baths, I went next door and paid a visit to Bath’s Abbey. This abbey was founded in the 7th century and is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. Entree is free, but there’s also a tour available that will take you past the ringing chamber and bell chamber and up to the tower for a spectacular view over the city.
The Guildhall Market in Bath is right around the corner from the Roman Bath’s and the abbey. You can find a lot of independent retailers here.
After the Guildhall, you turn the corner for the Victoria Art Gallery for a room filled with some stunning paintings. As you move through the room, you go from looking at really old portraits and biblical prints to more modern art (not my cup of tea).
If you’re into fashion, definitely pay a visit to the Fashion Museum in Bath. They currently have a special exhibition of dresses that belonged to different members of the royal family. I also had a quick look at the Assembly Rooms while I was there. From there, you can walk to the Royal Crescent (where many prominent people have lived throughout the years) and have a nice walk through the Royal Crescent Park, before returning to town. Bath is really small, so it’s quite easy to make your way around.
Bath really is a stunning city. I was never that into Roman architecture when I was studying it at school, but seeing it all in real life definitely made me change my mind on how I feel about this style of art.
And that’s it for my trip to Bath. I don’t have any other trips planned until the end of October (when I’ll be going to Venice), but I might just decide to go on a quick day trip somewhere… We’ll see!