Appropriately named, the city of Bath is known for it’s still-standing Roman Baths but those aren’t the only reasons to plan a visit to this beautiful city.
Here are 8 reasons to visit Bath.
One of the first places visitors stop is the Bath Abbey.
The west front of this beautiful cathedral is adorned with ladders of Angels. The story goes, The Bishop of Bath, Oliver King, is said to have had a dream of angels ascending and descending into heaven which inspired the design and to build the newest edition of the Bath Abbey. The Bath Abbey is the last great medieval cathedral to have been built in England.”
2. The Roman Baths-
Lying in the shadow of the great Abbey you will find the Roman Baths.
Constructed around 70AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex the baths are one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world.
Pick up an audio guide to listen to the fascinating commentary as you walk among the extensive ruins, exploring the many treasures discovered over the years.
The treasures will take you back to Roman times and the lives of the Aquae Sulis people.
3. The Pultney Bridge-
The Pultney Bridge in Bath is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span on both sides.
4. Sally Lunn’s-
After walking through the Abbey and touring the Roman Baths stop in for afternoon tea and a famous Sally Lunn bun. To get there head around the corner from the Roman Baths to York street and the Avon River. Turn right down Church St., then take a left down the next small alley. A few doors down you will see the sign for Sally Lunn’s and possibly a line out the door.
Having your choice of a full bun or just half, these deliciously warm buns remind you of the sweet brioche breads of France.
A Sally Lunn Bun with clotted cream and jam
5. The Royal Crescent-
The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a crescent shape built over 240 years ago. Stop in at the No. 1 Royal Crescent Museum to get a look at what it would have been like living there in the late 1700’s.
6. The Bath Circus-
The Bath Circus is a circular green space surrounded by a set of 3 segments of large townhomes. Each styled after Georgian Architecture. All three curved segment faces one of the three entrances, giving a beautiful view to anyone entering the circus.
Bath is a wonderful place to do some shopping. You will find many hidden alleys lined with shops & boutiques that will tempt your wallets. *Note- the shops all close around 17:00 (5:30pm).
7. Free Walking Tour-
To really get a feel for Bath and learn some facts and history catch a one of the free walking tours by Bath’s Honorary Guides. Tours last 2 hours and begin at 10:30 & 14:00 Sunday-Friday and Saturdays at 10:30. There is no need to book, just meet outside the Pump Room in the Abbey Churchyard.
Looking for a place to stay? Try the lovely Henrietta House Bed & Breakfast where we stayed and would highly recommend. It was centrally located within walking distance of all of Bath’s famous sites, had friendly and helpful staff, a wonderful breakfast and was a very comfortable stay.
Have you visited Bath? What is your favorite thing to see or do there?
Until Next Time….Travel On!
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