Lives in London, England
Since May 2009
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Historic Sites, History Museums
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Bridges, Flea & Street Markets
Boat Tours, Boat Hire
Kick-start your day in Bath with a visit to one of my favourite attractions, the Thermae Bath Spa. You can enjoy bathing in the naturally warm waters of the rooftop pool, whatever the weather, and the indoor attractions are an equally good alternative. The Cross Bath can be hired for private functions, and it's worth checking whether it's free to use prior to visiting. Housed in a separate building, it is a private, smaller bath with its own changing facilities. Visitors can relax in the pool while watching the natural thermal waters flow from the specially commissioned poolside fountain.
As its namesake suggests, the city is renowned for the baths that were built here by the Romans. The hot water springs, once regarded as sacred, and the fascinating history and striking architecture ensure The Roman Baths are still a popular destination for travellers around Europe and beyond.
Bath is famous for its historical landmarks, and Bath Abbey certainly ticks this box. Impossible to miss, the abbey is just a short walk from the Roman Baths and well worth a visit. The church's grand stature also serves as a useful signpost for finding your way back to the city centre should you ever get lost.
Nestled in the quaint North Parade Passage is Bath's oldest house and tearoom. Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House and Museum still retains its title as selling the original and the best Bath bun. Part bread, part cake, the sweet bun is delicious, and a visit to Bath is never complete without stopping in for a spot of afternoon tea. The restaurant also serves dishes for those with a savory palate, keeping everyone happy, and no-one leaving hungry.
Step back in time with a visit to a traditional Georgian townhouse. The first of the crescent-shaped 30 terraced houses, No.1 Royal Crescent is a museum that showcases authentic Georgian interior design and furnishings. The house was initially built to accommodate members of the English aristocracy and their servants.
Royal Crescent overlooks another Bath attraction: Royal Victoria Park. Named after Queen Victoria, who opened the park in 1830, the area spans 57 acres and is perfect for any season. Pack a picnic during the spring/summer months, or take an autumnal stroll if visiting in September/October time.
A short walk from No. 1 Royal Crescent lies another Bath treasure, The Circus. A circular display of Georgian townhouses, the attraction is a fine example of the Georgian design made famous by John Wood the Elder. Architecture fans can gaze over the Palladian style of the building, and the decorative emblems carved on the frieze.
It would be very difficult to miss the Pulteney Bridge while in Bath. A Palladian-style bridge designed by Sir John the Elder, the Grade I listed structure crosses over the River Avon, adding a touch of Venetian charm. Shops and cafes situated along here offer a different perspective of the city.
Anyone preferring a more scenic and peaceful way to explore Bath and beyond should consider hiring a traditional day boat. The boat accommodates 1 to 12 people, and is great value for those wanting to explore the Kennet & Avon Canal, and surrounding countryside. Boats can be hired for a full day, half day or overnight trips if desired. Bikes are also available to hire from Bath Narrowboats, for anyone keen on cycling along the canal path while working on their fitness at the same time.
A mere stone's throw from both Bath Spa train station and the bus station lies the small but quaint French establishment, Bertinet Bakery. Founded by experienced chef and Brittany native, Richard Bertinet, the bakery sells a fine selection of breads and pastries, not to mention teas and coffees. Great quality ingredients make Bertinet Bakery a tasty end to a day trip to Bath.