The picturesque and charming town of Bath Spa, a 90 minute train ride from London, is filled with a rich and interesting history dating back to 60 AD when the Romans built the famous baths here. Situated on the River Avon, you will find many other fascinating sites in Bath including Bath Abbey, the famous Royal Crescent, Royal Victoria Park and the Assembly Rooms, where public balls and other activities were held in the 17th century. This beautiful and easily walkable city should be not be missed when visiting the UK.
Bath became a popular destination during the Georgian era and was considered the place to see and to be seen at that time. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens were regular visitors to Bath, along with many others who came for the waters which were thought to be restorative and curative.
The Roman Baths are an incredibly interesting place to visit, filled with history, artifacts and amazing engineering feats. If you want to avoid the crowds, consider visiting first thing in the morning on a weekday. Click the link above to learn more about the history of the baths.
Bath Abbey is another stunning place to visit and is just a short distance from the baths. The highly detailed stained glass windows with scenes from various Bible stories are quite impressive. Tours are available which is a good way to learn about the history of this beautiful abbey. Services are held here on Sundays and also during the week.
The Royal Crescent is a unique example of Georgian architecture and should be included on your itinerary. This row of 30 terraced houses is situated on a gently, slopping, grassy hill, and is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. Several of the houses sustained damage during WWII, but were restored soon after the war to preserve the iconic appearance of this impressive structure.
The botanical gardens in Royal Victoria Park is another lovely place to stroll. This 57 acre park opened in 1830 and is visible from the Royal Crescent.
And, of course, you’ll find many great pubs, restaurants and tea rooms in Bath. Be sure to stop in at the Bath Bun to enjoy one of their famous pastries and a pot of tea. Another local favorite is the Pig and Fiddle; a quintessential British Pub with delicious pub fare served in a friendly, casual setting.
And of course, just strolling through town and taking photos is always a pleasure in Bath.
There are many hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and other accommodations to choose from in Bath. TheTravelersketcher and I prefer Brooks Guesthouse. This comfortable, boutique B&B is centrally located and has a terrific breakfast that will keep you going all day.
Bath has been a popular tourist destination for centuries, and will probably remain one for many years to come. The summer months are the busiest time of year to visit, but you can avoid the crowds if you visit in the off season.
I absolutely love Bath and have visited numerous times. One of my visits was as a solo traveler, and I felt completely safe and comfortable during my stay. I highly recommend a visit to this lovely town when you visit the UK.
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