I visited many places during my trip to England and loved everything about this country but a few places left a lasting impression and I am sure I will be back there sometime to relive the experience, probably in spring/summer. On top of the list is the spa town ‘City of Bath’. This UNESCO World Heritage city replete with gorgeously imposing Georgian architecture is roughly 156 km from London and is easily accessible by trains / coach buses. I really wish I had the time to stay there for atleast a couple of days but I could manage only a day trip from London !
The city is famous for the baths built by the Romans centuries ago around the hot springs naturally found here. In the 17th century, the supposedly curative properties of water from the springs catapulted Bath as a popular spa town in the Georgian era.
Bath is also known for being home to the famous novelist Jane Austen for 5 years and many of her works are based and inspired from her time in Bath. Infact ‘The Jane Austen Centre’, is a permanent exhibition dedicated to her. There are walking tours too which you can take to follow her footsteps ! I for one am a big fan of hers and was exhilarated to be at this inspiring place.
“Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.” —Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Like most of England, this is a place best seen on foot. Walking down the well paved cobblestone streets with magnificent buildings on all sides, it warmed the cockles of my heart even in the frigid February cold !
THINGS TO BO IN BATH
When in Bath, visit The Bath 🙂 . Yes, you can take a tour of the original bath and ruins of Temple of Minerva built by the Romans around 2000 years ago. It is stunning and walking around with your audio guide listening to Bill Bryson narrate the story in his trademark wit and humour makes you hallucinate about Roman Gods and Goddesses. Well they turn out to be Roman costumed characters enacting ancient stories instead of hallucinations !
- The bath is built right under the shadow of the magnificent cruciform Bath Abbey. If you are as fascinated as me by the stunning Abbeys in England, this is a must see to witness the low aisles, the nave arcades and the very tall clerestory as opposed to the usual perpendicular churches of the Georgian Era. The interior has the same fine fan vaulting as the stunning Westminster Abbey in London.
- Have afternoon tea in the quaint little cafes or lunch in one of the pubs littered in and around the bath street. The enticing window fronts with flower boxes, tiny tables and chairs laid out are absolutely alluring.
- Shop around for some amazing handmade specialty chocolates by Charlotte Brunswick. My favorite were the ones made of flowers ! I also had THE BEST hot chocolate of my life in an obscure cafe in one of the alleys off the Bath Abbey laughing at this witty shop entrance !
- Take a Hop On Hop Off bus or take a walking tour to better acquaint yourself with this magnificent city. The bridges, the squares makes you envision the times bygone with the the gentlemen in tailcoats and ladies in their frocks and bonnets under dainty parasols in this fashionable city !
- Visit the Royal Crescent museum to see the stunning architecture and the glorious Georgian Era.
- Retrace Jane Austen’s journey in the Jane Austen Centre dedicated to her.
- Immerse yourself in the place so bestowed with nature’s beauty and enhanced by the human ingenuity !
I can’t wait for the day when I will be back here without having to worry about catching my bus back to London ! Hopefully soon, Amen to that 🙂 .
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