A designated World Heritage Site, there’s history and heritage to be found in every nook and cranny of Bath. With its charming Georgian architecture, boutique shops and mellow cafe culture, you don’t need much more reason to visit Bath – it ticks all the boxes for the ultimate relaxing weekend trip to Bath.
Visit the Roman Baths
Founded on natural hot springs, the city of Bath has been home to to one of the grandest and best preserved bathing and socialising complexes in the world. Built back in 70 AD, the millions of litres of steaming water that bubble away each day have long played an important role in the city’s history. Visiting The Roman Baths in the centre of the city is an absolute must.
- Adorned with statues and overlooked by the great Abbey, the complex is truly a spectacle to behold. Wander around its cobbled pathways and explore the remains of the ancient heated rooms and plunge pools.
- The Great Bath is truly a magnificent centerpiece of the complex. Lined with thick sheets of lead and supported by rows of strengthened brick pillars, the huge hall will forever remain etched in your memory.
- Pick up an audio guide while strolling around the baths to hear some fascinating commentaries, particularly the gruesome stories about the ancient instruments that were used to scrape and clean the skin.
Fun Fact: The water in the bath is incredibly rich in minerals, lending it its murky green color. In fact, the waters were once believed to be the gift from the ancient gods, and a great temple was built in honor of the goddess Sulis Minerva.
Use all Your Relaxed Energy
After you’ve completely relaxed and forgotten about the stresses of your working week, get your fill of culture by joining one of the many walking tours that lead you through the ruins and round the honey-coloured vistas.
- You’ll see impressive building fronts with 3 different architectural styles incorporated into their facades, as well as the home of Jane Austen – where Pride and Prejudice was first brought to life.
- The walk ends at Royal Crescent – a row of terraced houses constructed in the shape of a crescent. It is easy to get inspired by the creativity of those architects whose Georgian designs are now such a well known landmark.
Fun Fact: The window in Jane Austen’s house still has a piece of metal mesh jetting out from below, originally built to support the huge skirts of the women of those times.
Explore the City Yourself
Of course, a walking tour won’t teach you everything, and if there’s one way to get to know a city it’s by exploring by yourself.
- The charming 18th century Pulteney Bridge can be seen from the banks of the River Avon, which flows right through the city. Built in Palladian style, it is considered one of the world’s most beautiful bridges and is perhaps best viewed from the Parade Gardens park near the crescent weir.
- If you want to get back to the more relaxed state of mind, then take a picnic to any one of the parks in the city and enjoy the fresh air of a smaller city.
Fun Fact: Pulteney Bridge is one of just four bridges in the world that has shops and cafes that span its sides.
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