Bath is a unique contemporary city, that combines heritage, literature and history to create the perfect place in the UK for a day trip.
Bath is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. I still remember the first time I arrived in Bath and became completely enchanted with the city and all it has to offer. I have been a huge fan of the Jane Austen novels and walking around the city meant I felt I was walking in the footsteps of Elizabeth Bennett looking for her Mr Darcy.
Bath is the largest city in Somerset and is well known for its Roman Baths. They are the main attraction in the city but it is always good to get there early before the crowds pack them out. The city became a spa city when the Romans built the baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon.
Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th Century and became a religious centre. The building is reminiscent of gothic architecture with low aisles and nave arcades. The abbey now houses a museum with sculptures, artefacts and buildings. It really is a historical monument and you feel like you are taking a step back in time, walking around the aisles and navels. It is still a place of worship to this day and it is worth a visit.
For more information about Bath Abbey, see here.
The Roman Baths are the most popular attractions in the UK and hard to visit, the last time I went I couldn’t even visit them due to the queues. The Baths are remarkably preserved remains, with thermal springs still active to this day and the Baths flowing with natural spring water. It is absolutely beautiful to visit and walking around the Baths, you feel like you are walking in the footsteps of Romans. I had a lovely time visiting the Baths and really enjoyed my visit there.
For more information about the Roman Baths, see here.
Visit Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge crosses River Avon in Bath and it is short walk from the Roman Baths. It is iconic to see as it is has shops on the bridge to this day, across both sides of the bridge and it is still used by buses and taxis to this day. I loved the views of Bath from the bridge and it did remind me of Howrah Bridge from the Harry Potter novels. You can even take boat trips down River Avon, and under the bridge but I didn’t have enough time to do this.
Walk the Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent is something out of a Jane Austen, it has the most beautiful row of houses and I would honestly live there in a heartbeat. The crescent is from the Georgian period and have featured in several period dramas and films. I loved walking around them and soaking up the atmosphere.
Visit the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms
The Assembly Rooms are housed inside the Fashion Museum and were opened in 1771. The rooms were traditionally used for large crowds to meet, dance, eat, drink tea, play cards and listen to music. I have visited the Assembly Rooms twice and both times, I have twirled around the rooms pretending to be a character out of the Austen novels.
For more information about the Assembly Rooms, see here.
Eat at Sally Lunn’s Bath
Sally Lunn’s Bath is one of the oldest eating and drinking houses in the city and they are the place to eat if you want to try some of the most delicious buns. Their kitchens are believed to be one of the first places to cook a Bath bun and they are now known world over. It was amazing to eat a Bath bun, I had one covered in nutella and cinnamon and it was truly delicious. What is unique about them is that they can’t be replicated because the recipe is still secret to Sally Lunn’s.
For more information about Sally Lunn’s see here.
I had a great time in Bath and would highly recommend it for a day trip out of London. If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to give my blog a follow,