Bath

United Kingdom

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 | Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Bath, an architectural gem if Georgian architecture is your thing. The city's fortune was built on the presence of the only hot springs in England and the warm waters pulled Georgian aristocrats here to gossip, play, and build the yellow terraces that characterise the city today.

The city's steaming soul is the bath and temple complex built by the Romans over a natural hot spring in the 1st century AD. The baths, fabulous architecture, many excellent museums, and a Jane Austen like setting (actually she lived here from 1801-1806) mean that tourists flock to the city so be prepared for the tourist horde.

The baths themselves are very different from Roman times though at the lower levels the Roman origins are quite obvious.

During these times the building had a roof but now it is open and surrounded by a Victorian terrace. Below the baths are various rooms and smaller bathing chambers where the visitor can inspect these and the heating systems. A museum here displays the numerous curses that have been found inscribed on soft lead, rolled up and thrown into the waters by some vengeful Romans.


The Highlights

  1. Pulteney Bridge - this monument should leave even the biggest cultural Philistine just a little bit impressed.
  2. The Roman Baths - Read the curses cast into the magical waters by wronged Romans.
  3. A Jane Austen film set - whilst walking around Bath you can almost imagine being in the most quintessential of English period dramas.

Posted: Feb 19, 2011 | Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Bath in a day

A weekend trip to Bath to see the sights and take in the charm of postcard perfect Georgian architecture and traditional looking shops. The Roman Baths should be on everyone's itinerary and if you have the time, bathe in the modern baths nearby. With hot running water in my hotel I didn't see the need for this extravagance and nor did I have the time as street pounding, as always was the measure of the visit. A terrible tourist, I came, I saw, I spent bare minimum, and left having 'done' Bath. 

1) Pulteney Bridge
2) Bath Abbey
3) The Great Bath I
4) Bath - The Great Bath II

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