Beyond London: Bath
Ancient Roman Spas, natural hot springs, medieval buildings, gorgeous Georgian architecture, excellent museums and a range of great pubs, restaurants and nightclubs… all this and more is waiting only an hour and a half from London. Bath is set within the rolling hills of Somerset on the edge of the Cotswolds and makes a perfect weekend getaway from the chaos of the capital.
A perfect day trip from London, Bath is one of the most historically interesting and architecturally stunning cities in the UK. It is so packed with gorgeous old buildings that the entire city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The well preserved ruins throughout the city date back to Roman times when it was a sacred spa site. These remains were rediscovered in the 18th century when Bath became a luxury resort.
If you love history, art or architecture and want to get away for a day or two from London, Bath will be an absolutely exhilarating escape where you will have fascinating artworks and buildings to feast your eyes on around every turn.
Visit the Roman Baths
The world famous Roman Baths are the most popular tourist attraction in Bath. These baths are the only mineral hot springs in all of England and they were constructed by the Romans over 2000 years ago. They still output over a million liters of hot water every day! Don’t miss the excellent exhibits of archaeology from the Roman period and the costumed actors who recreate scenes of what life would have been like here thousands of years ago. You can even taste a glass of the water, said to have healing properties, from the spa fountain.
Afternoon Tea in the Pump Room
This stunning neo-classical salon has been known as the social epicentre of Bath for the last two centuries and is next to the Roman Baths. Also, try a famous Sally Lunn Bun at Sally Lunn’s Refreshment House & Museum, which is set within the oldest house in Bath. The recipe for these buns dates back to the 17th century and they are so popular that you might have to queue up at lunchtime!
The Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent is a unique crescent-shaped row of Georgian houses all set together in the style of the time. It is truly an impressive structure and worth taking a look at while you are in Bath.
The first house on the Royal Crescent is a museum which is open to the public and it has been decorated to resemble what it would have looked like at the end of the 18th century.
If you are looking for a beautiful and historical city to visit on a quick day trip or weekend getaway from London, Bath is an obvious choice. Have a great time exploring this beautiful UK destination!
Bath seems like a fascinating place. I’m impressed by the Royal Crescent houses. It’s an impressive piece of architecture. Beyond the museum, is the rest of the building in use? Do people live there or is it all set aside for historical purposes and tourism?
Wow! Bath looks absolutely stunning. I think it’s safe to say that even if I was not interested in art and history, I would still love to visit Bath! There is just something about it, which I could only think that it’s the culture, history, and beautiful landscape.
I actually really appreciate this series of posts about England because I’ve been thinking about planning a trip there for a while now and it’s great to see beyond London 🙂 Bath looks gorgeous and peaceful and I am definitely moving it onto my list of places to visit based on this post. I definitely appreciated your including the fact that it can be done in a day trip from London 🙂
The Roman Baths and Royal Crescent both look right up my alley 🙂 I just wanted to double check: it’s not possible to go into the Roman Baths at this time, right? I think that would be so awesome to be able to do but I know it’s probably not in the cards…
I think I seen Rick Steves do a show here. I know that the area looked gorgeous! I think he called it a day trip away from London. Really, looks like a gorgeous area and thank you for sharing the trip from your point of view. Most travel show hosts only hit up the highlights, not the whole area.
Bath is a nice getaway if your in London. If you want a nice relaxing day out then Bath is for you. You can spend forever just walking around the roman ruins
Indulge in life like a royal Roman I say! Hot springs and tea, what a lethal combination – in a good way though. My goodness, I am blabbering because I am still awed by the magnificence of the architecture in the above pictures. The series of posts on England is igniting my desires to travel to the UK as soon as possible! Control… control…
I hope you do get a chance to travel to the UK soon, it is such a wonderful country with so much to explore. Have fun!
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