Bath is a stunning city, full of old buildings and rich culture and history. It has a similar old-time feel to Oxford, but is much larger and busier. While this means there is more to do, the increased number of tourists can be rather overwhelming in the middle of a hot summer’s day. I spent a day exploring the must-see spots, and have combined them all into an easy list for you here. Don’t miss out!
The Roman Baths
What is so incredible about the Roman Baths – the namesake of the city – is that they have been preserved in incredible condition. The water in the central bath is completely green and warm and the water that flows in has turned the river source a bright shade of orange, but otherwise, the physical structure is almost completely intact.
The original stones of the bath still stand and the hot springs continue to pump hot water in. The Romans built this massive structure in 60-70 AD encompassing baths, springs, terraces, changing rooms, temples and spas. As an added bonus, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can take a sip of the water that still runs throughout the bathhouses. I’m warning you now, it’s warm and bitter!
Entrance fees cost $22CAD (12 pounds) as a student.
The impressive and massive Abbey is across the main square from the baths. I learnt that the original doors of the Abbey were destroyed in 1539 in Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the ones that are now there were donated as replacements in 1611. Wonder what they did without doors for those 60 something years?
The Parade Gardens
The central gardens of Bath are beautiful, providing stunning views from the top of the steps over Bath with old buildings dotted between patches of green. Entrance costs 80p per person, which is odd to be charged to go in a garden. I digress.
The actual gardens sit next to the River Avon and overlook an impressive multi-tier waterfall. White wicker lawn furniture covers the lawn and flowers bloom in bright colours every way you look, making the whole place a relaxing area to spend a few hours lazing around.
Streets of Bath
It is nice to simply wander in and amongst the quaint cobble-stoned streets of the city.
There is a beautifully symmetrical half-moon of houses overlooking Bath with a beautiful garden in front of it constructed beginning in 1754.
*Including photos by Michelle & Shaun