Bath is located in the valley of the River Avon and it is part of the ceremonial county of Somerset. Since 1987 Bath is a World Heritage Site and it became famous for the Roman Baths and later on for the Georgian Architecture. The city is 156 kilometers (97 miles) away from London and you can get here by car, bus or train.Bath is not big, which means that the main touristic attractions are within walking distance from each other. Here is what you should see:
1. The Roman Baths
When the Romans built the baths, in c. AD 60, the city became a spa and it was given the name of Aquae Sulis (meaning “the waters of Sulis). In the 2nd century, a caldarium (hot bath), tepidarium (warm bath) and frigidarium (cold bath) were added to the baths.
Nowadays, the baths are underneath the street level and the building which houses them was designed in the 18th century by architects John Wood the Elder and John Wood the Younger. The construction of the building was finished in 1897 and the main points are the Sacred Spring, the Roman Bath House, the Roman Temple and the museum where you can see Roman artifacts and even coins.
More than 12.000 Roman coins were found in the water. Also, in the Grand Pump Room tourists can sample the water of the warm spring which fells into the Roman Baths.
The museum staff is friendly and you will have a great time exploring the historic site which remained an attraction for Bath for centuries.
You can visit the Roman Baths between 9:30 and 17:00 in January, February, November and December between 9:00 and 17:00 in March, June, September and October and between 9:00 and 21:00 in July and August.
Location: Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ
2. Bath Abbey
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is an Anglican parish Church in Bath. It was founded in the 7th century,reorganized in the 10th century and then rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. Bath Abbey is one of the finest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture and it can seat up to 1200 people on its cruciform plan.
Location: Bath BA1 1LT
3. Jane Austen Centre
If you are a Jane Austen fan this is a museum for your taste. The museum is about how her experience of living in Bath influenced the novels written by the author and visitors can get a taste of how it must have been to live back then.
Location: 40 Gay Street, Queen Square, Bath BA1 2NT
4. The Assembly Rooms
The Assembly Rooms were built in the Georgian era and they were designed by the same architects who designed the Roman Baths building, John Wood the Elder and John Wood the Younger. The Upper Assembly Rooms were opened in 1771 with a ball and they quickly became a popular venue for nobility and it was also a place frequented by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.
Location: Bennett St, Bath, Avon BA1 2QH
5. The Royal Crescent
It is a splendid example of Georgian Architecture, built in 1774 and it is so well preserved that the facade of the building is still untouched while the interiors suffered modifications over the years.
Location: Royal Crescent, BATH, BA1 2LS
Where to Eat
I ate at the Assembly Inn, where I tried Bath’s Award Winning Lovett Pie and I fell in love with it after the first bite. You can choose from the chicken, gammon and leek pie or spiced butternut squash (vegetarian) which is the one I ate. The pies are served with sweet potatoes or chips, and plum chutney. The crunchy crust was in perfect harmony with the soft vegetables and goats cheese the pie had inside. Soon you will also be able to try a variety of burgers: bagel with steak and cheddar cheese burger and chili beef burger with jalapenos peppers and cream cheese. There will also be burgers for vegetarians: mushroom and truffle or the cranberry and brie cheese burger.
I had a White Friar beer which went well with the meal. It is a local beer, brewed by Abbey Ales and it is one of the best tasting beer I ever had. At the Assembly Inn you can also try the award winning Bellringer, brewed in Bath as well.
The Assembly Inn is Bath’s premier sports pub for a reason. Locals and tourists come to the Assembly Inn to watch rugby, a very popular sport in Bath (which has its own team- Bath Rugby) and also other sports on the 3D TV and on the massive projector screens. The friendly staff will help you feel welcomed and enjoy your time at the pub located on 16 Alfred Street, BA1 2QU.