Bath has been somewhere I have wanted to go since the time I first discovered it while doing my undergrad degree. As we were going South to visit my oldest friend Storme in Bournemouth, we decided to do a Westerly detour to Bath. It was known as Aquae Sulis under the Romans (nearly 2000 years ago) and as the name may suggest, it is famous for its thermal springs which supply the town with beautiful warm water. We spent an amazing (and wet) time exploring this beautiful city. Most buildings in Bath are made from the local, golden-coloured Bath Stone which gives the town a lovely glow and uniformity that makes it seem like it has just stepped out of the 18th Century. We even splurged and when to the super fancy modern Bath Spa which has four levels of natural springs and a rooftop pool overlooking the town and Abbey. Unfortunately we werent allowed to carry in cameras so we got no pictures inside. Bath was probably our favourite place that we visited in our time in England and I hope our pictures do this picturesque town some justice.
Waiting for the (very expensive) train to Bath.
Our first glimpse of the Norman cathedral and the Roman baths.Its weird to think people have been walking along this road for more than 2000 years and this definitely lent our whole time in bath a beautiful historical weight.
The goddess the town was once named after, Sulis
The stinky water from the hotsprings stains the rocks a sulphorous orange colour. Despite the weird colour and smell, the water is believed to have healing properties and can be drunk for all sort of ailments from gout to infertility.
The water, although smelling a tad eggy from the sulphur was beautifully warm. I can see why people living in cold old England would be keen to strip off and jump in these hot springs!
The main Roman pool where all the posh Roman men used to swim.
Gratuitous food shot, maybe. But finding vegan sausage rolls was no small feat and made both us and our tummies very happy!
The Bath Abbey was enormous! Its hard to imagine that people have been worshipping here since the 7th Century and this is the place that virtually all kings and queens of England have been crowned from the first king of England, King Edgar (yeah we hadnt heard of him either) to Elizabeth II.
It was really bizarre walking around the Bath cathedral and literally walking over people that had been buried there :/
In addition to the quirky uniformity of the golden coloured Bath stone, Bath has another quirky feature, a number of apartments and house built in a semi-circular shape.
The Royal Crescent is the most famous of these semi-circular buildings which over looks a gorgeous park and botanic gardens.