So our summer holiday this year took us to the UK. We got tickets to watch U2 in London on Belle’s 33rd birthday (we will tell you more about that in another post) and we were really excited. So we booked our hotel and didn’t really plan much else after all we were going to London – we both have been to London countless times so we were going to wing it! But then a week before our trip we thought – well are we really going to spend all our 5 days in London? (dont get us wrong we think London is lovely but theres so much more to see in the UK and we haven’t even scratched the surface of what there is to see) So we did some research and found out that Bath wasn’t too far away – only a 1.5 hour train ride away and we get to explore a new city.
So we went online as we were told tickets are cheaper when bought online – booked our train tickets; picked them up from the machine at Victoria Station when we got to London and we were all set. Belle with her huge back pack full of camera equipment and Steph with her bright pink backpack.
Bath is considered One of the UK’s most beautiful cities, and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. As soon as we got out of the station we saw everywhere decorated in bright umbrellas and that was enough for us to immediately fall head over heels in love with the city.
We started walking with no particular place in mind yet – just to get the feel of this city and we quickly found ourselves walking amongst some stunning Georgian buildings. Right in the heart of the city you’ll find the Abbey, which is a great place to start exploring. Begun in 1499, Bath Abbey is the last of the great medieval churches of England. Its great stained-glass windows and honey-gold stone columns should not be missed.
Behind the abbey we found the cutest little Georgian tearoom (Hands Georgian tearoom) and we couldn’t resist we had to stop for tea and cake and scones. Well Belle doesn’t like tea so she had an elderflower lemonade which was quite interesting. It felt like being in one of our favourite Jane Austen Novels with the big chandeliers and Georgian tea cups and saucers 🙂
Just a few steps away from the Abbey is the Roman baths. Here you can walk through the original roman baths and find out all about the Roman temple of Sulis Minerva. There were very long queues later in the day so we do recommend you visit as early as possible.
As we ventured away from the city centre we found ourselves overlooking a huge park were people were busy at work setting up for the Jane Austen Festival which is to take place in September 2017. This year marks the 200th anniversary since Austen’s death so a huge festival will be taking place – if you are in the area in September and you are a huge Jane Austen fan like us we really recommend you visit Bath. Just off one of the main shopping streets you can find the Jane Austen Centre, where you can learn more about her life.
We kept walking around the garden as we wanted to snap a picture of the Pultney Weir bridge (random fact – this bridge is featured in a scene from the Les Miserable movie). Bridge’s always make for interesting subjects to photograph. But unlike most the Pulteney bridge is lined with quirky shops and cafes. This bridge is located in the heart of Bath and crosses over the river Avon. It was fun to see all the sea gulls playing over the bridge – diving into the water and squabbling over food.
If you’re looking to indulge in a bit of retail therapy whilst in Bath, then make sure you stray from the beaten track and visit Bath’s independent shops. You will find the big names in Bath of course but what impressed us where the cute independently owned stores that you just won’t find anywhere else.
There are also plenty of very cute cafeterias where to sit down and relax if like us you want to spend a relaxing afternoon.
We do recommend you Pack a pair of comfy walking shoes and you’ll be able to visit most of the sights by foot. The city is pretty compact, but be prepared for the occasional climb, as Bath has several steep hills!