Bathing in Bath

From Bristol we did a day trip to the City of Bath. The whole city is a World Heritage Site and it is famous both for its ancient Roman Baths and for its stunning Georgian architecture.  We arrived in the pouring rain, but we were grateful to get there at all as a lot of the train lines were experiencing flooding from all the rain.  Our first stop was the ancient Roman baths – when the Romans went to England, they built a huge bathing area around the natural hot pool there, which they also decided was holy (and so built a temple too).  We spent a few hours exploring the complex including where the temple would have been, the sacred pool and the bath that they used on a daily basis – the whole thing was fascinating.  We tasted the water, which was supposed to have been used for medicinal purposes…it tasted most unpleasant!

 

The sacred pool

 

Part of the front of the temple

 

The pool for daily bathing

 

After some lunch (to Reuben’s excitement, Subway does Chicken Tikka subs in the UK) we headed over to the beautiful Bath Cathedral, where we admired the amazing stained glass windows.  We also liked that the staff led a brief prayer every hour – this was lovely to join in with.

 

Bath Cathedral

 

Beautiful stained glass

 

Stepping out of the cathedral, we found that the sun had come out just in time for us to walk over and admire the Georgian architecture of the Circus and the Royal Crescent.

 

Karen at the Circus

 

Us at the Royal Crescent

 

To finish our day, we went to the Thermae Bath Spas and enjoyed a roof top spa.  It was nice soaking, but not quite as amazing as the Blue Lagoon had been…but to be fair that was always going to be a hard one to live up to! (No photos were allowed either…so you will have to follow the link if you are interested.)

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruth Crafts says:

    Don’t know what it is about Bath, every time I have been there the sun comes out and it looks amazing. Tried drinking the water in the Bath Assembly Room once. YUK.

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    1. Karen Olson says:

      Oh yes, we tried the water there too…I have just added that into the post…clearly I had blocked the bad taste from my mind!

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  2. Kate says:

    Lol, you guys could write a travel book – Hot Pools of the World 😀

    Were the Chicken Tikka subs nice? They had egg subs in Japan, I still miss them ;_;

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    1. Karen Olson says:

      Yep, they were awesome…I’m not so sure about egg subs…

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  3. Lachlan says:

    Bath looks wonderful. I’ve only heard good things about Bath.

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