Welcome to Bath, Somerset (England) – The World Heritage Site. In the past I have heard many times about beauty of this place, and finally I can say it that I have seen it! Bath is one of the most beautiful cities in England and second the most visited after London. No surprises that Bath was inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1987. The only place with thermal springs in the UK.
- Roman Baths
Legend has it that in 500 BC Prince Bladud, was the first who discovered healing properties of the spring, when he contracted leposy. Spring waters cured his condition and he became founder of Romans Baths.
AD 43 The Romans started the development of Bath as a city of recreation and built around the hot springs a sophisticated series of baths used for baths and curative purposes and dedicated it to Goddess Sulis Minerva.
Today Romans Baths is still a place of special significance, a testament to the genius of Roman engineering. If you are visiting Bath, this is a place you simply MUST see it! Tickets very in price depending on a day and time you planning to visit, please click on the link to find out more: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/tickets-prices
This Romans baths are only to admire, unfortunately you won’t be able to have a dip in this waters. This are the original waters that have not been touched for centuries and I assure you it would be not a very pleasant experience (I must warn you it is quiet smelly).
2. Thermae Bath Spa
However, if you fancy Spa day, just next door you can find Thermae Bath Spa that is actually open to public and can be fully used. Tickets cost £36 for 2 hrs of spa session where you can bathe in naturally warm 33.5 ‘C, mineral-rich waters ( these waters contains over 42 different minerals). Tickets are available on-line, winch I highly recommend it to purchase or on a day as you enter. However, be were that some of the more popular packages may be already fully booked due to high volume of visitors. More info click here: https://www.thermaebathspa.com/
All I can say, it’s worth it every penny! Especially the top-roof experience, something you need to try. If you are there with your better half I recommend it the Twilight package for two worth £99 (including 3 hr spa session, use of towel, robe & slippers and one dish of spring menu with a drink, She would love it! So surprise her with some vouchers, great gift and beautiful memories. And lets don’t forget about these priceless wive from the roof top.
3. The Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses dramatically connected with Iconic columns and looking straight across fields above the Avon valley. Designed by the architect John Wood, built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a Grade I listed building. It’s really quiet something, and definitely shouldn’t be missed. From the city center you can walk there, it will take you around 20-30 min. and if you are too tired, simply take a bus.
4. Bath Abbey
To be honest that should be at the beginning of my list, firstly because its in the heart of the City and you can’t simply not notice this beautiful and magnificent building. Secondly, when you notice at first this building you simply stop and start to wonder how it is even possible that people managed to build something so spectacular 1200 years ago! It takes my breath away!
Bath’s parish church, known as ” the Lantern of the West”, because of the light flooding its interior. The front west has carved angels claiming up and down ladders and two olive trees which was the vision of Bishop Oliver King who dreamed in 1499 of angels travelling between heaven and earth. He took his dream as a sign to be the man who should restore the abbey after the roman cathedral fallen into ruin. Work began but was halted 40 years later by Henry VIII. Please read more about history and amazing architecture of this building clicking here; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_Abbey
Entrance to cathedral is totally free, but donations are very welcome. So go on!! climb the 212 steps of the tower for a bird’s eye view of the city and ENJOY!!!
Other places you may want to see while you visiting Bath are: Pulteney Bridge and Bathwick, North Parade, Queen Square, The Jane Austen Center, Parade Gardens, and all of that is only walk away from each other. Please see my gallery below and feel free to comment.
In a mean time, I hope my blog will help you to explore this unique heritage that Bath is. You will find there everything you desire, museums, art galleries, gardens and any more attractions. The city offers an intriguing mix of theater, festivals, good restaurants, pubs, tea shops sporting excellence and quality shopping. So please take a time and Enjoy!!