Visiting Bath, England was an absolute dream come true. Although Bath gets less attention than its bigger, more glamorous neighbor to the east – London, it can certainly hold its own. If you’re taking a trip to the UK, Bath most certainly should not get overlooked. This small town lies in the southwest countryside of England and is named so for its natural “baths”. UNESCO has recognized the entire city as a World Heritage Site. The only other city in the world that receives the same recognition is Venice, Italy.
While there is so much to see and do in this city mixed of Roman and Georgian influence, below are my top 10 things not to miss.
Visit the Roman Baths
Although seemingly expensive, it is worth it to visit these ancient Roman baths. A free audio guide is included and you could spend at least two hours walking through this historic site, learning how the Romans built the site and what they used it for.
Partake in the free walking tour
I would highly recommend the walking tour that takes place outside of the Roman Baths. Completely free, and totally informative, this walk lasts approximately two hours and gives you insider knowledge to the city of Bath. Tips are not accepted.
Shop along Pulteney Bridge
The Pulteney Bridge is one of only four bridges in the world with shops on each side of the bridge. It arches over the River Avon and was completed in 1774. The other three bridges are Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Rialto Bridge in Venice, and Krämerbrücke in Erfurt.
Get lost in the streets, using Bath Abbey to guide you home
Grab a coffee and wander the streets until you can’t wander any longer. When you need to reorient yourself look upward for the Gothic style Bath Abbey; an Angelic parish church founded in the 7thcentury.
Take a stroll through Prior Park Landscape Garden
Now owned by the National Trust, Alexander Pope originally designed Prior Park in the 18th century. Be aware that it does cost to get into the park and hours of opening vary.
Walk around the Circus
Hint: Not an actual circus. This famous street is a circle of historic townhouses forming a circle with three entrances. I was told that Nicolas Cage resided here at one point.
Awe over the architecture at the Royal Crescent
Built in 1774, the Royal Crescent is a row of uniform houses. At one point the people who owned the houses were able to make slight appearance changes. That was until 1972 when an owner decided to paint their door yellow. There have been no changes to the Royal Crescent since.
Pamper yourself at Thermae Bath Spa
Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s original thermal spa. Go at night where you can swim in the open-air rooftop pool and gaze out at the stars.
Wine down at Corkage
A quaint and cozy wine bar in the heart of Bath, Corkage serves tapas to go along with their extensive wine list. Don’t expect to be given either a wine or food menu. At Corkage the staff is to know everything about the wine and food so that they can pick guide you based on what you prefer. Don’t worry, you’re allowed to try the wine before you buy. Be prepared to be truly impressed when they start spouting off every ingredient in every dish by heart.
10. Wake up early to have the streets to yourself
And the best part of vacationing – exploring the city when its most quiet and peaceful. Wake up when the sun rises and stroll the streets without hoards of tourists around. This is when you’ll get those pictures you originally wanted, but were too crowded during the day.
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