Did you know that Bath is the only place in the United Kingdom where there are natural hot springs? That’s where the name comes from! Or I like to think so anyway. I spent a weekend in Bath for my flatmate’s birthday, and it was the perfect weekend getaway, without even having to get a plane!
We took a coach to Bath on the Friday evening after work, and arrived just in time for a late dinner and then off to bed. This allowed us to set off nice and early Saturday morning, and we spent most of the day walking around the city centre. We went to some of the main landmarks, such as the Circus and the Royal Crescent, but mostly enjoyed our time wandering around the side streets, and admiring the architecture.
We also spent a couple hours in the afternoon at the museum of the ancient Roman baths, with audio guides so that we could learn some more about the history. I really enjoyed seeing the actual baths, and the hot water springs, but I won’t lie when I say I skimmed through some of the Roman relics pretty quickly. Probably sounds obnoxious of me to say but being Italian, whenever I see Roman ruins somewhere outside of Italy, I always pass over it quickly knowing I’ve already seen it. Don’t let my ignorance put you off though, a visit to the Roman baths when in Bath is pretty much compulsory. They are quite extraordinary architecturally and it’s really interesting to listen to the history. On the Saturday evening we went out for a nice dinner, and went for drinks to celebrate my flatmate’s birthday.
We had an easy morning on Sunday (totally unrelated to having been up late on Saturday night) and went to visit the Thermal Spa I’m not the biggest fan of spas, but considering it’s the only hot spring in the UK, and they have a cool heated roof top pool with view over the rooftops of Bath, I figured I’d make an exception. We had lunch at Sally Lunn, which is famous for being the oldest house in Bath, and we had some pretty amazing buns. In the afternoon we then hiked up Alexandra Park, just in time to see a beautiful pink sunset over Bath. It was even more stunning as it reflected on the pale houses, making everything look even more pink. By then it was time to head back to the hostel to pick up our bags, and get on a coach back to London.
I really enjoyed visiting Bath. It was the perfect city weekend getaway, even more so because it was just a couple hours by coach away, and we didn’t even have to get a plane. Travelling while having a 9-5 office job can be hard, which is why I always say weekends away are one of the best ways to do so. I am trying to do more myself, focusing especially within the UK to limit the time spent travelling.
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