Bath: Visiting the Roman City / by Andrew Wilson

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Earlier this year I took a weekend trip to the charming city of Bath in the South of England. I had never been to this historical city before, so my girlfriend and I thought it would be great to see the old Roman baths and other sites of this historical town…and treat ourselves to some time in a spa!

First-things-first we made our way to our little place for our stay…

 We stayed at the converted left-half of the Coach House at Bloomfield Crescent, Odd Down. This was in a pleasant and quiet area at the far end of the enclosed crescent, just off the main road.

We stayed at the converted left-half of the Coach House at Bloomfield Crescent, Odd Down. This was in a pleasant and quiet area at the far end of the enclosed crescent, just off the main road.

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 One of the houses inside the crescent.

One of the houses inside the crescent.

 
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 Aptly named ‘Tower House’.

Aptly named ‘Tower House’.

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 Making our way back down to the centre.

Making our way back down to the centre.

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 Bath Abbey.

Bath Abbey.

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 Inside the Abbey.

Inside the Abbey.

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 Bath Abbey (left) and Roman Baths (right).

Bath Abbey (left) and Roman Baths (right).

 Visitors listening to audio guides.

Visitors listening to audio guides.

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 The warm stream of water that comes up from the hot springs.

The warm stream of water that comes up from the hot springs.

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 Spring overflow.

Spring overflow.

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 Pillars supported flooring which allowed for heat to be circulated, providing heated floors.

Pillars supported flooring which allowed for heat to be circulated, providing heated floors.

 Temple Courtyard walkway.

Temple Courtyard walkway.

 Minerva’s head ( more info here ).

Minerva’s head (more info here).

 Roman coins.

Roman coins.

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 Centre of Beazer Garden Maze.

Centre of Beazer Garden Maze.

 Pulteney Weir in the River Avon.

Pulteney Weir in the River Avon.

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 The constant crashing of the water had a calming and hypnotic sound.

The constant crashing of the water had a calming and hypnotic sound.

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  The Royal Crescent , one of Bath’s most affluent areas built between 1767 and 1775.

The Royal Crescent, one of Bath’s most affluent areas built between 1767 and 1775.

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 A defibrillator telephone box…I had never seen one of these before!

A defibrillator telephone box…I had never seen one of these before!

 Telephone box stuffed with plants.

Telephone box stuffed with plants.

 Textured outer wall of the Roman Bath.

Textured outer wall of the Roman Bath.

 Road names are carved into the walls in Bath - quite a charming detail.

Road names are carved into the walls in Bath - quite a charming detail.

 
 Huge tree in the centre of Abbey Green.

Huge tree in the centre of Abbey Green.

 
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 Odd wonky building top, Argyle Street.

Odd wonky building top, Argyle Street.

 
 Henrietta Street. The yellow-coloured stone is distinctive and used throughout Bath.

Henrietta Street. The yellow-coloured stone is distinctive and used throughout Bath.

 Sydney Gardens.

Sydney Gardens.

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 The Holburne Museum.

The Holburne Museum.

 Trains passing by.

Trains passing by.

 Laura Place Fountain.

Laura Place Fountain.

 Hot Bath Street…

Hot Bath Street…

 …and around the corner was the  Thermae Bath Spa . To round off our stay we treated ourselves to a few hours in this spa which had a few different floors of experiences, the top floor (pictured top-right) had an open-roof heated pool!

…and around the corner was the Thermae Bath Spa. To round off our stay we treated ourselves to a few hours in this spa which had a few different floors of experiences, the top floor (pictured top-right) had an open-roof heated pool!

 Bonus photo: A reflection at Birmingham New Street on the way back from Bath.

Bonus photo: A reflection at Birmingham New Street on the way back from Bath.

So that was our little trip away to Bath! The overall feel of the city reminded me of York in the way you get a sense of its history and its importance as part of its identity. I enjoyed it and recommend it if you’ve never been. As always, thanks for checking out the blog - I hope you enjoyed it. Keep an eye out for the next one!

Special shout-out to my friend Jack Francis for showing us around and being a bit of a tour guide!

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