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A Day Out in Bath

Bath is only about a 2 hours drive from London and I arrived right before lunch time and was free to explore until the early evening. Luckily the weather held back from unleashing a torrent of rain on me, and I got the see the shopping district in it’s fully Christmasy glory!

Bath is a World-Heritage site and a former spa city. (Although there is a lovely spa open for use). The Romans built baths and a temple along the valley of the River Avon, due to the natural hot springs. The tradition of it being a spa town really flourished in the Georgian era, when it became an extremely popular getaway.

Bath is incredibly beautiful. Besides the ruins of the ancient Roman buildings, there’s the gorgeous Pumphouse, Bath Abbey and the stunning architecture along the Royal Crescent (you can also see this street in the film “Vanity Fair”). If you’re in town you have to try to things: eat Sally Lunn buns, a type of teacake that the town is famous for, and “take the water”. The water tastes metallic (and a bit sulphuric) but at least you’ll know what people traveled far and wide to drink as a health booster.

Personally, I can’t think of Bath without thinking of Jane Austen.  “Persuasion” and “Northanger Abbey” both feature it as part of their settings, although Austen herself didn’t like living there!

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Buttresses on the Abbey.

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The Abbey from the front.

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The Parade Gardens.

gardens theatre tower

Have you been to Bath before?

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  • Bath is one of my favirite British towns! We went on one of our first weekend adventures after we moved here and luckily we had perfect weather! If it wasn’t so far away, we would go more often!

  • I LOVE Bath! Such a gorgeous city. My cousin’s family hen-do was a champagne tea at the Pump Rooms which was one of the best teas I’ve ever had. Really gorgeous 🙂 xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • I love Bath, it is one of the prettiest cities I have been to in England. Another place I really have to go back to! x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    Such lovely, wintery photos of Bath. We visited briefly when I was a week or so overdue. I could barely walk, but we found a gorgeous little independent bookshop and spent a lot of time enjoying the AC and that book-smell!

  • I sure do love Bath, I must visit soon.

  • I’ve been to Bath about twelve years ago, but only for one day. I loved it and have to visit again for sure.

  • All the pictures I have seen of Bath are gorgeous, looks like a must see when in England.

  • I wish I had more time in England this trip and could head to Bath! It is on my list of cities in the UK to see 🙂

  • I loved Bath! And I definitely need a Mr. Darcy too. Hah. 🙂

  • I love Bath! I visited around this time last year and loved it :).

  • Kate Mitchell

    Wow! It’s beautiful! As a huge Jane Austen fan – as well as a Georgian literature fan in general – I’ve read lots about it. So cool seeing it in the modern time!

  • Ashley Angle

    Great photos! I was there once, but didn’t get to explore much. 🙁 Too bad because it looks like a great town!
    ~Ashjley @ A Cute Angle

  • Oohh… that is lucky! Do you have a bus that runs frequently? x

  • It’s great that you enjoy your time in Bath. I like the temperance fountain “Water is best”. I remember you take photo of this fountain last year too

  • hehe I did stop in! They have another branch in Stratford-upon-Avon as well! xx

  • I’ve only been to Bath in novels 🙂 does it actually smell sulfuric? they seem to make a big deal of the rotten egg smell in books, and some of the hot springs in Taiwan are pretty potent!

  • Looks like such a fantastic time!
    Melanie @

  • Haha! The random guy hanging out of the window in that one picture..! So funny.

    • You are the first one to notice him!!!!!! You win a prize! And that prize being my sure joy at you noticing. x

  • Ting

    Lovely photos! x

  • We spent a few days in Bath last year and I loved that city! We didn’t try out the spa, but we DID drink the water at the Roman Baths (gross) and eat a Sally Lunn’s bun (delicious). My favorite thing we did was take a free walking tour through the town – there is so much history here!

  • Just love Bath – though whenever I go it seems to be raining! I totally think of Jane Austen and BBC period dramas every time I go too. Did you go inside the Abbey? The ceilings in there might be the most beautiful I’ve ever seen…

  • I have yet to go to Bath, but dearly wish to. I always have trouble picturing anything other than the Roman baths when I think about the town, so thanks for suggesting other things to do and see there!

    • If you get a chance to go before Christmas I suggest it- it’s beautiful with all the Christmas decor up! x

  • Oh my goodness, Bath looks breathtakingly beautiful. I’ve never been, but I certainly would love to! X

  • Wow Bath looks so pretty and charming–I really had no idea! So much more to it besides the Roman baths 🙂

  • Oh cool! I visited Bath with my parents and sister several years ago and ever since have been wanting to go back. The architecture there was just incredible.

  • I went to Bath on my study abroad. We visited the Roman baths (at the end of the tour, I tried some of the free bath water–disgusting, but worth the experience alone!). We loved seeing the Victorian rows of homes. I also loved seeing the Jacob’s Ladder on the cathedral.

  • I always think of Jane Austen too! If I could catch a glimpse of Captain Wentworth in his uniform strolling around… sigh 🙂

    • Wentworth really is the best isn’t he? Self made instead of lazy old money, brave, super sexy…. x