Bath is a must-visit place if you are a romantic person. Romance is filled in the air and every corner of this picturesque city, that it is difficult not to fall in love with this place once you are there even if you are resolute not to. Soaked in history since the Roman times and being the only place with natural hot water springs in the UK, it has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage site. When you step in this city, the first thing that captures your sight is the houses made of unique honey-coloured Bath stones.
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Roman BathsThe most famous place is obviously the Roman Baths. If you are interested in history and enjoy learning more about it, then I would recommend you to keep one complete day for this place. It was constructed around 70 AD by Romans over the natural hot springs, for bathing and socialising. The most entertaining part of our visit was hearing the messages written on curse tablets. Whenever a person thought another person had done something wrong to them (such as one envious woman cursing another woman or people cursing their domestic help of stealing), they would write a message on a curse tablet and drop it in the spring water, to be read by their goddess. We heard so many fascinating stories about the people who lived and walked those premises about 2000 years ago and couldn't help but notice how human nature hasn't changed even after so many centuries. You can find out more about the entry charges and events on the official website
Pulteney BridgeOne of our most favourite ones is Pulteney Bridge, one of the most romantic bridges in the world. It is a perfect place to unwind in the evening while taking a leisurely stroll along the bank of the river, holding the hand of your loved one. While you are there, don't forget to check the shops on both sides of this bridge especially the Karon Cunnighan miniatures, for Dolls House Miniatures and Collectibles. I am crazy about miniature objects, I am a proud owner of tea sets, glass slippers, buildings and collection of many other miniature objects, so this place was a paradise for me. Right from the miniature bookshelves, furniture, English tea sets, to various musical instruments, utensils, pottery articles, food objects and figurines, this place is bound to drive you crazy & your pockets a lot lighter. I am not a shopaholic but this was one place where I had the toughest time to keep myself from overspending.
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Prior ParkAnother one of our most favourites!! This place will leave you spellbound. Even after spending half a day at this 18th-century landscape garden, we were most reluctant to leave. If you are into fitness or enjoy walking then this is the right place for you. The 6-mile circular route is full of breathtaking views. Fitness lover or not, you must walk to the top of the walking route to get the best view of the valley and the city. You can find more information about this park here.
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Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour around BathAs we had limited time, we opted for the open roof sightseeing bus tour which has two routes, one through the city and the other one covering the outskirts (with the best views). Although we had been hesitant about taking the bus tour initially as we love to explore places by foot, it turned out to be as entertaining as visiting all those places and the best way to know about the places which were not of the top priority on our list. Some of the highlights of the bus tour were glimpses of an old style toilet (or rather the exterior of the house with it), anecdotes about the invention of toilet flush and the houses with permanently closed windows as there was a rule passed many decades ago about the maximum no. of windows allowed in every household. (and you thought the rule passed by your government sounds silly) ;)
Some of the other good places we visited were The Jane Austen Centre, No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, but more about some of them later. There also were some haunted venues for the Daredevils, but we gave those a miss.
Travel tips to visit Bath
From London -You can take a train from London Paddington which will take you there in about 90 minutes. Alternately you can also book National Express coaches which is a lot cheaper than the train ticket but will take approximately 2.5 hours or more. To get the cheaper tickets on the coach you will have to plan and book well in advance.
Just in case you don't know already ticket prices for trains and coaches vary based on many factors such as how well in advance are you booking and the day and time of your travel (during rush hour or otherwise), so make sure you check various price ranges available and then select the one that works for you.
Some tour agents offer a day or 2-days trip covering Bath, Stonehenge but I would recommend you to spend at least 3 days in the Bath itself.
On the way to Bath, you can also include Stonehenge and Cotswold, but I am not covering those here as they deserve dedicated posts each.
You can find more about Bath here - https://visitbath.co.uk
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