Monday, April 3, 2017

Bath, a romantic city you should not miss - #AtoZChallenge

Next time you are planning a trip to England, make sure you are not limiting yourself only to London. There is so much more to this beautiful country than Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Buckingham Palace. Undeniably, London has it's own charm but it does not represent all of the England. The British countryside is as beautiful as London if not more than that.


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.

P.C. Kedar Gadre

Roman Baths 

The 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 Bridge

One 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.

P.C. Kedar Gadre

Prior Park 

Another 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.


P.C. Kedar Gadre

Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour around Bath 

As 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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14 comments:

  1. The pictures are so good. Sure looks romantic. Good to know about 'bath'! :-)

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    1. Thank you Prakash, indeed it is a beautiful place. You must visit

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  2. G8 pictures and full of information ...

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  3. Very informative!!! The pictures inspire us to go on that romantic vacation. Just love reading your travel diaries.

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  4. I went to university in Bath and lived there for 13 years in total. It's a beautiful city. I definitely recommend it! x

    https://slimmingoutloud.wordpress.com/

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  5. Gayatri, DH and I were just talking about Europe and how awesome it would be to have a month to see the highlights of such a lovely continent. Of course, we lack the funds to do anything like this, so it's brilliant that I can visit fellow bloggers such as you who have ventured to such beautiful places. Thank you for the suggestions and should I win the lottery then these spots will make it to our destination travels abroad!

    I invite you to stop by for more Art Sketching Through the Alphabet for today’s featured letter “B” (boys) and a side of Mewsic with Curious as a Cathy!

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  6. I have heard about Bath many times, because of the springs, but I didn't imagine it was also such an historical place.

    Thansk so much for sharing this :-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - 1940s Film Noir

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  7. I live in the UK, but I've never been to Bath. I think I should add it to my list of places to visit. :)

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  8. I'd love to go to England one day. Some of my ancestors came from parts of England, Scotland and Ireland. Interesting and romantic.

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  9. Bath is one of the places I would like to visit. Because of the Romans history, on one hand; and, on the other hand, because of Jane Austen.

    Eva - Mail Adventures

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  10. Good to know about "Bath." Loved those miniature snaps.

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  11. Could travel to Bath with your narration...aand could see it in person courtesy pics!!! - Anagha from team Mocktailmommies.

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  12. I was going through a travel blog recently of someone who is originally from Britain. She insisted that those coming to the country must not limit themselves to London or even assume that London represents the country. After reading this post, and that one, I'm guessing a lot of people make that mistake?

    BTW, just noticed your bio in the sidebar. Loved it! As someone who turned 30 recently, I went through all that you've described. Then decided to turn it all around and *prove the world wrong* as you put it. :D :D Cheers!

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  13. Bath really is a picturesque city. I only had the one day there - kept telling myself I'd go back one day, but somehow it never happened. Maybe next trip to the UK :)
    Ros from Fangirl Stitches

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