You know those places that you hear about but just aren’t really the kinds of places that would ever make the top of your bucket list? I’ll admit: that was Bath, England for me. When we were invited by VisitBath and BathNES to experience the small city, what I didn’t know was that our visit to Bath would end up being the highlight of our month-long stay in England, and that we would end up completely fascinated by its rich history and all the things there are to see and do there. (By the way, did you know that Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?)
The Roman Baths
Our few days in Bath started with a visit to The ~2000 year-old Roman Baths (run by BathNES), which features well-preserved remains of ancient Roman religious geothermal spas. There are quite a few spa rooms and a museum that displays lots of ancient artifacts from the area, but the most sought-out sight at The Roman Baths is the Great Bath, which really is just amazing.
Next up was a visit next door to the beautifully architectured Bath Abbey. At over 500 years old, Bath Abbey is the last of the great medieval churches of England. Kyle and I are suckers for historic architecture and were just awe-inspired by the all the intricacies of the church.
Bath City Sightseeing Tour
Our second day in Bath began with a ride on the hop-on/hop-off Bath City Sightseeing tour bus. The buses themselves are the iconic double-decker buses and have an open-top so that you can see all angles of the city unrestricted. Riding through the narrow streets of Bath was just a treat for the eyes.
We hopped off at Stop 9 which was right at the entrance of the Fashion Museum. We would eventually visit that, but first! The Circus. 🙂
The Circus is a truly amazing 18th-century sight that consists of three curved segments of townhouses, arranged in a circular shape around a roundabout.
No. 1 Royal Crescent
We then walked a toward the Royal Crescent, another curved row of 18th-century townhouses (of royal proportions)! Before we even saw the crescent, we made a pit stop at the No. 1 Royal Crescent. We actually didn’t know what this attraction was but the costumed woman at the door intrigued us enough to go in and check it out. It’s actually just a home-turned-museum that creates a wonderfully vital picture of life in 18th-century Georgian Bath.
The final attraction for our visit to Bath was the Fashion Museum (also ran by BathNES). The museum makes you past-life-nostalgic through a real display of England’s most prominent clothing fashions, some of which date all the way back to the 1600s! We even got to play dress-up, which was a fun way to end our short trip to Bath. 😀
I would say that we were quite surprised by Bath and were so glad that we had the chance to visit the city. The city center is small and very walkable, and at every turn there is something that catches your eye and has you gazing in wonder. Our only regret is that we didn’t spend enough time there. Two full days definitely wasn’t enough because there is much more to see around the city. As digital nomads, we actually think Bath would be an amazing place to call “home” for a few weeks just so we could experience it like locals. I guess we’ll have to put that in the plans! 😉
Many thanks to VisitBath and BathNES for giving us complimentary admission to all the above mentioned attractions in exchange for exposure to our online audience.
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