Staff Recommends: A weekend in Bath
England is not just London or Liverpool. There are many interesting places to go and visit in the UK. Not so long ago we mentioned the city of Oxford. Now is the turn for another beautiful place in Britain and in this case the Romans had something to do with it. Bath is placed 99 miles away from London, in South West England. Is an historic and beautiful city that dates back to Roman times. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city contains at least 5.000 buildings officially listed and protected by the government for their architectural merit. Did we get your attention by now? Lets keep talking about it then!
Things to do and visit
In Bath you can visit a lot of places, going through the Roman times, to the 21st Century. From the Roman ages, the most important legacy is the Roman Baths. Open every day except 25th and 26th December, this place still works with natural hot water. The Romans built the bathing complex and a magnificent temple.
From the end of the 15th Century, we can find there the Bath Abbey. Its real name is Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and is an Anglican parish church, and a former Benedictine monastery. The first building was built in the 7th century, and was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. The Abbey is open from Monday to Saturday 9 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 1 pm – 2 pm, and 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm.
Another place we recommend to go for a walk is Upper Borough Walls. It’s a historic street from the same age. Many of the structures in this street are listed buildings. If you are next to Widcombe Hill, you can visit St Thomas à Becket Church.
Going more and more through the history, we found the Georgian style. This one is the most dominant style of architecture in central Bath. An example of this style is The Post House, most known as Ralph Allen’s Town House. This house is placed in the centre of the town, and was designed and built by John Wood the Elder, the same architect who designed Queen Square, “the most important architectural sequence in Bath”. This square is close to The Circus, another square symbol of the Georgian architecture, and The Royal Crescent, a terrace that is included like a listed Grade I place. Another Georgian interesting place to visit is Pulteney Bridge. It crosses the River Avon, and connects the city with the district of Bathwick. The bridge was completed by 1774.
From the Victorian age, maybe the most important symbols are The Clevelands (Cleveland House, Cleveland Bridge, and Cleveland Pools), and the Victoria Art Gallery.
The night of Bath
Ok, so let’s stop talking about monuments and architecture. It’s true that Bath is a reference in that field, but also has a lot of clubs and pubs to go to. The Bell Inn, The Old Green Tree, The Star Inn, Sub 13 or Opium Bar, are just a few of the big selection of pubs that you can visit for a pint (It costs around £3). And if you want to finish the night dancing, maybe your place is Po Na Na, the most known club in the city.
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You can get tickets for a day trip in a luxurious bus to Bath and Stonehenge from £49.00 at our reception.