See, there are few days of sun when it comes to British weather. So, when you finally get the chance to escape windy, rainy days, you just put on the comfortable shoes and hit the road. First on the list: the city of Bath, UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. Getting here from London takes a couple of hours, leaving you with the choice of having one day trip and be back in London by nightfall. One more thing: bring your swimming suite for a lavish session of thermal indulgence at the Thermae Bath Spa.
- First thing first, the National Express line ( which I took) stops right in the city center so everything is in your grasp. My arrival was at 10.00 am with the plan of hitting back to London by 7.00 pm. Turns out that in this interval of hours you get to see much of the town but leaves you short on time for visiting the surrounding areas.
- The heart of the city is dominated by the Roman baths, a place where you can fully understand the grandeur of the Roman architecture and engineering. Not to mention that this is the site of one of ancient world greatest spas. Take your time in picking the right package for the attraction of Bath. I recommend you to buy the £45.00 ticket which covers entrances to the Roman Baths, Victoria Art Gallery, a bus tour on City Sightseeing’s distinctive red buses (two routes – the City Centre Tour which goes past the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, and – the Circus and the Skyline Tour which takes you past the American Museum, Claverton Down and Prior Park Landscape Garden), Fashion Museum and Royal Crescent. More information on the packages you can find on Bath’s official site.
- A tour of the Bath Abbey is mandatory. For at least just one of this reasons: a spectacular architecture and design, magnificent stained glass windows and the Tower Tours (every day except Sunday) – clever way to experience 360 degrees views of the city.The tickets you will find them available from the Abbey Shop (£6 Adults / £3 Child)
- Escape and retreat…in a heated pool where the entire outside world will stop to exist. Now, you can choose the open-air rooftop pool of Thermae Bath Spa or hide inside the Lucknam Park. Both are excellent and act as an instant cure in brightening up your mood.
- Enjoy a boat tour and the great walks in Bath’s parks & gardens (just try Sydney Gardens, Royal Victoria Park or Alexandra Park).
Let’s recap: take a day off, go to Bath, and enjoy the sun and the spas within a UNESCO Heritage city, the fresh air and wonderful nature. All in all, an experience that will cost you about 130 £ ( bus tickets from & to London, tickets to the museum and Roman Baths, lunch, visit to Bath Abbey, entry to the spa).
As for what not to miss here is a list of the first 5 places to see:
- Roman Baths and Bath Abbey
- The rooftop pool atThermae Bath Spa
- Alexandra Park or the Bath Skyline
- Royal Crescent
- Jane Austen Centre