A January 2004 trip
to Bath by Glamazon22
Quote: I feel compelled to break out the soap every time I think of this town. You can't help, but you want to get squeaky clean! Jane Austen spent some time here, and Bath is the backdrop of some of her most loved and well-known novels.
Another interesting fact about Bath is that most of it was destroyed in WWII, by the German Lufewatte intentions on bombing historic buildings and sites rather than military or strategic points of interest. However due to intense commitment, Bath has been restored to its former glory.
Aside from the obviously huge tub, there are ancient Roman coffins, tomb stones, their version of a swimming pool. It absolutely amazing to see to this old version of a health club. This is Bally's circa 50 B.C.! The outside temperature was a cool 50 degrees and rain, however inside the bath it felt a good 60-65 depending on which room you were in.
Use the earphone tour guide they option to you. I wouldn't listen to the whole thing. It takes up a lot of time to hear the entire tour plus, it takes the adventure and explore vibe out of it. However, use it on some of the exhibts that you would like to learn more about.
I went on a tour bus with my school group, but I would suggest this being an excellent trip to take in a car. I have a thing against coach buses because you are on someone elses time schedule not your own plus, you can see more English countryside in a car.
The Roman Baths are however not handicap friendly. So if you have trouble walking or use a cane then unfortuately you or your family member might have a hard time. There are a lot of steps and inside the actual bath the original Roman stones are still in place and being that they didn't use asphalt pavers the stones are bumpy. So you have to mind your step even you are an excellent walker. Wear flat tennis shoes!
Cost: 9 pounds for adults, 5 pounds for children, 22 pounds for families.
Caveat: They tell you, but I will tell you again...DO NOT TOUCH THE WATER!! It's tempting I know...but we all know what happened to Pandora...it's best we leave it alone!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2005
The Roman Baths
Abbey Church Yard
Bath, England BA1 1LZ
+44 1225 477785
Attraction | "Bath Abbey"
Three churches have occupied the site where Bath Abbey now stands dating all the way back to Anglo-Saxon times. The main entrance faces the courtyard, where the Bath House entrance is located, but I suggest to go the Heritage Vaults entrance first. A 3 pound contribution is politely asked to view this one room dedication to the preservation of church history. Scriptures from Norman and medieval times are on display and a wax figure of a Benedictine Monk in prayer is also on display.
You can enter the main church from the Heritage Vaults. I had to go this way because the church had a program in session and going to the Heritage Vaults was a way to kill time before the Abbey opened for visitors.
The current church has a great pipe organ and alter like you have ever seen. It is clear that the congregation of Bath Abbey are truly dedicated to the future of Bath Abbey. The church underwent restoration in 2000 so, for visitors in 2005, you can experience Bath Abbey in full effect!
There are volunteers willing to give tours and explain the history, but I chose to just walk around and soak it all in. Bath Abbey also has a bookstore where you can find Christian literature, art and jewelry. Tapes and CDs of the Abbey's choir and organ and of other Christian music are also on sale.
I highly suggest Bath Abbey to be one of your stops. It doesn't matter what religion you are because this is history and all history this is for FREE! Don't feel bad about taking pictures because it is allowed, but no tripods.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2005
Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum
12 Kingston Buildings
Bath, England BA1 1LT
Attraction | "Number One Royal Crescent"
The green space was designed for the upper classes to sit on the lawn and engage in recreation. There is a slight "shelf" in middle of the green space. This "shelf" was designed to keep cattle and sheep from invading the grass designed for the people.
This sight isn't something big, but it's interesting and worth a walk through if on your way to the Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2005
Royal Crescent Museum
1 Royal Crescent
Bath, England BA1 2LS
+44 1225 428126