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A January 2008 trip to Bath by zabelle

Apsley House Hotel Photo, Bath, England More Photos
Quote: Bath is a glorious Georgian gem with a Roman past. It's packed with history , beautiful architecture and every girls dream, shopping.

Apsley House Hotel

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Apsley House Hotel Photo, Bath, England
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In 1830 the Duke of Wellington built a Georgian country house in Bath. It is rumored that it was so that he had a place to meet with his mistress. In January 2008 we decided that this would be the perfect place for us to stay while we were visiting Bath. With only twelve rooms we knew we would be getting the personal service that we were hoping to get used to.Joe saw the pictures of the rooms and fell in love with one with a four poster bed and red bed hangings. Cubby decided that she wanted the Duke of Wellingtons former room, ...Read More

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Apsley House Hotel
Newbridge Hill
Bath, England BA1 3PT
+44 (1225) 336966

Assembly Rooms

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Assembly Rooms Photo, Bath, England
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One of my favorite periods of time is Regency England and visiting Bath is all about the Georgian and Regency Periods. It has been said that two things transformed Bath from a market town into a renowned spa, the hot mineral waters and Richard “Beau” Nash. His arrival in 1704 set the stage for the development into a fashionable place to see and been seen. His love of gambling was the onus that fueled his desire to get the idol rich to help fuel his passion. He became the aid to the Master of ceremonies and when death opened the position he was the natural successor. He became in time The “King of Bath”. He set the fashion in Bath and during his reign at the head of the Social scene he was the arbitr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2008

Assembly Rooms
Bennett Street
Bath, England BA1 2QH
+44 1225 477789

The Guildhall

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Attraction | "Guildhall & Banqueting Room"

The Guildhall Photo, Bath, England
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Designed by Thomas Baldwin and constructed in 1776 the Guildhall contains the Banqueting Room which is considered one of the finest Adams Rooms in the Country. The rooms can be visited on Mondays from 9am-5pm with a guide. We weren’t aware that visits are only on Monday but luckily that is when we visited. Bruce who is one of the men who works here took us on a tour of the building. You need to be able to walk up stairs to see the Banqueting Room. It is a lovely Georgian Room with 3 magnificent London chrystal chandeliers. It has a minstrals gallery where the musicians used to play for social functions, Bruce told us that a previous guide explained the dents in the wood floor by saying that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2008

The Guildhall
High Street
Bath, Somerset, England BA1 5AW
+44 1225 477101

Jane Austen Centre

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Attraction | "Jane Austen Centre (The)"

Jane Austen Centre Photo, Bath, England
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I have to admit to watching the BBC Movie Pride and Prejudice at least 10 times, now granted Colin Firth makes a very fine Mr. Darcy but I have been enamored of Jane Austen’s characters long before this particular production. Having never been to her cottage at Chawton I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit this museum dedicated to the time she spent living in the city of Bath.Jane Austen was a minister’s daughter, the 7th of 8 children and the second daughter. Her older sister Cassandra was her lifelong friend and correspondent. This correspondence has helped scholars learn more about the real Jane. You enter through the gift shop where you buy your entrance ticket. You are then ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2008

Jane Austen Centre
40 Gay Street
Bath, England BA1 2NT
+44 1225 443000

Eating in Bath

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Jane Austen Centre Photo, Bath, England
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I have to admit that we had a very unusual eating pattern in Bath. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and after checking into our hotel where we met up with fellow guides BG from Devizes and Barbara we headed out walking toward downtown. We had not eaten lunch and neither had GB, so we found a pub called The Hop Pole which both Barbara and GB have frequented in the past. Luckily they were still serving Sunday lunch, which at many pubs is a special menu or a carvery. We ordered at the bar from a special Sunday menu, Al got the roast beef dinner, with boiled potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, GB got the chicken dinner, Barbara got the potato and leek soup and I got the pork dinner. We shared two ...Read More

Shopping in Bath

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Assembly Rooms Photo, Bath, England
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Bartlett Street Antiques Center Bartlett StThis is a very upscale antiques shop with more than forty dealers. Almost everything is in a glass case. This is not the shop to go to if you are looking for a good selection of furniture. However, if you are interested in finding a 200 year old silver tea pot or a tea caddy then this could just be the place for you.One thing that Joe found that was very interesting were 800 year old arrow tips. Though I found these interesting I was not inclined to part with my pounds to own them. There was a lot of jewelry here, plenty of art deco and Edwardian rings, earring and broaches. These were a much greater temptation but I remai...Read More