Bath Journals

3 Days in Bath

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An October 2010 trip to Bath by Joy S

Bath Abbey Photo, Bath, England More Photos
Quote: We spent 3 days during the October school holidays in Bath, England's most elegant spa town...... taking in the sights and sounds of this very special place

Overview and Highlights

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Bath Abbey Photo, Bath, England
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Ask anybody for their ideal image of any English city and chances are they'll come up with something close to Bath - a fashionable haunt for the cream of British society for the last 300 years. It has grand Georgian terraces, Palladian parades and townhouses of honey coloured stone. It is one of Britain's most attractive cities and still exudes an air of gentility and sophistication.Bath is grand and elegant and is ideal for a weekend visit. Visitors throng here and it is not hard to see why. For more than 2,000 years, the city's fortune has revolved around its hot springs and the tourism the water has attracted. When the Romans invaded Britain 2,000 years ago they called Bath "Aquae ...Read More

Tips and Hints

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Bath bun with chocolate spread Photo, Bath, England
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* Bath has a serious traffic problem - especially during rush hour. There is also a tricky one way system to navigate and it is very easy to get lost. Park and ride services exist, but the best thing to do is leave your car and walk as much as possible. The city centre is very compact and all attractions are walkable - it is also the best way to explore. Parking is also a nightmare, with 2 hour limits applying on most streets. Many parking bays are resident only - definitely be careful and check before leaving your car. The traffic wardens are apparently also extremely efficient - so do not even think of leaving your car, even for a minute, on a double yellow line.* Some of the shopp...Read More

Brooks Guesthouse

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Hotel | "Brookes Guesthouse, Bath"

Brooks Guesthouse Photo, Bath, England
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Brookes is a boutique style bed and breakfast close to the centre of Bath. We found it on the website www.visitbath.co.uk. Hotels in Bath seemed to be extremely expensive, even for more modest places, this guesthouse was not cheap (£380 for 3 nights for a triple room), but it was much better value than a lot of the accommodation we looked at. We booked directly through the visitbath website, and all went very smoothly.We struggled to find the guesthouse - our sat nav kept bringing us to the wrong location, but after some helpful directions from the chap on reception, we eventually found it.Brookes is situated in a row of elegant houses, about 10 minutes walk to the centre of...Read More

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Brooks Guesthouse
1, 1A Crescent Gardens, Upper Bristol Road
Bath, England BA1 2NA
44 (0) 1225 425543

The Roman Baths

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Attraction | "Roman Baths"

The Roman Baths Photo, Bath, England
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Built by the Romans 2,000 years ago and rediscovered by the Victorians, the Roman Baths are an absolute must-see attraction when you are in Bath. They are fuelled by England's only mineral hot springs, outputting over a million litres of hot water each day.We arrived at the baths when they opened. It is a good idea to do this, as although it was still busy, at least you can avoid the crowds arriving later in the day, which transform one of the world's most interesting historical tours into a frustrating scrum.Included in the entrance price is a hand-held audio guide. There is a commentary available in 8 languages, as well as a special one for children. Our son found the who...Read More

The Roman Baths
Abbey Church Yard
Bath, England BA1 1LZ
+44 1225 477785

Bath Sightseeing

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Bath bun with chocolate spread Photo, Bath, England
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We started our day of sightseeing in Bath at the Abbey. It was started in 1499 and built on the ruins of the former Norman Cathedral. You can go up the tower for a view of Bath. It costs £5.00. I cannot comment on the view however, as we did not do this, due to very overcast weather.Edgar, the first king of united England was crowned in a church in Abbey Courtyard in 973. The present abbey was built in 1499 and 1616, making it the last great medieval church in England. The most striking feature of the exterior is the west facade, where angels climb up and down stone ladders. This commemorates a dream of the founder of the abbey, Bishop Oliver King.Inside the abbey, at t...Read More

Bath Shopping

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Bath is truely a shopper's paradise. There are hundreds of independently owned shops selling unusual things. There are also a lot of specialist shops, including craft shops, jewellers, toy shops and antique shops. It is so different from most of the other high streets in towns and cities across England and that is what makes it so special.Jolly's (a House of Fraser store) is in the middle of Milsom Street and is one of the largest department stores in Bath. It is supposedly the world's oldest department store, opening in 1831. The shop front is very imposing with granite, mahogany and bronze.Rossiters of Bath - this was one of my favourite shops and I spent ages browsing i...Read More

Longleat House and Safari Park

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Longleat House and Safari Park Photo, Bath, England
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Longleat House and Safari Park is half an hour's drive from the centre of Bath, through the most beautiful, leafy English countryside.Longleat is a magnificient Elizabethan house built in early Renaissance style. It is owned by the 7th Marquis of Bath. The house is very grand and there are various attractions around it, which make it a good family day out.We bought our tickets in advance of our visit direct from their website. You save about £3.00 per person this way. We bought the Passport tickets which give you entry to everything. We paid £21.50 for our tickets and £14.00 for our son.From the Elizabethan Great Hall and the library to the State Rooms and the ...Read More

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Longleat House and Safari Park
Just Off The A362 Longleat
Bath, England