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A January 2012 trip to Bristol by rufusni

Quote: A weekend away in Bristol and Bath

Bath Guildhall Market

Attraction | "Lots of interesting little shops"

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Apparently there has been some form of market on this spot for 800 years but the current indoor market dates to the 18th century. We happened to spot it as we were heading down towards Bath Abbey. It is in a beautiful building very much in keeping with the style of the city. A very elegant building for a market.Inside are lots of little shops. A treasure trove of different types. From a second hand book shop to hardware to jewellery, handbags to fancy dress to a bakery. There is even a coffee shop though we didn't try it as we had just had coffee before we wandered in.I love places like this. Lots if little independent shops that too often have disappeared from too many high st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2012

Bath Guildhall Market
High Street
Bath, Somerset, England BA2 4AW
+44 (0)1225 460808

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum

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Attraction | "Beautiful Building"

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This building was founded in 1499, but it replaced a Norman church that had fallen into disrepair. To get into the building there is a suggested donation of £2.50, which I dislike having to pay to get into a church but I suppose recognises that many come in as tourists, but did feel here you really did have to pay to get in. They have a leaflet with details of what you are looking at and some of the history of the building. For those more spiritually minded tourists they also have a Prayer Trail with a leaflet with reflections at several parts of the building.The building is gothic- but perpendicular gothic, so not the huge arches, but a huge height with vaulted fan ceilings, which are qui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2012

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum
12 Kingston Buildings
Bath, England BA1 1LT
01225 422462

The Roman Baths

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Attraction | "Interesting"

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The Roman Baths are a musuem in the centre of Bath which actually deals with several layers of history from the original spring used by the Romans for both sacred and leisure uses to the development as a resort in the 19th century. It is the 19th century building you enter in to as it is built over the early Roman baths which are below street level. The entrance ticket includes an audio guide which is interactive and is activated by entering in a number from a displayed sign at various points throughout the museum. There are even several different audio tours - the standard one, one for children etc. And you can pick and chose which ones you want to listen to at different points and what o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2012

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

Jane Austen Centre

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Attraction | "Austen may be great but the centre is poor"

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We arrived and outside was a man dressed up in appropriate custom of regency period. The house is similar to one that Jane Austen lived in for a short time while living in Bath. On entering there is a small shop to the right, where we bought our tickets and had a peruse of the items on sale. Of course there were copies of Austens books and several dvds of films and tv series inspired by them, and a fair amount of bits and pieces from a quill to a button pin with 'I love Darcy'. It did however fill a few minutes till the tour of the centre began...but not enough as we headed upstairs to the first floor and to a waiting room, were we sat for another few minutes. A woman dressed a regency st...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 29, 2012

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

Holiday Inn Bristol-Filton

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Hotel | "on the outskirts"

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The choice of the hotel was not mine...otherwise I would have stayed elsewhere. Firstly, it was on the far side of the city from the airport where we flew into, and secondly as we were intending to visit Bath it didn't seem to make much sense.Not that there is anything majorly wrong with the hotel...it is close to a motorway junction and so on.Firstly, it has a large car park, so there are no problems there when you arrive. It is easily accessible from the dual carriageway but when you are leaving you have to go out the 'back' exit on to a small country road.We arrived and the front desk were helpful and got us our room key. We headed up to the room.The room was reasonabl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2012

Holiday Inn Bristol-Filton
Filton Road
Hambrook, Bristol BS16 1QX
0871 423 4931

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rufusni

rufusni
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom