If you’ve kept up with my latest posts & social media, you’ll know that I made my merry way to stay with my Aunt in Wiltshire last week, and what should be 15 minutes on a train away, but Bath! Beautiful Bath. Now, it just so happens that visiting the Roman Baths is on my tres lengthy bucket list, so could I really not have gone?! It had to be done!
Now I’m not sure about you, but I’ve seen an awful lot of photos of these famous rainbow umbrellas in the streets of Bath and I knew it was something I needed to grab an Insta-worthy shot of – not entirely sure what their story is, but look!
I literally could not believe the sheer amount of shops – it’s crazy! I’m almost certain there’s not a shop you could name that isn’t there. All this said, Bath isn’t without it’s own gorgeous independent stores – from a sultry fudge pantry, a chocolate shop complete with moving ship in window, a retro store with old fashioned toys & games (tiddlywinks & blow football!) and one that I particularly fell in love with – a little shop filled with handmade wooden ornaments – from animals to coasters, even jewellery! Stunning.
Strolling along the cobbled streets I was soon greeted by a super imposing and absolutely bloody stunning building – Bath Abbey. Sadly, we weren’t able to go in have a look around because there was a wedding going on! Imagine. So that will definitely be on my list for when I return next time.
Now of course being the gigantic history nerd that I am, I was itching to see the Roman Baths! On entering, you don’t have to wait long to be amazed – eyes up!
Tickets for an adult (that’s me) cost £17 which I found a little expensive, but that does include a free audio guide and the option to join an hourly guided tour, and I’m guessing a lot of the money goes towards the conservation of the baths – plus you are seeing something pretty spectacular so…
As always, I won’t land you with a history lesson, so if you’re interested in learning a little more about the baths, click here to have a nosey at the official website! Without further ado, here are just a handful of the billion & one photos I snapped during my time there;
As is tradition when I visit a historical site I’ve not been to before, I left with a pencil – this one, emblazoned with gold roman numerals!
Bath itself, is just a buzzing, bustling and beautiful city – I couldn’t believe how busy it was, and the amount of tourists! It felt like another London! For someone with anxiety, I really felt like I’d thrown myself in at the deep end – I was ok though, and I think, far too in my Dora-the-explorer-esque (backpack included!) element to be too phased!
We walked along this gorgeous river and had a panini & milkshake at a little tearoom along that bridge somewhere! How gorge is that bridge, btw?! So picturesque.
& would you believe, we came across an Alice in Wonderland themed tearoom – sadly, we couldn’t stop & eat there as they were hosting a hen party!
One thing can be said for Bath – it’s not without talent! There were so many different singers & musicians in the squares or streets, and honestly it was an absolute privilege to listen to them – these two lads sang a beaut rendition of Tracey Chapman’s Fast Car right next to the Abbey. Can’t ask for a better location than that!
In short, Bath, je t’aime. Also, in the words of a somewhat famous Arnie, I’ll be back.
I hear the Christmas markets are to die for.
Let me know if you’re after going to Bath or if you’ve been & there’s anywhere you’d recommend to eat or see!