how i spent a day in bath england.
September 9, 2013 § 11 Comments
I’ve wound up day tripping to Bath on each big England trip I’ve done.
First in 2000 with my family, then in 2005 with my school choir (it’s ok, you can laugh, I’m laughing at me too) and then again this past summer with the gals.
Each time I’ve gone I’ve found more reasons to fall in love with this little city that’s full of rich history and gorgeous architecture.
It was a classic British weather day of overcast clouds and intermittent rain, but the sunny skies that were in London earlier that morning meant none of us were dressed appropriately.
I made-shifted my thin silk scarf into an umbrella more often than I expected to – my attempt at making the best use out of my resources.
Regardless of the weather we still absolutely loved Bath.
So here’s a breakdown of everything we did:
Explored the Roman Baths
It’s probably the busiest tourist stop in the city but nonetheless it’s so beautiful and definitely worth seeing.
Single admission is £12.75 and £11 if you’re a student with a valid ID.
Score, I say.
Wandered across the street and into Bath Abbey
It’s a monastery turned Anglican parish church that dates back to the 7th century.
The interior detailing is so ornate so we gave ourselves some time to do a loop to take it all in,
And, admission inside is free!
Listened to some street performers
I’m not sure if this is a common occurrence,
but on this particular day there were a ton of street performers,
and they were really good!
Some were definitely more popular than others,
but all of them drew their own little- to medium-sized crowd of groupies.
Indulged at The Fudge Factory
Coming out of Bath Abbey we picked a random direction to walk in and by chance stumbled upon the cutest little shop.
The candy apples in the window drew us in and the chocolate covered strawberries brought out the wallets.
It’s one of the many adorable independent shops that Bath is filled with.
…intentionally of course.
We just wandered to see what we’d come to and there wasn’t anything I saw that didn’t make me swoon.
Made our way to the River Avon
We walked a good chunk of its length that was closest to the city center.
And then it started to rain,
which turned into heavy rain,
so we bolted for shelter under a hotel canopy.
When we realized it probably wasn’t going to stop anytime soon we knew there was only one suitable rain plan.
Afternoon tea at The Pump Room
Obviously I dedicated an entire post to this here.
More getting lost
The rain stopped and our stomachs were completely full so we walked it off by getting even more lost in a residential part of the city,
one that I’d never been previously.
We capped it all off by sifting through an independent spirits store that sold unique beer, scotches and whiskies.
I was so overwhelmed with good options that I couldn’t decide on what to get,
and when I finally decided on a blackberry beer (!!) we had to boot it out to catch our bus.
Bath is seriously amazing, so when you’re in England make it happen!
I promise you’ll love it.
And – not that you should need more reasons to go – but it’s only an hour and a half away from London’s Paddington Station by train.
So doable in a day,
of course I imagine a weekend would be really nice as well :)
Photos © Lauren Alboini