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Fancy a reunion with friends or a catch up with family? Then why not catch up in Bath, the perfect English city for chatting over smoothies and brunch in the lovely cafes, enjoying a cocktail in one of the cosy bars and taking in the tourist sites together.

My partner and I spent the weekend in Bath catching up with his university friends, visiting his old haunts and seeing the sites. It was the first time I had visited Bath and this city has it all: great places to eat, beautiful sites, good shopping and cosy bars to unwind with a unique cocktail. All in all, a fun weekend!

1. Pultney Bridge

This beautiful bridge is famous for being one of the only 4 in the world to have shops on. (The others being: Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Krรคmerbrรผke in Erfurt, Germany and Ponte Rialto in Venice).

Take in the view of the bridge from the back and admire the River Avon and the weir at the same time. When crossing the bridge, you wouldn’t realise what it was as it looks like a regular street!

Feel like a drink or something to eat? Cross the bridge for a drink or a meal in The Boater, which has the largest beer garden in bath, 4 bars, and lovely views overlooking the river!

Top Tip: Looks spectacular in the evening and during the day!

Pultney Bridge, bath
By day….
Bath by night
….and by night

2. The Royal Crescent

This beautiful, Grade 1 listed building with Georgian architecture is maybe Bath’s most famous land marks. These curving townhouses were built in the 1760s and 70s and are located just a few minutes walk from the centre of Bath. The Lower Lawn, just below the Crescent is a popular location for events such as an outdoor cinema, sporting fixtures or concerts.

Most of the houses are privately owned and some have been split into flats. Number 1 is a museum that is owned by the Bath Preservation Trust and is decorated and furnished as it would have been during the 1760s.

Numbers 15 and 16 are occupied by the 5* Royal Crescent Hotel and Luxury Spa. Treat yourself to the spa experience or some afternoon tea?

If you look closely you will see that in a sea of white and wood front doors, there is one yellow one standing out. The owner decided it needed brightening up but the council said that it changed the appearance of an important historic building and there had been complaints. The owner stood her ground and after a legal battle, the yellow door won the right to remain!

The Crescent was built by John Wood the Younger, who, along with his father John Wood the Elder, was fascinated by the occult and Masonic symbolism. John Wood (Elder) also designed the Circus, which isn’t far from the Crescent and from the air these areas form the Masonic sign of the sun and the moon.

You can see the basic concept of the Royal Crescent all over Bath in places such as the Circus, Kensington Place and Milsom Street. When these smart townhouses were built during the Georgian Era, a lot of people were leaving behind country living and moving to cities, so there was a need to fit in lots of houses in a small space. The people who bought these houses were part of a new class in Georgian England; the middle class. The middle class didn’t have titles but they did have money and wanted to live the same lifestyle as those who considered themselves superior. This meant that they were unable to afford large mansions but could manage nice townhouses such as the Crescent.

Top Tip: Visit on a summer evening when the sun bathes the Bath stone. It looks beautiful

Royal Crescent, Bath
Royal Crescent, Bath
Spot the yellow front door
The Circus, Bath
The Circus

3. Bath Abbey

This beautiful Abbey sits in the centre of this vibrant city and has been a place for Christian worship for over 1 thousand years.

It is still a working church so pop in for a service, light a candle or take a tour.

Top Tip: For an interesting photo, stand by the arches and take a picture looking through. Unfortunately the weather was too bad when I was there.

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey

4. Roman Baths

Along with the Grand Pump Room, the Roman Baths are well-known in Europe and one of the most famous tourist attractions in the UK. A must do when visiting Bath! Take a tour through the baths and museum and then relax in the Thermal Bath Spa.

Built during the Roman Occupation of Britain in the 2nd century the baths included a hot bath (caldarium), which opened the bathers’ pores, a lukewarm bath (tepidarium) in which the bathers would cover their bodies with oil to loosen the dirt and then wipe it off with curved metal tools, and a cold bath (frigidarium), where the bathers would go to close their pores, as well as a Temple. This is because it was more than just a bath complex to the Romans, it was a place of worship. This is because that when the discovered the bubbling hot springs they thought it was the work of God.

The Romans also came to the baths to throw lead curse notes into the water. These were notes where they would write about an injustice that had happened to them and curse the perpetrator! The main injustice was the theft of clothes that bathers had left unattended while bathing! Keep an eye out for a few that are displayed at the Baths; its like social media in the Roman times!

When the Romans withdrew 3 centuries later the baths fell into disrepair. The River Avon flooded and everyone was buried under layers of mud. However, the thermal springs still attracted crowds of people and Jane Austen even lived there for a while. Doctors even started prescribing the thermal water for various medical complaints. Bath really was the place to be!

As the city began to expand, the Roman baths were eventually discovered and were opened to the public from the end of the 19th century.

Top Tip: Becomes very busy so to avoid the crowds visit before 10am or after 3pm. Tickets can be bought on line and you are given a free Audio guide (in several languages) on arrival.

Roman Baths
Roman Baths

5. Sham Castle

Sham Castle was built in 1762 to improve the view from entrepreneur Ralph Allen’s townhouse.

Its a nice walk over Claverton Down to reach it and once at the top, stop, sit and admire the fantastic views over Bath.

Take a wonder over to the castle to discover that it really is a sham both by name and nature! It is only the front of a castle!

Top Tip: Pop up at night to see it illuminated.

Overlooking Bath
Sham Castle

Food and Drink

Something I found very interesting about Bath is that the clubs, bars and some restaurants are underground. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘going underground’.

  • The Dark Horse – easily the best cocktail bar in the city and has even been shortlisted as one of the best in the world! Walk down the stairs to enter this bijou underground drinking den and prepare to be amazed by the antique decor, mood lighting and extensive cocktail menu! if you are too split for choice, ask for a surprise! Top Tip: Quite small so booking is a must. If its a large group of you, there is a lovely private room, complete with attentive table service and small snacks to compliment the cocktails.
The Dark Horse
The Dark Horse
  • The Coconut Tree – This restaurant serves excellent Sri Lankan food and don’t be put off by the fact that it is part of a chain. My favourites are the Split Sprouts and Cashews (and I don’t like regular sprouts!) the cheesy Colombo and for those who are feeling adventurous, Jaffna Goat Curry. Trust me, its delicious!
Dessert
  • Opa – I have to say that this is one of the best Greek restaurants (outside of Greece that I have had the pleasure of visiting. It is an underground restaurant with traditional decor and absolutely fantastic food! In the late evening, part of it turns into a nightclub. Keep an eye out for the traditional plate smashing if there is a ‘hen do’ present. Perfect for large groups as there a alcoves with private tables. Find a table outside on a warm summer evening and enjoy a cold drink while watching the soft glow of the late sun on the Bath stone. Top Tip: Booking is essential!

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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