Britain has a lot of beautiful cities to offer and one of the remarkable ones is the roman city of Bath. Home to some of the nation’s grandest Georgian architecture and not to mention one of the world’s best-preserved Roman bathhouses, make this grand city an ideal choice for tourists from all over the world.
Why we love Bath is due to the ‘European architectural city’ feel while you stroll around its streets. And for the toast of Georgian society, and constructed fabulous landmarks such as the Circus and Royal Crescent.
Make sure you include the city of bath in your next trip to Britain and here I mention some of the beautiful places to see in Bath.
THE ROMAN BATHS
In typically ostentatious style, the Romans constructed a complex of bathhouses above Bath’s three natural hot springs, which emerge at a steady 46°C (115°F). Situated alongside a temple dedicated to the healing goddess Sulis-Minerva, the baths now form one of the best-preserved ancient Roman spas in the world, and are encircled by 18th- and 19th-century buildings.
Voted Britain’s most romantic buildings, the award-winning Roman Baths and Temple are among the finest examples of Roman architecture remaining in England. Many of the artifacts found during various archeological digs, including altar stones and exquisite mosaics, are on display in the museum or around the Great Bath itself. And if all that wonderful water tempts you to take a dip in these ancient waters yourself, check out the Thermae Bath Spa packages available through the Roman Baths website.
Location: Stall St, Bath
Official site: www.romanbaths.co.uk
The Gothic cathedral of the Bishop of Bath and Wells (aka “the Bath Abbey”) was founded in 1499 after Bishop Oliver King experienced a vivid dream of angels climbing up and down ladders to and from heaven. He also heard a voice declaring: “The crown should plant an olive tree and the king restore the church. Looming above the city Centre, Bath’s huge abbey church was built between 1499 and 1616, making it the last great medieval church raised in England. Its most striking feature is the west facade, where these angels climb up and down stone ladders.
Address: 12 Kingston Buildings, Bath
Official site: www.bathabbey.org
Exploring Bath’s perfectly preserved Georgian architecture is probably the best excuse to visit. When you’re ready, walk Bath’s splendid streetscapes and head for the northwest section of the city where most of the best examples are found. Check out Queen Square and Gay Street with their beautifully symmetrical facades dating from the early 18th Century, then head to the Royal Circus, a perfect circle of three stories with different classical orders (column types) on each story. Finally, there’s Royal Crescent, a monumental 200-yard semicircular sweep of residential townhouses with a breathtakingly uniform, palace-like façade. No.1 Royal Crescent is in fact open to the public (most homes on the crescent remain privately owned), and provides a rare glimpse into what life was like for the wealthy – along with their not-so-wealthy servants – in Georgian times.
Address: 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
Official site: http://no1royalcrescent.org.uk/
Pulteney Bridge is one of only a handful of bridges with buildings that are still standing. Constructed in 1770 to connect central Bath to undeveloped land on the opposite side of the River Avon, it’s considered one of the most romantic such bridges in the world. Three arches support a variety of quaint little shops, and the bridge opens onto Great Pulteney Street with its beautiful Georgian-era homes.
Location: Bridge St, Bath
Prior Park Landscape Garden
Located just two miles southeast of Bath, Prior Park has a magnificent colonnaded portico built between 1735 and 1750. Renowned architect John Wood designed the structure, and it is a superb examples of the Palladian style mansions of the period. Be sure to check out the lovely Palladian bridge in the exquisitely landscaped grounds.
Location: Ralph Allen Drive, Bath
Official site: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park-landscape-garden
Not exactly an attraction but who doesn’t love a local market street when you have the European feel going around. Surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey area. Here you will find a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. An evening stroll of this area is a must when you are in the city.