London is an outstanding mega city to explore. A day trip into the countryside may be a welcomed hiatus from multiple days of urban sightseeing. Bath is one of many options. Board a train at Paddington Station and arrive 1.5 hours later. It is advisable to take an early train to maximize your time in the country.
Bath is a walkable and friendly town. One can use footpower to reach the famous Roman Baths and adjacent Pump Room, the Bath Abbey, spectacular architecture, picturesque parks, small museums, shopping, and delicious restaurants.
The Avon River encircles the central part of the town. The river set against a backdrop of lush landscaping creates a special charm, especially near the Pulteney Bridge.
People congregant outside and inside the Bath Abbey. This 15th century church encourages visitors even when it is conducting worship services. The congregants are oblivious. Tourists freely talk amongst themselves and take pictures throughout the massive cathedral.
A short distance away are the the Roman Baths. Be aware that oftentimes there is a wait to enter this popular site. To avoid missing your train back to London, plan on visiting this “must see” site in the morning. Your self guided tour with headphones should take approximately 2 hours.
People familiar or unfamiliar with Roman ingenuity will marvel at what the Romans were able to accomplish in the 1st century C.E.
Using gravity, the Romans designed ways to avoid floods and to direct water to the Avon River which is located approximately 400 meters from the structure. An aqueduct system optimized the use of available water. The Romans also had the luxury of under the floor heating elements, a rudimentary form of in-floor radiant heat.
Some may cringe when they first see the unsightly green water until they hear that it is a byproduct of direct sunlight. The original building had a roof that protected the thermal water (46 degrees Celsius).
The museum and the ancient complex are located under the city streets and buildings. The museum provides evidence of ancient life and artifacts associated with the people who came to the Roman religious spa of Aquae Sulis.
The Pump Room
The Pump Room at the Roman Baths offers pricey meals. The exquisite dining room may outmatch some food selections. Tea time is a less expensive option.The special and unique experience will definitely outweighed any culinary disappointment unless the price point is not within one’s budget.
The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the town, the green spaces and partaking in a traditional tea time. Before walking back to the train station, consider a light snack or early dinner.
As you stroll around Bath, look for the Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent, the King’s Circus, and Alexandria Park. Rain may cause you to retreat inside. The Holburne Museum is one option. If you’re into spa treatments, head to the Thermae Bath Spa for a few hours of pampering.
Before you Go
Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, and don’t forget an umbrella. Download a map and plan your route. If you choose to wing it, maps are available inside the train terminal.