Bath

Bath

A Trip to Bath

James and I have visited Bath twice now, once as a day trip on our own and once with our residence life at Exeter. Both times it exceeded our expectations and we had a wonderful time on our trips to Bath.

Transportation

Trip to Bath #1

On our first trip we acquired round trip tickets from Exeter St. David’s to Bath for  £15 ea.

Trip to Bath #2

The second time a roundtrip private coach provided by the residence life cost us £5 ea.

 

Time of Year

Trip to Bath #1

The first time we went it was the middle of March. Fortunately, the weather was pleasant enough and we got by with just a simple jumper and jeans, no heavy coats necessary. Being the off season we were treated with an almost empty city.

Bath City

Bath the pump room

Trip to Bath #2

The second time we were there it was the start of December and we were bundled up like you couldn’t imagine. Winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Bath has one of the most popular Christmas Markets in England and thus it is extremely crowded in December.

You could barely walk in the narrow streets of Bath without being shoved around. I was glad we had visited in March because Bath has such beautiful architecture in its city, and it’s impossible to view and appreciate the beauty of the town with roves of people.

Funny story: during our first trip to Bath, a massive wasp decided to attach itself to my sweatshirt. Cue me freaking out and James doing nothing because as he said, “Uh-uh, I don’t want to get stung!” The machismo of my boyfriend ladies and gents.

 

Exploring Bath

During both our trips to Bath we more or less explored many of the same areas. We didn’t pay to do the Roman Baths a second time however.

The Roman Baths

If you EVER visit Bath you absolutely need to visit The Roman Baths. Tickets are about £15, or you could purchase a Saver ticket for about £20 and get access to the Roman Baths, the Victoria Art Gallery, and The Fashion Museum. James and I opted for the Saver Ticket.

Bath Romans Baths

Bath Roman Baths

Bath Roman Baths

Bath Abbey

Following the Roman Baths, we visited the Bath Abbey. This cathedral is impressive both from the outside and the inside. Free to visit, though donations are always recommended!

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

The Circus

The Circus is essentially four semi-circle shaped apartment buildings arranged into a circle. In Latin, “circus” means circle, so thus it was named The Circus. It is really cool to look at when you’re standing in the middle of it, but I imagine an aerial view is much more stunning.

According to a local we met and some extra research on good old google, The Circus was constructed because the architect believed that Bath was the main site of Druid activity in Britain. Since Druid activity is entwined with Stonehenge he wanted to construct a building that represented Stonehenge. The diameter of Stonehenge and The Circus are the same (318 feet).

 

The Royal Crescent

Attached to The Circus is another semi-circle building dubbed The Royal Crescent. This building is also a semi-circle shaped residence building, however it is much longer than those of The Circus. If you have ever seen the movie The Duchess featuring Kiera Knightley you will likely recognize The Royal Crescent.

Many notable people once resided at the Crescent ranging from singers to writers and MP’s. The house located at No. 1 Royal Crescent is actually a museum where you can see how the wealthy of the 18th century lived. We explored this historic house on our first trip to Bath and it was fascinating to see how the homes were furnished and what luxuries they had.

 

Alexandra Park

Just behind the railway station lies the suburbs of Bath and in those suburbs lies Alexandra Park. If you’re looking for some killer views of Bath this is the place to be.  However, be forewarned it’s quite a steep climb. If you read my post about Bristol and the trek to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, that PALES in comparison to this hike. We were huffing and panting the entire way up. On top of that, the steps were so tall, that I almost needed to jump up to get over them.

When we were going up I saw an elderly lady making her way down, and the entire climb up I kept telling myself, Michelle if she can do it there’s no excuse for you, man up. As we were nearing the top and came around a corner we got to a sign that said 40 more steps. I’m like okay that’s fine I can do this, well I’m calling B.S. on the municipal city of Bath. The steps went from steps to paver stones It took us maybe half a minute to cross ONE step. While I complain now and certainly complained during the entire hike I will admit the view at the top was worth the trouble.

Bath View from Alexandra Park

 

Gallery & Museums

As part of our Saver ticket we had access to the Art Gallery and the Fashion Museum. I’m not sure James was thrilled about the fashion museum but it was extremely interesting to see how fashion had evolved over time. We also made a visit to the Holbourne Museum which was free to enter. The Holbourne Museum sits at the end of a road lined by residential homes on either side and if you venture to the third floor of the museum it makes for a great view of that street out of the windows.

Bath Holborne Museum

Bath Fashion Museum

Pulteney Bridge

Fans of the movie Les Miserables will recognize this bridge as it was used in many scenes.

Bath Pulteney Bridge

 

Eating in Bath

Trip to Bath #1

The Bridge Coffee Shop

We actually found a lovely coffee shop right on the bridge that was offering a great deal. £5 for a pot of tea and two scones with clotted cream and jam.

Bath Cream Tea

Yak Yeti Yak

James and I had time spare before our train left so we decided to have a nice little dinner at a Nepalese Restaurant. If you’ve never had Nepalese, it’s delicious. It’s quite similar to Indian food, yet different in its own way.

nepalese food bath

Trip to Bath #2

Jamie Oliver’s Italian

In an effort to avoid the massive crowd we spent some time exploring an indoor shopping mall and came across a Jamie Oliver’s Italian. Turns out I had received a voucher for Jamie Oliver’s and we ended up sharing a hot chocolate to escape the cold and the crowd.

P.S. my voucher had £2.10 on it and hot chocolate cost £2.10, SCORE.

 

All in all, visiting Bath during two periods of the year was extremely interesting, but I think I prefer Bath without the crowds. Both the first and second day trip to Bath were quite enjoyable and I hope we can return to this city once more!

Total Cost Trip #1: £122

Cost Breakdown Trip 1

  • Transport: £30
    • Train Tickets: £15 per person = £30 total
  • Attractions: £57
    • Saver Tickets (Roman Baths/Fashion Museum/Victoria&Albert Gallery): £18.50 @ student price = per person =  £37 total
    • No 1. Royal Crescent Museum: £10 per person = £20 total
  • Food: £35
    • Nepalese Dinner: £30 total
    • High Tea: £5 total

Total Cost Trip #2: £10

Cost Breakdown Trip 2

  • Transport: £10
    • Bus tickets: £5 per person = total £10
  • Voucher used: £2.10

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27 Comments

  1. Arlene Karp
    January 15, 2017 / 7:57 AM

    Written beautifully, & wonderful photos. Arlene Karp

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. January 16, 2017 / 11:49 AM

    Oh I want to visit Bath so bad, I have been wondering what the best month would be to visit so thanks for mentioning the difference in crowds etc in this. The Roman Baths look unreal and I will definitely have to check out that cafe for afternoon tea, £5 what a bargain! Also, that hike may have been tough but those views are unreal. Thanks so much for this helpful post!

  3. NowThatsAHoneymoon
    January 16, 2017 / 11:57 AM

    I have been to Bath 3 or 4 times but always only on a day trip along with Stonehenge, you know those National Express day trips from London, LOL. I always like cream tea and I seem to never have it in London. It’s funny how you went to that Nepalese place, my husband and I had lunch there last year!!!!!! We loved it!

  4. kallsypage
    January 16, 2017 / 1:18 PM

    I’m glad you went to Bath more than once so that I can learn from your experiences. My husband and I are doing a few months of backpacking in Asia next year but are hoping to backpack Europe soon after. Bath is a place I’d love to visit. I’ve never tried Nepalese food before but would love to do so based on your description!

    • January 16, 2017 / 4:42 PM

      You definitely should visit Bath if you make it to the U.K. It’s inexpensive and so beautiful!

  5. Prerna_Malhan
    January 17, 2017 / 12:14 AM

    Have heard a lot about Roman Baths. The pictures look amazing!

  6. January 17, 2017 / 12:48 AM

    Wow this is really amazing. I’ve been to one of them in Budapest and absolutely loved it.. Thanks for sharing your article with us..

    • January 17, 2017 / 11:05 AM

      Thank you! I too went to a bath in Budapest and it is such a surreal experience!

  7. January 17, 2017 / 7:33 AM

    Oh I’m so desperate to visit Bath now, it looks so pretty!

    • January 17, 2017 / 11:04 AM

      It is absolutely beautiful! Definitely recommend making the trip if you’re able to 🙂

  8. January 17, 2017 / 1:28 PM

    I m wondering what these baths were used for earlier. Do they allow people to get into the water? And why is the water green in color? The buildings look very unique in architecture . I m wondering if these baths in England are any similar to the stepwells in India 🙂

    • January 17, 2017 / 3:03 PM

      From what I recall when we went in March, the Baths were an integral part of the town. They would be used for socializing/praying to gods/ and of course actual bathing! As of now the water is untreated so you are not allowed in the water.

  9. george
    January 17, 2017 / 1:49 PM

    I also wonder why the water is green? Roman baths are amazing and they are a must try.Thank you for this well written article.

  10. January 18, 2017 / 8:58 AM

    I do want to visit the bath. You went there twice, that itself tells how much you liked the place. And the nepali thali looks delicious.

  11. January 21, 2017 / 5:34 PM

    Bath is so beautiful. I really wanted to visit last year when I was in England but had to leave it out because there wasn’t enough time 🙁 Will definitely not miss it next time.

  12. January 23, 2017 / 5:00 AM

    The roman baths looks very inspiring to imagine a story around them, i would definitely love to visit this place. Looks like you had amazing time and i liked that you wrote the price for every activity this helps a lot. i like the nepalese food.

  13. January 28, 2017 / 8:09 AM

    I have been hearing a lot about Bath off late. England always fascinated me since childhood. We Indians have grown up reading the British and Indian history. Bath seems like a totally unique, quirky and offbeat destination. Just the kind of places I like to explore.

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