Bath, England. We took a day trip out to Bath during our time spent in the UK. Based on where we were staying (southeast of London), it took us about 3 hours by train to get to Bath. But, it was so worth it!
We headed straight away to the Roman Baths and did the audio tour guide. It was fascinating to learn the history and see how well preserved the structure was. The Roman baths are fed from underground hot springs, so naturally warm water comes up from the earth.
Spa water has been used for curative purposes for two thousand years. Originally treatments involved bathing in the hot waters, then in the late 17th Century drinking spa water also came to be a recognized treatment for certain conditions.
Here's a view of the warm water:
At the end of the tour, they allow you to taste as sample of the mineral water. It was pretty good! Daniel didn't care for it.
By the time we completed the Roman Bath tour, and made a side trip to the gift store, it was time for lunch. We got lucky and were able to get right into the Pump Room Restaurant (which is on-site of the Roman Baths). We had a delicious "Traditional Pump Room Tea" for two. It was absolute heaven!
It really made me feel like I was in England. The Pump Room had live piano music while we ate, and the wait staff was excellent. It felt really romantic, just Daniel and I.
After lunch, we hit the streets and headed to view the homes on the Royal Crescent and Circus. I had read about this area in books for many years, so it was breathtaking to be there in person. I truly felt like I was back hundreds of years in time.
After traveling and walking around all day, we stopped briefly at the Jane Austen Center on our way back to the train. I wish we could have done their tour, about Jane's time when she lived in Bath, but it just wasn't meant to be. At least Daniel got my picture!
All in all, it was such a great part of our time in the UK. I really enjoyed the city of Bath, and would gladly go again. Until next time!
Check out our parts of this trip:
City of London
Kensington Palace and Hampton Court