Surrounded by open countryside nestled around the flood plain of the Bristol Avon, Bath is World Heritage City. Famed for its Roman Baths and stunning examples of Georgian Architecture Bath is a delightful place to visit.
Bath is an ideal location for a short break and during our three nights stay in July 2017.
We booked a touring pitch at Bath Marina Caravan site, located close to the Lansdown Park and Ride. Providing an alternative is a 50 min walk into Bath City centre along the river and Canal towpath. The towpath can be accessed directly from the site.
Tourist maps are available for a £1 from a machine at the park and ride or you can use google maps if you have a smart phone. A return journey to the city centre costs £5.20 for two with buses running every 15mins even on Sunday.
Bath has a great mix of attractions, shops, markets and places to eat, as to be expected with a world heritage site. Crowds of tourists are part and parcel of any visit to the City which means access to most of the main attractions will require you to queue.
Baths main attractions are all within walking distance for most people of average fitness. If you are less mobile the open deck sightseeing bus provides a guided tour of the city. The bus stops at all the main sites you can hop off and on and provides an excellent view of the city from the open top deck.
In Bath you can visit the source of the hot springs which has made Bath so famous. Discover the remains of the Roman temple and magnificent bath house which was considered a sacred place for the Romans during the occupation of Britain.
Adjacent to the Roman Baths is the Abbey, where pilgrims have been visiting for hundreds of years. Entry is free (they ask for a donation of £4) it does provide a peaceful oasis from the crowds. You can admire the flying buttresses and carved stonework which provide a fine example of medieval stonemason skills.
The Royal Crescent is a site many visitors will migrate towards, passing through the Kings Circus on the way. Here you will find a circle of three imposing buildings built on the same diameter as Stonehenge by architect John Wood.
One problems of Bath is that it is a City where people live and work, so motor vehicles often spoil the view of the Royal Crescent. On our visit the Bath Preservation Trust had organised a special event and the road was closed to traffic. This allowed a car free experience, enlivened by actors in traditional dress strolling along the Crescent in full Georgian splendour.
No trip to bath would be complete without a walk by the river to view the imposing Pulteney Bridge and weir. Built in Palladian style it is only one of four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span on both sides.
Here you will find easy access to the river and can enjoy a coffee and cake while admiring the river view.
One of the strange things you may experience in Bath is sight of well-dressed Japanese tourists who appear in large groups, take their photos and disappear just as quickly.
They seem to delight in taking pictures of themselves against walls, in smiling groups while taking it in turns to take their own picture. Stranger still are the videos and pictures they take of pigeons from all angles, they just appear to be fascinated by them.
Bath has such a good range of shops and restaurants it would be a full-time job to recommend any one establishment, so walk around take to explore, pick an establishment that suits your own budget and taste it is much better than following the herd.
The best part of traveling and exploring new places is what you may find when venturing off the beaten track.