My Trip to England Part II - Bath

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Welcome to Part II of my travels in England!

Today I'm going to tell you all about Bath.




My favorite book is Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. (affiliate link)
  In the book, the main character, Marianne, is forced to live with her grandmother in Bath.  She refers to Bath as city living at its worst.  
But the descriptions of the city with its golden stone sounded quite lovely, and I admit that my curiosity was piqued.

So when we decided to visit the Cotswolds, Bath - being on the edge of the Cotswolds - seemed like the perfect place to stay.  And the majority of the buildings are made of the same golden limestone called Bath Stone which is quarried nearby.



My friend Sarah who I traveled with, is an expert at coordinating trips and finding reasonably priced accommodations and options.  (I'll include a couple of her favorite websites/apps at the end of this post.)

She found us the coziest little guest house to stay in called The Henry. 
A postcard featuring a charming painting of the Henry Guest House

Now, we were traveling on a budget, so our guest house was not luxurious, but it was charming and cozy.  Our room was in the attic, and as is the case with many guest houses in England, there was not an elevator.  I'll admit that the stairs leading up to our attic room were quite steep, and we were often breathless by the time we got to our room, but the stairs have become one of my favorite memories of the trip.  

In front of The Henry

The courtyard behind The Henry

Looking down the stairs leading up to our attic room....you can't tell how steep they were here.  Trust me.


Our room was small and sweet with a little non-functioning fireplace and two very comfortable twin beds.  The one I slept in was tucked under an eave, and I had a window right by my bed that I thoroughly enjoyed.  

Our first afternoon in Bath was a beautiful, sunny one, so we decided to take the Skyline Trail that skirts the edge of the city.  It afforded us some breathtaking views of the town, and was well worth the 6 miles.  We walked a ton on this trip...we purposely chose accommodations that were central to the things that we wanted to see and do so that we could walk the majority of the time...or use public transportation easily when we were in London.  The bonus was that we ate great food, and quite a bit of it, and I didn't gain an ounce.  ;-)



Pulteney Bridge (in the background)

The prettiest little flower shop on Pulteney Bridge

A panoramic view of Bath


As I mentioned in my previous post, our second day was spent touring some of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds.

Day three, which was a Saturday, was overcast and misty, but we decided that it would be fun to take a walking tour of the city that is put on by the Mayor's office.  We had a wonderfully funny and knowledgeable guide who not only showed us most of the notable sites of Bath, but also shared many historical details about both the culture and the architecture (which I found fascinating, of course.)
In the distance you can see Pulteney Bridge, one of only three bridges in the world built with shops actually on both sides of the bridge.



Prior Park in the Distance

The Royal Circus

The Royal Crescent

In the afternoon we decided to take a tour of the Bath Abbey Bell Tower.  221 steps up to the top of the abbey, and when I say steps.  I mean steps.  Check these out.

The stairs leading to the Bell Tower of Bath Abbey
Bridge that we had to walk over to get to the Clock Room at Bath Abbey

The Clock Room

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

The stained glass window depicting the life of Christ in Bath Abbey

The ceiling of Bath Abbey (we walked right above this ceiling...and could see down a small hole in the ceiling to the floor below....not for the faint of heart or for those afraid of heights.


It was amazing once we reached the top and got to look out over the city of Bath. Well worth the craziness of the hike up to the top.





And finally, we toured the Roman Baths for which the city of Bath is named.  These baths are approximately 2000 years old and were built by the Romans over natural hot springs.

The Roman Baths

We took a walk along the river to a church service on our last morning in Bath and then left on the train for London in the early afternoon.  And here's a bit of trivia for you.  The City of Bath is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This means that the entire city is considered to have outstanding cultural significance.  

The UNESCO seal in Bath
The train station as we were leaving Bath for London

A view from the train as we left.
I'll share all about London in my next post, so make sure and join me!


As promised here are some of Sarah's favorite apps and websites to help make traveling abroad a breeze:

  • Tripit - This app organizes all of your tours, hotel accommodations, flights etc. and allows  you to add others as travelers so that they can have the itinerary at their fingertips.
  • Booking.com - A great source for booking hotels.
  • We like a page on Instagram called Flights from Home - which posts great airfare deals from Salt Lake City.  (There are several of these types of resources available.)

Read about the rest of my trip:



         

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