Soaking up in the Roman Bath
The city of Bath was built around the natural hot springs water which was considered as sacred by the Romans and later gained popularity as the Spa Town during the Georgian Era. In 1987 Bath was listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I, along with my friends Radha and Dinesh decided to explore this ancient city well-known for its architecture. Bath, also called as the Bath Spa, boasts of its rich Roman British history of over 2000 years.The trip to the city was planned on the whim, hence we were unsure of what to see or places to visit in Bath. Picking up a city map at the train station we decided to start our excursion with the Roman Baths.
The entry ticket to the Roman Bath costs about £13.50 per adult which can be purchased at the entrance. It includes tour around the Great Bath, remains of the Temple of Aquae Sulis and other chambers (ancient changing rooms, heated rooms as well as plunge and tepid rooms) and a museum. There is a free audio guide narrated by Bill Byson in English, do not forget to collect it.
We got the first glimpse of the Great Bath from the terrace, built below the ground level, which is surrounded with the statues of great Roman Emperors, governors of Roman Britain and other military leaders. After walking through the terrace we passed through the Sacred Spring, which collects water rising from the hot spring (Water temperature is about 46°C, about 1,170,000 litres everyday), The King’s Bath and underground labyrinth of passageways and temple courtyards.
The museum houses many important treasures and artifacts that gives us a glimpse on the life of the people during the city’s Roman Era and it also has the remains of the Temple of goddess Sulis Minerva.
After the tour to the museum we moved towards the hot spa water pool, that used to be a magnificent hall for all the élite Roman visitors. Walking through the ancient cobbled pathway around this pool took us back to the Roman era of Britain. Characters dressed up in Roman costumers can also been seen displaying the ancient lifestyle.
After exiting from the Roman Bath we walked towards The Bath Abbey which is next to the Roman Baths. Unfortunately, we could not enter the abbey as it was closed for the tour. Hence, our next destination to explore was the very famous picturesque, the Royal Crescent. Like any other tourists we clicked a fair share of pictures around the Crescent and walked back through the Brock Street towards the Circus, enjoying the splendid view of the Georgian Architecture.
Finally, we decided to spend our evening and rest our feet in the Parade Gardens Park. Strolling around the garden one can catch a view of the famous Pulteney Bridge built over the river Avon from the crescent weir. This bridge is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridge in the world with shops and cafes on either sides.
Bath is located on south west of England and is around 97 miles (156kms) from London. It is also well connected by trains and regular bus services. A day trip to Bath can also be combined with a tour to Stonehenge which is about 34 miles from Bath. If your interested in the ancient Roman history in England it’s definitely a place worth the visit.