The city of Bath in Somerset is one of the United Kingdom’s most picturesque cities with a strong historical heritage. Nested in the rolling hills of the British countryside the city is friendly and welcoming to travellers and ideal for backpackers.
The Roman Baths
The city takes its name from the baths that were constructed around 70AD by the Romans. The city was built upon natural hot springs and 1,170,000 litres of hot water fill the site every day. The baths are considered to be one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world and have led to the city to becoming a World Heritage Site. The museum around the baths is very informative and has a walking tour with headset. On the top level of the museum are great views of the original baths and the city.
Thermae Bath Spa
Unfortunately it is not possible to be Roman and do what the Roman’s did in the old baths, but if you feel like reacting the Roman lifestyle then you should visit the Bath Spa. The spa recreates the idea of the Roman Baths with two baths, one inside and one on the roof, that are heated by the naturally warm mineral waters. The best time to go is at night and relax looking over the city.
The Royal Crescent
Perched high on the hill is the Royal Crescent one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom. The crescent overlooks the city and the Royal Victoria Park and is the best place to take in this stunning city. Number 1 in the row is a museum detailing how 18th owners may have furnished their homes. If you would like to be very British the Royal Crescent Hotel offers an excellent afternoon tea set.
The Gin Bar
According to Visit Bath the city has a wealth of great restaurants and bars. One of the more interesting places to visit is the Canary Gin Bar on Queens Street. The bar specializes in gin drinks and cocktails. The bar has over 250 different types of gin to be tried. The Bath Chronicle reported that the gin bar was recently used in the 2016 Sherlock episode starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Bath is a very easy city to get to. There are direct trains from London Paddington that take around an hour and a half to two hours traveling time. If you are visiting London for an extended stay then Bath is a perfect day trip out of the city. The nearest airport to Bath is Bristol, which flies to all major cities in the United Kingdom and Europe. Most of the flights are budget airlines, which are ideal for backpack travellers. As a word of caution, industry experts Parking4Less published a blog post titled ‘Beware of Cheap Flights Extra Costs’ detailing some budget airlines that have many hidden fees such as charging you for using your credit or debit card. When booking your flight make sure that you aren’t over paying for some of these services.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post.