A day in Bath|GianFranco Belloli|KnowLedge World Network|Activities|KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL

  • 2021.09.03
  • A day in Bath
I had to travel to Bristol for work recently and since it was a Friday and I hadn’t done a trip in a very long time I decided to stay overnight and visit Bath too.
Bristol and Bath are very close together and are connected by a bus.
Bath is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in England, at least the ones I've seen.
However, this is also the opinion of UNESCO, which has decreed it as a World Heritage Site.
Its fortune is given by the thermal baths that were already recognized in ancient times for their therapeutic qualities.
The Romans built beautiful spas to take advantage of the water that flowed naturally at a hot temperature.
The Roman baths are still well preserved, even if the architectural structure has been remodelled over the centuries, and can be visited although you cannot longer bathe in them.
If you want to take a thermal bath, you have to go to the modern spa.
It should be known that Baths are the only natural spas not only in all of England, but in the entire United Kingdom and some archaeological studies have established that the Romans were not the first to exploit the thermal waters in this place, in fact some remains have been found which show that before the Romans there were the Celts here.
The Abbey in Bath is also very beautiful and worth seeing and it is located near the modern spa; it is particularly famous for its fan-vaulted ceiling created in the 16th century by the king's master masons.
It was originally a Norman cathedral then rebuilt in the 17th century in Gothic style.
Also the Circus is worth visiting in Bath, a modern architectural structure built in the 18th century whose name derives from the fact that it has an oval or circle shape, which reproduces the circumference of Stonehenge in size.
For those who love the English writer Jane Austen here you can visit the centre that Bath dedicates to its most important citizen. Jane Austen was actually born in the Hampshire but she moved with her family to Bath and a visit to the Jane Austen Centre is perhaps the best way to enter the world of the writer of the famous novel “Pride and Prejudice.”
The Pulteney Bridge is worth noting too because it is a bridge which has shops built along its entire length on both sides.


The Pulteney Bridge

The first shop on the bridge is a really delicious coffee shop where I had breakfast and where I particularly appreciated the view overlooking the river.
If you like gourmet food, it is perhaps nice to taste an authentic Bath sandwich.
These large sandwiches come with both sweet and savoury fillings and are popular with both tourists and locals alike.
The buns, called indeed Bath Buns, are soft and sweet bread buns coated in sugar and prepared with a milk-based dough.
Along the river there is also a very nice walk to take along the canal of the river Avon, called the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Starting from the city’s main gardens, one can follow the canal that meets with the Avon River and, walking around the city in a clockwise direction, you can find dozens of houses lying on the water, several moored barges and you can spot local people walking their dogs, children playing along the banks of the river and people riding bicycles.

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