I have to start this article commenting that I knew Bath thanks to a route through the Cotswolds, which as you probably already know is an area in the south of England known as English countryside. Going to cities was not part of my plans, since all the charm resides in the towns. However, I had heard wonders of Bath and had no choice but to spend more than a full day on it.
I have absolutely no regrets about having made that decision, as it was a great discovery, one of the places that I enjoyed the most despite being a city of more than 80,000 inhabitants that did not have the same magic that small towns like Lacock, Castle Combe or Burford have.
What you should not miss in Bath
Bath, which in case you did not know was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987, is a city founded by the Romans, something that explains that there are not only monuments and buildings of the time, but there are also some Roman terms which for many years have been the main tourist attraction of the place.
I recommend visiting the hot springs, of course, but I think it is important to say that the entrance costs £ 16.50, which are about 20 euros at the current exchange rate. In addition, children pay £ 10.25 from 6 to 16 years, so for a family it can be a significant outlay that must be valued.
The Royal victoria park It is another of the essentials. It was opened by Princess Victoria in 1830 when she was only 11 years old. It has a lake, a botanical garden and an aviary. It is a great place to walk and relax, and it is even possible to practice sports such as tennis or golf.
Another essential is the Royal crescent, a semi-ellipse-shaped building block that impresses with its beauty. Unlike what is usually common, which is to build a building taking advantage of the height, in this case it must be said that it is like a kind of building with a width that is not at all habitual.
The Bath abbey it also triggers the flash of many cameras. It is from the 11th century and we could say that it is an ideal place to hold concerts, since there they have a Klais Orgelbau organ and every year more than 20 concerts and recitals are organized with that instrument as the protagonist.
If you walk through the city it will not be difficult to find the Pulteney Bridge, a structure designed by Robert Adam in 1769 with the aim of astonishing the world. It is of classic architecture and it is surprising that inside there are shops and establishments where you can have a coffee while contemplating privileged views of the Avon River, which is the one that crosses almost all of Bath.
The Jane Austen Center It is another place that draws the attention of tourists. Normal considering that it is a permanent exhibition on a writer who is known, above all, for being the creator of «Pride and Prejudice». He lived in Bath between 1801 and 1806, which has earned them to get out of hand a tourist visit that can be free if you stick your head out and give it a quick look, since with a guide it costs you £ 11.
A weekend is enough
Is one day enough to see the most important of Bath? Fair enough I would say, but if you do not entertain yourself and you are at a good pace you can see almost everything. Most points of interest are very close to each other and that makes it the typical city that you can fully soak up in a single weekend. And speaking of soaking, don't forget to bring an umbrella because the most normal thing is for it to rain.
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