When in London, an easy interesting day trip can be to Bath with a stop in Stonehenge. Both can be combined into a very doable day trip.
Bath is a great city.
If you are really energetic, you can do Stonhenge, Windsor and Bath in one day trip.
The Romans discovered Bath’s hot spring waters over 2000 years ago.
You can experience the mineral-rich waters for yourself at the Thermae Bath Spa.
Bath is the oldest of England’s principal tourist destinations and has been welcoming visitors for centuries. The three hot springs within the city were sacred to the Celtic goddess Sulis, whom the Romans later identified with the goddess Minerva. Bath first achieved its status as a sacred spa site with the growth of the Roman settlement Aquae Sulis around the thermal springs. The Roman period saw a vast complex of baths constructed – the remains of these were re-discovered in the 18th century and helped fuel Bath’s modern revival as a luxury resort.
Bath was a prosperous city in the Medieval period, the site of an Abbey and Cathedral (under the Bishop of Bath and Wells). The Reformation under Henry VIII saw some uncertainty emerge in Bath’s future, although the reign of Elizabeth I saw the first revival of the town as a spa resort. It was during the Georgian period, however, that Bath came once again into its own.
In 1348 nearly half the population of Bath died as a result of the plague and futher plagues hit the city in 1604, 1625, 1636 and 1643.
Bath suffered a significant amount of damage during air raids in World War II. The prestigious crescents and terraces were relatively unscathed and restored where necessary, but some of the more minor Georgian and Victorian streets were demolished both after the war and during a later ill-conceived phase of development known now as the “Sack Of Bath”. Consequently some modern buildings pop up in unexpected places, and the locals are generally very opposed to any major building developments that are put forward.
Since 2011 some major developments have taken place with a brand new Mock Georgian shopping centre replacing a 1970s monstrosity and a restaurant quarter and bus station built at the bottom of town. Nevertheless, Bath is still an incredibly beautiful city with a wide range of attractions,and the entire city is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
It’s not all about the Romans though – Jane Austen was Bath’s most famous resident, and you can step into her world at the fascinating Jane Austen Centre.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Britain’s Heritage Cities, Bath is home to some of the finest architectural sites in Europe, including the stunning Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge – one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.
Don’t miss the beautiful Bath Abbey, where the first King of England was crowned in AD973.
The best city to visit within easy striking distance of London is Bath — just a 1.5-hour train ride away. If ever a city enjoyed looking in the mirror, Bath’s the one.
Bath has more protected historic buildings per capita than any other town in England. The entire city is built of the creamy warm-tone limestone called “Bath stone”.
Proud locals remind visitors that the town is routinely banned from the “Britain in Bloom” contest to give other towns a chance to win. Bath’s narcissism is justified. Even with its mobs of tourists and greedy prices, Bath is a joy to visit.
Bath and its stunning surrounding countryside offer’s tourists a multitude of fantastic places to visit from stately homes and gardens to the impressive Stonehenge. Very easy to navigate on foot.
Most locations in Bath are easily walkable from the city centre and stations. Bath’s roads can be quite congested and driving is not particularly to be recommended for local journeys, but is probably the best way of seeing the surrounding region.
Bath is a small city surrounded by lovely countryside and is at the end of the 102 mile Cotswold Way footpath.
Once you are in the city the National Trust’s Bath Skyline Walk provides excellent views of Bath.
If you are in London, and have a day to spare, Bath is a city not to be missed!