We arrived in Bath, England (97 miles west of London) on Wednesday, 12 July, and spent the week in an Airbnb flat in a Georgian style neighborhood known as Catharine Place (1784 by John Wood the Younger). It’s NW of the Circus (a circle of 1768 Georgian style houses by John Wood the Elder and Younger), and NE of the Royal Crescent (a crescent of 1774 Georgian style houses also by John Wood the Younger). Staying in Bath for a week allowed us to decompress after our travel days and adjust to the 8-hour time change.
Here are highlights from our stay in the beautiful city of Bath:
The Mayor’s Honorary Guides free two-hour walking tour which included historical and architectural sights around the center of the city was a great way to kick off our stay.
Pulteney Bridge - we took advantage of snapping the iconic photo op of Bath - the Pulteney Bridge crossing the River Avon. The bridge is full of shops on both sides of the 148-foot span and one of four bridges of this type in the world.
We happened to be in Bath during Carnival and watched the annual procession flow by while enjoying a proper ale at a pub along the way.
Bath Abbey - we took in a self-guided walking tour and enjoyed the old Gothic girl. I personally appreciate seeing the flying buttresses on the exterior as well as the ladder of angels over the main entrance just as much as, if not more, than the interior. The site of the abbey has been a place of Christian worship for over a thousand years. In the 8th century A.D. the abbey was founded as a Benedictine monastery and has been repaired, rebuilt, and restored many times.
We even did a very touristy thing by boarding a mini-bus for a guided tour just outside of Bath.
Stonehenge – the iconic prehistoric monument of stone circles.
Avebury - the largest of the henge monuments containing three stone circles around the village of Avebury.
Lacock - a picturesque village owned almost entirely by the National Trust, and used as a background set in a number of movie productions.
Wiltshire White Horses - farmers clear off the topsoil to expose the underlying chalk and create the white chalk carvings in the hillsides, a practice going back to prehistoric England but was resurrected some 300 years ago by local farmers.
Cotswold village of Castle Combe used as a background set in a number of film productions
And finally, the famous Roman built baths of Bath and an evening walk-thru the night before we left.
Thanks for joining us on our journey.