Much like its bubbly namesake, the town of Bath makes for a relaxing and enjoyable experience for people of all ages. Located approximately 100 miles west of London, Bath has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, and --upon visiting-- it is pretty clear why. The town is an enclave of history and culture, with a sprinkling of contemporary city life mixed in.
Here are the top 5 things to do during a trip to Bath:
1. Visit the Roman Baths Museum.- The town gets its name from the impressive Roman bath, which is now housed in a museum. Take the audio tour and be sure to listen to the main tour, as well the character tracks for added historical insights from a personal perspective. The museum does a very thorough job, describing the bath house's original appearance and giving historical context to the magnificent steaming bath that visitors can walk around and enjoy. The tour concludes with an optional tasting of the water from the bath. I'd recommend bringing normal water to wash it down with because it's not exactly delicious, but still a cool experience.
2. Walk along the riverfront.- The town of Bath sits along the River Avon (which is actually redundant because "avon" is derived from the word "afon" which means "river" in Welsh). The river is a lovely, relaxing place to take a walk, take photos or simply sit and think. To get a different vantage point, check out the river from the street above, gazing over the edge.
3. Go to a pub.- Everywhere you go in England, venturing into a local pub is a must. Each pub in each city has its own unique character and it's exciting to discover the life within any given pub. The pubs in Bath are just like any London pub, but they are also very different. They have a special charm about them. And the drinks are significantly cheaper.
4. Check out the indoor market.- A unique part of Bath's history is the Bath Guildhall Market, an indoor market that has been in existence since the 1770s. The domed building houses a number of stalls, which sell everything from produce to hardware. The market is most notable for its elaborate architecture and rich history in the town.
5. Explore the Bath Abbey. Bath is also home to a massive abbey, a spectacular building at the centre of town. The abbey was established in 1499 and worship still takes place there to this day. Even if you are not religious, the building itself is absolutely beautiful inside and out, and it is worth immersing yourself in its historic splendour.
This list only scratches the surface of the multitude of things to see and do in Bath. For instance, the town is known for its successful rugby team and a favourite activity is to attend rugby matches at the pitch by the river. Bath truly is a wonderful place and is worth the fairly short drive to pay it a visit.