Bath is a beautiful city in England. It is one of my favourite places to visit. It is a blend of Roman, Venetian and British culture. I took train from London Paddington to Bath Spa. It took about 2 hours from Paddington station. I chose the direct train. One can also take the change route via Reading. I think direct trains are the best.
Previously, i planned to stay for one night in Bath. So i booked accommodation in University of Bath- city centre campus. However, when I was in London, i changed my mind and decided to extend my stay for one more day. However, i did not get accommodation at city centre campus. I got one in the main campus which is 15 mins from the main city by bus. I took the U1 bus from the bus station which was opposite to the rail station for the campus. Buses U1/17 go to the University of Bath. The university is known for medicine and sports. The campus is located on a vast expanse of land. As you enter the campus, you can see huge grounds for sports- horse riding, lawn tennis etc. Being holiday season, there were fewer students in the campus. I checked in my room, took nap for a while and headed back to the city. The bus stop is inside the campus near the Lime Tree restaurant.
The city is very beautiful and gives one a feeling that one is in Rome. The architecture is old and fascinating. The houses and lanes leading to these houses are narrow and elevated. I chose to walk about the whole city. There is no need to take bus. If you are a walker, you can easily walk about. All attractions are close by. I got down at North Parade where the beautiful Parade Gardens is situated. The ticket to enter the gardens was 10 pounds. The garden was beautiful with flowers blooming all around. One could see Pulteney Bridge from the gardens. The bridge was built many centuries before and it felt nice to walk on one of the oldest bridges in UK.
Thereafter, i went to the famous Roman Baths ( that is the main attraction, of course). The person at the ticket desk told me it was best to visit the Baths in evening because the crowd in evenings is 10% of the morning crowd. I bought tickets and went straight in. As expected, the crowd was very less and I could enjoy the whole place thoroughly. Lot of history is buried in that place. One can take audio sets to know more about it.
I took the opportunity of an extra day in Bath to explore Stonehenge. The Scraper tours is a small group tour which organises day tours to Stonehenge. I booked it the day i arrived at Bath; cost me about 36 pounds. The tour was at 2 pm. In the morning, i visited the Abbey. It is the second oldest cathedral in UK after the one in Liverpool. There are tower tours which take you to the top of the Abbey. There are 212 steps to reach the top. The tour is for an hour or more. I took the tower tour. The guides gave an interesting account about the bells, how they worked and bit of history of about the cathedral. The cathedral is a Parish one.
There are nice cafes and pubs around the city. Oh i forgot to mention you must visit the Sally Lunn's house. It is supposed to be the oldest house in Bath made in 1482. The lady living there used to make buns. It has a small museum down there.
The way to Stonehenge was very scenic and idyllic. Great views all around. We started at 2 pm and came back to town by 6.
In the evening I walked towards Royal Crescent. The sight was absolutely marvellous. There is a big lawn in front of the Royal Crescent to sit and relax.
Bath is a beautiful town to spend summer. One cannot get enough of the place. It is must see when you are in UK.