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May 20, 2018 — Bath

Sunday is our favorite day to explore cities because there is often very little traffic and lots of parking. Bath was no exception. We had a grand time there.


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Bath, the bus we didn't take

Bath, the bus we didn't take


Sunday, the perfect day to visit Bath. The GPS took us directly to the Charlotte Street parking lot and we discovered not all the pay stations take credit cards, just the main one at entry. We didn’t discover this until after Ed had walked quite a way to get change for the machine near our car. Nuisance. At any rate, we paid and displayed then walked through the lovely city to the Roman Baths where the line was blessedly short. We paid and entered and took the free audio-phones. They worked well because you can listen to as much or as little as you like. We went through the whole complex and got our free cup of curative spring water so if we have anything, it’s cured. The Roman Baths, Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ; Click here for The Roman Baths web site

The Stall Street Entrance to the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey

The Stall Street Entrance to the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey ahead, Roman Baths on the right

Bath Abbey ahead, Roman Baths on the right

This is the ticket hall

This is the ticket hall

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

Bath Abbey seen from the Roman Baths

Bath Abbey seen from the Roman Baths

There are some Interactive Exhibits

There are some Interactive Exhibits

Mosaic Floor in the Museum

Mosaic Floor in the Museum

The Roman Baths at Water Level

The Roman Baths at Water Level

Two Roman ladies sitting by the Baths

Two Roman ladies sitting by the Baths

Curative Waters from the Spring - Yes, you can drink the water.

Curative Waters from the Spring - Yes, you can drink the water.

Abbey Green with a wonderful classical guitarist

Abbey Green with a wonderful classical guitarist


After the Roman Baths, we went in search of lunch and walked over to the Abbey Green, a pretty little square, where a man was playing wonderful classical guitar, and we found the Crystal Palace Pub. We walked around noting a group of French students on tour. We looked around the area until the pub opened and went in and ordered our Sunday roast. This is a British custom we’ve really enjoyed. Ed got the beef and I got lamb. It was all good but not quite as good as Exeter. There was very loud music but the waitress turned it way down when I asked. I suspect it bothered her too. The Crystal Palace Pub, 10-11 Abbey St., Bath BA1 1NW; tel: +44 (0)1225 482666; crystalpalace@fullers.co.uk; Click here for the Crystal Palace Pub web site

The Crystal Palace Pub

The Crystal Palace Pub

Bath Abbey from Kingston Parade

Bath Abbey from Kingston Parade


After lunch we walked to Bath Abbey and “donated” 8 GBP to enter. The organist was playing and that was amazing. We wandered through the magnificant abbey although most of it is restoration following both the Reformation and WWII. Still, it is beautiful and the music added to it.

Then we walked past the weir up to Pulteney Bridge and over it taking the requisite photos. There was some sort of fair at the Parade Gardens along the river Avon but it cost to go down so we just enjoyed looking at it from the street above. Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT, UK; Click here for Bath Abbey web site

Bath Abbey exterior and interior vaulting<br />Note the Angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on the Abbey front

Bath Abbey exterior and interior vaulting
Note the Angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on the Abbey front

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Nave of Bath Abbey with a plethora of tourists

Nave of Bath Abbey with a plethora of tourists

Bath Abbey - interior views with the Birde Chantry on the right

Bath Abbey - interior views with the Birde Chantry on the right

East end of the nave of Bath Abbey with the main altar

East end of the nave of Bath Abbey with the main altar

Bath Abbey - A very conveniently placed mirror lets you enjoy the fan vaulting above

Bath Abbey - A very conveniently placed mirror lets you enjoy the fan vaulting above

Bath Abbey Organ and Quire Angels

Bath Abbey Organ and Quire Angels

Festivities in the Parade Gardens

Festivities in the Parade Gardens

Pulteney Weir and Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Weir and Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Weir and Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Weir and Pulteney Bridge

Shops on Pulteney Bridge

Shops on Pulteney Bridge

Reflections on Pulteney Bridge

Reflections on Pulteney Bridge

The Laura Fountain at the far end of Pulteney Bridge

The Laura Fountain at the far end of Pulteney Bridge

*****

We wandered a bit finding the car but managed without the GPS and easily drove home. I finished all Sandi’s updates for the AWS docent schedule and got that sent off to her before supper. Email is amazing. I can do volunteer work over five thousand thousand miles away.

Posted by Beausoleil 14:58 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged churches people cities abbeys bath uk roman_baths organs

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So glad you got to Bath! But no time for the Royal Crescent or Circus? I confess I prefer seeing the architecture of its Georgian streets to visiting the Abbey, but I am a Jane Austen fan so it's her Bath I go to see! If you ever go back, the Pump Room and Assembly Rooms are also worth seeing :)

by ToonSarah

I echo the sentiments of ToonSarah.
As an architecture student at Bath University in the early 1980s one of my children was fortunate to live in an apartment in Royal Crescent.I was tempted to make more than the usual number of parental visits!
And the Jane Austen connections were always a MUST for me!
But how very difficult it is to see everything in one visit!

by ExRanger49

Barbara and Sarah, We can see Georgian architecture many places but not Roman Baths. Given a choice amongst Royal Crescent, Circus, Jane Austen and the Abbey, for us it was a no-brainer. The Abbey would win every time. I enjoy Austen and we did walk by the house but if I were left on a desert island and could take only one of Austen or Charlotte Bronte, I'm afraid Bronte would win. I would honestly hope for more choices though . . . ;)

You're right, making choices is difficult and there is only so much one can see.

by Beausoleil

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