Located in beautiful Southwest England, Bath ofers Roman relics and tranquil scenery
A fountain flows endlessly from Bath’s famed Pulteney Bridge, which spans the River Avon. Watching the water, I am reminded of the past flowing into the present. In the autumn sunshine, Bath is so peaceful.
Just 90 minutes by train from London, Bath offers a huge contrast. I associate London with double- decker buses and the sounds of planes taking off. Bath, meanwhile, is home to mossy lanes and tranquil landscapes.
Located in the Avon valley, Bath is famous for its natural hot springs. The city dates back to 60 A.D., when it was founded by the Roman King Claudius. While York is the oldest city in England and was also founded by the Romans, the relics in Bath are better preserved. The city’s name changed several times, eventually returning to “Bath” – a reminder of the Roman – built hot spring baths.
In the fresh autumn weather, green ivy covers the ancient stone walls. Many of the city’s buildings are built of native grey limestone. Construction of Pulteney Bridge began in 1774. It took five years for the bridge, designed by architect Robert Adam, to be completed. Inspired by bridges in the Italian city of Florence, Pulteney Bridge links the ancient Roman part of town to the newer area of Bathwick, which is famous for its Georgian architecture.
Pulteney Bridge is one of only four bridges in the world to be entirely lined with shops selling souvenirs. A fountain flows over three steps.
The Romans loved to bathe. A visit to the ancient Roman Baths is a must in Bath. The Roman Baths feature magnificent architecture, and reveal the sophistication of their Roman builders. Hot mineral water was piped into tubs, as was cold water. The Roman king reportedly spent four or five hours enjoying each bath.
The bathing areas are linked with rooms featuring carved Zodiac designs on their ceiling. These images connected the real world with those of the gods. The Romans believed that the stream of water could cleanse people’s bodies and souls.
Along with its historical sites, since the 18th century Bath has been known for its fashion, street arts, and film festivals. Famous movies including “Vanity Fair”, “The Duchess” and “Les Misérables” have been shot in this pretty city.
Passing the building at Number 4 North Parade Passage visitors will smell something sweet and tempting. This is the place to buy Sally Lunn cakes, a type of enriched yeast bread. Originally created in the 18th century, these buns are popular at breakfast. Be sure to sample a fresh Sally Lunn cake and a cup of black tea when visiting Bath.
Strolling through Victoria Royal Park, golden leaves fall from the trees, while the breeze smells of autumn. In this picturesque city, the past and the present seem to merge.