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The Beauty and history of Bath: Wonderful things to see and do

19/08/2016 philip General

The city of Bath sits a mere stone’s throw from the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds, and is a beautiful city with a lot of history. It is believed that it was first discovered by the Celts, but it is the Romans who truly left their mark on Bath, drawn there by its hot water springs.

Visiting Bath is something that everyone should do at least once, as it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world, thanks to its Georgina architecture, Roman ruins and rolling hills. Here are just some of the most beautiful sights in Bath that you will not want to miss out on:

The Roman Baths Museum

If you’ve ever wondered how Romans relaxed, or you simply want to spend some time in splendid historical surroundings, you need to take a trip to the Roman Baths Museum. Here, you can look out over its enchanting green waters, which will transport you back over 2,000 years to the time when the Romans ruled this country.

Take a dip in the soothing mineral waters, enjoy a meal at the Pump Room, which is a Georgian-style café filled with beautiful chandeliers, and if you’re there at the right time, fantastic live music performances.

Beautiful Bath Abbey

Towering high above the city that the Romans loved so much, you will find Bath Abbey, which is located on the same site that has been home to a church since at least 757 AD. The medieval building’s construction started in 149 AD, after conquering Normans destroyed the previous church.

The Abbey boasts countless attractive windows and some great examples of architecture through the years, as it was repaired and added to by successive generations. If you really want to experience Bath Abbey in all its glory, you may want to consider taking a hot air balloon ride in Bath, which will allow you to see the building in a whole new light.

The city’s Georgian architecture

Of course, no trip to the beautiful city of Bath would be complete without a tour of the city’s most spectacular examples of Georgian architecture, including the famous Royal Crescent – a large crescent shaped building which has all of the hallmarks of fine Georgian architecture, and Bath’s pretty Queen Square.

Another prime piece of Georgian architecture that you will not want to miss is the Circus. Designed by John Wood the Elder, this ring of houses – 33 in total – was built to evoke the Coliseum of Rome and is full of attractive features, including classical columns, stone faces and no less than 500 separate carvings. Again, although seeing the Circus from the ground would be enough to impress, taking a hot air balloon ride over the fine example of Georgian architecture would take things up a level and make for an awe-inspiring ride through the skies of Bath.

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