South England Road Trip Part 2: Wandering through Bath

After a long day visiting the sites of prehistoric Britian, it was time to get a little more modern…working our way from the Romans to the modern day Baths in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities.


After a leisurely breakfast, we started our day with the Mayor of Bath’s Guide tour.  It’s free, and no tips are expected or accepted by the guides, who are enthusiastic volunteers. We wandered around the city, learning the reasoning behind the famous Crescent and Circus, and the major players who made the city what it is today. I’d definitely recommend it for the orientation of the city and a bit of understanding about the architecture.


We stopped for a  quick lunch before heading to the Roman Baths, a must see in the city.  They’re worth waiting in line for, there’s lots to see and the exhibits are well presented. And, really, it’s the most important part of Bath. It’s amazing how well the Roman baths have survived, down to the original lead lining of the large bath.


We followed our tour of the Baths with a delicious snack, then decided to head to the Thermae Bath Spa for some relaxation before dinner. The spa is nice, but it’s expensive, and unless you’ve booked a treatment or show up early, it’s likely you’ll be queuing to get in.  The rooftop pool has excellent views of the city and it’s a good way to relax, but I found it a bit overpriced for what you got. If you book in advance, some deals are available.


After relaxing for a few hours, we headed to Joya for dinner and enjoyed some delicious pasta and wine. Overall, an excellent day in the city of Bath.

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  1. It’s fascinating for me to see all these free tours around the UK. I just attended one here and the guide even refused to accept a tip from one of the tourists. :p Bath looks amazing! We’re planning to go there for Christmas. 🙂

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    1. Clare Thomson says:

      You should, Noemi. There’s a lovely Christmas market in Bath. Cx

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    2. It’s great when the tour guides are really enthusiastic volunteers! I’ve heard good things about the Bath Christmas markets as well, enjoy!

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  2. Tanja says:

    thanks for reminding me of my trip to Bath:) nice photos! #farawayfiles

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  3. Clare Thomson says:

    Bath is one of my favourite cities in the UK so it’s great to see your post on #FarawayFiles I really like your photo of the Roman Baths.

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    1. Thanks! It’s got so much history and it’s beautiful, what’s not to love?

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  4. Love Bath – one of my favourite cities great to revisit in your post!

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    1. It’s one of my favorites now too- interesting history and lots of good restaurants!

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  5. How lovely. I haven’t been to Bath for many years and needless to say it is on the list! You have just given me a great idea for a girls weekend away. Must get squirrelling into action! Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #FarawayFiles

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    1. Yes! The last time I went was on a girls weekend and it was a great place for it! Hope you make it there soon!

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  6. treksandtors says:

    Looking to go to Bath next year so this is most useful. Thank you

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    1. Glad you found it useful! Looking forward to hearing about your trip!

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  7. bavariansojourn says:

    Bath really is one of our most beautiful cities! So glad you enjoyed it! I would add don’t forget to have a Sally Lunn Bath Bun in what is one of the oldest houses in Bath! 😀 #farawayfiles

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    1. We didn’t manage to have a Sally Lunn bun because the line was so long but we did see the building! Such an interesting history!

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  8. stylishtravlr says:

    Your photos looks amazing ! I was gonna visit Bath on my way to Bristol but I didnt have enough time. Luckily I live in London so its only 2 hours train! Hopefully I can see visit soon !

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 that is really convenient-you can definitely make it for a weekend trip! It’s worth visiting for sure!

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  9. Ahila says:

    Lovely to hear that you enjoyed the mayor’s tour. I have been planning for my upcoming visit to Bath and was considering this tour.

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    1. Definitely go for it, it’s free and our guide was excellent! Hope you enjoy your visit to Bath!

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  10. I used to go out a bloke whose brother had a flat near the Royal Crescent and if you stood on a chair and peered out of the skylight you could just see it. But I never made it to the Royal Baths unfortunately nor could I view them from a skylight! #farawayfiles

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  11. I always love the idea that there are free options to learn about a new destination. thanks for sharing about Bath for #FarawayFiles – can’t wait to see where you take us this week! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

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  12. I really loved Bath ! It’s an amazing town ! A bit expensive and touristy but truly incredible architecture !

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    1. It’s a beautiful place to spend a weekend! I wouldn’t mind going back 🙂

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