Sunday, 9 November 2014

Trip to Bath Pt 2 - Royal Crescent and Roman Baths

Royal Cresecent

I had so many photos of my Bath trip to share, I thought it would be a good idea to do a second post. I've already spoken a little about where I stayed on my recent trip to Bath and my visit to the Assembly Rooms so this post is more about what I saw.

Two masterpieces that should not be missed on a trip to this historic city are the Royal Crescent, a beautiful crescent curve of townhouses, and the nearby Circus, a circular street. Even though I've seen them before I was still impressed by the scale and symmetry of the buildings, they really are stunning.

Bath stone is used to clad most of the cities’ beautiful Georgian buildings. Much of the city has not changed over the past 200 years. Even today, modern builders must use the same building materials in the heart of the city.

Royal Cresecent

Trees


The Romans knew that they were on to a good thing when they discovered natural warm water springs in the then swamp areas around Bath. They built the Roman Baths so they could clean and socialise. Entrance to the Baths and museum is well worth the fee. You will be given a free audio player, which gives an overview of the site and more information about the artifacts found there when you enter and there are informative free tours with a guide once an hour on the hour.

The Pump Room, Bath




I found the curse tablets particularly fascinating. The curses, which date back between the 2nd and 4th century AD, are mostly written in Latin on pieces of lead and pewter and are addressed to the goddess Sulis Minerva. 
One of the tablets is written in British Celtic - the only text known to survive in that language - while another tablet contains the earliest known use of the word Christian in Britain. People used the tablets to ask the goddess to punish thieves. One tablet asks for an somones intestines to be ‘quite eaten away’, while another one reveals that the victim of a theft of a bronze vessel wanted the cup to be filled with the thief’s blood.


Curse Tablet, Bath,

We did loads of walking that day so I'm glad I wore my comfortable Clarks pumps. It's not easy trapsing around on the cobbles (I wouldn't dare wear high heels on them) but luckily all the main sights Martyn and I wanted to see were only ten minutes way from our lovely hotel.

Bath at Night

After a full day of sightseeing we headed back to our hotel with an obscene amount of tasty takeaway from Schwartz Bros burgers and watched Doctor Who in the fluffy robes the hotel provided and had a mini pamper session and put a face mask on.

burger

My weekend trip to Bath with Martyn was lovely and I can't wait to head to Budapest with him for a week long adventure at the end of this month.

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13 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a fantastic time, there's so many beautiful places in England that I'm yet to visit bath's definitely high on that list
    AliceMegan

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  2. Your photos are absolutely stunning, especially the one by green like water lovely. The tablets story sound quite scary but very interesting. Looks like you had an amazing time. x

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  3. Sounds like a lovely trip away! There's so many places in the uk that I've never visited (Bath being one of them) and I'm not entirely sure why.

    Also loving the look of those burgers.

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    1. the burgers were amazing! Why eat out somewhere fancy when you can relax in a robe and eat chips ey? ;)

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  4. Great post! I've just been to Bath for a two day stay but was too hungover to visit the Royal Cresent the next day so enjoyed your pictures of it! :)

    Katherine xx

    www.mebesidethesea.co.uk

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  5. Great, descriptive post Gemma :)
    I love Bath and really want to see more of it one day soon.

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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    1. Thanks Leanne :) we should plan a bloggers day out, South Wales bloggers go on tour! xx

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  6. I love Bath but have never stayed there, I guess it is a bit too close to home to justify it!

    Maria xxx

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    1. It's only 45 mins away from me and staying in a hotel did seem decadent but very fun xx

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  7. Looks fab - I went to Uni in Bath, so this brings back great memories. Since leaving, I realise how much of it I took for granted. Really lovely. Glad you had a good time - look forward to reading about Budapest :-)

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    1. Thanks Sian, I've got a feeling I'm going to take hundreds of photos in Budapest so plenty of posts on that :)

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  8. I absolutely love Bath, so many wonderful things to see and do. I particularly enjoyed our trip to the Roman Baths. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  9. I'm only just catching up on your adventures - can't wait to hear about Budapest, my sister is there right now! I love Bath, and this post has reminded me that I need to visit it again soon x

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