"Oh who could ever be tired of Bath?"
Bath Travel Blog› entry 18 of 35 › view all entries
April 28th, 2007 – by: erinontour
I took the bus up yesterday morning (sadly much cheaper & much slower than the train) and started my wanderings through the town. Bath Abbey is quite fabulous - there's has been a church of some sorts on the site for over a thousand years, this one since 1499. It has a stunning high ceiling, and [insert random fact] Governor Arther Phillip (who settled New South Wales) is buried there.
I then took a free walking tour of Bath, which was very interesting - about two hours & we walked all around Bath & heard about the history & the houses & the people. It was then about time to visit the actual baths of Bath, which was quite fascinating - they were of course built by the Romans a couple of thousand years ago, but only re-discovered just over a hundred years ago.
Today I got up bright and early, wandered through the Victoria Art Gallery, then decided it was time to take the waters myself - in the Pump Room (a popular gathering place of Georgian Bath, where people came supposedly to drink the waters for their health, but really to check out which eligible bachelors were in town). It was just a glass of warm water, but it did make me feel like I was stepping back into a Jane Austen novel.
Then it was time to actually step into an Austen novel & take the JA walking tour of Bath. It took us to many similar places as my tour the day before, but with a lot more specific and fascinating Austen stories (she lived there for five years & set two of her novels there).
To finish the day I visited the Assembly Rooms (a frequent mention of JA, and she would've gone there herself), including the Museum of Costume (which is prety self-explanatory).
So it was a lovely two days - the weather was good, and the famous Bath stone really glows in the sunlight. "I believe I shall always be talking of Bath"*.
*this & title quote borrowed from Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (they're on my new Jane Austen in Bath bag. Seriously).
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