We caught the train from Brighton to Bath at 9am, so we arrived at lunch time. We instantly had good first impressions of the city. This was definitely helped by it being super sunny and everyone around us was making the most of it. We took a minute to have a picnic (lovingly prepared by M&S) lunch in a park nearby.
We then loaded up our packs and went to find our Airbnb accommodation. We stayed in the top story of a three level home. Our host, Mary, was lovely and accommodating and instantly made us feel welcome.
With our packs safely discarded, we took a short walk to the Royal Victoria Park to "soak" in some more glorious spring sun and admire the gardens.
I was thoroughly impressed with how warm it was. I haven't walked around Brighton without a jacket for months, whereas it was warm enough in Bath with just a thin shirt. Some might even call it "tepid".
The wild flowers were gorgeous and I couldn't help but take a bunch of photos (see my Instagram for more)
Walking around the gardens there were lots of hidden treasures. Like this small stream that is coated bright blue, we assumed it was from all of the old pennies tossed into it.
We then walked to the Royal Crescent which was right next to the Royal Victoria Park.
As it was a gorgeous, sunny day we joined everyone lounging on the grass. Eating picnics and drinking booze. The building itself is quite famous for its Georgian architecture and has been featured in lots of period films.
Here is a view of the Bath City flats from the River Avon. Which is an interesting name for a river. Since "Avon" actually translates to "River". So that would make this the River River. Which is also why you will find many other "Avon Rivers" around England, and no, they are not all part of the same one.
Everything in Bath is so compact, which makes getting around all the major attractions an easy feat. We stopped by Pulteney Bridge to see the River Avon waters flow over the horseshoe weir. An aesthetic and practical design, to help prevent against flooding.Pulteney Bridge is "Bath Abbey". This beautiful building, along with the rest of the city is made of "Bathstone", a type of limestone. Giving a lovely co-ordinated aesthetic to the entire town.
Inside the Abbey, the sun was still shining through all 52 grand windows. The stained glass was alight and glowing.
We went back to our B'n'B and before coming back into the city centre to see the buildings lit up at night.
On our second day in Bath with visited the "Roman Baths". Built around a natural thermal spring, with great historic significance and obviously the namesake of the city. This is the only place in England that you will find a thermal spring, and it is the reason that the city itself exists.
We then decided to further "immerse" ourselves in information and took a free guided tour of Bath with the "Mayor's Honorary Guides". This tour was excellent and completely free (unlike other tours companies that accept/expect tips at the end) as this one is run by volunteers. We were in fact so engrossed, that we didn't take very many photos to include here. We learnt a lot about the history of Bath, the architecture and the knowledge we gained made us look a bit more closely at some of the building that look quite grand upon first appraisal. The word façade was frequently used and we learnt where the expression to "Put on a good front" comes from.
For the rest of our time in Bath we relaxed and enjoyed our weekend away together. It is sometimes too easy to get swept away sightseeing and doing activities in some of the bigger cities around the world. Which may make you feel like you need a holiday, AFTER your holiday. So this sort of holiday was a nice change for us.
If you want a little more, check out the video I made of our time in Bath, below.