As part of our holiday in the Cotswolds we included a day’s outing to Bath. Though it started a bit dull and wet, the weather kindly picked up to shower us with warm sunshine. For us Bath is as famous for Jane Austen as for its Roman Baths. The city is rightly famous as one of the glories of Georgian architecture. Much of it we have seen on our TV screens, but it was good to see it all in person. However the Roman Baths came as a big surprise. A most enjoyable surprise as we were all just unprepared for the size and complexity of the site. It is an amazing adventure to explore the ruins and the reconstructions, much of which is underground. Throughout the tour computer generated graphics show you what the site originally looked like. Very impressive and for more about the Baths visit their website here. There is so much to see, but here are three to get you going. The first shows the main bathing area, then an inner bath and finally the overflow pipe, deep in the bowels of the site.
After our visit to the baths we spent the rest of the day just wandering around the city and taking in the splendours of the architecture and the street scenes. Bath is quite a hilly city and the grandest of the Georgian expansion is to be found as you climb away from the river. Here are the masterpieces of the Circus and the Royal Crescent. Nowadays they are filled with parked cars as opposed to horses and carriages. Here are two views and a close up of one of the wonderful doorways.
Nearby this part of Bath are the Assembly Rooms, the social meeting place for high society. Still very impressive as you can see from the next photos. One of the outside followed by the elegant Ballroom. As the Assembly Rooms are so associated with Jane Austen I just had to include her in this sequence. Here she has two new admirers.
Bath has many other very fine buildings. Below are three to savour. First up the Theatre Royal which is still a working theatre. Then the stunning Holburn Museum, which was originally built as a hotel. Finally in this sequence the cathedral, further evidence that Bath is not all Georgian.
Apart from the famous buildings, Bath is full of rewarding and pleasing street vistas. It was also full of beautiful floral displays as you can see in the sequence below.
A lovely feature of Bath is the river Avon which flows through the city. You can walk along its banks and rest in some of the parks beside the river. I end with two views of the river and as this is England how could I leave out a scene from a cricket match on a ground beside the river. This one was a women’s match.