… after Stonehenge we drove directly to Bath.
The road to Bath was as beautiful as Stonehenge. The air was crisp and the sky was clearing so it was definitely a good decision to book the trip that day.
I didn’t know what else to see when I get there. All I knew about was the Roman Baths which I’ve heard good stuffs about from friends. As we’re reaching our destination, the Bath City can be seen from a distance. The tour guide was talking about places to go to and I could not wait to explore!
We reached Bath around 1:30pm. Once our tour guide gave our tickets, we have 3.5hrs to ourselves. He gave an optional walking tour at 3pm to whomever wanted to explore on foot but me and Date managed to catch up only on the last part as we went to Bath Abbey.
The look and feel of the city seems warm (it was cold, yes, but you know what I mean 😆) and laid back. I think the only person rushing was me as I wanted to see as much as I can with so little time! We also have an option to stay for the night and get the train the next morning but we didn’t. I wish we did 😔.
First thing first…
I was not expecting that the baths would be located by the town plaza. I thought it would be in the outskirt of nowhere 🙃. Anyway, it’s a museum and they lend audio guides for you to listen to about the history of the baths.
The first shrine on the hot spring was constructed by Celts to worship the diety Sulis whom the Romans called Minerva. During the Roman invasion the town was called Aquae Sulis which means waters of Sulis. The hot spring was later on discovered by a British King in 830+ BC who built the first bath. The bathing complex was gradually developed over the next 300 years. These statues of Roman Emperors and Governors of Britain on the terrace overlooking the Great Bath were made in the 19th century.
The Great Bath is like a hot swimming pool. Many sick people came for a bath in the Sulis Minerva believing the healing power of the goddess will make them better. Although the water looks appealing for a dip, it’s actually kinda dirty. The green color is because of algae that grow in the water. In the Roman times, the Great Bath had a roof preventing light from coming in and stopped algae from growing. Therefore, the water might have been clearer and more welcoming 😃.
- The Sacred Spring- has been here for thousand of years!
- Plunge Pool
And these pictures are from the museum before entering the Great Bath…
- Temple Pediment and Gorgon’s head
- Temple Courtyard
- Bronze head of goddess Sulis Minerva
- A lady’s stone head from a tomb
- Skeleton at Roman Baths
- Projections from Plunge Pool 😎
Looking just the entrance, I wouldn’t think the bath complex is huge. There are many rooms to explore especially the baths and the hot rooms. The museum showcases objects that were found on the site itself and Bath. It was such an experience to be there and learn how they lived and that “leisure and spa” started waaaaay back then!!
I’ll make a short blog about where we’ve been after Roman Baths coz there’s just so much in one blog post 😉