We were like ducklings following our tour guide like a mother duck crossing the streets and into the town plaza. We stopped in front of the Bath Abbey and while our guide gave out instructions, I was busy scanning the area. The churchyard must be busier this time of the year as both locals and tourists walked past here and there with their festive shopping.
There were coffee shops and souvenir shops just by the Abbey and the streets surrounding the churchyard were lined with colorful and decorated Christmas flea markets selling ornaments, homemade cookies and cakes, mulled wine and hot chocolate, of course, sausages and burgers! What I was really looking for as I was starving 😂!
A girl playing by the Christmas tree entertained passersby with her renditions of famous pop songs.
This is the Bath Abbey Churchyard. The building to the right is the Roman Baths and beside it (not in the picture) is the Pump Room where you can enjoy stylish British Cuisine and have a taste of hot water spa in the Pump Room fountain.
If you’ve read my previous post, then you know that Date and I didn’t go to the optional walking tour offered by our tour guide after we went to the Roman Baths. So our…
- Next stop, rooftop.
Would you believe I went up the roof of the Abbey? You see that flagpole on top? I was there!
So while we were inside the Roman Baths, Date saw these people walking on the rooftop of the Abbey and he was like, I want to go up there! I agreed without really thinking that I might be going up two flights of steep and old winding stairs 😱. I felt like Sleeping Beauty looking for the spinning wheel in a castle tower 😂. I was scared to slip and drag people down with me but going down actually was much easier and less scarier than going up.
I think this is the rooftop after the first flight of stairs. We came through that white door and walked our way through the narrow footpath on the left. The next room was where the guide showed us how they ring the bells and the history of the of the tower.
… and this folks, is what’s awaiting for you up on top of the roof. Oh, a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine too 😉.
A stunning 360 view of the beautiful city with architectural designs from the Georgian era. Most of the buildings are made of Bath Stone that give them a unique honey-colored look. The facade of the buildings were more attractive as the winter sun shines on them as it was starting to set from the distant horizon. It suddenly gave me an old era feel. It was definitely worth going up the steep stairs.
The tour lasted 45 minutes. There is a separate entrance if you wanted to see the interior of the Abbey.
- Pulteney Bridge.
The bridge crosses the River Avon and was built in the 17th century. It was named after two estate owners of Bathwick, Frances and William Pulteney. This is also famous for a scene in Les Miserables where Javert jumped off the bridge.
- The Circus
This is one of the famous streets in Bath. Circus is composed of townhouses that form an oval shape, hence the name. It has three entrances and has a small garden in the center. This is a Georgian architecture by John Wood, The Elder. Circus is linked via Brock Street to the Royal Crescent.
- The Royal Crescent
Like the Circus, the Royal Crescent is composed of terraced townhouses that form a crescent shape. This is another Georgian architecture by John Wood, The Younger and the original name was only The Crescent. The term ‘Royal’ was added after Prince Frederick rented the house No. 1 (top photo) and eventually bought No. 16 which is now the Royal Crescent Hotel. The No. 1 Royal Crescent is now a historic house museum that display authentic furnitures, pictures and other objects that show what life was like in Bath during thr 17th century.
This is our group by the Royal Vicoria Park opposite Royal Crescent. We caught up with them at the Circus. It was almost dark when we started walking back to the churchyard.
Here are some random street pictures…
- Christmas flea markets
And this is all it. This is what happened during my day tour in Stonehenge and Bath, divided in three posts 😊. There’s so much to see in Bath and 3.5hrs there isn’t enough. If I stayed for a night, I would have taken my time exploring Roman Baths, eaten at the Pump Room and visited some museums. And maybe did some shopping at the market too 🤣. Although limited, I definitely had a good time in Bath.