I love Bath Spa. It’s unique and porch. It’s a city that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Bath Spa is well-known for its Roman-built baths. It attracts tourists from all over the world to enjoy British’s original natural thermal spa. Bath has maintained its Neo-classical style of the public buildings including the Assembly Rooms and the Pump Room. It’s elegant with its architecture and landscape facilitated with luxurious spa complex.
It was such a disappointment that we had missed the Christmas market in Bath. Bath appears to me as a neat and comfortable city. It is well-known for its thermal spa which was introduced by Romans. Subsequently, it became more important and turned into a fancy spa city with natural hot springs.
Even though we had missed the Christmas market, we could still see a number of boutique stalls near the Southgate. Southgate is easily noticeable as it is just across the road from the Bath Spa train and bus station. It grabbed our attention with all the Christmas decorations and sale promotions in popular outlets such as Urban Outfitters, Superdry, H&M and etc.
Facing those branded retail outlets with a big Sale sign, we couldn’t resist the temptation. We had no reason not to shop during this festive season. Thus, we had spent half of the day at Southgate to look for Christmas gifts.
We joined the free guided walking tour to explore the city and to understand the history of this beautiful better. We were not required to make an advanced booking for this walking tour but simply gathered outside the Pump Room in Abbey Church Yard at the sign board ‘Free Walking Tours Here‘.
It started to rain when the walking tour was about to start. It didn’t stop the enthusiastic visitors from joining the tour. Katherine, a local tour guide who patiently bringing us to visit the main spots of historical and architectural interest in Bath.
The first stop was the Pump Room which serves as a restaurant with famous delicacies – the Bath bun and spa water. It is famous for centuries that the spa water has the unusual taste and it cures health issues. Bath has become as a luxurious city for the rich to spend their time unwinding and relaxing during the 18th century.
A thrown stone away, it’s the Bath Abbey which has been a place of Christian worship over a thousand years. Katherine explained the structure and the architecture of Bath Abbey. She explained one of the special features of Bath Abbey is the sculptures of angels climbing Jacob’s Ladder on the west front of Bath Abbey.
They were built after the Oliver King dreamt of the Heavenly Host on high with ascending and descending by ladder. We visited some Georgian buildings which were designed by some famous architects such as John Woods, the Elder, John Woods, the Younger, Robert Adam and John Palmer.
As the rainfall became heavier, half of the visitors decided to give up the walking tour. The sky was darkening into gravel-grey. However, we still chose to follow Katherine to The Circus, designed by John Wood, the Elder. The circus has three segments of equal length. The townhouse surrounds The Circus and it appears as a circular space.
Viewing from the top, it looks like a ring. Katherine told us that the Roman Colosseum had inspired John Woods. If we looked closely at the townhouse, we could see different pictorial emblems. It remains as one of the famous spots in Bath. It’s famous for its Georgian architecture. Leaving The Circus, we were heading to the masterpiece of John Wood, the Younger – The Royal Crescent.
The Royal Crescent shares some similarities with The Circus. It a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent. There is a ha-ha built making an effective partition between the lower and upper lawns in front of the Royal Crescent. Its purpose is to make sure that the residents are able to enjoy the view from Royal Victoria Park.
Currently, the Royal Crescent has a mixture of tenures. The private individual and housing association own the majority of the Royal Crescent. Part of the Royal Crescent is No.1 Royal Crescent which serves as a historic house museum. Royal Crescent Hotel occupying the central properties of the Royal Crescent.
We walked a few blocks to visit the Pulteney Bridge which is a World Heritage Site due to its Georgian architecture. There is a weir on the River Avon showing a ‘V’ shape. The weir has an associated flood control gate on the east side of River Avon. It forms a fascinating view from the Pulteney Bridge.
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