I have lived in South Oxfordshire for quite a few years now and it was only recently I got to know of the beautiful town Bath and its proximity to where I lived. From Didcot train station it is about 45 mins to Bath, and in an interesting way it feels like you’ve traveled back in time.
My Mum and I made a day trip there a while ago for the first time, and ever since, I have returned once more for the Bath Christmas market, which will be talked about in another post about Christmas markets.
When you realize Jane Austen lived in this town for a number of years you immediately understand why it feels so quintessentially English and proper! I had a long list of spots I wanted us to visit whilst in Bath and ironically the top site, and where we spent all our time, was actually the famous Roman Baths.
The Roman Baths in Bath is one of the best preserved in the world and it is really something to behold. At the Roman Baths, you get an audio guide which is brilliant as it really takes you through what life was like for users of the public baths. My mum thoroughly enjoyed it and so do the 1 million visitors that come to see the Baths each year. We spent most of our time in Bath at the Roman Baths as we did not want to rush the experience!After a long day walking in the footsteps of ancient Romans in what was equivalent to their social scene like a club/pub is today, we went to another of Bath’s famous offerings – Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House! The building is so English and wonky it is amazing. It is apparently one of the oldest houses in Bath. Within the eating house is also a musuem showing Sally Lunn’s original kitchen – it looks very well used, with soot and open stone.
When I feel like really experiencing England, the way I naively grew up believing all of England is…I go to Bath. Asides the two places we visited, Bath has other places that I believe many tourists also visit such as the Pump Room Restaurant for high tea, The Circus (which I saw a glimpse of and is truly an architectural beauty) and the Jane Austen Center.