One of the things I love about London is how easy it is to travel to other places be it other countries or other cities in England.
I’ve always wanted to visit Bath ever since reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion but in all my time in London I just never got there so I decided to get a group of friends together and book a day trip. I found a deal on Premium tours that offers day tours to Stonehenge and Bath with entrance to Roman baths included.
One cloudy Saturday morning, I got to Victoria Coach Station totally out of breath and about 2 minutes too late. The tour had left along with all my friends on it. I’m generally one of those people that’s always late but on this occasion it was a tube delay.
I called Premium tours immediately and a lovely lady helped me reschedule for another day. I made sure to arrive well in advance this time, with breakfast in tow, but sadly on my own. Turns out my friends didn’t have the best time on their day out as it rained the entire day so I was happy that I got a chilly but sunny day.
The bus left promptly at 8:15 am. Our first stop was the world heritage site in Wiltshire – Stonehenge. Anyone remember the scene from Thor 2: The Dark World where Dr. Erik Selvig is running around Stonehenge naked? This prehistoric monument was apparently built nearly 5,000 years ago. There’s not much to it besides a ring of rocks though.
Our next stop was the beautiful Georgian city – Bath. After a beautiful drive into the city, we arrived at around lunch time and went straight to the Roman Baths, built nearly 2,000 years ago on Britain’s only natural hot water spring.
Once inside, we got to see the Roman public bath complex and Roman temple. We got to walk around the steaming pool on the Roman stone paving and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture.
After bumbling through the Roman Baths, we were allowed to then venture around the city for a couple of hours.
Making a choice on what to have for lunch was a bit tough. There are tons of fabulous restaurants, tea houses, sandwich and coffee shops and classic British pubs to choose from.
I settled with one of the tea rooms and grabbing some treats from Sally Lunn’s Bath Bun. This place is a must visit as Bath’s oldest Historic Eating House. The Bath Bun really is so delicious.
To work off the food, I took a stroll through the city to see Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge which overlooks the river Avon.
I also went to the Jane Austen Centre. They offer walking tours every weekend at 11am but I sadly missed it. Their Regency Teas Rooms are also something to try but I’d already eaten at this point and there was a bit of a wait for a table.
Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to explore the Fashion Museum but I hope to do so on my next visit.
I walked around the city for the rest of the afternoon and also explored the shops and market stalls. It turned out to be a really lovely day and I thoroughly enjoyed my own company.
The city is really small but I’d recommend doing at least 2 days in Bath to be able to visit the museums, gardens and tea rooms at a leisurely pace.
Aside from the overly chatty tour guide who didn’t shut up from the beginning to the very end of the tour, I’d recommend Premium Tours if you’d like to do a day visit.