Bath | Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre

Good Morning World!


Bath is a city located in the west of England. It is filled with beautiful cobbled streets and a waterfall of culture. I have lived in Britain my whole life and yet my traveling past of my own county seems very bare. For the most part, we as a nation are captivated by the weather, it seems the only thing we brits go on about (besides tea) so as it comes to no surprise our holidays seem to be more where the sun shines. This got me thinking, why not experience British culture before venturing off somewhere else.

One weekend my boyfriend and I set off on a 2 hour train journey to the beautiful city of bath. We stayed in a hotel located minutes away from the train station and in a prime location for visiting the Roman Baths and other major attractions in the city centre. We arrived late on the Friday night and only had time to potter about the city and enjoy a delightful dinner in one of the nearby restaurants before resigning back to the hotel.

I, as the sunshine morning person that I am, woke up super early for breakfast excited to start my bath adventures. Our first stop on my list of bath attractions was of course the Roman Baths. The baths were built in 33BC, and now consist of remarkable preserved remains of one of the most famous places in history. The water from the baths are heated from the earths core creating a remarkably natural thermal spring.

Having never visited this beautiful city I thought the baths would just be that, you look at the baths and you leave. But as you begin, you enter a beautifully presented exhibition along with a “walkie talkie phone thing” that allows you to key in numbers relating to an artefact and hear its history. I found it utterly fascinating and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting to visit this darling city.

Another place I have always longed to visit in bath is the Jane Austen Centre. Ever since I was younger my mother has always been a Jane Austen fan, owning nearly all the books and constantly re-watching TV series, so there was no surprise when I have become a huge fan of her work. My favourite book being the classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” which I have re-read numerous times.

The Jane Austen centre is located on 40 Gay street, a mere few doors down from where Jane lived herself. The tour of the centre begins with a 10 minute talk about Jane’s life, and a video on her achievements and novels. This then finished with an exhibition about various clothing, games and facts of the 1800’s.

Although this exhibition was mainly for me, there were parts of it that even Harry seemed to enjoy. We spent ages going through a poster on ‘the language of the fan’ forever making convocation without moving our lips. There was also somewhere to try out writing with a quill and various games of the 1800’s which proved to get the better of our 21st century attention span.

After the culture filled weekend there was still some time left to do a bit of shopping along the quant cobbled streets, where we visited the Fudge Kitchen and purchased more than we care to admit.

Our time in bath was very short lived, spending our hours soaking up the bath culture. We are looking forward to another British adventure.

Love Georgina xxx

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