Bath is Valerie’s current city of residence, she knows the striking sights of this UNESCO world heritage city. From the grand Georgian architectural charms, such as the Royal Crescent, idyllic gentle streets, to the best spots for coffee in town.
I have countless reasons why I’m smitten with Bath, its architectural merits alone are enough for the case, yet there’s also something oh-so charming about its quirky English name eluding to leisure. It is the only entire city in Britain to have been granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. Much of the architecture that was put in place in the 18th and 19th centuries is still intact today, which is why the city retains a certain wonderful art of elegance. But then you’ve also got the surrounding Somerset countryside, and all the lovely independent shops, cafes, winding cobbled streets and sloping walks leading to unexpected views.
As you can see, Bath isn’t hard to sell to anyone. It’s alway’s been a ‘happening place’ in history, the Romans were drawn to it because of it’s thermal springs, and year later, visitors like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Mary Shelly continued to be captivated by its classic architectural charm. Anyway, before this post turns into a Bath appreciation club, follow my footsteps and let’s explore the city.
Our walk begins enroute to the Roman Bath’s and the Abbey (if you take the train it’s just a few steps from the station), you’ll find Abbey Green, a quiet cobbled square. Picture a luscious tree smack down the middle which filters the light beautifully against all the shop windows and golden limestone walls surround it. Now let’s walk down a hidden lane towards the North Parade buildings and stand back to admire the vintage fronted buildings which the light captures it perfectly on a sunny day.
Towards the end of the lane you’ll spot Sally Lunn’s, where visitors like enjoy tasting the Bath buns, once you’ve scoffed down a bun head back towards the Abbey and Roman Baths to fully explore them.
Turn your back on Bath Abbey’s fancy façade, heading past the Roman Baths to veer left and immediately right on to Bath street and admire it’s soothing clean lines. At the end of the street you’ll find lots of picture opportunities as this street has an old world appearance. This is also the street where you’ll find the Thermae Bath Spa, which has a rooftop pool overlooking the city. Anyway, back to the streets, I’m sure you’ve noticed by now those bright red doors to The Little Theatre.
Let’s stroll up Cheap Street and towards the High Street where you’ll see Society Cafe, the perfect spot for people-watching. Next, walk via the weir, over Pulteney Bridge – with its built-in shops – and down grand Great Pulteney Street, an impressive row of townhouses.
Let’s head back towards the city center and to Queen Square. If you’d like to see another one of Bath’s less-explored but charming streets make sure you check out Princes street. Off the square’s northwest corner follow the Royal Avenue to the entrance of Victoria Park till you are taken aback by the beauty of the Royal Crescent.
Once you’ve taken in the grand sight, walk away towards a handsome circle of houses called The Circus and admire the impressive curve. If you wish to see the last hidden street head to Bennet Street and towards the Paragon you’ll encounter a a lovely alley by the name of Hay Hill which offers an offbeat sight of Bath.
l hope you take in Bath’s architectural majesty, the city is a masterful piece, well developed and planned, where crescents, terraces, squares, and circles intersect and overlap to give a striking experience to the pedestrian. If you wish to get access to the map please head to my Instagram account for a free download!