Bath in England
Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
55Trip End May 18, 2013
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The next day we ventured to Stonehenge which was about an hours drive away. This was one of the things which we decided we had to do on this trip and it was well worth it. We were also fortunate to go there on a clear, sunny English spring morning (dare we say it – it was almost warm!) It is thought that Stonehenge is the ruins of a great ancient temple which dates from about 3000 to 1600 BC
After this, we continued our drive into the city of Bath.
Bath is a big city and the first thing you notice as you drive into it is its distinctive architecture, which consists of grand Georgian terraces. The entire place has been named a World Heritage Site. Hot springs bubble to the surface here and, in AD 44 the Romans established the town of Aquae Sulis there. They built baths and a temple to the goddess Sulis-Minerva. This complex of bathhouses is now, apparently, one of the best preserved Roman spas in the world.
In our opinion, Bath is not just about the Baths. It is beautifully placed on the River Avon, has a great shopping precinct, spacious botanical gardens and a lovely Abbey which was built between 1499 and 1616.
We loved this part of England and we loved the fact that we stayed out of town – another reason to advocate the use of a hire car for certain parts of our long trip.