she must seek them abroad."
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
I was lucky enough to spend some time in Wiltshire and Somerset this summer and one of the places at the top of my list to visit was the beautiful City of Bath. There are so many layers to peel back in this city of golden stone; from the Romans to the Georgian and Regency era to the often overlooked (for Bath) Medieval period - although I do know that Edgar was crowned King of England in Bath Abbey in 973 - right up to the excellent shopping and restaurants we find today. Yes, this City really does deserve its World Heritage Site accolade.
There is something to see and experience at every corner. Its location is stunning too, sited in the Avon Valley on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, its Regency Terraces stretching up into the hills that surround and make up the City, to a maximum altitude of 781 feet on the Lansdown plateau.
Independent, creative , unique and stylish, Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original Roman style baths, making it the ultimate spa break destinations for thousands of years!
The street theatre is fantastic in Bath. This guy didn't move an inch...
I was impressed with a talented young busker Amelia Orgill. You can find her Facebook page here.
Bath's popularity as a spa town soared during the Georgian era with royal patronage prompting all of "polite society" to pay a visit and take the waters, and for me Bath is most synonomous with this era and of course with Jane Austen, who lived here with her parents and sister Cassandra, the family residing at several addresses until 1806. However, although two of her greatest novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are set in the city, Jane Austen was never truly happy there and wrote to Cassandra, "It will be two years tomorrow since we left Bath for Clifton, with what happy feelings of escape."
Thankfully my visit was much more enjoyable.