“Oh! Who could ever grow tired of Bath?”
– Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
I moved to the United States in January of 2017. We had been approved for our fiancé visa and had ninety days to wed. We were married legally in our home one week after I moved in, and we then waited eagerly for my green card to arrive. While you are in the process of waiting, you are unable to leave the country. In August, that beautiful envelop containing that card arrived and we were gleeful as it meant we could finally get to planning our honeymoon. After much back and forth, we decided we would go to southern England, and we would start our journey in Bath.
We flew from Dulles to Heathrow and caught a train directly from the airport to Bath. When we arrived at the train station, we hailed a cab who took us to our quaint B&B called the Roseate Villa. Our room was sizable, and had a view of the garden. They had delicious breakfasts and amazing homemade jams by the jarful every morning.
Bath was our jumping off point for a few days. We wanted to explore the city itself, which is a nice size (not too big), but, we would also rent a car in Bath that we would use for the rest of our trip. On one of the days that we stayed at this hotel, we drove to Wales for the day. Our highlights from the city itself were the Roman Baths, Bath Cathedral, and the Thermae Bath Spa.
The Roman Baths are the most complete bath house from the Roman World. They are beautiful, and there is a really interesting museum attached to them that is well worth checking out.
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul also known as Bath Abbey. The church was founded in the 7th century, reorganized in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. You can climb to the very top, however, you have to sign up for a tour and we simply did not want to wait. The architecture and stained glass inside are worth paying it a visit.
All in all, we enjoyed Bath. It is a charming city with some enjoyable stuff to see. We felt at the end of our trip that we could have maybe spent 1 day less here, but, we had a good time nonetheless. Plus, the water we walked by every day was lovely.