I work for a language school based here in Bristol, leading some of the outings on their Social Programmes Activities schedule and yesterday I took a group of 18 students (the most I have ever had on a trip) on a guided tour of Bath Spa. It was the first time I had been to Bath and had a look round, so it was as much a new experience for me as it was for the students.
Once we got off the train we headed over to the Roman Baths and learnt a little about when they were first built (and then rebuilt by the Victorians). Then we took a walk around the lovely Cathedral which is situated next door to the Baths.
We then wandered on round to Pultney Bridge, which was built in the Florentine style in 1771 by Robert Adams. Apparantly it is one of only 3 bridges in the world that is lined by shops.
We were going to walk on and have a quick look at Bath Rugby grounds, but the weather was turning sour with a huge thunder-storm coming over the horizon, so we headed to some cafés for a bite to eat.
After lunch we carried on the tour and walked round to Queen’s Square (yes, there is one in Bath as well as one in Bristol), which was built between 1729 & 1739 and was the first example of Georgian architecture to be built in Bath. There is a large obelisk in the centre of the square that was presented to the city by one of its wealthy residents, Beau Nash, in recognition of a gift he received from Prince Frederick, Prince of Wales.
We then wandered up the hill to The Circus and on round to the Royal Crescent. Here we stopped for a bit to take some photos, and have a lie down on the grass of Victoria Park.
I let the students have a bit of free time for the rest of the afternoon and met them back at the station around half four to get the train back to Bristol. While I was having a look around Bath on my own, I went to Patisserie Valerie and had a delicious slice of a Chocolate gateaux (although I couldn’t eat all of it, so brought the rest home).
All in all it was a really great day out, and we didn’t really get rained on which was nice. (It had started to rain while we were in the Cathedral, but by the time we came out it was only spitting a bit. Thankfully the large thunder-storm didn’t break over the city.)
I hope you have enjoyed the photos I snapped while there.
Let me know in the comments if you have been and explored anywhere new recently.