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Bath is a lovely place to spend a day or two, soaking up the charms of the city. It's history dates back at least to the 1st century AD when the Romans built a spa here, active for around 400 years. In the 1700s, during the Georgian period, several men shaped the Bath you see today, a gambler named John "Beau" Nash and father and son architects, John Wood the Elder and John Wood the Younger. The town you see today is much the same as it was in this period, the same time Jane Austen lived there.
Bath can be easily visited on a daytrip from London, by train it is around 90 minutes to Bath, but if you have two days to spare, there is more than enough to keep you busy. My most enjoyable visit was my third time visiting Bath on a daytrip from London with Kat (keida84), Jen (jenniflower) and Jen's sister in January 2008. In preparation for the trip, I reread the two Jane Austen novels that were largely set in Bath, "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey" and then as luck would have it PBS had just started a series of Jane Austen adaptations and the two they showed first were the two set in Bath.
We started off the visit with a guided Jane Austen tour that showed sights in the books and places that the author herself had lived, had lunch in a pub, toured the Roman Baths and capped off the day with a visit to the Pump Room for afternoon tea. It really was a perfect daytrip to this lovely city.
My first visit to Bath was in 1988 on my first trip outside North America, back in the days before Al Gore "created" the internet and travel information so easy to get so me and an Aussie that I had met at the Holland Park youth hostel just showed up and walked around.
I decided to return in August 2005 and although I had originally planned to go independently I changed my mind and decided to go on one of London Walks Explorer Days to Bath. It was a little shorter of a day than I would have liked, we didn't get into Bath until 11:00 am, but I enjoyed walking through the town imagining it in the day of Jane Austen, one of Bath's most famous residents.
- Pros:A perfect daytrip with good friends
- Cons:A day just isn't enough
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