A Birthday Shindig in Bath
A good friend of ours, Carly, turned 30th this month and so her husband Paul invited Carly’s friends to celebrate the occasion with her in style. Nathan and I, along with a group of about 10 of Carly’s friends stayed in an a huge, amazing Georgian house just outside of Bath. The house is rented through Air B&B and you can see from the pictures how extravagantly decorated and lavish it was – what a treat! We had so much fun staying here with Carly, Paul and their friends – there was lots of space, lovely dinners and shelfs full of games, DVDs and books to keep us entertained.
Afternoon Tea Delight
Carly, like me, loves a good afternoon tea and so we all went to the Francis Hotel in Bath for an afternoon treat. Francis Hotel is located in Queens Square and had a lovely reception and restaurant area. The restaurant part is run by Brasserie Blanc and they have an extensive menu which sounded delicious. We were seated all together in relaxing arm chairs and enjoyed afternoon tea with prosecco. The selection was nice – it included the usual finger sandwiches and traditional scones and included some yummy cakes to top it off.
Being a Tourist Time
After spending the weekend with Carly and her friends, it was time for us to leave the lovely house we had been staying in and pack up ready for home. As Nathan and I had never been to Bath before, and we were staying so close, we thought it would be a good idea to head into the city and explore.
The weather was horrendous! However we didn’t let that dampen our spirits (too much!) and got our tourist on walking around Bath and seeing some of the famous sights I’ve heard so much about.
We decided it would be a fun idea to go on the City Sightseeing buses so we could see as much of the city as we could in the short time we had, and to try and save us from the rain a bit! We boarded the bus at Queen’s Square and took our seats in the front of the upper deck. A tour guide was there and he talked us though all the sights as we drove around. There was only one other lady on the bus so it felt like a personal tour really!
CitySightseeing and their big red buses offer two routes – the City Route and the Skyline Route. Due to time constraints we only managed to do the City Route but your one day ticket includes both so if we had more time I would certainly have tried to do both (you have to get your moneys worth don’t you!) The City Route takes you round Bath, right through the centre, and stops off at 17 stops. You can hop on and off as much as you like and I bet when the weather is nicer the open top bus is more pleasurable! The Skyline Route sounded cool too – this takes you further out of the city so you can experience the countryside and views of Bath’s skyline. When there isn’t an actual human tour guide, you are given headphones and can plug in and listen to the audio commentary as you ride around.
Bath’s Most Famous Sights
We decided to stop off and see some of Bath’s most famous and well known sights. These included Bath Abbey and The Roman Baths. We decided not to go into either of them – mostly due to time constraints and the fact I hadn’t researched into them so didn’t know costings or what was inside to be seen really. These are two places I really want to go back and see though – maybe on a day where the rain wasn’t constantly pouring and we weren’t so drenched! It was quote hard to take pictures with the rain coming down so I would love to return and get some decent pictures of these beautiful sights.
Bath Assembly Rooms
After getting on the bus again we decided to stop off at the Bath Assembly Rooms as we had heard they were National Trust and as members we knew we would be able to get in free We were a bit confused when we arrived to see that actual the Assembly Rooms are free to the public and there was no mention of the NT. The Bath Fashion Museum is also housed here which again I would like to go back and visit – apparently there is a combined ticket you can get for the Fashion Museum and the Roman Baths so I will have to look into that.
The Assembly Rooms were gorgeous. There are four rooms – the Tea Room, Card Room, Great Octagon and Ball Room. Apparently they were completed in 1771 and are used today for weddings, functions and corporate events. I thought they were really grand and expressive and I enjoyed walking around them admiring the huge chandliers. Apparently the rooms have been voted as the UK’s top City Wedding Venue in 2017 and I can see why! you would need to have lots of guests to fill them though as they felt huge!
We stopped off at the Assembly Rooms Cafe to have . spot of lunch and it was delicious! We had hot chocolates with cream and marshmallow and some tasty sandwiches. I love goats cheese and caramelised onions so when I saw that on the menu I had to have it! The cafe had a really relaxed and peaceful atmosphere and it was nice and warm which helped us dry off a bit!
We Will Return!
It was soon late afternoon and darkness was looming which meant ti was time for us to say goodbye to beautiful Bath and start the journey home. I certainly want to go back and visit for a weekend though as there seems like there is so much you can do and see, and so much history to immerse yourself in. I would like to visit the Jane Austen Centre and the Thermae Baths too! I best get saving!
Have you ever visited Bath? If so where can you recommend staying and visiting?