From the Romans to Jane Austen, Bath, England is the essence of British life and history. Home to ruins dating back to 43 AD, three hot springs, and inspiration to writers for centuries, one weekend in Bath had me house hunting for the perfect British winter home.
After a walking tour past The Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, and the famous gravel road from Jane Austen’s Persuasion, I strolled through the Bath Guildhall and open air street market down Milsom Street. With embossed leather journals, bouquets of flowers, and an assortment of turquoise pendents, rings and earings, I got lost for hours until I eventually stumbled upon the most delicious scones at The Bertinet Kitchen.
Attempting to not get too distracted by the beauty and assortment of doors within Bath, I then headed over to the Roman Baths to stand in some of the oldest Roman ruins in England. Surrounded by a lively city and modern world, the water in Bath and antiquity behind it made a two hour trip from London a thousand year time travel in history. With a quick visit to the Jane Austen centre and an afternoon creamed tea in the acclaimed Austen tea room, my trip to Bath was nearly complete.
The following day, I trekked out to Avebury to visit the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle. Receiving less fame then Stonehenge, Avebury circle is a winding pathway of enormous stones, intimate shops, and beautiful scenery that is often preferred more over Stonehenge in Whitshire. After grabbing some homemade jam and freshly shaven wool blankets, I boarded my train and headed back to the hustle and bustle of London city life (thankfully on the right seat this time). Small and quaint but rich with history, Bath is a must for any traveler in love with ancient history, British life, and delicious scones.
“It isn’t what we say or do that defines us, but what we do.”
-Jane Austen (Sense and Sensability)