Today I went on a day trip to the city of Bath with my Mum and sister. I’ve been to Bath quite a few times as I am lucky enough to live not too far away. The first thing that we did was to visit the Roman Baths. It is a well preserved site of a public bathing house built on top of a hot springs. Whilst walking around it is possible to see the Great Bath, the heated rooms, the Spring Overflow and the Sacred Spring. With the Romans’ amazing engineering they channeled the hot spring water around the Bath house and out into an overflow then out to the river Avon.
It is a beautiful place to visit and you can marvel at the wonderful architecture. Although the water doesn’t look too inviting now it is easy to imagine many people enjoying the warm water in the past. There were also some incredible artifacts including a beautiful broach, coins and large pieces of masonry which had been engraved. The site is well laid out and allows visitors to wander around at their own pace to explore the many features and rooms of the Baths. I think my favourite bit was the Sacred Spring were you could see the water bubbling and steam rising. I have visited the Baths before, many years ago, and very much enjoyed my visit today.
After the Baths we went up to the Assembly Rooms to visit the Fashion Museum. It was very interesting to see the change and variation in the clothes worn by people dating from the Georgian period up to modern day. I think that the women in the past must have been strong in order to wear and walk around in some of those dresses – they were massive! I particularly liked the current display entitled: ‘The Great War in Costume’. It took a look at the role of women during the First World War through their clothes. It was a wonder display and very interesting to learn about the roles women took up during this trying time.
If you get the chance I recommend visiting Bath. The Roman Baths are one of a kind but just walking around the City is a treat. All of the buildings are beautiful as a large portion of them are built from golden-coloured Bath stone. There are also plenty of little tearooms which do traditional ‘English Tea’ and of course include cake, scone and pots of tea!