What’s the very first point that comes to thoughts when you feel about Bath? Primarily based on the name alone, it is the Roman baths of course, a fantastic reminder that ever due to the fact AD43 Bath was a city produced to take pleasure in.
Then it is the Georgian Bath. Strolling by way of the sophisticated streets of the Royal Crescent, just about as if wandering the pages of Jane Austen novels – the city’s most popular resident – is a further image that jumps to thoughts.
But there’s but a further, slightly a lot more unexpected side to the city – a single you will obtain after you appear beneath the historical heritage and concentrate on what Bath has to present currently.
I boarded the train at Paddington on a especially beautiful, summer season day. The sun was shining in a incredibly un-London-like manner and, as the countryside landscapes blurred when the train picked up speed, I smiled at the believed of the adventures ahead.
Go to Bath has ever so kindly invited me to discover the unexpected side of the city and, remembering how substantially I loved it the very first time I visited, I jumped at the chance.
THE UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES
The very first cease, following a rapid stroll by way of the city centre, (I couldn’t assistance but cease each couple of minutes to take images of all the wonderful Georgian buildings!), was Electric Bear – a microbrewery with a bold, modern day take on beer. I’m not substantially of a beer fan so I was a bit skeptical, but you can not genuinely say no to coffee-flavoured stout, specifically when the components involve chocolate and toffee!
Following a sunshine-filled lunch at the beautiful Lockbrook Inn and an ice cream break at Swoon Gelato, we went on to discover the city ahead of enjoying a bit of wine tasting at Le Vignoble. Situated inside a beautiful Georgian creating in the upmarket quarter of the city, the wine lounge combines a restaurant/bar with wine tasting classes.
A handful of glasses of wine later, after we felt appropriately tipsy…er, educated, it was time to grab a rapid dinner at Framptons, ideal by the famousPulteney Bridge. Make confident to cease by if you are ever in Bath. The dark oak floors and grand fireplaces coupled with scrumptious meals make it a beautiful spot to take pleasure in in the evening.
The highlight of the day was a small paddle boarding adventure with Original Wild. As an individual dangerously accident-prone, I was slightly concerned about how this may perhaps turn out but fortunately, I managed to keep on the board rather than underneath it, and happily paddled away into the sunset!
The paddleboarding session began ideal at the wake of the golden hour, when the buildings and bridges surrounding the river turned the prettiest shades of yellow. At only £15/hour, it is a true treat!
UNEXPECTEDYLY Inexpensive ACCOMMODATION
Final but not least – the accommodation! Now, this genuinely took me back as we stayed at The Quads – one of the student accommodation blocks at the University of Bath. Catering to very first-year undergrads, the dorms turn into a hotel in the course of the summer season months, with rooms beginning at just £50/evening!
I was incredibly fortunate back in my undergrad days, as my dorms have been brand new, on the other hand, I nonetheless don’t forget the horrors of going to the accommodation of my not-so-fortunate good friends, (feel windows missing glass and rooms that haven’t observed a lick of paint due to the fact the 60s). As I immediately identified out, The Quad complicated couldn’t be additional away from the gory photos.
A modern day contrast to historical Bath, the complicated is only 4 years old. Every space is comprehensive with a Television (which right away produced me query my accommodation selections back in my student days), mood lights (I mean…) and a private ensuite bathroom (a luxury I under no circumstances had the opportunity to knowledge as a student!).
Not only that, The Quad complicated is aspect-catered (a stark contrast to my memories of microwaved pizza from Tescos). There’s also Limetree – a beautiful canteen space just a handful of minutes down the road. The meals there is just amazing, and the cafe caters to these who rent a room over the summer season.
Prepared TO Uncover THE UNEXPECTED?
With Bath only 90min away from London by train via Great Western Railway, and a quick drive away from Bristol, there’s genuinely no reason why you shouldn’t discover what this beautiful city has to present. If you do finish up going to, I’d really like for you to let me know what you got up to in the comments!