I promised myself that I wasn't going to go anywhere last weekend. I told myself I was going to stay at home, catch up on laundry, and just chill out.
Then on Friday, I booked a round trip ticket to Bath.
As it turns out it ended up being a truly relaxing and beautiful little trip. Bath has that small town charm that reminds me of home, plus a truly iconic piece of history that I can now cross off my bucket list!
I took the bus (because I'm cheap) from London Victoria Station to Bath, and my very first mission was to find the Roman Baths. I literally just picked a road and started walking and stumbled right onto the courtyard which houses the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
I bought my ticket, picked up my free audio guide, and spent a good two hours wandering around and listening, learning all about the history of this incredible place. I am absolutely fascinated by history and this by far is one of the coolest historical places I have visited so far.
Anyone from the UK is probably reading this and saying "Yeah, so what?" But you don't understand... These shops simply do not exist in Canada. If you're lucky, every once in a while Costco will have them in stock and you can buy a box of the original ones. But there is only one kind and it only happens once in a blue moon.
My Mom was not pleased when I sent her the photo of my carefully selected donuts. She was green with envy to say the least!
While I was in Bath I stayed at St Christopher's Inn. Although it seemed to be undergoing some construction work and the check in was at the Bar, it was clean and bright with friendly staff and secure entrances.
The next morning I woke up fairly early and headed back to the courtyard in the center of town and got myself a cherry and almond croissant and a latte from the The Cornish Bakery. Not only was the breakfast delicious, it also had unrivaled views of Bath Abbey.
Bath Abbey is truly spectacular with it's Gothic architecture and hallowed halls. There was a tour to climb to the top of the Tower, but I was unfortunately too late to take part.
I set off from downtown Bath and caught a bus up to Prior Park Gardens just on the edge of town. If I'm honest, I went solely to get some photos of the bridge. I ended up strolling through the gardens extensively however, and found cute little vistas around every corner. From miniature waterfalls to ponds and swans, it turned out to be a magical adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed.
And I got some good shots of the bridge, of course!
Once I found my way back into town, it was time to head back to London. You could easily do everything I've mentioned in one day, especially if you opt for the train (which is much quicker than the bus). But I'm glad I took my time, it made it feel like a true weekend.
Where are you headed on your next weekend getaway?