Roman Baths, a memorable blur.
I am not sure what state of mind I was in when I booked my trip to England, I booked it on a whim. I was recovering from my own illness and stressed over my mother’s recent health issues that I was in this temporary daze. Before I knew it I had booked a flight to England, purchased quite a few day trips and in less than a month I was on my way.
It was unbelievably easy to get to Bath, England and the Roman Baths from London. It still feels very surreal to me and I don't know how I managed to plan it all in such a short time.
Research, Research, Research!
Looking back on my travel binder, I realized that London made it extremely easy to visit the Roman Baths and many other must-see attractions.
Here are some useful traveling tips (what I did and wished I had done):
1. Tour Guides. As soon as you book your flight to England, head over to Groupon or similar sites and book all of your excursions. It’s also a great way to see what other people have purchased and see what else Bath has to offer. Not only did I get a discount tour to Bath, England but I combined it with a Groupon coupon code and got it for even cheaper. Hint: Book one excursion at a time, as Groupon will email you after with a discount for future purchases.
2. Research Bath. I learned after visiting Bath that I loved it so much, I didn’t want to leave. I wished I had researched more and looked into a Coach bus back the next day instead of returning with the tour bus. Other than the obvious main attraction, I didn’t research the City itself. The tour I was on had to leave around 4 pm and I feel as though I missed out.
3. Bath, England should be seen on its own and not combined with other destinations. Upon recommendation of TripAdvisor and Groupon, I purchased the Stonehenge/Bath tour bus leaving London’s Victoria Coach Station. It’s a perfect day trip for those wanting to see the main attractions and nothing else but I felt as though we stayed too long at the Stonehenge and not enough time in Bath.
4. Go on the walking tour. Your tour guide will give you the option to walk on your own or walk with them, do the latter. This will save a lot of time then just wandering around and possibly getting lost. Not to mention, the tour guides are full of information like how Bath has a Jane Austen Centre in dedicated to her, even though she hated the City itself.
5. Roman Baths. If you opt for the tour bus to Bath, England then purchase the ticket to the Roman Baths when you arrive. Many of the people on my bus bought the Roman Baths inclusive of their tour ticket and was forced to do everything on the guide’s schedule. I, on the other hand, didn’t pre-purchase my ticket. After the walking tour was over, I went sightseeing. I casually strolled, admired the architecture and enjoyed the many street performances. It was then that I realized I wanted to stay longer, I am still kicking myself for not.
6. Dining. Please eat. I didn’t allocate enough time to try Bath’s Sally Lunn Bun or enjoy the eclectic and contemporary restaurants that Bath has to offer.
7. Drinking. Bath has its own local brewery including Cider and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drink in another City. My favourite cider ended up being Bounders and I found myself pounding them back on a patio waiting for the bus ride back home. If I can stress the importance of order of activities, please drink well in advance of the ride back home. I should have made visiting the Roman Baths (and related attractions) the last on my list and put bar hopping in the middle. I had to pee like no one’s business…I managed to release most of it prior to boarding but I knew I couldn’t make it all the way home. I hopped off that bus way before my stop, found a washroom and then strolled around the neighbourhood.
It’s like you’ve been teleported
It’s hard to believe that Bath, England exists. I had absolutely no idea that a little piece of Rome existed outside of Italy. I have never been to Italy but if I were to visit Rome, I’d imagine this is what it looks like. If you decide not to stay here longer than a day then please do as much as you can, you will not regret it. Do not linger, do not casually stroll, do not picnic in the park. See as much as you can, Bath has so much more to offer than just the Roman Baths.