My visit to Bath was impromptu as prior plans were cancelled and to be honest, I had little knowledge about Bath besides the fact that the city is home to the infamous Roman Baths; I didn’t have time to research either so just winged it, basically (although my boyfriend took the liberty to do a quick research on my behalf). I only visited for a day so literally had 6+ hours to explore the city before I had to leave again (via a train). My first stop? The Roman Baths, of course, which costed 13.75 Sterling Pounds after a student discount – the normal costs would be 17 Sterling Pounds but I managed to use my Malaysian student i.c. without a problem.
Whilst approaching the Roman Bath, I realised that there were people atop a dominating tower which I then learned belonged to the Bath Abbey; naturally, I felt inclined to explore the tower because how could I resist climbing an ancient monument that offered an overview of the city of Bath? Exactly, I couldn’t! The entrance fee costs 6 Sterling Pounds but that’s because a guide was included, which I actually preferred as she (the guide) explained various aspects of the construction of the church and also showed us details we would have missed. Pictured immediately above is actually a bridge (over the doorway) which was where the tour ended; tours begin every hour, on the hour, and last for 45-50 minutes (with 212 steps).
I was unaware of the fact that scientist Sir William Herschel lived in Bath but after staring at a map for points-of-interests I discovered a small dot stating ‘Astronomy Museum’; considering I love astronomy and cosmology, I definitely made it a point to visit! The museum was mainly dedicated to the life of Sir William Herschel, as it’s housed within his prior residence, but nonetheless was interesting to visit – I especially felt awestruck whilst sitting on a bench in the garden where Uranus was discovered (until the staff almost locked me out oops).
I (kinda) underwent a rite of passage by dining at Sally Lunn’s, which you can read about here.
Initially I wasn’t interested in viewing the Pulteney Bridge but I met friendly Singaporeans (if you’re reading this, hello!) at Sally Lunn’s who recommended the site so why not? I definitely was taken aback by the vintage architecture as I did not expect such a unique sight – literally expected a typical bridge instead!
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert