About Bath and surrounding area

Bath

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage City (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/428 ), famous for its exceptionally well-preserved Roman hot springs and baths.  As Aquae Sulis, it is reckoned to be amongst the most famous and important Roman remains north of the Alps. See www.romanbaths.co.uk ).  Its beautiful and unique streets of Georgian (18th century) architecture, have been designed by some of the most famous architects of the day.  Its streets, urban spaces, parks and gardens are close together, for the most part traffic-free, and easily explored on foot.  Bath is also the region’s most important cultural centre.  It has a world-renowned music festival held in May, and an important literature festival held in February and March.  Other festivals include a folk festival, jazz festival, and others.  There are frequent concerts of music of all kinds, and numerous art exhibitions held in the various public and private galleries and museums, and regular art and craft fairs. (http://bathartists.wordpress.com ) There are frequent lectures on a wide range of topics at the Bath Royal Cultural and Literary Institute. (www.brlsi.org )  Its two universities adds an extra cultural dimension to city life.

For general tourist information, go to http://visitbath.co.uk/

Another informative web site is http://www.cotswolds.info/places/bath/

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Here is a selection of Jeremy Haslam’s photographs of Bath.

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The immediate surroundings

Trips can be arranged to many interesting places in the surrounding area.  These include the following –

Bradford on Avon, Wells and Glastonbury

Bradford on Avon, 8 km to the east of Bath, is a small town with origins in the Anglo-Saxon period, with a wealth of history and old buildings related to the wool trade in the 17th and 18th centuries.  It is famous for its Saxon church of about 1000AD – one of the best preserved churches of the period in England.  It also has a superb medieval monastic grange farm at Barton Farm, with a well-preserved tithe barn (see photos).

Here are some photos of Bradford by Jeremy Haslam

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Wells is a small cathedral city within easy reach of Bath – a favourite stopping point for excursions with our students.  Its medieval houses, bishops palace and moat, and a bustling atmosphere with a fascinating market held every Saturday, are always very popular.

Nearby Glastonbury is famous for its Tor surmounted by the tower of a ruined church, and set in glorious countryside (see photographs), and its monastic ruins (it was once the largest monastery in England).  It is the alternative spiritual capital of the west of England, the ancient Avalon, steeped in myths of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.  Take a walk down its High Street to see Its weird and wonderful shops selling crystals, statues of goblins and fairies, and other dreams.  It has to be seen to be believed .

Bristol

A buzzing metropolis, and one of the largest cities in England, is also within easy reach.  Its attractive harbour area has now been developed into a notable cultural venue, with museums, galleries and other attractions, well placed for a day trip from our house.

web site – www.at-bristol.org.uk

Here are some photographs of Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Tor by Jeremy Haslam

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