As early as the Roman Empire in the 1st century AD (Roman Empire), Bath is famous for hot springs. Because of its well-preserved buildings, the entire city is listed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

Bath | 1-Day Tour of the Roman Baths and Stonehenge

By Dan Chen, Serina Su

Bath is a classical city. Many people come to the Roman Bath for pilgrimage, and the perfect Georgian architecture is fascinating. This article starts from Bath Railway Station and leads you to enjoy the beautiful view of the ancient city on foot.

▍Roman Baths

After exiting Bath Spa Railway Station, walk towards St Lawrence Street diagonally opposite the station, you will enter the main shopping street, where many well-known brands gather here, and then walk north In a short time you will arrive at the famous landmark Roman Baths. In the bath, you can see the remains of the temple built by the Romans, and the well-preserved large and small hot spring pools; the museum also interprets the life scenes of the people through animations, so that the visitors can better understand that the bath was originally a very important social place . At the same time, staff who also dressed up as Romans interacted with tourists on the spot. "Now is the 1st century AD, where did you come from?" When asked in this way, it really feels like passing through ancient and modern times.

▍Bath Abbey

The Bath Abbey is located next to the Roman Baths and began in the 7th century AD. When visiting the monastery, you cannot miss the ladders of Angels, which are the two ends on the west side. It is said that this was the design inspiration that Bishop Bath had dreamed of the angel climbing the ladder at the time, and was also the focus of the building. The interior of the monastery is equally fascinating. The west window stained glass (West Window) tells the story of the first five Bibles; the east window stained glass (Great East Window) depicts 56 scenes in the story of Jesus Christ.

When the weather is good, you can often see street performers singing in Bath Abbey Square. In winter, next to the monastery is the lively Christmas market, selling many winter specialties.

▍Jane Austen Centre

Then continue north, passing the Jane Austen Centre first. The famous British writer Jane Austen has well-known works such as "rationality and sensibility" and "arrogance and prejudice". She lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806. The center has a normal exhibition, showing her time living in Bath, and also showing how this beautiful city influenced her works. For example, her last book "Persuasion" has Bath. shadow. After watching the exhibition, you can also enjoy English afternoon tea at the Regency Tea Room. The decoration and service staff of the tea house reproduce the appearance of the Regency period, which is an interesting experience.

▍The Royal Crescent

Built at the end of the 18th century, it consists of 30 houses juxtaposed with a spectacular crescent-shaped (half-moon-shaped) scene, located next to Royal Victoria Park. It is a well-known landmark in Bath, a first-class registered building, and one of the most classic Georgian buildings in Britain. It was once the residence of many important people. Some houses are still for private use and some are converted for sightseeing purposes. Five-star hotels are stationed in. The No. 1 Royal Crescent is now a museum showing the life of the Georgian period.

▍Pulteney Bridge

Then go east and come to the River Avon, where there is a special-looking Pulteney bridge. The bridge was built in 1770, when architect Robert Adam was given a mission. He wanted to get rid of the clichés and build a bridge that could spark discussion among everyone. It is said that there are only four shopping street bridges (there are shops on the bridge), and Pulteney Bridge is one of them. This is now the most popular photo spot in Bath; the 2012 movie "Es Misérables" came here to shoot, as Javert jumped off the bridge. There is a Parade Gardens (Parade Gardens) by the river, from which you can enjoy the entire bridge and river view, which is the favorite angle for many photographers.

▍Stonehenge

Many tourists like to arrange Bath and Stonehenge together, and the two places will take about an hour. Stonehenge in Salisbury is one of the most well-known prehistoric remains in the world. Its history has always been an unsolved mystery. What is the reason for the boulder group? What is the purpose? How did it move here? It's all curious. It is generally believed that the composition of Stonehenge is divided into several stages. It is estimated that it appeared 5,000 years ago and the stone circle was established 2,500 years ago. Later, the burial mounds of the Bronze Age were also found near the stone circle.

The composition of the stone circle is mainly composed of two kinds of stones, one is the megalith sarsen, and the other is bluestones. The study found that this type of bluestone comes from Wales, 250 kilometers away. Why did it cost Zhou Zhang to transport these stones from the other end? It is generally believed that it came from the power of religion. Stonehenge may be a temple in prehistoric times; and because the arrangement of these stone pillars has a wonderful combination with the sun ’s trajectory, the sun in the summer solstice and early morning can be imparted to the center of Stonehenge; During the sunrise of Lichun and Lidong, there are also different stones aligned with the position of the sun, so Stonehenge is also considered to be related to astronomical observations.

Bath and Stonehenge day trip, the time is well matched. You can savor the two classic British ruins, and have enough time to walk to the beautiful Bath, suitable for those who prefer slow travel.

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