The city of Bath is an excellent destination for any history buff. From the Roman era to the Georgian times, and literature in the form of Jane Austen's, Bath has something for everyone.
If you love your Roman History, then the Roman Baths are the place for you. Walking through, you feel fully immersed in the Roman days, and you learn so much more about their lives through video and artefacts.
I bought the online Museum saver ticket, which not only offered a discount but got me into the Victoria Art Gallery exhibition and Fashion Museum.
I arrived just after it opened in the morning, which would be the best time to come if you don't like crowds as this is a very popular attraction.
An audio guide is included in your ticket price, and you could spend a good couple of hours exploring the site learning about how the Romans lived.
The Temple Courtyard is now in ruins although there is a suspended walkway that will take you over it.
The Courtyard was where sacrifices were made at the great altar and prayers to Sulis Minerva was made.
Videos are projected against the walls helping you to imagine what life was like during Roman times in most rooms.
This is such an interesting attraction, and you could spend a couple of hours or more here. Like I said earlier if you want to avoid the crowds, get there early, and that should also give you time to take it all in.
Restorations are undergoing inside and outside Bath Abbey, but that doesn't mean you can't see the magnificence of what is inside this building.
You can enter for free, but a donation of £4 is strongly encouraged. Only half of one side is under restoration, so there is still plenty to see.
This is the last of three churches built on this site with the present Abbey being restored between 1864-1874 by Sir George Gilbert Scott. He was also responsible for the wooden ceiling being replaced with the amazing stone fan vaulting that is there today.
Bath Abbey is well worth the look if you love architecture.
Designed by Robert Allan in 1770, Pulteney Bridge is only one of four bridges in the world that have shops across it.
It is not only just a shopping destination but one of the most photographed spots in Bath, as it spans the River Avon.
There are riverside walks where you can enjoy the views along the river. A private garden is on the city side, but you have to pay to walk through. If you go closer to the bridge on the city side, you get a better photo from the footpath.
The Victoria Art Gallery is a free museum is right across the road from the Pulteney Bridge and has free entry. If you bought the online museum saver ticket, it would get you into the special exhibitions.
Upstairs on the first floor are two galleries. In the large gallery, you can find paintings from the 15th Century through to modern art.
Once a month, on a Wednesday, there is a free guided tour of the main gallery. It is where you can learn about the stories behind the works of art.
In the small upper gallery is a collection of Georgian and Bohemian glasses, British porcelain and pottery dogs.
Downstairs is where you have exhibitions you pay to see. They change regularly, and some are for sale.
The Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms show not only what Bath fashion was like during Jane Austen's time, but how fashion has changed over the past 300 years.
The collections of men's and women's clothes held here are incredible. Even the gowns from the 1700's look as though they were made yesterday.
Men's, women's and children's clothes are represented throughout the ages, as well as gloves, shoes, bonnets and hats. The audio guide is part of the ticket price and details all the garments in the collection. You can also dress up and see what you would like in period costume.
Free guided tours also give you a more detailed description of the collections and last 30 minutes.
You can walk through the Assembly Rooms admiring the Georgian architecture and stunning chandeliers. It's no wonder that two of Jane Austen's books were turned into films here as well as many more period films.
Now I wouldn't say I'm that interested in fashion, but I did enjoy walking through this museum. Although I appreciate all the work and detail that went into the clothing of the day, I am even more thankful that I live today, comfortably, in jeans and a t-shirt.
An excellent example of Georgian architecture and upper-class home is No. 1 Royal Crescent.
When you first enter the house, you are treated to a video on Henry Sandford and his life here.
There are volunteers in every room, giving you their in-depth knowledge of Georgian times and Henry Sandford.
Every detail of the furnishings is authentic to the late 18th Century, even down to the decorative food.
There are three floors to explore as well as the basement which has the servants' hall, kitchen and housekeepers' room.
In Henry Sandford's bedroom, you are afforded the best views of Royal Crescent.
This is a good way to see how the aristocrats lived. The enthusiasm of the volunteers is infectious, and you feel as though you've stepped through into another time.
I left the best for last, and if you are a fan of Jane Austen's and her time in Bath, then the Jane Austen Centre is the place for you.
A detailed talk and exhibition await you, where you will learn all about Jane's life. From paintings and sketches to information boards you can immerse yourself in Regency England even getting chance to dress up in Regency costume. If dressing up is not to your style, maybe writing with a quill and ink is before you leave.
On the top floor is the Regency Tearoom where you can enjoy tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches. The staff are dressed in Regency period dress, adding to the atmosphere of a refined afternoon outing.
Bath is a beautiful city full of history to satisfy everyone. You can spend as little as a day to see your favourite spots or longer to explore more of Somerset.
Just an hour away is Cheddar Gorge with its caves and prehistoric history. You can read more about my time in Cheddar Gorge here.
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