Reenactment actress at the Roman Baths at Bath.

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Cardiff, S. Wales and first stopped for a brief photo opp at Cardiff Castle. Then, we drove east, across the Severn Bridge and estuary to our destination of Bath in England.

Cardiff Castle, Wales

Bath has a long history, dating back at least 2000 years. key appeal of the city today is linked to two aspects of the city’s history, viz:

The Roman era which lasted from around AD 70 to AD 410 and the famous Roman Baths in particular.Here, with benefit of clever engineering the Roman experts adapted a constant supply of hot spring water ( 46 degrees c) to build a suite of baths which had a mixed religious, recuperative and recreational function. During this period the town was known as Aqua Sulis with Sulis referring to the local god which the Romans adopted.

Latin inscription from the Rom an period at the Roman Baths.

Roman Baths at Bath, England

Roman Baths at Bath, England

Roman Baths circa AD 400

Secondly, there was the Regency Period during which Bath became famous as high-end Spa Town centred on the perceived medicinal effects of the waters. from late 1700s through to early 1800s Bath experienced a building boom predicated on the fashionable Georgian style of architecture much of which remains extant including the famous Royal Crescent.

Botanic Gardens, Bath, England

Botanic Gardens, Bath, England

Royal Crescent, Bath, England

King’s and Queen’s Baths, Bath, England

Bath Abbey, England

Central Bath, England

Guests availed of a ‘free’ afternoon exploring aspects of Bath including the architecture, Jane Austen connection, Pump Rooms, Roman Baths, Abbey plus the various shops, pubs and eating places.

Here is a video clip of the Royal Crescent.

Tonight we overnight in Bath then, tomorrow, drive S.W. to Castle Combe, Buckfast Abbey and Plymouth.

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