Wanderlust Wednesday is a series on the blog where we discuss travel blunders, tips, and my insatiable wanderlust. So pack your bags and let’s get wandering.
Today’s segment of Wanderlust Wednesday takes us to the mysterious and mythical site of Stonehenge and the beautiful city of Bath, England. An easy day trip from London, these two magnificent sites are not to be missed. So hop on a coach tour and enjoy the ride through the beautiful countryside.
Stonehenge is a puzzle that still seems to have people stumped. While there are many theories about the stone circle, there are still so many unanswered questions. How did the stones get there? How was the circle constructed? And why?
Despite the ancient mystery shrouding Stonehenge, I feel that the site is akin to the Grand Canyon. It’s highly anticipated, but very little time is actually needed to take in the grand display. Even so, it’s still worth it to contemplate the enigma in person. Then you can head on over to Bath!
Bath, England is a beautiful and historic spa city located 100 miles west of London and 15 miles south-east of Bristol. Famous for its hot springs, Roman period baths, Medieval heritage and Georgian architecture, Bath offers a little something for everybody to enjoy.
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. The gorgeous details are evident throughout the Abbey with the fan vaulted ceilings really taking center stage.
Not only is the Abbey’s architecture a wonder to behold, but the history of the building and site have a magnificence that is all their own. Monuments and memorials fills the Abbey providing you with hours of exploration.
Hanging in the Abbey is an American flag that was gifted to the people of Bath in 1946 for their service during the second World War. But what makes this flag extra special is the number of stars: 48.
Next to the Abbey stands the 2000 year old Roman Bathhouse. If your interested in seeing just how the Romans (and ancient visitors) cleaned up, then this just might be the place for you. Audio headsets are available to provide historical insight as you wander through the Baths. Or if you prefer a live tour guide, the staff offers tours every hour.
While you can’t enjoy a nice long soak (I mean, look at that water!), you can behold many treasures throughout the Roman Baths. However, if you do want to do as the Romans did and enjoy a quick dip, you can visit the Thermae Bath Spa.
If you’re spending some time in Bath, I’d recommend just wandering around the city and taking in all its iconic landmarks such as The Royal Crescent and The Circus. Those who prefer a little more of an intellectual tour might enjoy the Jane Austen Museum or the Hershel Museum of Astronomy.
Austen lived in Bath from the years 1801 to 1806 making her one of the cities most famous residents. In addition, the city also housed William Hershel and his sister Caroline, who made grand contributions to the world of astronomy. It was at his home, which is now the museum, where he discovered the planet Uranus.
Visiting Stonehenge and Bath is an incredible experience filled with history, relaxation, architecture and mystery. There’s a little bit of something for every one of your moods. So make sure to spend a day or two filling your brain with knowledge, relieving your stress at the spa and reveling in the awesome architecture.
Have you walked the streets in Bath or pondered the mysteries at Stonehenge? What tips would you offer other visitors?Note: Some photos may have been grabbed from friends after our joint travels.