Wanderlust Wednesday: Stonehenge & Bath

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

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!

Stonehenge England

Stonehenge, London Day trips

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.

What to do in Bath England

Bath, England

Bath Abbey, Roman Baths

Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths

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.

Bath England

Bath-Abbey

Bath England

Bath England

London Day Trips

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.

Bath Abbey, England

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.

Roman-Bath---Wanderlyn

Bath England

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.

The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent

Bath England

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.
  • Amazing!

  • Great places to explore in England. I really enjoyed Stonehenge, there is such a mystery surrounded it. If I had a tip for anyone visiting Stongehenge, it would be – know that yes, they are a pile of rocks. A lot of people visit and are underwhelmed and say ‘It’s just a pile of rocks’ Well, what did you expect!? Haha

    • Haha! Yes, exactly! I think people build it up so much that they are often disappointed when they finally see it.

  • Awesome post!! And beautiful photos <3

    My other half is from Bristol and so visited Bath and Stonehenge etc on day trips from school. I can't wait for him to take me someday πŸ™‚
    Although he does always say that Stonehenge is just a load of big rocks…ha, men!

    Best wishes, Danielle
    underlandtowonderland.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks, Danielle. πŸ™‚ I think he should definitely take you! And yes, it may just be a pile of rocks, but it’s still worth seeing at least once. LOL.

  • Awesome photos! I’ve been to Stonehenge a couple of times but never Bath. I think I need a trip!

  • kathy @ vodka and soda

    looks amazing! england is definitely on my list of places to visit…so many european countries are on my list.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

    • Oh, girl! I wish I could just quit my job and spend my life traveling around Europe. There are still so many countries I want to see. πŸ˜€

  • fabulous post! i am hoping to go to Bath next year when we go to Europe.
    Did you do a coach tour that just had stonehenge and Bath? I am looking at them, but most of them have 3 places and are rush rush rush and I am thinking it would be better (for me) to just do Bath on our own, as that’s what I am interested in (Austen holla!).
    I don’t get the 48 stars thing for the flag…?

    • Ooh! You’re going to Europe next year?! That’s so exciting. πŸ™‚ I did do a coach tour that only included Stonehenge and Bath. Here’s one that I was able to find:

      http://www.viator.com/tours/London/Independent-Stonehenge-and-Bath-Afternoon-Tour-from-London/d737-2452BATH

      You’re going to love Bath and the Austen museum. If you’re heading to London, you should also check out the British Library. I was able to see one Jane Austen’s hand-written manuscripts! It was pretty awesome.

      The 48 star flag was the official US flag when there were only 48 states. πŸ™‚

      • oh my god hand written manuscripts? i would lose.my.shit.
        oh ok, but is that a good thing? do people not like the other states? lol. i dont know anything about american history, forgive my ignorance. i could google it haha

        • Haha. It’s not a good thing. It’s just a historical artifact, and something you don’t see very often. πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh- gorgeous photos!! I’ve been in such a mood to travel lately and just haven’t had the time to do so with a new job. Really hoping to do a big Europe trip in a year or so!

    • I’ve had such a bad case of wanderlust lately too! I’m hoping I can take the boyfriend to Europe soon. πŸ™‚ I hope you make it there soon too.

  • Love the photos. I’ve been to Stonehenge years ago, but not Bath.

    • Bath is such a lovely place. In fact, there are many celebrities that call Bath home. πŸ™‚

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  • Great photos! I really enjoyed getting to see Stonehenge. Something about how old they are was very cool. I wish we could have gotten closer, but I know they are fragile!

    • I know! It would have been nice if we could get closer than the rope. But you’re right, they’re fragile. With my luck, I’d be the one to knock them over. Haha.

  • I love Bath – it’s such a lovely city on it’s own without even considering all the amazing sites and attractions there too πŸ™‚
    emmerliejay x

    • It really is! I loved just wandering around they city. It’s just such a beautiful area. πŸ™‚

  • Emily

    Thank you for posting this! I’m filing it away for my next trip to England. πŸ™‚ We just went to London this year, and we sadly didn’t have time for either of these things, but there is always next time! Your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Thanks! There’s so much to see in London alone, so it’s understandable that you didn’t make it out to Bath or Stonehenge. I hope you get to stop by next year. πŸ˜€ Will you be heading back to London?

      • Emily

        I hope so one day! It probably would not be for a few years though.