Day at the Baths

If you’re considering a Bath day in England, you won’t need to pack any bubbles or bring any of your bathing accoutrements. Just a day bag will do, along with a handy camera and your thirst for historical architecture and Roman wisdom. The town of Bath, England is a lovely and historical destination known for its classical Roman architecture.

Traveling to Bath is quite accessible by train. From London, it is a 1 1/2 hour ride, while it is only an hour from Cardiff, Wales. I used the handy scheduling app Trainline UK, where it notifies you of the current transit times, fares and stops along the way.

One of the iconic sites in Bath is the Roman Baths. The ruins date back to the Roman occupation of England during the first century AD. Such a prime site for the upper-classes of Roman society to mingle and gossip amongst their peers, the Baths was one of the original spas for a detox session and a fresh tonic of natural spring water.

The water which bubbles up from the ground at Bath falls as rain on the nearby Mendip Hills. It percolates down through limestone aquifers where geothermal energy raises the water temperature to between 69 and 96 °C (156.2 and 204.8 °F). Under pressure, the heated water rises to the surface along fissures and faults in the limestone.

Today, it is a richly detailed museum comprising an interconnected array of rooms and chambers.

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