Bath is a city made of limestone. Everywhere you look buildings of beautifully carved stone line the streets.
Bath is an historically wealthy city in the United Kingdom. The thermal springs below ensured the city’s notability and prosperity over time. That in turn has led an assortment of grandiose architecture and adorned vistas.
We visited in winter. The sky was overcast and the sun lacking. On the positive side, the tourist numbers were low and we could spend the entire day wandering without overheating.
The United Kingdom does not have many built-upon bridges but Bath is home to one. Pulteney Bridge is a bridge lined with shops. Walking across you would be forgiven for not realising the bridge existed. The shops continue unbroken with only their relative height giving away the shift from land to water back to land.
Everywhere is carved stone. Older streets have their names carved in stone. Modern signage has been added but the original names remain.
Below Street Housing
I most strongly associate below street level housing with Edinburgh. Another city built on hills and steep inclines.
We stayed along the river. Our short walk into the town centre each day took us along the river.
Not all of Bath is held back in the past. Walk a little off the tourist routes and the city inhabited by the local population appears. Modern, sometimes grimy, lived in buildings and locations that help ground the place in reality.