Bath

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.

Stone archway
Stone archway
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Seats surround a square between the abbey and Roman spa
Seats surround a square between the abbey and Roman spa
Water fountain and modern roundabout
Water fountain and modern roundabout
The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum
Grand streets of stone houses
Grand streets of stone houses
River before Pulteney Bridge
River before Pulteney Bridge
The Weir
The Weir

Pulteney Bridge

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.

Looking across Pulteney Bridge
Looking across Pulteney Bridge
Shops along Pulteney Bridge
Shops along Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge at night
Pulteney Bridge at night

Carved Stone

Everywhere is carved stone. Older streets have their names carved in stone. Modern signage has been added but the original names remain.

Carved street name
Carved street name
Carved name above a passageway
Carved name above a passageway
Carved plinth details
Carved plinth details
Carved plinth details
Carved plinth details

Below Street Housing

I most strongly associate below street level housing with Edinburgh. Another city built on hills and steep inclines.

Houses built along an incline
Houses built along an incline
Street level front door
Street level front door
Below street level housing
Below street level housing

Bridges

We stayed along the river. Our short walk into the town centre each day took us along the river.

Bridge with Bath extending onto the hills beyond
Bridge with Bath extending onto the hills beyond
Church of St John
Church of St John
Train passing over a bridge
Train passing over a bridge

Stepping Aside

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.

Less touristy side of Pulteney Bridge
Less touristy side of Pulteney Bridge
Tunnel under the train station
Tunnel under the train station
Bridges old and more modern
Bridges old and more modern