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⚡ Weekend Itinerary: Bath, Baths and Scones – Two Days in England's Most Beautiful City

⚡ Weekend Itinerary: Bath, Baths and Scones – Two Days in England's Most Beautiful City
Starts from

London

Duration

2 Days

Transportation

Electric Car

CO2 Savings

56 kg

Length

376 km

Hotels

1

Guidance

Self-Guided

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History and Culture
There is a legend that the English city of Bath was founded in 860 BC when King Lear's father fell ill with leprosy. The disfigured monarch was forbidden to appear in public and was sent to care for pigs, which also suffered from the skin disease. One day, the animals dipped themselves in the hot mud and were healed right before the prince's eyes. He followed their example and was also cured. Later the prince became king and built the beautiful city of Bath.
Now it's probably hard to imagine what the city looked like in the time of the king and his court pigs. But something tells me that it had nothing in common with its current architectural appearance. Nevertheless, the place caught on with the Romans, who around AD 50 decided to erect a temple there in honor of the Celtic goddess Sul and the Roman Minerva (so the locals hoped to please them both). The Romans also built public baths in the city, which were supplied with water from healing hot springs. It was thanks to the baths that Bath became one of the most popular cities in England.
Julia Karpova
Julia Karpova
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  • Visit the Roman Baths.
  • Taste a traditional bun.
  • See England's most beautiful village.

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Historic city centre and legendary bathhouses
Day 1185 km440 m

Historic city centre and legendary bathhouses

At the end of the second century Bath was widely known as Aquae Sulis or 'Waters of the Sul'. Around the main city bath the Romans dug a moat and built an earthen rampart, and a hundred years later replaced it with a strong stone wall. But the "life" of the fortress was short-lived: soon the Roman civilization began to decline, the population of the cities shrank, and trade declined. The last soldiers left England in 407 AD. And exactly what subsequently happened to Bath is not known. Some people probably remained inside the walls but in time the grand Roman buildings fell into disrepair and were replaced by simple wooden huts.
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Bath and the Cotswolds. England's most beautiful village
Day 2191 km3 km

Bath and the Cotswolds. England's most beautiful village

So how is it that Bath has become one of the most beautiful cities in England? Surprisingly, it's even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The answer is simple: it happened in the 18th century, when the thermal spa became quite a fashionable place among the English nobility. This happened largely thanks to the efforts of Richard Boe Nash - the famous dandy and trendsetter in England: he was appointed master of ceremonies, which is engaged in the organization of entertainment for the visiting public. Under him, Bath became so popular with tourists that the city authorities decided to rebuild the city streets in a style which would correspond to the splendor and fashion of the new time.
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