This week Stu and I have a week off work. Our only plan was to go and stay with Stu’s mum in Wales from Wednesday to Sunday. As we live in Surrey, it’s quite a long drive to his mums home in the Brecon Beacons, usually taking us over 4 hours if not longer. We’ve only been down with Oliver twice and both times he hasn’t really hacked the journey, even with a few stops he has just cried and cried because he’s so bored! So this time we decided to stop somewhere for a few hours to help give him a change of scenery, and so we can explore somewhere new.
I actually went to Bath last year (with Oliver) on a hen weekend, but I didn’t manage to explore the whole city or see what I really wanted to. It has also been somewhere Stu wanted to visit, so we agreed that it was a good halfway point to stop at. The drive there was much nicer than the boring M4, as we drove through lots of quaint villages.
We arrived in Bath and parked at the Charlotte Street car park. Even though this is their long stay car park, it is conveniently located for all of the city, especially the Royal Crescent which is just behind it. We then walked into the city centre, which took about 5 minutes. First stop was the Roman Bath’s. I love historical places, they really fascinate me. History was by far my favourite subject at school and. I love learning about all about times gone by.
We mooched around, looking at all the artefacts. They provide baby carriers as you can’t take a buggy around. Oliver loved being high up on my back, but kept trying to climb out!! He loved looking in the water. Just before the end of the tour we let him have a little bit of a run around. There was a glass floor (so you could see the original roman stonework) and Oliver didn’t understand it at all. We have never laughed so hard at him, he was in a downwards dog position reaching from the edge to the beam across the middle. It was so funny!
After we had explored the bath’s we went on the hunt for somewhere to have lunch, we came across the Handmade Burger Co. where we had the most delicious burgers! The only downside was that they didn’t have any high chairs, so Oliver was sat on our laps for his meal.
After this we went for a bit of walk around the shops and then headed up to the Royal Crescent. This has been somewhere I have wanted to visited for so many years. I think I first wanted to go when I first saw the movie ‘The Duchess’. I love that the buildings are steeped in history. We walked around, admiring the architecture, and how beautifully maintained they all are. I think next time we visit Bath I would love to visit No.1 Royal Crescent.
We had such a lovely afternoon exploring Bath and I think it will definitely be somewhere we will be visiting again. There seems to be so much to see and do!