Often used as a setting in many British period pieces (i.e. the Duchess Vanity Fair, Persuasion), Bath is one of those English cities teeming with history. Originally occupied by the Romans around 43 AD, bathing complexes were built above the city's natural hot springs, which the Romans believed to be mythical creations from the gods. Now an official UNESCO world heritage site, Bath gained popularity during the 18th century as the fashionable countryside destination of choice for Londoners who sought out the curative properties of the city's mineral water. From Georgiana Cavendish to Jane Austen and Thomas Gainsborough, the city became a home and source of inspiration to many famous inhabitants.
Today, the Roman Baths are open to the public as our the city's Assembly Rooms, a fashion museum, and even a Jane Austen Center I regrettably didn't have time to see. Since my university planned this day trip, we spent the second half of the day in nearby Avebury, a small village known for its Neolithic ceremonial stone circles similar to Stonehenge— but you can actually touch them. A walk along the rolling moors of Avebury provide beautiful views of the English countryside, some roaming sheep, thatched roof cottages, and Silbury Hill, Europe's largest man-made mound.
The Fashion Museum
Why: Roman Baths
Tyro Tip: Dress up with your friends in the historic costumes at the Fashion Museum for a good laugh (or at least a good Snapchat)!