Bath

I was meant to spend 2 whole days in Bath. One catching up with an old friend and another day exploring the old town. However instead of spending my Sunday in Bath it was spent in Dublin airport waiting for my flight, due to an earlier weather cancellation. By the time I got to bath the Sunday was pretty much over.

I flew into Bristol and from Bristol you can get a bus that takes you to Bath. The bus company I used was Air Decker . It is supposed to have an accessible ramp, however because I was having such a great day (sarcasm intended), the ramp didn’t work. The bus driver was also incredibly unhelpful and so some lovely passengers carried me on.

Finally after a terrible bad luck day I got to Bath, had a one hour dinner with my friend and fell asleep determined to have better luck the next day.

Bath is a beautiful old town. It originated during Roman times when the city became a spa due to heated springs and also became a religious centre. In Georgian times it was thought that the water from the springs had curative properties and so the town became a medical resort. Most of the architecture is from Georgian times.

I started with my favourite a good old walking tour. I chose this company http://www.bathguides.org.uk/group-walks.html, which is run by local volunteers and is totally free – they don’t even accept tips. They were extremely accessible and helpful. They even run walking tours of Bath for those who are visually impaired which has a focus on texture, with all attractions able to be touched – how cool is that!

We started outside of the pump house of the original Roman Baths, then walked across the square to Bath Abbey which was beautiful. We walked over to the Pultney wier and bridge and then up to the Royal Crescent and Circus. Both the Circus and Crescent are excellent examples of beautiful Georgian architecture and walking around bath you actually feel like you have gone back in time.

 

After the walking tour of all the main architectural and tourist land marks went to the Roman Baths Museum. The Museum is very informative. It details the life and times of the ancient Romans and has a lot of original artifact. The crowning glory of the museum are the original Roman Baths. The museum is largely accessible with several lifts. Entry is discounted and upon entry you are given an easy to read and follow map which outlines the accessible route around the museum. The pathway around the bath themselves (as they were built in 43 AD) are very uneven and can be a little difficult to get around in a wheelchair. The museum has a good website outlining it’s accessibility. You can find it here; https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/accessibility

After exploring the Christmas markets around Bath a little bit more it was time to get on my train to London. The train between Bath and London is easy enough to organise. I got my ticket from this site https://www.gwr.com/tickets/.  I would recommend buying your train tickets well in advance as they can be a bit pricey. When buying your ticket you can select that you need assistance into the train and that you need a wheelchair accessible carriage. When you arrive at the station just check that there will be someone on the other end to help you off. I didn’t double check and alas when I arrived in London there was no ramp waiting.

Well that was Bath. A beautiful english town with a fascinating history. Bath is on a slight hill and does have quite a few deep cobblestones but overall access is pretty good for a town that was mostly built in the 18th century.

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