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Day trip from London: Bath

When looking for a perfect day trip out of London, look no further than Bath.  Bath is about a two hour train ride from London leaving from Paddington Train Station.  Many people take tours to Bath or take a bus.  While the bus is cheaper, if you can afford it, taking the train is the best.
Bath: a perfect day trip from London. An easy train ride that takes about two hours

Bath: a perfect day trip from London. An easy train ride that takes about two hours

Before going to Bath, I recommend going to the Bath's tourism website for a downloadable map.  You really need one and it saves time to get one before you go.  I recommend starting at the top of Bath and move down.  You can either walk, walking up Green Park Road to Royal Avenue or if you want to save time, take a cab to the Royal Crescent. The Royal Crescent and the Circus The Royal Crescent and the Circus are two of the most iconic Georgian Bath buildings and a great place to start.  There is a nice museum at the Royal Crescent and it is a great place to start your day in Bath.  After enjoying your time there, walk by The Circus by going down Brock Street.  Take your time looking at the Circus which is three curved segments of Georgian town homes.  Make sure you stand in the middle to get a good circular view.
The Circus, three segments of curved town homes

The Circus, three segments of curved town homes

Jane Austen If you are a fan of Jane Austen, then you know that Jane Austen lived in Bath and set some of her books here.  There is a nice small museum the Jane Austen Centre that you can visit that is just down the street from one of the places she visited.  You can also take a walking tour from them during the summer or you can download a map and audio tour from the visit Bath website.
While Jane Austen was unhappy when she lived in Bath, you can see the houses she lived in.

While Jane Austen was unhappy when she lived in Bath, you can see the houses she lived in.

The Roman Baths and Pump Room A must see in Bath is the Roman Baths.  These bath's were built in 70 AD and the museum and site is amazing.  Get an audio guide to learn the history and after the tour it leads you to the pump room where you can taste the waters.
The Roman Baths are a must see

The Roman Baths are a must see

After you finish your tour of the baths which can take a while as it really is an interesting site, get your afternoon tea at the Pump Room.  This historical restaurant is not cheap but is one of those once and a lifetime experiences if this is something that you are interested in.  If you are a Jane Austen fan then you know that she went there and some of her books have settings there as well.
The Pump Room. Wonderful afternoon tea and a must do if you are a Jane Austen fan.

The Pump Room. Wonderful afternoon tea and a must do if you are a Jane Austen fan.

Pulteney Bridge and Parade Gardens Pulteney Bridge is a bridge that goes over the river Avon and is best seen from the Parade Gardens.  The Parade Gardens are also a nice place to walk around and see Bath on display.  After you check it out from the gardens take a walk across it, going into some of the unique stores.
Pulteney Bridge, one of three bridges that have shops built into it.

Pulteney Bridge, one of three bridges in the world that have shops built into it.

After seeing what I think are the major sights, stroll around the city, go into shops and take in this historic city.  You will be grateful that you got to see it and grateful that you can get into a train and relax for two hours after this wonderful day.
Make sure you take the time to stroll around this wonderful city.

Make sure you take the time to stroll around this wonderful city.