|The Circus, Bath|
The Great Bath was built on natural hot springs first discovered by the ancient Celts. The pool is lined with 45 sheets of lead and steps on all sides lead down into the water. The flat slab of stone where hot water enters the pool is known as the diving stone.
The pool is best viewed from the terrace above, alongside the Victorian statues of Roman emperors. Bath Abbey is also nearby.
|The Great Bath|
The weather in early May was grey and chilly for our visit but the Parade Gardens had been planted with flowers and there were plenty of tourists about. The old Pulteney Bridge and Weir on the River Avon looked much as I imagine they would have in Austen’s time.
|Parade Gardens, Bath|
Pulteney Bridge and Weir, Bath
I’d like to return someday to visit the Jane Austen Centre’s exhibition on the author’s life in Bath, or have afternoon tea in The Pump Room that was featured in her novels. As for a glass of hot spa water from the salon’s drinking fountain (with forty-three minerals that give the water a “rather unusual taste”) I think I’d give it a pass.
Website: The Roman Baths