Day 16, Roman Baths, River Walk, Postal Museum
Our second day in Bath (Bath, Day 15) began with a tour of the Roman Baths. The natural hot springs were a social center for Romans in the first to sixth centuries AD, and then for the Georgians in the 1700-1800’s. Museum exhibits describe life in Roman times. Docents dressed in Roman attire add to the ambiance, anachronistically juxtaposed with the adjacent towering spires of Bath Abbey and other Georgian buildings, and the modern day tourists and buskers.
More exterior details:
History and archeology exhibits were informative and a little overwhelming. A few visits to this museum would be necessary to take it all in.
Many items have been recovered from the springs during archeological studies.
More underground architecture:
Hypocausts – The Romans devised a method of underfloor heating. Stacks of bricks allowed for warm air to be circulated in the space below the spa room floors.
A last look at the Sacred Spring and the Great Bath:
After our tour we wandered up and down both sides of the River Avon, and found a picnic ground viewpoint to eat our lunch.
We did a little window shopping and wandering.
Bath Postal Museum
After shopping and walking for a while, we decided to visit the Bath Postal Museum. The well curated exhibits highlight many curiosities from the early history of mail as a commercial and government endeavor.
At this point, we had used up all of our sight seeing time. We ended the day by driving to an airport hotel near Heathrow, to prepare for our flight home the next day.