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Bath - architectural icon, fashionable haunt and historic Roman spa city.

Locations: England, Europe, Scotland

Kensington Tours' Europe expert, Lynne Pettit, suggests enriching your next England Tours by admiring the city of Bath's Georgian architecture, Medieval heritage and Roman period baths. Built almost entirely from a cream-colored limestone, the city of Bath has more government-protected buildings than any city in the historic country of England. The Circus is one of the more wondrous structural gems of John Wood the Elder, who designed many of the town’s most famous streets. Made to look like a palace, the curved block of town homes exudes an amphitheater-like elegance.

Heralded as the “Lantern of the West,” Bath Abbey was so loved by Queen Elizabeth I that she ordered it be restored after her visit. While there, travelers might not want to miss the underground Bath Abbey Heritage Vaults, which chronicle the abbey’s history since Saxon times. Glass-blowing is also a well-established trade in the town, and can be observed on Walcot Street, Bath’s arts district. With daily demonstrations, Bath Aqua Glasses also has several classes and provides party services taught by “Mr. Darcy,” a professional glass-blower in charming 19th century outfits. Visitors can buy one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculptures here, as well.    

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