Well, we’ve had floods and gales, snow and hail; the gods of weather and storm have done their worst so far this year. But are we daunted? No! Enough hiding away at home – time to wrap up and get out there!
Prior Park – an obvious choice in the spring or summer when our green and pleasant land is, well…green and pleasant. But there’s nothing like striding across a rainy meadow or hearing the wind singing and moaning in the trees to give you a unique and memorable experience and change your perspective. Open seven days a week, Prior Park can be reached from the city centre via the Number 1 bus service (towards Combe Down) or the City Sightseeing Skyline bus tour.
Kennet and Avon Canal Path – The historic Kennet and Avon canal incorporates the River Kennet between Reading and Newbury and the River Avon between Bath and Bristol, with 57 miles of purely man-made canal in between. The Long Distance Walkers’ Association has a great route map that will help you explore, come rain or shine.
Bath Skyline Walk – As the name suggests, this is the perfect way to get out from the midst of our famous seven hills and see Bath from a completely different viewpoint. If you want to skip the initial hill climb, hop on the City Sightseeing Skyline bus to the American Museum, then follow the route on foot. There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air!
And just in case you’d rather not face the outdoors just yet…
Bath is blessed with a wealth of museums, celebrating a long roster of influential historical figures who made their homes here or were known for spending the social season in fashionable Bath. The Bath Preservation Trust runs a number of museums celebrating our city’s rich societal and cultural heritage, including the newly revamped No.1, Royal Crescent. Completion of their ‘Whole Story Project’ has seen a renewed interest in the museum, which now includes the house’s original service quarters so visitors can ‘see how the other half lived’. Whether you’re a Georgian Jane Austen buff or an Edwardian Downton Abbey fan, you’re sure to find food for your imagination at No.1.
“I have looked further into space than any human being did before me,” said William Herschel. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is another of the Trust’s properties, and a personal favourite of mine. No.19, New King Street was once home to William Herschel and his siblings, Alexander and Caroline, a family of musicians who developed and shared a life-altering passion for astronomy. The house where Herschel made the discovery of the planet Uranus now commemorates his many profound contributions to astronomy as well as offering a glimpse of middle-class family life in the 18th Century.
As part of National Science and Engineering Week, from 14th to 23rd March, the Herschel Museum will be hosting a mini exhibition. Bright Stars, showcasing the work of students from The Royal High School, is free with standard admission to the museum. Perfect for any budding scientists in the family!
Whether you want to shelter from the elements (science-pun intended!), soak up some culture, or venture forth and breathe the free air, there’s never been a better time to visit Bath and stay at Three Abbey Green.