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A coach trip to the Roman City of Bath during the Christmas Market Sunday 26 November 2017

Please note: entrances to important or historical sites are optional extras and are especially discounted for abceda groups.

Meet 07:50 at Shortlands, off Hammersmith Road W6.

Depart at 8.05am precisely. Back in London about 20:00.

Bath is a World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful cities in Britain. It was founded by the Romans when they discovered its natural hot water springs. These consisted of near-boiling water bubbling from deep inside the earth. They called it Aquae Sulis and dedicated it to the Goddess Minerva.

The Georgians recreated the city in the 18th century without being aware that the Roman Baths were underneath their city - these only came to light at the end of last century when some buildings collapsed in the centre of Bath. The Roman Baths were discovered in almost perfect condition.

During the Georgian period Bath attracted rich and famous people from all over Britain and the Empire, to do the season, take the waters and live it up. Jane Austin, author of Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and other renowned works, based her novels on the daily sights, meetings and scandals going on around her, especially in the Pump Room. The British portrait painter, Gainsborough, made his fortune painting the rich and famous. He had arrived in Bath as a penniless painter. Soon he was charging 500 guineas per portrait!

Information about the Bath Christmas Market.

Departure Maps Bath Gallery