Since my family booked flights for their trip to the UK, they’ve been talking about going to Stonehenge. It’s the unanimously popular thing to do, especially if you’ve never been to the UK before. If you’re all the way out there, you might as well head to Bath for a few hours and experience the beautiful Georgian city at it’s best! So, bright and early in the morning, we headed off on the motorway (in the pouring rain, I might add) and off into the countryside!
Lucky for us, by the time we got to Stonehenge, the rain had let up and it looked like it would be a lovely day. Still cloudy, but significantly drier. It’s the perfect weather for viewing Stonehenge, I think, that mythical and fascinating monument of a long-lost world. When I first visited, 8 years ago, it was a much different beast. All you did was pull into a parking lot, walk through a tunnel under the road and there was Stonehenge! These days, it’s a bit more of an event, with the Welcome Center and exhibition all about Stonehenge and it’s origins.
You can take a shuttle bus from the Welcome Center or you can walk, about 30 minutes, through a bit of the countryside before arriving at the stone circle. Being the Summer Solstice and all, the line for the bus was miles long, so we decided to walk. It didn’t quite take us 30 minutes, but it was beautiful and green with some stunning views before we even got to the main attraction! After spending about an hour and a half at Stonehenge, we headed off to Bath for a completely different experience!
I’ve been to Bath before, but it’s such a pretty city, I had no problem with going again! Lucky for me, the sun was out in full force by the time we arrived. Our first stop? The Roman Baths, of course!
The thing I always find the most fascinating about architecture, not just in Bath, but all over the UK, is the level of art and detail that went into building these stunning structures. Given how technologically advanced we are these days, how is it that all of these stunning buildings are from centuries ago? It absolutely amazes me. The Roman Baths are just one stunning example… in the words of my cousin Alan, “it’s incredible.” We went for a wander through the city afterward, up to the Royal Crescent, walking across Pulteney Bridge, and even found a shop to buy some local cider (yum!).
Our trip to Stonehenge and Bath was a very long day, but definitely worth it, especially once the weather turned! I feel very proud to live in the UK now, and being able to share these places with my family (who had never been to the UK before) is a very unique experience. They also had a great time, and are already planning new places to visit for their next trip over!