From Stonehenge we drove to Salisbury to see Salisbury Cathedral, a Gothic cathedral dating to the 1200s. In fact, construction began in 1220 and finished in 1258, very quick for medieval construction.
This cathedral was amazing and has the highest spire in England at 404 feet.
Tombs of medieval knights lined the outer walkways in the cathedral
The quire was exquisitely carved
especially the angel accents:
After hurrying back to the bus, we drove to our next stop, Bath. The Romans established Bath as a spa in the 60s A.D. (although many believe the use of Bath as a hot spring pre-dated the Romans). In the 1700s, Bath had a resurgence of popularity, with many of the buildings present now dating from that period, when the Roman Baths were rediscovered and became a destination as a spa resort.
(Romanesque statute from the 18th century)
(Another statute with Bath Abbey in the background)
The Romans left some surviving carvings
and some surviving archways
After finishing in the Roman Baths, we walked up into the Pump Room, a Georgian Hall above the Roman Baths dating to 1789.
The Pump Room offers afternoon tea, and I would have loved the chance to have tea here, but we were on a tight schedule because of the bus.
In addition to tea, the pump room also offers you the chance to try the healing waters from the Bath. This fountain spills out the waters, and appears in one of my favorite movies, Persuasion, based on Jane Austen's book, which took place partially in Bath.
Another claim to fame in Bath was that at the site of the current Bath Abbey, Edgar, the first king of England, was crowned in 973.
Even though I missed out on tea at the Pump Room, I did have the opportunity to try a famous bath bun. Unfortunately, I don't remember now where I got it and I didn't get a picture of it either; all I remember was it is a little bakery right on the street that I slipped into while we were waiting for the bus.
(picture from the internet of a bath bun that looks like the one I ate)
This will be my last post for this week. Please check back by on Saturday as we cross over into Wales.