It’s approaching winter and certainly feels it in London today. I thought I’d share this wonderful weekend trip we took a few months ago as the weather and setting were so perfect. We hadn’t been away without the children for a long time so it was a real treat!
We had visited Bath for a day trip a few years ago and it was somewhere I really wanted to explore further. Its perfect for a weekend break from London as it’s only 2-3 hours drive at the most. There are also lots of restaurants, cafes, shops and museums to explore so plenty to do.
We stayed at the Queensberry Hotel, which is beautifully designed and a few minutes’ walk from all the main sights. It was five minutes from the Fashion Museum which I visited on my own, and very close to Boston Tea Party, a lovely cafe where we had breakfast each day.
The displays at the Fashion Museum were fascinating, providing a look at changes to fashion trends over the years. It also touched on the impact of the slave trade on Bath and Bristol, which led me to read more widely on this subject, one which I had little awareness of previously.
We spent most of our time walking and enjoying the sunshine. There are several side streets near the Royal Crescent with quaint shops (all unfortunately closed for the bank holiday!).
I wore my Ikatee Louise blouse in silk cotton and a lace Kochi jacket for an easy lightweight layered outfit. The bag is from Mimi Berry, I’ve had it about eight years now and still use it often.
We rounded off our trip with a stop at Dyrham Park, a National Trust property near Bath. The house and gardens are beautiful although there was again evidence of prosperity gained from the slave trade which was disturbing, although the National Trust does provide educational information about this.
Overall it was a really interesting and thought provoking trip as well as giving us some precious time to ourselves for a change. I would love to hear some suggestions for further reading on Bath and its history, if anyone has any recommendations.