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Beautiful Bath

Just over a week ago I travelled up to Bath for the preview of Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition.  Decades have passed since I last visited and it was thrilling to be back in this beautiful city, albeit for a very short time!  

And the weather was gorgeous - no need to worry about taking a brolly - or even a cardigan for that matter!

The preview was extremely busy and the diversity of styles and subject matter of the 300 artworks displayed made for a really interesting evening.  Sadly no pics as photography is not permitted.  Click here for more information about the current exhibition.

I stayed at Travelodge Bath Waterside which is situated at Widcombe Basin alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal and just minutes on foot from Bath Railway Station and the Town Centre.  There was no air conditioning so my room was extremely hot, although it was possible to open the large picture window a few inches.  The staff were friendly and helpful and breakfast in the cool room overlooking the canal was basic, but plentiful.

Such a nice walk from the Hotel....

Crossing the bridge to the Station

Victoria Art Gallery

The permanent collection upstairs is well worth a visit

The 'other side' of Pulteney Bridge (below)

Delighted to discover the next day that it was possible to walk all the way to and from Pulteney Bridge to the Hotel via the footpath alongside the canal - in the centre of the city where the only traffic was of the river variety! 

Victoria Art Gallery from river level

A great visit, I'll have to go again!

Click pics to enlarge and click the links to find out more. 


  1. Oh Lesley,
    Its so much bigger than I thought. Magnificent. I loved your photos......

    1. And there's so much more to see, Julie - the Roman Baths, Royal Crescent etc - this is just a glimpse of the city!

      I was so impressed during my first visit such a long time ago, to be drinking tea in the elegant Pump Room with its potted palms and chandeliers and a trio providing classical background music. Just had to sample the Spa water from the fountain and I'm sorry to say it tasted awful....

      Thanks for visiting.x

  2. That is a wonderful set of photographs, Leslie! I particularly liked the ones of the weirs, and the canal. Its years and years since I was in Bath, and I don't think we saw all the unofficial interesting bits you have photographed. Much better, and far more informative than the official ones you get from the Tourist Agency!

    I feel I have been back there! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Gilly, glad you enjoyed it! Have a lovely weekend. x

  3. bath is one of my most favourite places- the buildings are just beautiful.... thank you for sharing these lovely images x

    1. Thanks for visiting, glad you've enjoyed them. Lesley

  4. what a beautiful place to get to visit. i very much enjoyed viewing your photos.

    thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog.


    1. Thanks Libby - the wonderful sunny weather helped and it goes on, unbroken summer for over 2 weeks! Heaven. x

  5. Bath is wonderful isn't it? Although I think in this heat I would opt for St Ives!

    1. Very understandable Val - St Ives has been almost tropical!! Hoping for at least 2 more months of sunshine (rain allowed during night time hours). x

  6. We visited Bath earlier in the year - I loved it. I can't wait to go again, its a really lovely place. Great photos Lesley xxx


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