Tour Locations | Walk the Highlights of Medieval Bath
LOCATION 23 | Walk the Highlights of Medieval Bath
End: Abbey Hotel
You will have the Abbey Hotel on your left and the Tourist Information Centre, where you started from, over to your right.
Well, we have come to the end of our tour and I do hope you enjoyed your walk with me around the old medieval city, taking in 1700 years of history and in such a small area!
However, we were not alone as we have been walking in the footsteps of so many previous residents and visitors of this historic place – the British Celtic people who were here before any construction, Roman soldiers and their families from various countries in Europe and the Mediterranean area, Saxons and other Germanic people who made this their home, Viking raiders from Scandinavia, some of whom stayed and made England their home too and the last big change of the medieval period, the Normans from France, themselves Norsemen or Vikings who had previously settled in France and also made Bath their home. The population living within the walls at the end of the medieval period was around 3000 people, but today it is close to 100,000 plus another 25,000 students from Bath’s two universities. That’s what happens when you decide to knock down the walls!
The common theme and connecting story throughout the history of this city is, of course, the magical hot, mineral-rich waters, which have flowed to the surface springs for thousands of years and we hope will continue to do so.
If you would like to see these waters, why not visit the Roman Baths where you can see how our Roman ancestors lived and how they benefited from the mineral waters or experience the waters directly and indulge yourself at the Thermae Spa.
If you are interested in walking the period of Bath's renaissance, known as the Georgian period from the start of the 18th century, 300 years ago, please check out another of my tours called Georgian Bath – highlights.
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I wish you farewell, my friend.