HCX's Team Trip to Bath

Reading Week is just around the corner, so why not make the most of not having lectures and head out to discover the rest of the South West? You don’t need to travel far to visit breath-taking historical sites. Short trips away with friends are an ideal time to take a break from your work and to relax.

The HCX Travel Team decided to take a trip out of Exeter, and visited the beautiful city of Bath. At just over an hour’s train ride away, Bath is the perfect location for a day out, or even for a weekend get-away . Whether you like to visit attractions, shop or relax, there is something for everyone! The pedestrianised city centre makes it easy to walk around town, and all of the sites are within walking distance. If you are interested in culture, why not visit the famous Roman Baths? You can also sample the natural spa—it’s the perfect way to wind down after a stressful week. Bath Abbey is a beautiful landmark in the centre that is not to be missed.

Book-lovers will not be disappointed, and why not pick up a novel to read on your travels? Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights is located in the centre of the city, complete with a rentable reading booth and cosy armchairs where you can enjoy your favourite novel. Bath is also home to the renowned Independent Bath Literature Festival, running from Friday 26 February –  Sunday 6 March 2016, which has hosted authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Margaret Atwood. On another note, take a look at the Jane Austen Centre to find out about the time she spent in Bath.

We enjoyed an afternoon tea at Sally Lunn’s tea house, home of the famous Bath Bun. With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Sally Lunn’s is the perfect place to stop for lunch in a busy day of exploring the city. In a central location, the tea house is very popular, and there can be a queue, so make sure to get there early!

A walk across the river takes you up to the top of the town, where you can find Royal Crescent, a spectacular row of buildings that have featured in films such as The Duchess. The lawn in front of the buildings is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. With so many photo opportunities, you’re sure to find that one for Instagram.

After a long day exploring Bath, the team finally arrived back in Exeter. We can say that the trip was a great success, and will definitely be returning in the future.

So collegiettes, why not start planning a trip out to one of the beautiful towns the South has to offer?