In April, I took a trip to England. Having already seen the majority of London in previous trips, this time I did a little tour of other places, including Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, Stratford-upn-Avon, Warwick, and Bath. Below is my basic itinerary for my trip, along with some lovely photos of things I did, places I visited, and food I ate. Enjoy!
Day 1 - Bath
After taking a night flight, I arrived at Heathrow Airport in the morning, and grabbed a quick breakfast there before hopping in the rental car for 1.5 hours to Bath. Once there, I checked into the bed and breakfast, The Edgar Townhouse. After, I walked into town for some ice cream and then stood in line for the Roman Baths, what Bath is most known for. It was very beautiful, and featured a great audio tour guide throughout the museum.
Learning about the history of the springs itself was interesting, and so was the building surrounding it! It brought in aspects of the history of Bath in general, and is a must see. Outside the Baths was a little shopping, and The Bath Abbey, a famous church.
Dinner that night was at Martini Restaurant, a classic Italian stop. I got my all time favorite, pasta carbonara, and it was delicious. Following dinner, I returned to The Bath Abbey to watch a performance of Verdi Requiem by the Bath Philharmonia.
Day 2 - Bath
Breakfast in the morning was provided by the hotel, and was a sit down, which I was very impressed with. The food tasted homemade and simple, and they offered some good English classics. After breakfast, I walked into town to join the 10:3o am walking tour of Bath, offered for free by volunteer tour guides. The tour was around 2.5 hours, and led us around the entirety of Bath, with history provided along the way. Probably one of the best free tours I have ever received, the guides are all unique and tell different stories based on their own personal experiences living in Bath. Since the tour ended near the Roman Baths, I decided to try the High Tea they had in the Pump Room for lunch.
The high tea they offered ending up being very traditional, and they had a large selection of teas. On top of that, the room itself was beautiful. From lunch, I walked to the Fashion Museum, which featured some very old clothing, and even let you try on replicas! The audio guide taught a lot about the history of fashion, and I thought it was very educational and interesting to see the changes in fashion over time. You can buy tickets for both this and the Roman Baths at the same time for a cheaper deal.
I was feeling tired and a little sick, so I went and rested in the hotel for the rest of the day. On the way back, I stopped in waitrose to pick up some snacks, and was ended up wandering through the aisles and looking at all the crazy food. It is always cool when you walk into a grocery store in a different country, and see all these new, unfamiliar brands.
Day 3 - Bath --> Birmingham
Breakfast this morning was in the hotel again, and I had baked beans on toast for the first time. It was surprisingly good! Checked out of the hotel and hopped into the car to go to Birmingham. On the way, I stopped at Cadbury World. Surprisingly, this place was filled with local families, and we seemed to be one of the few from out of the country to visit. The tour they offer is through videos, signs, and presentations. It takes you through the journey of everything Cadbury has to offer, and ends in a shop filled with some really nice, and really cheap Cadbury chocolate.
This is definitely a cool stop in my eyes, but only visit if you are up for a little fun and cheesiness. The design is definitely geared towards little kids, but it was cool to learn a little bit about a chocolate company we don't offer in the US. Follow the visit, I stopped for Indian Food at Asha's. Their lunch deal was worth the price and the portion sizes were insane. Next, I checked into the apartment at SACO. The room space was very large and nice, perfect for a long stay or one with a big group.
There was a little bit of time left in the day to walk around, so I went to one of my favorite places, the library. The Library of Birmingham is decently new to the city after being rebuilt, and it is officially the coolest library that I have ever visited. There are tons of floors with every single genre you could possibly imagine, along with outdoor gardens and a view of the city from the top floor. Let's just say I wouldn't mind spending a few days just to check out every nook and cranny in that place.
Dinner that night was at a local chain, Handmade Burger Co. Coming from America, I had to say that the burgers were not particularly amazing, but there were a lot of cool choices on the menu.
Tune in next time for the rest of my trip! There were four more days on my tour around England, and in order to give you the most in depth itinerary possible, I have split this trip into two posts. I hope that you enjoyed the photos and tips I have offered today. Let me know in the comments if you want to visit any of these places, or if you have already and have any recommendations. Have an amazing week!
A sixteen-year-old fashion obsessed girl, who stands just under 5 feet tall.