After our visit to Stonehenge, we traveled just 15 minutes to Salisbury. This city has an old-world charm, with some buildings dating back to the 13th century. There’s a wide range of pubs, restaurants, and tea rooms. We ate lunch at one of the quaint pubs and had a traditional fish and chips meal which was mighty tasty!
Exploring History inside the Salisbury Cathedral
After lunch, we went to the Salisbury Cathedral. It was built using Early English Gothic architectural style, and it is one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals. The city added the tallest spire a generation later.
The cathedral is home to nearly 800 years of incredible history. Inside, there is the finest preservation of the Magna Carta (there are four total). It is one of the most celebrated documents in English history, and it has influenced the modern day world in different ways. There are three clauses from the document that are still in use today.
Seeing the document in person was definitely the highlight of our trip to the Salisbury Cathedral. We also saw the world’s oldest working clock, which is thought to be from 1386. The clock has no face, and was designed to strike the hours.
There’s Something in the Water in Bath
After our time in Salisbury we took the one-hour trip to Bath. Aside from many restaurants, shops, theaters, and museums, the city also houses the Roman Baths. Yes, we left Italy and went all the way to Bath to see some ancient Roman ruins! Here, the water from the springs are so hot you can see bubbles and steam. The Romans thought the bubbling water was from the gods, so they built a temple around it in 60-70 AD. They added the bathing complex over the next 300 years.
There is also a museum that holds artifacts from the Roman period, which were thrown into the spring, probably as offerings to the gods.
The actual spring water in the Roman Bathhouse is extremely unsanitary and has bacteria and parasites. The staff warned us about the filthiness of the water before we even went into the site. We did see many people touching the water to feel the temperature of it so hopefully they didn’t pick up something they didn’t want to get!
However, at the end of the museum there is a restaurant that features extremely filtered hot spring water. We didn’t eat here, but they have a water station with a bartender serving the hot spring water. We tried the warm water and it had a strong sulfur taste to it.
Strolling through Bath before our Departure
Afterwards, we walked around the cute city of Bath. We walked in and out of shops and found ourselves enchanted by the old buildings, music, and people strolling along for a nice day out.
Before we knew it, it was time to board the bus and head back to London.
We’re really glad we saw these two places in England. The bus tour saved us from driving on the “wrong” side of the road and it allowed us to see sites that we otherwise might not have seen.