About Sarah F
Lives in Alicante, Spain
Since Oct 2008
I am a journalist and have been living in Spain for the past 10 years. I live in the Alicante region, which includes the Costa Blanca. As well as its gorgeous beaches, the region has many vibrant fiestas, great gastronomy including paella and the Denia red prawn, sports, mountains, waterfalls, natural parks, traditions and culture.
Historic Sites, History Museums
Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Speciality Museums, History Museums
History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Art Museums, Speciality Museums, History Museums
Art Galleries, Art Museums
In the heart of Bath lies the city's top attraction: the Roman Baths. Bath was built on top of natural hot springs, and so the baths were created in order to take advantage of that steaming, hot water. Built in around 70AD, The Roman Baths is one of the best of its kind in the world.
The magnificent Grade 1 listed Gothic Bath Abbey is an interesting place to visit, featuring wall and floor plaques honouring local people and those who sacrificed their lives in wartime. In the west front are beautiful sculptures of angels climbing up to heaven, while the Heritage Vaults Museum contains original artefacts and exhibits from the Abbey.
The Royal Crescent is a grand display of Georgian architecture, featuring a row of houses built with the iconic golden Bath Stone. No. 1 Royal Crescent was the first house to be built, and offers a fascinating chance to see how 18th century aristocrats and their servants once lived.
Lovers of Jane Austen’s romantic fiction will be fascinated by this museum honouring Bath’s famous writer. The centre is set in a classical Georgian house, which only adds to the romance, and you're even able to dress up in Regency costume to relive your favourite Jane Austen character! There's also a Regency tea room, where you can enjoy a leisurely pot of tea with cakes.
Foodies and history lovers will revel in the chance to try one of Sally Lunn’s world-famous buns in one of the oldest buildings in Bath. Inside the 15th century café and museum, you can see the original kitchen used by Sally Lunn more than 300 years ago to create her regional treats. The recipe is still a well-kept secret to this day!
This museum provides an interesting look at how Bath became a world-famous Georgian spa city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Housed in a chapel built by the Countess of Huntingdon to fight decadence in Bath in the 18th century, the Gothic Revival building itself is stunning, while inside you'll find a fascinating model of the city - a great way to get a bird's eye view of its historic design.
Followers of fashion will enjoy a trip to this museum, which displays costumes spanning more than 400 years. There are about 150 figures whose various outfits chart the change in styles over the centuries, and you can even try on some of the garments yourself! It’s great for all the family to see just how much fashion has transformed over the years, and see first-hand the attire worn in the 'olden days'.
A fascinating collection of American history is housed within the impressive 19th century Claverton Manor, set in 120 acres of parkland and gardens. It’s the only museum of its kind outside of the USA to give an insight into American heritage and folk art.
Even by Bath's high standards, the Holburne Museum is one of the city's most beautiful buildings. The Grade 1 listed property was originally built as a hotel, but now houses a lovely collection of art, silverware and porcelain.
Built for the wealthy and unconventional Bath resident, William Beckford in 1827, this neo-classical tower contains his archives, library and collections. You can also enjoy great views from the top of this 19th century folly - climb up the restored tower for far-reaching views over Bath and the surrounding countryside.
This popular art museum houses paintings by artists ranging from Gainsborough to Turner, as well as contemporary works. There are also rotating temporary exhibitions, which keep fans coming back time and again.
The museum is in the former home of astronomer and musician William Herschel. Inside the Georgian townhouse, you can explore Herschel's workshop, music room and garden. It was here that Herschel discovered the planet Uranus with a telescope he had built himself!