We should also probably mention that we were both in Bath for a few weeks in December 2012, so before this trip we've had a chance to check out some of the more famous sites including the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, and Victoria Park. Last year we also went to the Pump Rooms for afternoon tea, the Herschel Museum, the Fashion Museum, and Thermae Bath Spa. We also took a couple of day trips which included Stonehenge, Bowood House, Bristol Zoo and Wookey Hole Caves. We even made a day trip to Wales to see Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey.
Last Sunday we visited Prior Park Landscape Gardens, which were created by Ralph Allen, a local entrepreneur who started their development in 1734. They were formal gardens at the base of his mansion. However, he had no heir so the property changed hands often and the gardens went in disrepair until 1993. Archaeologists discovered the layout and history of the garden, and it has been restored similar to its original glory. It is currently made up of a some winding paths, a few lakes, some wilderness, a Palladian bridge, and the ruins of a Gothic temple.
It was a great Sunday walk, with a great view of Bath, and afterwards we enjoyed some tea in the tea hut near the exit.
During our visit, there were a couple of temporary exhibitions; one was called 'Characters', showing depictions of people, real and imaginary, and the other one was an impressive collection of Christmas cards by wood engraver Simon Brett. They were both interesting exhibits and were completely different from the other 16th and 17th century portraits.
The Jane Austen Centre located in a small building, and the visit started with a talk on Jane Austen by one of the staff members. Our guide was very knowledgeable and its a nice change from just reading information off a panel. Then we made our way to the exhibit downstairs, watched a film, and played dress-up with some Georgian attire.