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Help Archaeowannabe with their trip plan: Weekend in the bath

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Alex L recommended Roman Baths
Roman BathsAbbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1 United Kingdom
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Bath is the perfect example of how ancient Rome was a little bit like McDonalds. (Stay with me, people.) As the Romans spread out and conquered their new empire region by region, they did a very smart ... read more
thing by incorporating bits of the locals' religion and culture into their overlording (kinda like how McDonalds creates a lobster roll burger in Maine or a teriyaki burger in Japan). In Bath, the Romans created Aquae Sulis, the Roman/Celtic goddess of the baths. Anglo-Saxon tribes came to take the waters and ended up absorbing their new culture. Modern Bath combines two of the most fascinating, but most juxtaposed, times in history: ancient Rome and Victorian Britain. (I can't imagine the Victorians partook in many of the ancient Roman visitors' improper public shenanigans). The Roman Baths are shockingly well-preserved and one of the best spots in Britain to learn about Roman culture and history.
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Alex L

How old are your kids? A quick trip to the Roman Baths would be interesting for kids above about 5 or 6, I'd think.

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Alex L recommended Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms
Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms4 North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1 United Kingdom
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I could live on tea, scones and double devonshire cream for probably a good three months before I tired of it. Sally Lunn's is one of the most famous places to indulge in all of the UK, but it's ... read more
certainly not my favorite. They serve more fluffy buns than dense scones. But the tea room is adorable and there's a cute little museum-like section in the front.
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Alex L recommended The Pump Room Restaurant
The Pump Room Restaurant Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1 United Kingdom
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If you drink your tea here and forget to stick your pinkie fingers out, the quaint village police forcibly arrest you with handcuffs made out of lace doilies and politeness. Plus, when you walk ... read more
through the door, a few molecules of your soul magically morph with Jane Austen's. Translated: Bath's Pump Room Restaurant is the height of English elegant Victorian teahouse-ness. Don't worry about the food; it doesn't really matter how it tastes. (I mean, how great can you make a white bread sandwich with the crusts cut off? But the scones are pretty decent.)
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Alex L

Tell older children this is how princesses and princes dine, and they'll love it. :)

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