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Bath & a Mound

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 5, 2017

Friday, August 19th – 20th, 2017

On our first day in bath we checked into our hostel and walked to the Roman Bath. The museum there had a nice audio guide and the tour was very nice. We spent about 2 hours there. But when we were done, we couldn’t think of anything else we wanted to do in bath.

There was a nice garden, but it cost money to enter. There was a Jane Austin tour, but I don’t really care for her work. There were other museums, but none of them interest us… except for…

With these tools, I’ll make my own telescope!

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a little apartment where William and Caroline Herschel discovered Uranus. It just blows my mind that this brother and sister team weren’t even astronomers, scientists, or teachers. They were musicians. They just liked looking into the night’s sky for fun.

This was their hobby. And, they took it to lengths where they needed better and better telescopes. After a point, they could not buy strong enough telescopes, so they had to make their own; which they did.

A replica of the telescope used to discover Uranus

They discovered a new planet one day and the accolades poured in. They made bigger and stronger telescopes and went on to discover more sciency stuff like infrared radiation,  Messier 110, and many comets. But, that’s all; this was just a hobby.

My hobby is reading, but that will never get me any accolades… 😦

We took about 5 buses to get here.

We also visited Avebury to see their mound, stone circles, and other neolithic delights. I enjoyed walking through the little village and seeing the really old rocks.

What I did not like was the many buses and trains needed to go from Bath to Avebury. It took about 2.5 hours one way just to see these things. While we were walking around we had to keep track of time. The bus back to the train station came by only once an hour, then once every 2 hours after a certain time of day. We had to either hurry up, or slow down.

This meant that we could either follow the path all the way, then wait a long time for the next bus. Or, we could hurry up and quickly see only some of the path and not wait too long on the bus. We chose the latter.

Eventually, we would rent a car. But, that wouldn’t be until much later in the trip.

It helps to listen to podcasts as you wait.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

The Roman Bath

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £15.50
  • Complimentary audio guide
    • There are 3 types of audio files:
    • One for adults
    • One for kids
    • And where Bill Bryson talks about his visit to Bath.

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 17:00

Videos:

Notes:

  • Built in 60-70 AD.
  • Don’t touch the water. The pool and pipes are lined with lead.

Avebury Stone Circle

Basic Information

Website

Downloads:

Cost:

  • Free
  • Parking is free for only National Trust and English Heritage members.

Hours:

  • day light hours

Videos:

Notes:


Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £6.50

Hours:

  • M – F 13:00 – 17:00
  • Sa – Su 11:00 – 17:00

Videos:

Notes:

  • The garden in the back is where Uranus was discovered.

Map:

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