Inspire Education offers more than just a language course; it offers an immersive British experience. Throughout the duration of an Inspire course, students have several opportunities to visit cities of interest and cultural attractions on day trips from Bradfield College. The prime location of Bradfield College means that places, such as Oxford, London, Windsor, Stratford and Bath, are easily accessible within just a couple of hours, allowing the students to make the most out of their visit to the UK. Over the next few weeks we will bring you an insight into these different cultural day trips, one by one. Today, we’re going to explore what Inspire gets up to in the city of Bath.
First stop: The Royal Crescent
This impressive, stately crescent of Grade 1 listed terrace houses is a sublime example of Georgian architecture and hence, one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. It was designed by John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1775. This year, 2017, marks the 250th Anniversary of The Royal Crescent, marking exactly 250 years since the first stone was laid at the first house. On an Inspire day trip, we can’t help but admire the splendour while tucking into a sarnie (that’s slang for sandwich), playing a spot of Frisbee, and of course, taking a must-have selfie #toocoolforschool.
Next stop: A Stroll Through Jane Austen’s Bath
English literature heroine, Jane Austen, spent considerable time in Bath throughout the late 18th and early 19th Century. She cast the city as the backdrop to her acclaimed novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, which speak of balls, assemblies and concerts, all events that Jane herself would have experienced as a member of the high society in Bath. Inspire follows in Austen’s footsteps and leads a walking tour through the historical, literary city centre of Bath, stepping back in time to Georgian England, naturally darling.
Next stop: The Roman Baths
Stepping much further back in time now, we arrive at the Roman Baths. These lie at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. The preserved Roman Baths remind us that they were once one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. Even now, the thermal springs still supply the Baths with naturally flowing hot water, making this historical site a unique, visceral experience. Inspire takes time at the Baths for everyone to soak up the wonder of this site in their own way, listening to audio guides to bring the past to life.
Final stop: Bath’s Shopping hotspots
Bath is a stylish and sophisticated city offering visitors opportunities to shop in little independent shops as well as larger well-known stores all within close proximity of each other. Moreover, Bath is home to an array of coffee shops and cafes to taste treats, write postcards, and watch the world go by. Inspire offers students some free time to explore the city before heading back to Bradfield College (often laden down with gifts for family back home).
Bath is always a favourite day trip on Inspire Education courses because it encapsulates British sensibility. From its architecture to its literature, from its history to its high street, a visit to Bath is a rich and rewarding way to learn more about British culture – and it is jolly fun, too!
Next time on An Inspire Journey: Oxford
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