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Pulteney Bridge Bath at Dusk

The Georgian City of Bath is one of my favourite places to visit. It offers a wonderful combination of stunning architecture, great restaurants and shops.

At night, after dinner we like to take a stroll through the city and up to the Royal Crescent, or down to the River at Pulteney Bridge. This last bank holiday blessed us with stunning weather with hot dry evenings. After a fine dinner at the Eastern Eye, we took a walk down the historic back streets winding our way to the water.

There is always buzz in this city, with couples out for dinner, stag/hen parties out in force and students queuing to the local clubs. Now, this was the weekend of the Bath Festival, which had seen huge crowds across the city but by the time we went out for a stroll, it was as if we had the city to ourselves.

Despite spending a lot of time in this city, we were still excited to find new streets and new buildings we’d never seen before.

The light on this particular evening was magnificent, the sky was an indigo blue with an almost full moon shining down upon us.

As ever, I was snapping pictures as I went and here are some of my favourite shots..

Pulteney Bridge at Dusk
The stunning Pulteney Bridge at Dusk.
Designed by Robert Adam and completed in 1774. the bridge is named after Frances Pulteney, the wife of William Pulteney, who was a wealthy local landowner and one of the principal backers of the bridge’s construction. The design of the bridge is unique in that it features shops on both sides, which was uncommon for bridges of that time. The shops were originally intended to generate income to help pay for the construction of the bridge, but they continue to evolve as both shops and cafes.

The weir is actually man made but makes a wonderful spectacle. I am never tired of taking this picture. My girls are always petrified I lose my camera in the water as I reach out for the shot…
Looking to the Roman Baths Bask Dusk
If you wander round by the new Thermae Bath Spa, past the old baths you come out facing the doors to the main Roman Baths. Beneath you is hot spring water bubbling up. The hot water spring is unique in the UK – all other spa towns have cold water springs. During the day, this area would be full of tourists and the odd street performer. At dusk it is virtually deserted.
Bath Street at Dusk
New Bond Street Place is one of the smaller alleys that run parallel to the main streets. During the day you can find quirky independent shops (and escape the bustle), but by evening you can hear the sounds of laughter as the pub doors swing open and punters drink al fresco.
Thai Balcony at Dusk
The Thai Balcony Restaurant. Now that is where you want to be on an evening like this. Sadly, those evenings are so rare and you can’t book the balcony. This picture would look even better if there wasn’t a Sainsbury’s beneath.
Kingsmead Square Bath Dusk
I love this Plane tree in Kingsmead Square. If this was a European City it would be decked out with chairs for al fresco dining, but the UK weather is too unpredictable. I know the lights aren’t great for the birds but I do think it makes this a very cool square. I’d love to get a better picture, this doesn’t really do it justice.

This evening’s walk was just part of a memorable weekend in Bath. We’ve already made plans for the next trip. Fingers crossed for similar weather!


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