A weekend adventure to Bath and beyond ...

Dan had the weekend off and it timed nicely with my birthday so we decided Bath and Stonehenge would be great places to visit and celebrate. We headed across the big bridge and back into England.

We started our visit in the Abby, it was very beautiful and we were excited to find Dan and Hannah's favourite instrument ... look how excited they are. 

The roof was as beautiful as St George's at Windsor. The stained glass was lovely but there was some restoration work going on so we couldn't see all of it. We decided not to do the tower tour as we had limited time and it was very grey and rainy so we didn't think the view would be much.

Our next stop was the Roman Baths. We audio toured up and made our way around the museum part. It explains the history of the area and the development and use of the Baths. There are a few digital parts play with actors doing what people would have done when the baths were operating. It made it easy to picture things. 

It was quite a large …

Castle Coch ... a fairytale castle

After driving past it many times and seeing it from the roof of Cardiff Castle it was time that we headed to the 'Fairytale Castle'. 

This was the summer home of Lord Bute and his family, a place to come and enjoy the spoils of his nearby vineyard and have a good time with his friends, a place to unwind and relax, a place to ... oh wait, he only stayed a few times?!? What was the point of that then?

Ah, well. Armed with our audio guides and a thirst for more knowledge we headed off to explore anyway. 

Like all good Castles, it was filled with beautiful decorations on the walls and ceilings. Some of it was painted like we'd seen at Cardiff Castle and some of it was carved. We were all particularly taken with a room that was decorated with Aesops Fables. The ceiling was magical.

Like all good Lords and Ladies, they had separate bedrooms. His Lordships was a bit leaky, so they are currently working on some restoration of the chimney. It was also quite small but had a toilet,…