England – Manchester, Liverpool & Bath
First the now traditional map 😉
|14th of August - Liverpool|
|14th of August - Manchester|
|14th of August - Camping in Denshaw|
Denshaw, Oldham OL3 5UN, Royaume-Uni
|15th of August - camping near Bath|
|16th of August - Bath|
14th of August :
We were able to leave the Lake district with the tent dry thanks to a whole hour with no rain before the fast paced day ahead of us visiting both the Liverpool and Manchester.
Liverpool is not a touristy city and while the city centre is mostly pedestrian it is to better accomodate the shoppers. Indeed most buildings are shops and shopping centres. However we did do a few cultural visits.
First we went to Albert Dock (one of the huge old warehouses built at the height of Liverpool’s glory as a port on the seafront – so that ships could load and unload quickly – now reconverted) and had a look at the Beatles story attraction that seemed expensive and rather long considering we only had half a day ahead of us. So we had a quick lunch before heading to Tate liverpool (another Tate) where there was an interesting exposition explain the relations between a lot of modern artists and who influenced whom and how.
After that we decided to go towards the « Cavern quarter » where you can go in and have a look at the club where the Beatles first played and became famous. They played in that club a total of 274 times throughout their career. The Cavern has also had concert from most of the famous british singers and groups since.
We then did the quick trip to Manchester not really knowing what we could see there. We saw some Roman remains, iron bridges, a sky scraper and warehouses again. Unfortunately we arrived to late to visit the steam and industry museum.
After that we headed for our campsite, 45 minutes away from Manchester, and situated in a nicely hilly and green area. We arrived under the rain, waited for it to stop and quickly pitched the tent in front of an amazing view before heading to a nearby pub, the Junction Inn, who served « generous meals ». We arrived just before the last order call for food and finally had to eat huge portions vegetarian bolognese and chili (served with extra chips + half a baguette of garlic bread each) in 20 minutes tops before the pub closed. However the meal was enjoyable and excellent value for money and we would absolutely recommend it.
15th of August :
For this relaxing day we decided to head out to a « designer outlet » (basically 100 shops built around a car park) quite close to our road towards the South. The experience was interesting (as in « so that’s what people do when they are not watching TV ») and we did get a few prices on clothes (and a watch and a cool tea cosy).
We then drove to Bath, which took a bit of time and arrived early in a sunny field where we practiced the frizbee and played scrabble before an early night.
16th of August :
After our 1£ coin was gobbled by shower coin machine with absolutely no effect, we got our pound back from the owner and free shower (yay!) and started out towards Bath.
This town has a unique atmosphere with all the posh houses made out of white stone (rather than the english bricks you with in most other cities) we paid for the first and last time for an attraction here : The Roman Baths. They are unique in many ways : most of the roman constructions you could find here are the only example found in England (as there not many natural hot water sources in Britain) and was both a leisure centre and a religious centre (thus attracting pilgrims from all over the roman empire). The visit is also enriched by an audioguide and many videos, some of them showing roman characters and projected on the walls to give you a sense of how it might have been at the time.
After bottling a liter of the source water (rich, but not really to our taste) and enjoying a heavenly vegan lunch from a cool café (The Green Rocket, I absolutely recommend) we wandered in the streets, seeing where GrandPa’s parents once lived, the Pulteney bridge, Queen square, the Circus and the Royal Crescent. It’s park being the biggest in Bath, sometimes even hosting hot air balloon take offs.
After finishing this nice little tour we finally took the car on our way to Galmpton. We arrived at 7 p.m. And had vegetarian bolognese (Grandpa likes the vegetarian “meats” a lot) before watching some videos from my childhood that gave Anne a good laugh.