Chichester Bath Train
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The West Sussex city of Chichester is home to the 11th century Chichester Cathedral which contains the shrine to Saint Richard of Chichester. Contained within the cathedral, in the south aisle, is a window in the floor which enables visitors to see the remains of a Roman mosaic pavement. The cathedral is unusual in the United Kingdom because it has a separate bell tower located a few meters from the main building. Philp Larkin, the renowned poet, took inspiration for the poem "An Arundel Tomb" from the medieval tomb of a knight and his wife which is inside the cathedral.
Most of the architecture of the Roman town within Chichester has been declared a conservation area that contains many Grade I listed buildings. The Butter Market in North Street was designed by John Nash, and was opened in 1808 as a food and produce market. In 1900, a second story was added to the building, originally housing an arts institute. The Corn Exchange in East Street was built in 1833, and was one of the first in the country. It is an imposing building, designed to show off its importance to trade. In 1883 it was also used for drama and entertainment.
The city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in south west England, a short distance from the city of Bristol which is 15 miles away. The city is famed for its Roman baths, medieval heritage and fine Georgian architecture.
The city is the only place in the United Kingdom where it is possible to bathe in natural hot springs. Unfortunately it is not possible to bathe in the Roman Bathes but visitors can be pampered at the Thermae bath Spa which is located close to the Roman baths. The spa uses the naturally occurring hot water which are filtered and remain in the warm indoor and outdoor roof top swimming pool.
There are many guided tours of the city which range from walking tours taking in the breathtaking architecture of the city to ghost tours to pub crawls. Most hotels, bars and restaurants have leaflets for many of the tours.
The city is also an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Nearby attractions include Stone Henge, Longleat Safari Park and Adventure Park or the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds.