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Bath City Guide

Bath has been listed as a ‘Cultural Site’ with outstanding universal and cultural significance by UNESCO since 1987. It is the only destination in the UK to have the whole city designated a ‘World Heritage Site’. Explore the history behind the city’s spa culture by discovering the 2,000 year old Roman Baths, filled with ancient mystical artefacts and thermal water that still steams today.

Don’t miss the Royal Crescent, one of Bath’s most iconic attractions. Head over to Pulteney Bridgeand spend a few moments enjoying the weir views and the sight of the Holburne Museum at the end of the elegant Great Pulteney Street.

Visit the Jane Austin Centre in Gay Street which celebrates Bath’s most famous resident. Standing proud in the heart of Bath is Bath Abbey, a place of worship for over 1,200 years, it contains magnificent stained glass windows, wonderful golden stone columns and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world. All this is just a taste of what is on offer in the magnificent city of Bath.

Bath is one of England’s most popular cities. You can see great architecture in the streets of Bath. Foundations of the Roman Baths were rediscovered in 1755. This being a Roman city, the Abbey, built in 1499, is a latecomer. England’s first King was crowned here. There has been a church on this site for a thousand years. The carvings on the front of the Abbey show the dream of Bishop Oliver King who had it built.

One of the best things about Bath is that the city’s three main attractions, the Roman Baths, the Bath Abbey, and Pulteney Bridge, are all within walking distance of each other. This means all you need to get around is a pair of shoes, though I recommend also taking a bus tour of the city so you can get a narrated history as you ride around.

For information on the city of Bath and details of attractions visit the Bath Visitor Information Centre, located in the city centre, next to Bath Abbey.

Things To Do

You won’t have to look far to find things to do in Bath as the city is famously full of attractions and activities. In many ways, Bath hasn’t changed much since the times of Georgian gentleman Ralph Allen and writer Jane Austen, both of whom fell under the spell of this city built for pleasure.

Take a tour through time and explore the only UK city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll travel centuries in just a few steps. Visit the Roman Baths dating back to AD43 to see how our former settlers liked to unwind. Wander through the pages of one of Austen’s classic novels as you stroll past mellow architectural masterpieces like the Royal Crescent and The Circus, or celebrate Bath’s most famous resident at the Jane Austen Centre. Bath is also the ideal base for exploring nearby sites like the photogenic village of Lacock and Stonehenge’s mysterious megaliths.

Our impeccable heritage is just part of the story. We’re a lively, thriving city where ancient history and Georgian elegance sit comfortably alongside a decidedly twenty-first century cosmopolitan buzz. Eat out in hundreds of restaurants and cafés serving everything from Michelin-starred gourmet dishes to simple, satisfying street food.

Unwind in chic cocktail bars and welcoming traditional pubs, then dip into a rich entertainment scene that embraces comedy, live music and theatre. And if that isn’t enough, there’s also a year-round programme of special events and festivals.

It goes without saying that no trip to Bath is complete without taking the waters. Relax and unwind in natural hot springs that have been a magnet to visitors for millennia. Visit Thermae Bath Spa for revitalising treatments, healing steam rooms and awesome 360-degree Bath views from the rooftop pool. Or treat yourself to a spa stay at the five-star Gainsborough Bath Spa, a luxurious hotel with its own naturally heated spa complex.

And if it’s retail therapy you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Bath is a shopping superstar, boasting an unbeatable choice of independent retailers selling tempting one-of-a-kind items (plus, of course, the full complement of major high street names).

We’ve only been able to scratch the surface here in mentioning the many things to see and do in our classic, cosmopolitan city. You won’t want to rush it. For the full experience, take your time and turn that day trip into a short break, or come midweek to beat the crowds.

Bath Christmas Market

Photo courtesy of Visit Bath

The World Heritage City of Bath is well known for its luxury and in the run up to Christmas it does not fail . There are 140 stalls offering a wide variety of Christmas gifts, festive decorations and a delicious array of seasonal food and drink. Wrap up warm and come and enjoy all that Bath has to offer,

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