Bath is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. Set in rolling Somerset countryside, just over 100 miles west of London, it is a beautiful and unforgettable place to visit.
Britain’s finest Georgian city is brimming with things to do and see. With around 5,000 ‘listed’ buildings because of their architectural merit, a wander around Bath reveals a treasure trove of interest and fascination.
When it comes to shopping, it’s a case of quantity and quality. Bath is a real shoppers paradise, renowned for its range of independent shops. The ancient Celts, who first inhabited this area, believed that Bath’s hot springs were sacred, but it was the Romans who built the temple and the famous baths – now restored to their original grandeur. In the early eighteenth century, under the direction of the socialite, Beau Nash, Bath became England’s premier spa town, where the rich and celebrated members of fashionable society gathered to ‘take the waters’ and enjoy its theatres and concert rooms. During this period the renowned architect, John Wood, laid the foundations for a new Georgian city to be built using the honey-coloured stone that gives Bath its mellow and indefinable quality.
All significant stages of English history are represented here, from the Roman Baths to medieval Bath Abbey, from the Georgian splendour of the Royal Crescent to the modern Thermae Bath Spa development – the only place in Britain where you can bathe in natural hot spring water. Thanks to it’s rich past architectural heritage, combined with a vibrant shopping centre, year round festivals and lively entertainment scene. Bath is on of Britain’s most appealing cities.