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Known around the world for its remarkably preserved Roman Baths and Georgian splendour, Bath is the only UK city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The restorative quality of the hot springs that bubble up naturally has been recognised since the earliest of times and still draws visitors in their droves today. The City is packed with places to eat, drink, shop and dream of days gone by. Rich in culture and architecturally astounding, Bath is one of Britain’s most historical and and appealing cities. Home to the famous Roman Baths, alongside the celebrated Bath Rugby team, it’s been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years.
In the heart of Bath you’ll find the imposing Bath Abbey, sat behind perhaps the city’s most famous asset - the Roman Baths Museum. This fascinating bathing complex and the temple of Sulis Minerva were established in 836 BC, when ancient Britons discovered the natural hot springs that bubble up from underneath the Mendip Hills. It’s been added to ever since - and now you’ll find the modern Thermae Bath Spa just around the corner, where you can relax in an open-air rooftop spa overlooking the city skyline.
Bath’s rich history means it’s home to many museums, including the Holburne Museum and the American Museum in Britain, the Fashion Museum, No 1 Royal Crescent, the Jane Austen Centre and the Building of Bath Museum. You’ll also find stunning gardens and landscapes aplenty - don’t miss the stunning Palladian Bridge at the National Trust’s Prior Park, which you’ll find just outside the city.
Theatres and vibrant street entertainment bring the streets of Bath to life all year round. Make the most of the city by joining a guided walking tour, open top tour bus - or even take in the sights from a locally-launched hot air balloon. As a thriving city, Bath is packed with must-visit restaurants, coffee shops, cafés and bars.
Bath is a haven for shoppers, famous for fashion for hundreds of years. The city’s main shopping quarter was skilfully reworked into the contemporary SouthGate district, where intricate Georgian-style complexes are home top high street brands. A delightful array of other global brands join the many local independent stores that line the streets of central Bath.
How to get to Bath
By road: Bath is located off the M4 between Bristol and Swindon. Exit the M4 at Junction 18 and follow signs towards Bath.
By train and bus: Bath Spa, the city’s main station, is on the main line between Bristol and London. GWR rail services run throughout the day.
By air: Bristol Airport is 20 miles from Bath. Buses run from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads station, where trains run to Bath in just 10 minutes. Local buses also run direct from Bristol Airport to Bath.
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