Thermae Bath Spa The Circus Sally Lunns Museum Royal Crescent Roman Baths Museum Pulteney Street Pulteney Bridge Museum of Costume Beckfords Tower

About Bath

Famous worldwide for its imposing architecture and Roman remains, Bath is a vibrant city with over 40 museums, good restaurants, quality shopping and theatres, festivals and 2 universities. The Roman Baths and magnificent Temple were built around the natural hot spring which rises at 46°C and were at the centre of Roman life in Aquae Sulis between the first and fifth centuries. The remains are remarkably complete and include sculpture, coins, jewellery and the bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva. A visit to the Roman Baths would not be complete without a visit to taste the waters and enjoy a tea, coffee or lunch in the 18th century Pump Room, centre of Georgian entertainment in its day, which is situated just above the Temple.

The 15th century Abbey, Pump Room and Roman Baths are located right in the heart of the city. Bath Abbey Heritage Vaults are well worth a visit. The 18th century vaults provide an unusual setting for the exhibitions, displays and presentations of over 1600 years of Abbey history.

Bath's Georgian architecture is quite stunning.  The Royal Crescent, built in the late 1700s by John Wood the younger, and No. 1 Royal Crescent has been carefully restored by the Bath Preservation Trust to appear as it might have done when first built. The Circus was built slightly earlier and designed by John Wood's father and finished by John Wood himself.  Many famous people have lived in the Circus, including Gainsborough and Lord Clive of India.

One of the most famous landmarks in the city is Pulteney Bridge, one of only two bridges in Europe to support shops.  Built in 1770 by the eminent architect Robert Adam and modelled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, here you will find small specialist shops and restaurants. Regular boat trips run from the east bank of the river, offering alternative (and very beautiful) views of Bath.

Bath's most eccentric landmark must be Beckford's Tower, an early 19th century folly in Lansdown with superb views over the city and across the River Severn to Wales. Built in 1827 and surrounded by a Victorian cemetery, the Tower is open to visitors and includes a museum in the two storey building at the base of the Tower. visitors to the Tower can climb the 156 steps up the beautiful spiral staircase to the luxuriously restored Belvedere and admire the panoramic views.

The City of Bath was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Situated on the edge of the Cotwolds, Bath is an ideal base from which to explore the picturesque villages of honey-coloured stone and the surrounding beautiful countryside. 

Also see...

Thermae Bath Spa

Sally Lunns Museum

Museum of Costume & Assembly Rooms

Pulteney Street