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  Attractions In Bath

The city of Bath in South West England was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa. It became an important centre for the wool industry in the Middle Ages but in the 18th century under the reigns of George l, ll and III it developed into an elegant spa city, famed in literature and art.

Widely considered one of Britain’s most attractive smaller cities, the City of Bath is most famous for the archeological wonder from which it takes its name – the 2,000 year-old Roman baths. Nestled in the Avon Valley between the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills in the beautiful county of Somerset, Bath is also well known for its perfectly preserved honey-colored Georgian houses. Today, some 500 of the city’s buildings are considered of historical or architectural importance. The local architecture is so important, in fact, that Bath was granted World Heritage Site status in 1987, one of only a handful of such locations in the UK.

One of cities most famous attractions is the Roman Bath, which is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, fascinating for visitors of all ages, with not only the Great Bath to take in (the surrounding statues are Victorian additions), but the remains of the Temple to Sulis Minerva, hypocaust (underfloor heating) systems, more hot and cold baths, and lots of finds. The audio guides are excellent – particularly the commentary for children. Screens show a priest, soldier and bathers going about their business, and live actors, unwaveringly in character, play out being merchants and stonemasons. Set aside two hours for the visit. Go early or late on weekdays to avoid school groups, and early or late at weekends to avoid what can be lengthy queues to get in.

One of Bath’s most iconic locations- the Royal Crescent ,built by John Wood the Younger from 1767 to 1775, when it overlooked fields, Bath’s most singularly impressive piece of architecture is, in fact, a half-ellipse, not a crescent. Its 30 houses are now mostly divided up into apartments. Conjure up a reason to pop in to The Royal Crescent for a snoop. Maintained by the Bath Preservation Trust, it is furnished in period style, and a major restoration project has reunited it with its original service wing.

Spreading over 57 acres westwards from below the Royal Crescent, Royal Victoria Park is the city’s main green lung. Its highlights include a beautiful botanic garden and one of the biggest and best children’s playgrounds you’ll find anywhere. It’s fun to watch hot air balloons taking off from the park on a fine summer’s evening.

In 2011, the Holburne Museum reopened after a three-year refurbishment. Previously rather fusty, the museum now features a striking and – for an architecturally conservative city – controversial glass and ceramic extension that protrudes from the rear of the grand, neo-classical building into Sydney Gardens. Inside, you’ll find some fine, beautifully displayed British 18th- and early 19th-century paintings, an eclectic collection of antique curios accumulated in the 1800s by Bathonian Sir William Holburne, and a rather good café.

Encircling vast plane trees, the Circus is Bath’s other must-see Georgian masterpiece – note the carved motifs, some of them Masonic, on the houses’ facades. Yards away, off Bennett Street, lies the Assembly Rooms, focal point of Bath society in Georgian times. Restored to its former glory in the 1950s and 60s after being gutted by bombs in World War Two, the beautifully proportioned Ballroom, Tea Room and Octagon (used for cards) evoke Jane Austen’s Bath better than anywhere else in the city. Downstairs, the Fashion Museum (museumofcostume.co.uk) has a separate admission charge.

Bath reflects two great eras in human history: Roman and Georgian. The Roman Baths and temple complex, together with the remains of the city of Aquae Sulis that grew up around them, make a significant contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Roman social and religious society. The 18th century re-development is a unique combination of outstanding urban architecture, spatial arrangement and social history. Bath exemplifies the main themes of the 18th century neoclassical city; the monumentalisation of ordinary houses, the integration of landscape and town, and the creation and interlinking of urban spaces, designed and developed as a response to the growing popularity of Bath as a society and spa destination and to provide an appropriate picturesque setting and facilities for the cure takers and social visitors.

The Circus

Alongside the iconic Royal Crescent, Bath also features another impressively rounded landmark: The Circus.Originally known as The King’s Circus, this remarkable sight consists of three curved Read More…

Victoria Art Gallery

The Victoria Art Gallery is located in the centre of Bath, next to the famous Pulteney Bridge. It is open six days a week all year round: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 to 17.00; Sunday 13.30 - 17.00; Closed on Read More…

Jane Austen Centre

The permanent Exhibition at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath was originally created with the guidance of local members of the Jane Austen Society and authorities on Jane Austen, Louise Ross and Maggie Lane.  Read More…

Aqua Theatre of Glass

See their skilled glassblowers at work as they produce their ranges of handmade glassware, many of the designs are inspired by the Roman and Georgian heritage of the city. An audio presentation will Read More…

Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774,  Read More…

Roman Bath

The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Read More…

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