Bath Travel Guide

Founded on the site of the only hot springs in the whole of the UK, Bath is a famous city on England’s tourist trail and is located in Somerset, not far from the River Avon estuary. The city dates back to the Roman era when it was a favorite center for recreation, a period in which the baths still present today were first built. Aside from the baths, this is a city of cobbled streets, classic architecture and green expanse that becomes very busy in the summer.

The Romans are thought to have reached Bath sometime around 50 AD. Today much of what can be seen at the site, particularly the building surrounding the main baths, was built much later in the 18th century. Visitors are not allowed to bathe in the Roman baths; however, there are new baths just across the road open to the public.

Bath Abbey is another main draw in the city, a Gothic building dating back to the very end of the 15th century and the last of its kind built in England. Great Pulteney street is one of the most historic parts of Bath, with its classic 18th century bridge lined with shop houses. The row is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the west of England. Bath is also very well-known for its attractive crescent residential streets with their majestic Georgian terrace houses, the finest example being the Royal Crescent completed in 1774.

Bath attractions

Roman baths: are the main draw in the city. They date back nearly 2,000 years and are built on a natural hot spring.

Bath Abbey: is an impressive of example of 15th century gothic design and is built on the site of a former Norman cathedral.

Greater Pulteney street: is great for a stroll. It features grand Georgian architecture and a famous bridge overlooking the Weir. Boats can be caught here for trips down the river.

Royal Crescent: is a perfectly preserved Georgian terrace that still looks much like it did more than 200 years ago.

Jane Austen Center: is a museum dedicated to the late British author and a popular attraction with visitors.