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  • 1. History of Bath

    Archaeological evidence suggests that there was human activity near the site of the city as early as 8,000 B.C. One of Bath's most famous features is its naturally hot fresh water springs. Legend has it that Prince Bladud, who was afflicted with leprosy, was cured of the disease by bathing in the springs. This man (allegedly the father King Lear) went on to found the city of Ba...Read moreth at around 863 B.C When the Romans invaded Britain they started building a settlement on the site named 'Aquae Sulis'. By 70 A.D they had constructed a reservoir, a number of baths for the public and a temple. Both the baths and the temple attracted visitors from across the country and indeed Europe due to the healing properties the spring was said to possess. Read less

  • 2. Now in Bath

    The natural springs remain as popular today as they ever were. Recently the Thermae Bath Spa has undergone restoration, bringing a 2,000 year old tradition into the 21st Century. The population of the city today is just over 80,000 and was named a world heritage site in 1987. One of the city's principal sources of income is tourism and as a result has over 300 places of accommo...Read moredation Read less

  • 3. Events in Bath

    Bath holds a variety of annual events including a Literature Festival, the Mozart Festival and the Fringe Festival. It also hosts a half-marathon and a national gardening show.

  • 4. Attractions in Bath

    The Roman Baths combine a museum with a modern spa in an experience that is both interesting and relaxing. Costumed characters tell the stories of those who lived there over 2,000 years ago. The Jane Austen Centre celebrates the life of one of Baths most influential residents. The Centre explores the city's influence on the authors work and is set in an authentic reconstructio...Read moren of the Regency period. The Centre's tearooms have an excellent view over the rooftops of Bath and are also periodically themed. Bath Abbey was constructed in 1499 and is the last of the great medieval churches. Worship continues at the Abbey today and is open for guided tours every day except Sundays. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Bath

    Stonehenge is one of the country's most mysterious monuments with very little known about its origins or purpose. Daytrips to the site can be organised from Bath, with knowledgeable guides to maximise visitors' experience. Wookey Hole Caves are one of the country's most spectacular examples of underground networks. Allegedly home to the Witch of Wookey, the site also has a 19t...Read moreh Century paper mill which houses attractions that are bound to keep children entertained for hours. These include a house of mirrors and a "Pirate Zap Zone". Read less

  • 6. Business in Bath

    Guildhall Market is the oldest shopping location in the city. Traders have pedalled their wares on the site for over 800 years. The market offers a wide choice of stalls and products that suit everyone's needs. Both the Abbey and the Roman Baths have excellent gift shops and provide a great opportunity to purchase a souvenir from two of Bath's most historic monuments. As with...Read more any modern city, Bath has all the usual top name brands and a wide selection to suit all ages and preferences. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Bath

    Bath's train station is situated in the heart of the city and is accessible from most major cities. Bristol train station is also 15 minutes (by train) from Bath and acts a major hub for the entire country. Bath is located a mere 10 miles off the M4 motorway and has a bus station that run services in and around the city. The closest airport is Bristol airport and the closest se...Read moreaport is in Portsmouth. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Bath

    The Theatre Royal in Bath puts on regular performances and has a variety of restaurants on site. As well as Britain's favourite plays, acting groups perform new pieces that will no doubt become instant classics. The Theatre has also played host to a number of comics in the past such as John Cleese. Bath also has a thriving nightlife - visitors can visit a wide number of pubs a...Read mores well as some of the city's top nightclubs. These include "OPA" and the ever popular "Moles". Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Bath

    As well as the Roman Baths another famous feature of Bath is the Royal Crescent. This row of 30 houses is one of the most stunning examples of Georgian architecture in the UK today. The architect, John Wood was deeply interested in the occult and this is reflected in the buildings themselves. Together with the nearby Circus (also built by Wood) the buildings viewed from the a...Read moreir form a crescent and a circle, two important Masonic symbols. Construction began in 1767 and was finished in 1774. The Royal Crescent is a grade one listed building and now includes a hotel and museum. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Bath

    Bath is the only location with naturally hot fresh water springs in the entire country.

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