Bath - an introduction to the city of Bath in Somerset

Bath is a beautiful city in the county of Somerset in the south of England in the United Kingdom. Bath has a long history dating back to before Roman times and was once a Roman dwelling with many of the historic buildings that can still be found within the city. The city is easily reached and is located close to the M4 motorway and is therefore convenient for travel to and from London. The city of Bristol is just a few miles from Bath and has its own international airport.

Roman Origins

The Romans were drawn to Bath by its natural warm water springs and built a bath house on the site to take advantage, hence the name of the city. The Roman name for the city was Aquae Sulis, which means literally "the waters of Sulis". Visitors can take a tour of the bath house which is located very close to the centre of the city and marvel at the Roman architecture. The Pump Room, where the waters flow upwards from the natural underground spring can be very smelly but are very popular attracting close to 1 million visitors each year. The bath house also gives the visitor an opportunity to take in some of the other Roman relics and learn a little more about the history.

Georgian Architecture

There is more to Bath than just the Roman heritage. The Georgian terrace is another famous landmark within the city and is probably one of its most photographed images. The terrace is a long curved row of Georgian houses that overlook the city.

Historic Buildings in Bath

Other than the Pump House, Bath is also home to a large abbey which is located within the city centre. The abbey was built during the 15th century on ground that has long been used for religious purposes. The earliest records indicate a church was built here by the Anglo-Saxons dating from the 8th century.

You may also want to visit Number One Royal Crescent which was the first house built on the Georgian Royal Crescent and is open to the public as a museum.

Shopping in Bath

The city has a thriving university and this this brings a cosmopolitan air that is reflected in the shopping. Large areas of the city centre are pedestrianised and cafes utilise outside space with tables and chairs. Bath has a wide variety of shops which are sure to cater to almost all tastes.

The city also plays hosts to regular street markets which are a great place to explore.

Entertainment in Bath

There's lots to see and do from bars and pubs to restaurants. Bath has its own theatre and cinema within the city centre. There are also a good number of art galleries and museums to explore.

The Bath Film Festival is held each Autumn in late October and early November and the Bath Mozart Festival is held in mid November.

Attractions near Bath

The city of Bath is an ideal location for exploring some of the best attractions in the West Country. As well as the city itself Bath is close to Stonehenge and is just a short distance from the Cotswolds. The city of Bristol is just a few miles to the west of Bath and to the south is Longleat Safari Park which is a great day out for the whole family.

A little further afield is Cheddar Gorge with its famous cliffs and Wookey Hole is an underground cave believed to have once been inhabited by a witch!

Staying in Bath

As you would expect of such a cosmopolitan city Bath has a wide variety of places to stay from top quality hotels to guest houses and self catering apartments. Our accommodation pages, hotels in Bath provide extensive listings of accommodation.
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