Bath's main claim to fame is the naturally hot springs under the city which are unique in the UK and are the site of the Roman Baths and Pump Room. However, the city contains a feast of attractions for the tourist including Bath Abbey, The Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge.
There are also many cultural aspects to Bath and the city hosts a wide selection of museums and art galleries including the The Jane Austen Centre and The Holburne Museum of Art. Book a Bath Hotel.
Roman Baths and Pump Room
Throughout four hundred years of Roman rule the splendid Temple and Baths were the centre of Aquae Sulis. Bath is the site of the only naturally hot springs found in Britain and water is produced at a steady 46 degrees. The degree to which the baths have been preserved is remarkable and they are probably the finest example of their kind in Europe.
Entrance includes an audio guide and guided tours can also be arranged. The adjacent Pump Room was the centre of the social scene in Georgian Bath and it's here that visitors can sample the spring waters. Website: www.romanbaths.co.uk
Set in the centre of of the city, the current Bath Abbey is the latest of three churches to stand on the site. The first, an Anglo-Saxon Abbey which dates from 757, was destroyed by the Normans. The second being a massive Norman cathedral started in 1090 which due to lack of financial resources was ruined by the 14th century.
The current Abbey was founded in 1499 and completed just before the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 when it was ruined on the orders of Henry VIII. Restored to its former glory and now a parish church in the Church of England, it celebrated its 500th aniversary in 1999. Website: www.bathabbey.org
The Royal Crescent was constructed by John Wood between 1767 and 1774 and is the grandest of Bath's multitude of Georgian Crescents. Consisting of thirty elegant apartments and built from the famous cream Bath stone it is considered to be one of the greatest achievements of the Georgian period. No. 1 Royal Crescent contains a museum open to the public.
History of Bath
History tells us that the Celts built a shrine to the goddess Sulis at the site of the hot springs in Bath... read more.
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