Bath is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Somerset in the Southwest of England. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD as a thermal spa, the city played an important role in the Middle Ages for the wool industry. With a population of almost 90,000, the Georgian and Roman spa city was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Known for its Roman period baths, hot springs, beautiful Georgian architecture, rugby team and Bath University, the city attracts millions of tourists every year.
There are loads of things to do in Bath, from visiting the Roman Baths Museum and discovering the unique history of the city to relaxing in the modern Thermae Bath Spa. There’s a great variety of museums to visit, including the American Museum & Gardens, the Holburne Museum, the building of Bath Museum, the Fashion Museum and the No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath Postal Museum and the Jane Austen Centre. As well as being just 34 miles from Stonehenge, the beautiful Palladian Bridge at the National Trust’s Prior Park landscape garden is just a stone’s throw away from the city centre. Situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building, the Theatre Royal in Bath is one Britain’s oldest theatres. The city is also home to Bath Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery founded in the 7th century.
Along with its traditional Georgian tearooms, Bath is packed with a fantastic variety of restaurants, pubs, cafes and coffee shops. The Bath Bun serves West Country cream teas, a classic high tea and tasty buns. And if you are staying for longer than a day, there’s a great range of hotels in Bath from chic boutiques to luxury Georgian hotels.
Bath is situated 13 miles from Bristol and 37 miles from Swindon off the M4. London is 97 miles away and takes on average one hour and 30 minutes by train from London Paddington to Bath Spa. By car it takes two hours and twenty minutes. The city has three Park & Rides to choose from.
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