It was the Celts who recognised the uniqueness of the hot springs rising from the ground in Bath, but the Roman's that first began to make use of them, building a complex and elaborate bathing house. It is the remains of that, together with the Elizabethan rebuild, that puts Bath second only to London as the most visited historical site in the UK.
The city itself is grand, elegant, and confident. It exudes an air of aloofness, and you feel privilidged that it allows you to walk its neatly kept streets. The majestic semi circle of Regency houses in the Royal Crescent stands proudly overlooking neatly manicured gardens.
The intruiging little streets that lead to the river are well kept, and orderly, but still entice you in to find whatever hidden gems lurk within. Even the river itself seems to flow in an orderly fashion over the weir beside the imposing Pulteney Bridge.
The baths themselves are equally elegant, with the warm green waters almost inviting you in, and the nearby abbey was the venue for England
's first King, Edgar, to have his coronation.
Victoria Art Gallery
Located in Bridge Street, this fine art gallery represents art works from the 15th century to modern day. There are temporary exhibitions and national touring exhibitions ranging from prints to sculptures. (01225 477232)
This World Heritage Site is an amazing treat. Britain’s only hot springs are surrounded by magnificent roman temples. There are audio tours as well as the popular Pump Room restaurant. The baths are open until 10pm and the torchlit baths are quite impressive at night. Located in Abby Church Road (01225 477785)
This imposing medieval church was built in 1499. The Abbey tower is a 212 step climb to the top, once there, the view of Bath is very impressive. A guided tour of the Abbey takes approx 45mins. (01225 422 462)
This dress collection is world class, with 150 dressed figures. It is fascinating to see how the styles have changed over the centuries, and it’s not just dresses, you can find over 30,000 articles of clothing and accessories from all eras dating back to the 16th century. Located in Bennet Street, you will also find a gift shop and café here.
(01225 477 173)
The Jane Austen Centre
This tribute to Baths most famous resident, gives all visitors a chance to see how Jane Austen lived and worked. The regency style tearooms are a treat here. Located in Queen Square. (01225 443 000)