Bath town guide
The City of Bath is a World Heritage Site. The presence of hot springs discovered by the Pre-Roman dwellers led to the establishment of the Roman City called Aquae Sulis. The ancient Roman baths now form one of the major tourist attractions of Bath, located in the centre of the City.
Bath developed as a major spa town and as a gaming centre in Georgian times, when much of the present city was created. The splendour of Bath derives primarily from these many fine examples of Georgian architecture and town planning. This is complemented by the fine Abbey and many beautiful parks and gardens.
There are many fine museums in Bath, some of which are associated with famous residents of Bath, such as Jane Austin. There are specialist museums devoted to Costume and the history of the Postal Service.
One of the best ways to see the attractions of Bath in a short time is to take an open-topped bus tour. These run regularly throughout the year and you can hop on and off at the major attractions. There are also a number of walking tours available, Bizarre Bath, as its name implies, being something out of the ordinary. Boat trips are available on the River Avon and on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
If you have a hire car available, you can easily visit nearby attractions such as Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Bristol and Clifton Gorge.
Throughout the year there are many festivals to enjoy in Bath, ranging from the famous Bath Music Festival to the perhaps less well-known Bath Kite Festival.
There are rental car offices in Bath centre should you wish to travel further afield to explore the Cotswolds or Stonehenge and Avebury.