Bath is a city which gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987. It is located in the Avon valley close to the southern Cotswold hills, less than a hundred miles west of London. It is a spa town with a history that stretches beyond the Romans. It has the only hot springs in the Uk and three of them feed the thermal baths in the city. Medicinal properties were attributed to the waters and Bath became popular with royalty and the aristocracy. A Royal Charter, granted by Elizabeth 1, gave it city status.
The city developed as its popularity grew and has hundreds of buildings listed for their architectural merit. Some of the most impressive Georgian architecture is found here. Examples are the Royal Crescent, the Circus, the Assembly Rooms and Pulteney Bridge. Pulteney Bridge is a Grade 1 listed building. It has three arches and shops on both of its sides, making it one of only four in the world. The present Bath Abbey dates from 1611. It is a remarkable place of worship, built in cruciform style and having a pinnacled tower. If you climb to the top of the tower, you'll be rewarded by stunning views over the city. Bath has several museums including the Jane Austin Centre; the Holburne Museum of Art; the Royal Crescent Museum, a wonderfully restored Georgian home. For an interesting outing, take refreshments at Sally Lunn's Kitchen and visit the cellar. A three hundred year old kitchen lies beneath street level, and below that again are the excavated Roman remains. If you wish to take a break from sightseeing, you can relax in one of Bath's many green spaces. A trip to Bath would be incomplete without a visit to the Thermae Bath Spa to share the same experience as the Romans had, two thousand years ago.
Bath has a variety of accommodation with hotels, apartments, guest houses, boutique B&Bs, B&Bs and hostels. There are tariffs to suit all budgets. When it comes to eating, you are in for a treat. Bath offers fine restaurants, gastro pubs, brasseries and bistros, bars and cafes that cater for all tastes. If funds are short, there are plenty of opportunities for a wholesome low cost meal. Bath has an exciting nightlife with a choice of music venues with live bands. Enjoy jazz at the Green Park Brasserie or rock at the Komedia. For music, dance or drama, look at the programme for the Theatre Royal or the Mission Theatre. There are also two comedy clubs. Bath has a compact centre, ideal for shoppers. The Southgate shopping area is close to the station and there are a large number of independent shops and boutiques. Green Park Market, in a former railway station, is filled with independent traders, cafes and restaurants. The Guildhall has another thriving market. If you visit in December, you'll be delighted by the Christmas Market. It will certainly put you in the mood for the festive season.
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