Bath has always been a place for relaxation and socialising, ever since the time of the Romans when it first welcomed visitors to its famous hot springs.
In the Middle Ages, the town gained in importance with the establishment of the Benedictine monastery but later blossomed into the elegant city you see today when the Georgians rediscovered the restorative powers of the spa in the 18th century and built their splendid terraces inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece.
Located to the west of London and at the southern tip of the Cotswolds, Bath is ideally located in England’s West Country and makes a perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside. The city itself is compact and has a fascinating mix of Georgian architecture and a few mediaeval gems.
The bathing complex constructed by the Romans remains remarkably intact and this ancient site still steams with the hot springs that made Bath so important.
Bath’s most prestigious address is the Royal Crescent. This sweeping terrace of townhouses is the pinnacle of Georgian design and houses here remain as sought-after today as when they were first built. Nearby, The Circus presents a remarkable architectural ensemble, a perfect circle of Georgian residences set around a garden with mature trees.
Jane Austen lived in Bath following her father’s retirement and the city features in all her novels, not least the Assembly Rooms, a venue for fashionable society events frequented by Jane herself.
Today Bath is a lively city with many cultural events hosted throughout the year. Discover this city of pleasure with your expert local guide and discover one of England’s most special places.
When to go
Bath is beautiful year-round. It is a relatively small city, so you might like to avoid the UK summer school holidays in July and August.
What to do
- Marvel at the city's beautiful Georgian architecture
- Visit the ancient Roman baths
- Soak in the modern Thermae spa
- Visit the Jane Austin centre