Somerset, is a small city with a population of just over 90,000
people. The city is famous for its historic baths and hot springs
that are fed by the only naturally occurring hot springs in Great
The resort was popular among wealthy Elizabethan and Georgian people
who believed the waters from the springs offered healing properties.
The city has many exquisite examples of Georgian architecture (with
the Royal Crescent being the most notable) which dates back to when
wealthy Georgians moved to the area thanks to the popularity of the
baths and spas.
Bath is on the River Avon and can be navigated via locks in small
boats. In fact, the River Avon connects as far the the River Thames
thanks to restoration work over the last years of the 20th century.
This has become very popular with narrow boat enthusiasts.
Bath is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is near to the
southern tip of the Cotswolds. The city is at the bottom of the Avon
Valley which give Bath its steep streets and cause some buildings to
appear to climb slopes.
In the 18th century Bath was considered on of the most fashionable
places in Great Britain thanks the Bath Theatre Royal, fantastic
architecture at Bath Crescent, Lansdown Crescent and Pulteney
Today, culture lovers can enjoy one of the five theatres in Bath
which attract internationally renowned directors and companies.
Similarly, the Bath International Music Festival, the Bath
Literature Festival and the Bath Fringe Festival offer modern day
entertainment for all ages.
The Victorian Art Gallery in Bath is just one of the many museums in
Bath that show fine examples of local and historic art.
Bath also has several well kept public parks including the popular
Royal Victoria Park. This park is just a short walk from the city
centre and is over 57 acres in size. Royal Victoria Park has a
botanical garden, sports facilities (including bowls, lawn tennis
and crazy golf) and a large children's play park.
Bath's most best known sporting team is their rugby union team, Bath
Rugby and Bath City Football Club who play in the Conference South
league. The city also has cricket clubs, a croquet club and an
American Football club.
Bath is a very popular tourist location with its cultural history
and architecture. Tourists are well catered for with over 80 hotels,
180 bed and breakfasts (many are in original Georgian buildings with
fiver star ratings) and two campsites.
The main city has over 100 restaurants and many public houses and
bars. Tourists can also enjoy open top bus tours around the city.
Transport to bath is well catered for. Bath Spa Railway Station
connects the city to London, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Exeter and
Plymouth (in addition to many more smaller stations).
Coach links to Bath are provided by National Express and three full
time park and ride schemes operate in the city. Bath does not have
an airport but Bristol International Airport is only 18 miles away.
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