There is so much about Bath that makes it a very special and memorable place to visit. It is an uplifting, vibrant place to explore. Its golden limestone architecture rising from the Avon valley in which it sits can give this impression on your first sighting of the City. Bath Abbey rises majestically from the heart of the city, constructed over the site of a Saxon monastery where the first King of England, Edgar, was crowned in 973. Historically and culturally rich there is certainly no shortage of things to see and do. The list is almost endless but here is a taste:
Bath by name – Bath by nature
The amazing complex of Roman Baths, built around the natural hot springs lie between the Abbey Churchyard and Stall Street. Today the King’s Spring still produces over 250 000 gallons of water per day at a constant temperature of 46C and can be tasted in the Pump Room. They say this water would have fallen as rain about 10 000 years ago. Bath’s modern spa complex, The Thermae Spa, provides us with the opportunity to ‘take the waters’ and benefit from their healing properties once again.
Bath first became established as a ‘wellbeing’ spa resort by the Romans in AD43 who gave it the Latin name Aquae Sulis, and then again later during the Georgian era, which led to significant expansion of the City and left the heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture crafted from golden Bath limestone. UNESCO, recognising its international cultural significance selected it as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Today we almost see history repeating itself with the continual development and preservation of the city ensuring a truly satisfying visitor experience.
Bath's reputation for fine shopping was also established in Georgian times and remains true to this day. The city has a wide selection and variety of shops; over half are independent and specialist businesses ready to offer you a truly unique shopping experience with a choice of unusual and exciting goods. You will find all the major high street stores, or for something different try the many side streets off the main drag.
Food and Drink
The oldest house in Bath, dating back to 1482, is the home of the famous Sally Lunn bun. With a recipe handed down through generations and still baked on the premises, you can discover the taste for yourself in this charming Refreshment House and Museum
Whatever your taste Bath can provide for it. As you sit enjoying your cappuccino, your Bath Bun, pint of Somerset Cider or Bath Ale, you can savour modern Bath's truly cosmopolitan ambience. Bath's restauranteurs, café owners and publicans offer a magnificent choice of eateries, both formal and informal, to satisfy the global palate.
Parks and Gardens
Bath can justifiably boast that its parks and gardens are among the finest in Britain. Brimming with of colour, Bath's floral displays have repeatedly won first place in the Britain in Bloom competition. Discover Henrietta Park, a peaceful Victorian retreat with its pergola, fishpond and fragrant flower garden. Stroll through the Grade II listed Sydney Gardens, with its Chinese-style bridges over the Kennet and Avon canal, and admire a replica of the Roman temple of Minerva. Relax in a deckchair overlooking the weir on the river Avon or enjoy a band concert in Bath's most centrally situated park The Parade Gardens. Make time to enjoy Bath's largest gardens, the royal Victoria Park, which was registered in 1992 by English Heritage as a Park of Special Historic Interest and provides a great play area for all ages of children.
Bathhas five theatres between them offering everything from NationalTouring Productions to local theatrical productions, music and comedyandattracts internationally renowned companies and directors. The Theatre Royal is considered one of Britain’s oldest and most beautiful. The Ustinov Studio is the home ofBritain’s largest annual international festival of adult puppetry,and a venue for an eclectic range of drama, dance and classical music. The Egg presents professional theatre productions for children and their families, alongside workshops and youth theatre productions. The Rondo Theatre delivers new theatre, sparkling comedy and fabulous music; and local and touring companies bring a range of drama, music and performances to The Mission Theatre
Every year the city is home to a multitude of festivals, more details can be found here www.bathfestivals.org.uk but to name a few: The Bath International Music Festival, The Mozart Festival, Bath Film Festival, Bath Literature Festival and Children’s Literature Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, The Comedy Festival, Guitar Festival, Jane Austen Festival, Bath Beer Festival
Bath celebrates its interesting heritage and culture through its many art galleries and museums many of them are housed in buildings of architectural interest.
The Victoria Art Gallery houses over 1500 fine examples of decorative arts including an exhibition of British oil paintings from the 17thcentury to the present day. Artists include Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Jones Barker, and Walter Sickert. The Museum of East Asian Art is home to a collection of ceramics, jades, bronzes and bamboo carvingsfrom China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia. There are almost 2,000 objects, ranging in date from c.5000 BC to the present day. Holburne Museum of Art is the official museum of the University of Bath and houses the art collection formed by Sir William Holburne including silver, old master paintings , Italian bronzes, majolica, porcelain, glass, furniture and portrait miniatures. When open, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year.