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History and Heritage

Delve into Bath's incredible history

  1. UNESCO World Heritage site
    Bath is the only city in the UK to be a designated World Heritage Site in its entirety. In 2021, Bath received an exceptional second UNESCO listing as part of the Great Spa Towns of Europe.
  2. Bath's Spa Heritage
    Browse our timeline to find out more about Bath's spa history.
  3. Bath Architecture
    Bath’s iconic architecture is one of the many reasons why the city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, from its Roman origins to the fashionable eighteenth-century designs that form many of the city’s most recognisable buildings.
  4. England Originals
    Choose a path less travelled to get to the heart and soul of England, creating your own journey through our history and our countryside.
  5. Facts about Bath
    Think you know all there is to know about Bath? Here are 15 little-known facts about the city...
  6. Famous People from Bath
    Ever since its legendary beginnings, Bath has been home to a cast of colourful characters; from Anglo-Saxon royalty to an eighteenth-century dandy, these extraordinary historical figures each helped shape the city into what it is today...
  1. Water fountain at the Pump Room

    We take a deep dive into how Bath's history is closely tied to water. 

    19 Mar 2021
  2. Jane Austen's Bath
    Retrace Jane’s steps on your visit to Bath and you will discover the same elegant yet vibrant city which provided inspiration for two of her six published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
  3. The Roman Baths

    Tony Crouch, City of Bath World Heritage Site Manager, tells us about the Great Spa Towns of Europe project and what this second UNESCO inscription means for Bath.

    2 Sep 2021
  4. King Bladud

    Discover the peculiar tale of Bath's legendary beginnings, featuring a diseased prince, a herd of pigs and a mysterious hot mineral spring. 

    20 Sep 2018

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  1. Victoria Art Gallery

    Here's our guide to Bath's marvellous museums, which offer a wealth of remarkable stories and bring the city’s history to life.

    18 Oct 2019
  2. Historic Sites in Bath
    As well as being a vibrant and thriving twenty-first-century city, Bath is a living museum. History and heritage line the city’s streets, with every footstep revealing compelling cultural attractions and astonishing architecture.
  3. Spas and Wellbeing in Bath
    There’s definitely something in the water here in Bath. A true centre for relaxation, it’s one of the only places in Britain where you can bathe in natural hot springs. Whether it’s a spa day, wellness weekend or a longer retreat, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing break.
  4. About Bath
    Bath is an elegant city full of traditional heritage, contemporary culture, green spaces, and a few surprises. From its historic origins to the colourful characters that brought the city to life, there’s a lot more to Bath than meets the eye.
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