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. It’s why Bath is the only city in the UK designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It all starts at the Roman Baths, the city’s oldest and most famous historic attraction. The beautifully preserved ruins have been augmented by reconstructions and interactive displays illustrating how Bath’s natural hot springs have been attracting visitors for thousands of years. It offers an immersive insight into the daily lives of some of our city’s earliest inhabitants.
Bath’s Roman roots are just part of the story. Bath is also Britain’s finest Georgian city. Every street reveals another inspiring sight – a wide, well-planned thoroughfare created for promenading, perhaps, or that perfectly proportioned façade, flower-filled window box or subtle architectural detail.
There’s harmony and beauty everywhere. Around 5,000 listed buildings are dotted around our streets and squares. These include iconic sites like the Royal Crescent, a sweeping curve of townhouses built from honey-coloured Bath stone, and the Circus, a unique blend of classical Roman and British Pagan influences that is uniquely Bath.
The elegant Pulteney Bridge is another Bath original. Lined on both sides with shops, it’s one of just four such structures left in the world. You’d need to go to Venice or Florence to see another like it.
There is lots to see inside, too. Bath is home to an impressive collection of museums (more per square mile than any other city in the UK). Take your pick from the Jane Austen Centre, No.1 Royal Crescent, Fashion Museum Bath, Museum of East Asian Art, The Holburne Museum, Museum of Bath at Work and Herschel Museum of Astronomy, to name but a few.
For the full lowdown on Bath’s UNESCO World Heritage status, download our audio walking tour. Taking in many of the city’s historic architectural highlights and museums, it’s the perfect way to explore Bath’s past.
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