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Seven reasons to visit the City of Bath, England

Roman Bath Photo, Bath, England

The City of Bath is located in the south-west of England. It is one of the greatest cities in the world and has been attracting visitors for over 2000 years. The Georgian City is a World Heritage City and its history goes back to the Roman era. There are some unique places to see in Bath.

1. The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are the heart of Bath's heritage and one of the finest near intact thermal spas of the ancient world that you can still see. It is an amazing place to learn about Roman history and their bath culture. It was built over 2000 years ago and has four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman bath house and finds from the Roman Bath. The temple was the house of the statue of the cult goddess Sulis Minerva. You can take a tour around the whole complex and at one spot even experience the touch and feel of the hot water.

2. Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is situated in the centre of the City of Bath, close to the Roman Baths. It is not the original church. In 757 an Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church was built on the site. However in 1090 the Norman conquerors of England pulled down the church and began to build a massive Norman cathedral. Sadly by the end of the 15th century the cathedral was in ruins. The present Abbey church was founded in 1499 and completed in 1611.

Bath Abbey is a working Christian church. You can visit to worship and you can also visit to hear a concert, see an exhibition or simply have a look at the building.

3. The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent is a crescent shaped residential road of 30 houses built on top of a tall hill in Bath. John Wood the Younger, inspired by Stonehenge, designed this famous Georgian piece of architecture. The houses were built between 1767 and 1774 and have been home to various notable people like Thomas Brock, Francis Burdett and William Hargood. Because its facade remains much as it was when it was built the Royal Crescent has been used as a location for several films and television programmes including The Wrong Box, Persuasion and The Duchess.

4. The Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum is a world-class collection of contemporary and historical dress. In 1963 Doris Langley Moore, who was a collector, costume designer and author gave her personal collection to the city of Bath. It became the first collection of the Museum of Costume. In 2007 the museum changed its name to the Fashion Museum. The collection at the Fashion Museum includes examples of menswear, womenswear, accessories, dresses, coats, jackets, and more.

The earliest pieces in the collection are embroidered shirts and gloves from about 1600, but the most famous are ‘The Diana Dresses’ special exhibition, which features ten selected dresses worn by Diana, The Princess of Wales, from her late teens through to her mid 30’s.
5. Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge is a bridge that crosses the River Avon in Bath. Like the Royal Crescent it is designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.

Pulteney Bridge was designed by Robert Adam and is named after the heiress, Frances Pulteney. The bridge was completed in 1773 and is one of the few bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides. The bridge is now a pedestrian’s zone and best-known for its Georgian architecture.

6. Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen was a great English writer and Bath’s most famous resident. In 1801 she moved to Bath with her retired father. Her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are based on her experiences of living in Bath.

The Jane Austen Centre is located in Gay Street, Bath and is a part of a block of Grade II listed buildings. It is a permanent exhibition reflecting Jane Austen's experiences. In the centre you can explore how living in the city of Bath affected her life and her writing. You can also enjoy splendid rooftop views over the city in the centre’s Regency themed Tea Rooms.

7. The Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon Canal runs from the Severn Estuary near Bristol to the River Thames at Reading. It’s over 100 miles long with more than 100 locks. You can see some of the most beautiful countryside in southern England as you walk along the canal in the Avon valley near Bath.

There are two routes to explore the canal. One is a cycle path along a disused railway between Bath and Bristol. The other is the canal towpath running between Bath and Bradford on Avon. If you take the towpath you can see Hampton Row, one of the last semi-derelict terraces in Bath; you can also visit Bradford on Avon, a small, pretty town with a fascinating history. There are many other fascinating attractions both natural and historical.

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