Bath City Guide

Bath, United Kingdom

Bath is an ancient Roman spa revived in the 18th century as a retreat for the wealthy. The hot spring that gave the city its name was dedicated to Sulis, the Celtic goddess of water, and provides the centerpiece for the famous Roman Baths complex. You can marvel at Roman engineering by observing the pools, pipes, and underground heating that created these baths. The Pump Room built above the Roman site in the 18th century is now a restaurant and tea room. Britain’s only natural hot spa is Thermae Bath Spa, where you can follow in the footsteps of Roman bathers and pamper yourself in modern surroundings. Next to the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey is known for its choir and for housing Saxon and Norman artifacts. The best of Bath’s 18th century architecture is showcased by the elegant Circus and the adjacent Royal Crescent, which is now a museum showcasing how the Crescent’s houses would have looked in the Regency period. Bath’s elite used to congregate in the Assembly Rooms here. Adjacent to the Royal Crescent is the impressive Fashion Museum which is worth a visit.